Starwood’s 35% Discount On Purchased Points Is Back

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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+BonusAmerican Airlines AAdvantageHainan Airlines Fortune Wings ClubQatar Airways Privileges Club
AeroMexico Club PremierAsiana Airlines Asiana ClubHawaiian Airlines HawaiianMilesSaudi Arabian Airlines Alfursan
Air Canada AeroplanBritish Airways Executive ClubIberia PlusSingapore Airlines KrisFlyer
Air China CompanionCathay Pacific Asia MilesJapan Airlines (JAL) Mileage BankThai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
Air France/KLM FlyingBlueChina Eastern Airlines Eastern ClubJet Airwaystopbonus loyalty
Air New Zealand Air PointsDelta Air Lines SkyMilesKorean Air SkypassUnited Mileage Plus
Alaska Airlines Mileage PlanEmirates SkywardsLATAM Airlines LATAMPASS KmsVirgin Atlantic Flying Club
Alitalia MilleMigliaEtihad Airways GuestLifeMiles of AviancaVirgin Australia Velocity
ANA Mileage ClubGol SmilesLufthansa 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)

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Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing. Does the purchase of Starpoints count towards activity on the SPG account? Currently have no activity for 11 months so need to create something to avoid account inactivation

  2. I got to it fine using the link above and bought points without any issues.

    Points took about 10 minutes before it posted. I remember it being instant the previous time I bought it.

  3. Well they are about to devalue their points by about 50% so not sure I’d be a buyer unless you use them instantly. Getting tired of points programs that act like Zimbabwe dollars.

  4. Rjb – unless you have insider information about some unannounced mass devaluation coming up, how are claiming they are about to be devaluaed by 50%?
    If this is regarding the hotel category changes, that’s a part of life. Category changes happen every year. Sometimes big, sometimes small.

  5. @rjb: is that sarcasm or some fact that you have come across?

    @lucky: in case rjb doesn’t write back, have you heard of any devaluation? I’m sure you would have mentioned it. I agree that it may get devalued next year with Marriott merging everything, but this yr?

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