Last Chance To Buy Starpoints For 35% Off

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As I posted about in early June, Starwood is offering a 35% discount on the purchase of Starpoints at the moment. The sale was initially scheduled to end on June 30, though Starwood extended it to July 14. So if you haven’t yet taken advantage of this offer, you have just a couple of days left to do so (I assume they won’t extend it yet again, though I suppose anything is possible).

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. @ Ben, do you know if I convert these SPG points to MR points, do they count towards MR Lifetime status? I am very close to achieving Lifetime status with MR but just missing about 100k.

  2. Ben, what was the highest ever offer on this? I seem to recall a targeted 40% (or was it 50%?) offer back in December.

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