Last Chance: Buy Starpoints At A Great Price

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Update: It looks like this promotion has been extended until July 14, 2017. This must have happened between the time I drafted the post and when it published. My apologies!

As I posted about in early June, Starwood is offering a 35% discount on the purchase of Starpoints at the moment. This sale ends Friday, June 30, 2017, so if you’ve been considering this offer, you’ll want to take advantage of it ASAP.

The 35% discount applies as long as you purchase at least 5,000 Starpoints in a single transaction.

Starwood ordinarily charges 3.5 cents per purchased Starpoint. If you max out this promotion you can buy up to 30,000 Starpoints at a cost of $682.50, which is a rate of 2.275 cents per Starpoint.

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.

This is as good as deals on purchased Starpoints get — I don’t remember ever seeing a better publicly available deal. Starwood’s last discount on purchased Starpoints was in April, when they offered up to a 30% discount. Meanwhile last May Starwood offered up to a 35% discount as well. Then just under a year ago they had a narrowly targeted promotion, where some received up to a 50% discount on purchased points.

I wanted to once again highlight two instances where this could be especially worthwhile:

Convert Starpoints into airline miles

Part of what makes Starpoints so valuable is how flexible they are. 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 you get a 5,000 point bonus for every 20,000 points transferred.

So at a rate of 2.275 cents per Starpoints, that’s the equivalent of paying 1.82 cents per airline mile, assuming you convert points in the right increments. For many mileage currencies, I’d say that’s an excellent deal.

For example, there’s a lot of value to be had in converting Starpoints into Japan Airlines Mileage Bank miles for the purposes of redeeming on Emirates. This will prove valuable for many, given that Alaska’s first class redemption rates on Emirates are now ridiculous.

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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.

Convert Starpoints into Marriott points

Starpoints convert into Marriott Rewards points at a 1:3 ratio, so this is an opportunity to buy Marriott Rewards points for ~0.75 cents each, which is quite a good deal.

The best use of Marriott Rewards points is for their Hotel + Air Packages, where you can redeem a set number of points for a fixed number of free nights plus a fixed number of miles, as follows:

marriott-points

In many cases it could be worth buying Starpoints in order to top up for one of these redemptions, given what a great value they represent (in many cases it’s an even better value than Starwood’s direct mileage transfer option).


Redeem 45,000 Marriott Rewards points for a stay at the Marriott London Park Lane

Bottom line

If you’ve been considering buying Starpoints under the current offer, you only have two days left to do so. While I wouldn’t necessarily hoard Starpoints at this cost, I do think this is a pretty safe “investment,” given how flexible Starpoints are. This gives you the opportunity to buy airline miles for as little as 1.82 cents each, or to buy Marriott points for as little as 0.75 cents each.

Comments

  1. The home page says July 14th but when you try to buy it says the promo expires on 30th June 11.59 pm

  2. @ Francisco @ R B @ Ram — Whoops, thank you. Updated the post to reflect that. Looks like the promo was extended between the time I drafted the post and when I published it, as I checked when I wrote the post. My apologies.

  3. Would this also earn another 3,412 points if you used your SPG Amex? Or would it fall under a different category?

  4. @COTraveler , if you select the SPG Amex Card during the payment , you will earn double points meaning 1366 points for 682.5 for 30K points

  5. I would also like to know if using the SPG AMEX card would earn 2x points. I have heard conflicting opinions.

  6. Is it possible to buy 30,000 points on my wife’s spg account, then transfer those points to marriott, and then transfer the marriott points back to spg but to my spg account? If so, this can be a way of buying 60k points across both spg accounts. Thoughts?

  7. “This is as good as deals on purchased Starpoints get — I don’t remember ever seeing a better publicly available deal.”

    They offered 50% off back in December.

  8. Hmmmm…. if I used a Chase Marriott Visa would I also get double starpoints? And as a Gold member any bonus?

  9. @_ar, it was mentioned in the same paragraph.

    “Then just under a year ago they had a narrowly targeted promotion, where some received up to a 50% discount on purchased points.”

  10. For those who need more Alaska miles: Spg points–>Marriott air/hotel package for virgin America miles–> convert virgin to your Alaska miles 1:1.3 (…and the hotel stay)

  11. @VG, be careful though. Virgin America (VX) is not in the same Marriott Travel Package as Alaska (AS). That is, AS belongs in Package 1, which at the most gets you 120k miles, while VX is in Package 4 which only gives you 60k.

    It was possible to do as you say through SPG, either using “Nights and Flights” or Miles Transfer (1:1), but their partnership with VX has ended as of January 9, 2017.

  12. You are right! I retract my post. I was looking at an older article by that had higher miles for Virgin on the tables.

  13. I finally sat down and did the math since I’m looking at a stay in PVR soon. If I went this option I could get four nights at a 7,000 pt per night place for $170/nt. Considering the Sheraton is $113 and the Westin is $98, I think I’ll pass. And will probably just pay for the hotel with my card since its so cheap. Now, if that was 50% off … I might have pulled that trigger.

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