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On February 1 I wrote about how SPG is offering a 35% discount on purchased points. For the past several days I’ve received messages from readers trying to buy points, who noted that the site for buying Starpoints wasn’t working properly. This seemed to be a consistent issue for several days, making it impossible to buy Starpoints. The good news is that this has now been fixed, so if you’ve been wanting to buy Starpoints but have had issues, it should be possible once again.
As a reminder, 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.
There are three circumstances under which it can make sense to buy Starpoints:
- You value Starpoints for hotel redemptions
- You want to convert Starpoints into Marriott Rewards points (at a 1:3 ratio), as this is essentially a way to buy Marriott Rewards points for ~0.76 cents each
- You want to buy airline miles, as you can convert Starpoints into airline miles at a 1:1 ratio, with a 5,000 point bonus for every 20,000 points transferred (below is a list of the partner currencies); this is an opportunity to acquire airline miles for 1.82 cents each
|Aegean Airlines Miles+Bonus||American Airlines AAdvantage||Hainan Airlines Fortune Wings Club||Qatar Airways Privileges Club|
|AeroMexico Club Premier||Asiana Airlines Asiana Club||Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles||Saudi Arabian Airlines Alfursan|
|Air Canada Aeroplan||British Airways Executive Club||Iberia Plus||Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer|
|Air China Companion||Cathay Pacific Asia Miles||Japan Airlines (JAL) Mileage Bank||Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus|
|Air France/KLM FlyingBlue||China Eastern Airlines Eastern Club||Jet Airways||topbonus loyalty|
|Air New Zealand Air Points||Delta Air Lines SkyMiles||Korean Air Skypass||United Mileage Plus|
|Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan||Emirates Skywards||LATAM Airlines LATAMPASS Kms||Virgin Atlantic Flying Club|
|Alitalia MilleMiglia||Etihad Airways Guest||LifeMiles of Avianca||Virgin Australia Velocity|
|ANA Mileage Club||Gol Smiles||Lufthansa Miles & More|
While Starwood points purchases are processed by points.com, they actually do earn bonus points if using an SPG credit card. So you’d earn double Starpoints for the credit card spend (2x Starpoints per dollar spent) if you pay for the purchase with the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express or Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express.
This promotion is valid through March 16, 2018, so you still have several weeks to decide if you want to buy Starpoints.
(Tip of the hat to LoyaltyLobby)