Best Offer Ever: Buy Starpoints For 35% Off

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Starwood has an exclusive offer for those who have the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express or Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express.

While Starwood typically sells Starpoints for 25% off a couple of times a year, cardmembers can purchase Starpoints for 35% off through June 3, 2016. This is a great deal, as it allows you to purchase your choice of airline miles for 1.82 cents each.

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How much do Starpoints cost?

Starwood ordinarily charges 3.5 cents per purchased Starpoint. If you max out this promotion you can purchase 30,000 Starpoints for $682.50, which is 2.275 cents per Starpoint.

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You can purchase a maximum of 30,000 Starpoints per account per calendar year, and accounts have to be at least 14 days old in order to participate in this promotion.

When Starwood offers a discount on purchased points, it has always been for 25% off. I’ve never seen a 35% off promotion before.

Keep in mind that Starwood points purchases are processed by points.com, so don’t count as hotel spend for the purposes of your credit card. That means if you buy points you’ll want to use a card which maximizes your return on everyday, non-bonused spend, like the Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card, Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American ExpressCiti® Double Cash CardChase Freedom Unlimited, etc.

How to get around annual Starpoint purchase limit

One way to get around the limit of only being able to purchase 30,000 Starpoints per account per calendar year is to make a household points transfer. Starwood allows members registered at the same address to transfer Starpoints between accounts. This means if you have four people at your address with Starwood accounts, you can all purchase Starpoints through this promotion and you could then transfer the points to one account.

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Should you buy Starpoints?

This is a fantastic deal, and even though I already have hundreds of thousands of Starpoints, I’m considering purchasing more. While there’s uncertainty involving the upcoming merger with Marriott, and what it means for the value of Starpoints, I can see immediate value in this promotion.

Perhaps the most compelling part of this offer is that Starpoints can be transferred to over two dozen airline partners, including the following:

AeroMexico Club PremierANA Mileage ClubEmirates SkywardsQatar Airways Privileges Club
Air Canada AeroplanAmerican Airlines AAdvantageEtihad Airways GuestSaudi Arabian Airlines Alfursan
airberlin Top BonusAsiana Airlines Asiana ClubGol SmilesSingapore Airlines KrisFlyer
Air China CompanionBritish Airways Executive ClubHawaiian Airlines HawaiianMilesThai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
Air France/KLM FlyingBlueCathay Pacific Asia MilesJapan Airlines (JAL) Mileage BankUnited Mileage Plus
Air New Zealand Air PointsChina Eastern Airlines Eastern ClubKorean Air SkypassVirgin Atlantic Flying Club
Alaska Airlines Mileage PlanChina Southern Airlines' Sky Pearl ClubLAN Airlines LANPASS KmsVirgin Australia Velocity
Alitalia MilleMigliaDelta Air Lines SkyMilesLufthansa Miles & More

Points transfer at a 1:1 ratio to a vast majority of partners, and when you transfer points to them you receive a 5,000 point bonus for every 20,000 points you transfer.

If you buy 20,000 Starpoints for $455, you could convert those into 25,000 airline miles. That’s a rate of 1.82 cents per mile. For many mileage currencies, that’s a fantastic deal.

For example, at the moment Alaska is offering their biggest ever bonus on the purchase of miles, where you can earn up to a 50% bonus. That’s an opportunity to acquire miles for as little as ~1.97 cents each. You can do significantly better by purchasing Starpoints and then converting them into Alaska miles through this offer.

Similarly, Starpoints now convert into Virgin America Elevate points at a 1:1 ratio, meaning you can pick up Virgin America Elevate points for 1.82 cents each. You can redeem just 45,000 Elevate points for a one-way Virgin Australia business class ticket between the US and Australia, meaning you could acquire enough points for that for just ~$820. That’s amazing.

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Virgin Australia’s new business class

There’s also a lot of value to be had in converting Starpoints into Japan Airlines Mileage Bank miles for the purposes of redeeming on Emirates.

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Convert Starpoints into Japan Airlines miles, for redemptions in Emirates A380 first class

The one caveat is that converting Starpoints into airline miles isn’t an instant process — it takes anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks.

Bottom line

If you have the SPG Personal Amex or SPG Business Amex , buying starpoints for 35% off is a fantastic value, in my opinion. This is an opportunity to buy airline miles for 1.82 cents each in your choice of programs, with the flexibility to transfer them whenever you’d like. I’d much rather purchase Starpoints speculatively rather than an individual mileage currency, given that the points are much more flexible.

This is a great, great offer, in my opinion.

If you’re eligible, do you plan on purchasing Starpoints for 35% off?


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Comments

  1. @ Matt — Do you have the card, and did you log into your account after selecting the number of points you want to purchase?

  2. Is this a targeted offer?
    I have the SPG AmEx personal credit card, but I don’t see the offer in my SPG account.

  3. Not seeing it here either, and I do also have the SPG Personal card… Is there a place to login on that page, or are you referring to the bit where they just ask for your name/SPG number?

  4. Hmmm, to clarify, is everyone selecting the number of Starpoints they want to buy (at the normal price), and THEN entering their account information? The cheaper price is reflected after you log-in, if you’re eligible. So it won’t show on the initial search page.

  5. Yeah no luck (and no pun intended), tried my account (SPG gold), my GF (SPG Plat), both logged in and not in multiple browsers.

  6. You make a good case for purchasing Starpoints. But I’ve regularly been burnt by purchasing points that are then devalued. Most recently was the purchase of Club Carlson points a few months before they eliminated the “second night free with points” benefit.

    On the other hand, an SPG devaluation would have to be both: A) The number of SPG points required for a hotel room, and B) the transfer ratios from SPG to partners. If only one of those happened, the points would still be pretty valuable.

  7. Lucky, where is the first point in the process that they show the discount? Is it after you enter your credit card information? I logged in (SPG Gold + SPG Amex cardholder) and did not see a discount.

  8. Hey sloppybenny you write “How to get around annual Starpoint purchase limit” but wouldn’t only cardholders get the discount?

  9. “In the interest of full disclosure, One Mile At A Time earns a referral bonus for anyone that’s approved through some of the below links.”

    I’m not sure that’s FULL full disclosure, given that you’re using a link in this post to make money on points purchases.

  10. Ben – That link (in your comments) works. Your in-post URLs do not reflect the URL you gave us in the comments.

  11. The link you post in the comments works. Your referral link doesn’t. Sketchy! You going to pull the post?

  12. Thanks, guys. Updated the link with that URL. Should have worked through both, but seems like only that one is working.

  13. I compared both links and the the one in the comments section works, the link in the article does not work. I will take advantage of this offer 🙂

  14. I too did not see the discount but using the link noted above I now have the 35% offer available.

  15. I clicked the link but and logged in, but still seeing full price? Are there other ways to activate the offer? Thanks!

  16. Nevermind-saw the other comments and the link you posted in comments seems to show the offer!

  17. Hoorah..new link working and I am in the market for some SPG points to top up my Avios and use my BA 2-4-1! Woo! Thanks Ben!

  18. I clicked on the link, filled out all of the required info, and received this message: “We’re sorry, something went wrong with your transaction. Your credit card has not been charged. Please click here to try your transaction again.” I clicked the link they gave me, filled out all of the info, and when I clicked on pay, there was no discount. I went back to the link you gave me, did everything again, and received the same message. I can only think it was a targeted offer and they somehow know I wasn’t part of the target market. Incidentally, I am U.S., not Canada. 🙁

  19. I cancelled my AMEX SPG card in February. Link is still active for me.

    Hey, Lucky, my SPG account balance includes 849 orphan points. Without the card, and no planned Starwood stays, is there any easy way to pick up 151 points somewhere?

  20. ben, its worth noting that these transfer to Amtrak. for those who regularly use and pay for amtrak travel, this is also a great deal. not as lucrative as biz/first class redemptions, but still a huge discount. amtrak points are worth 2.9c/pt. I’m not sure if there’s a 5k bonus for transferring 20k SPG to Amtrak

  21. Theoretically “You can redeem just 45,000 Elevate points for a one-way Virgin Australia business class ticket between the US and Australia..”

    But is there EVER availability?

  22. Semi-OT question: What’s the best way to search for award availability on Virgin Australia?

  23. Rookie here. I used Delta to search for award availability on Virgin Australia (specifically for LAX-SYD or Brisbane route). I see this route flies 1-2-1 config alternate days. It seems to have availability one week out.

  24. Purchased on a non spg card and that worked fine as well. just a data point for you folks

  25. Here’s a small point. United is identified as transfer partner above, but SPG transfers to United at 2:1 not 1:1. Just a heads up in case anyone was thinking of buying the points to transfer to United.

  26. Sorry if this is taking the lazy option but I’m guessing there is no SPG partner AMEX card for non-us residents living in Hong Kong? I’ve done some basic googling but haven’t seen a single HK based hotel loyalty credit card. Anyone know otherwise?

  27. Okay, I don’t mean to whine here, but as I mentioned above, every time I try to do this, I get this message: “We’re sorry, something went wrong with your transaction. Your credit card has not been charged. Please click here to try your transaction again.” My credit card is fine, my Starpoints account is a few years old, I cannot for the life of me determine why every else is getting this and not me! I am traveling in Europe now, but will call when I return home this week.

  28. Hey Lucky, I think there’s a slight error. You wrote about how you can transfer Starpoints to Japan Mileage Bank miles and below the caption for the Emirates first class picture says “convert Starpoints to Alaska miles…”. I think you used this picture from a previous post and maybe forgot to change it from Alaska to JAL? Let me know if I’m mistaken. Thanks and I read your blog daily!

  29. i just signed up for the SPG account but dont have the SPG Amex card, wiil i still be able to take advantage of this promotion??

  30. Thanks Ben. I bought the maximum 30000 points. Will be transferring it to Alaska to redeem for business class award for Australia.

  31. Anyone have any experience buying through the working link Ben provided without actually being a cardholder?

  32. Lucky, data point, I purchased the 30k SPG poinys during the last special (25% off) and put it on my spg biz card. To my surprised, I received double points on my statement.

  33. @David…
    Now THAT requires more info.
    You mean you bought 30,000 points (not counting the bonus) and when they posted you got a grand total of 60,000?

  34. Lucky; i enrolled spg program as soon as i found out about their promotion(5/20), yesterday, they denied me this promotion saying that i wasnt qualified, but yesterday marked the 15th day since i enrolled….thoughts??

  35. @ Chung heng Liu — This promotion is only available to those with the SPG Amex, unfortunately.

  36. hi, Lucky, thanks for replying, I do have SPG Amex, I even received an email about their 35% off, but I still got denied…

  37. I too received double points, like hotel stay bonus, on the $683 I paid for 30,000 points on my last SPG AMEX statement.

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