Last Chance: Buy Starpoints For 35% Off

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As I first wrote about in early November, Starwood is offering a 35% discount on the purchase of Starpoints through December 29, 2017. This is a great opportunity to buy Starpoints, Marriott Rewards points, or airline miles, at a discount. If you haven’t yet taken advantage of this promotion, this is your final reminder — you have just two days left to do so.

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 (though some report that their accounts show the limit temporarily lifted — that’s not the case on my account, though), and accounts have to be at least 14 days old in order to participate in this promotion.

Starpoints convert into Marriott Rewards points at a 1:3 ratio, meaning that this is an opportunity to indirectly buy Marriott Rewards points for ~0.76 cents each, which is potentially an excellent deal.

The other great value here is potentially acquiring airline miles this way. 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.

At a rate of 2.275 cents per Starpoints, that’s the equivalent of paying 1.82 cents per airline mile. For many mileage currencies, I’d say that’s an excellent deal. For example, I’ve written about the opportunity to buy Alaska miles for ~2.11 cents each through tomorrow, which I know many people take advantage of, so this is an opportunity to buy Alaska miles for even less. However, with this promotion you’re more restricted in terms of how many Alaska miles you can buy, and you also don’t get them instantly.

Since there’s an annual cap of purchasing 30,000 Starpoints, this is a great opportunity to max out the Starpoints you can buy in 2017, and then next week you’ll be able to buy Starpoints again.

So if you’re interested in buying Starpoints but haven’t yet done so, you have about two days remaining to do so.

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  1. Thanks for reminder lucky. I’m weirded out clicking on strange links. I didn’t need anything special to get the 10K bonus if you had already reached your annual limit. As soon as I put my SPG number it updated the page to note that the limited was waived during the promo period and i could buy 10K more. Perfect way to top of my account. Already planning my Greek adventure.

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