Great Deal: Buy Starpoints For 30% Off

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Through July 1, 2016, Starwood is offering up to a 30% discount on the purchase of Starpoints. This is available to SPG members who purchase at least 5,000 Starpoints.

Starpoints-Discount

This is the best ever publicly available offer we’ve seen on the purchase of Starpoints. Typically Starwood offers a 25% discount on purchased Starpoints a few times per year.

Furthermore, we recently saw Starwood offer a 35% discount on the purchase of Starpoints, though that was targeted at those with the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express or Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express. So if you don’t have either of those credit cards, this is the best offer we’ve seen.

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 $735, which is 2.45 cents per Starpoint.

Starwood-Discount

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.

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.

Should you buy Starpoints?

As I said above, this is the best ever non-targeted offer we’ve seen on the purchase of Starpoints. 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 $490, you could convert those into 25,000 airline miles. That’s a rate of 1.96 cents per mile. For many mileage currencies, that’s a fantastic deal.

Starpoints convert into Virgin America Elevate points at a 1:1 ratio, meaning you can pick up Virgin America Elevate points for 1.96 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 ~$880. That’s amazing, and something I’m in the process of booking.

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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 hours to several days.

Bottom line

A 30% discount on the purchase of Starpoints is the best non-targeted offer we’ve seen from SPG. This is an opportunity to buy airline miles for 1.96 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 offer, in my opinion.

Do you plan on purchasing Starpoints for 30% off?


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Comments

  1. Lucky
    BA sent out an email with an offer of converting hotel reward points into Avios between 20 June and 5 July and they’ll throw in a 35% Avios bonus.

    Tie this in with your above offer and once can pretty much buy at a 35% discount and transfer to BA Exec Club to get a 35% bonus! What more can we ask for?

    Just to clarify, I am a UK-based member of BA EC so if your readers havent received this email offer then it may be for UK and/or EU based members of EC only.

  2. Just bought 20,000 points and with the 5,000 transfer bonus will be using these as AA miles to let me book Etihad A380 biz LHR > AUH. Great deal when you have a specific redemption in mind but are a few points short.

  3. You mention ‘This is the best ever publicly available offer we’ve seen on the purchase of Starpoints’ but it was 35% last month.

  4. @Lucky – I noticed that mentioned in the coverage at the time. Some people without SPG Amexs were successful, so I tried it, and I got them too (within a few hours no less)! 🙂

  5. I’m trying to find business class seats to Australia for my honeymoon this November and thinking this may be an option. Between my fiance and I we have about 44k SPG points right now and we could both by 30k more. She’d end up with 70k and I would have 34k. Transferring 104k SPG points would put us at 129k Virgin points if my math is right. This would be 31k points short for 2 tickets. I also have 33k UR points. Can I transfer these to Virgin and use those to combine with the SPG points I would transfer? Would there be any complications with having different accounts or should I try to transfer all the points to one Virgin account and book both tickets with those points? Thanks for your help!

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