20% discount on the purchase of Starwood Preferred Guest points through December 30, 2011

Through December 30, Starwood is offering a 20% discount on purchased and gifted points, which they seem to do a couple of times a year. With the 20% discount, points come out to 2.8 cents each, with a maximum of 20,000 points that can be purchased per account per calendar year. Accounts have to be active for a minimum of 30 days to take advantage of this promotion.

Starwood points are probably the most valuable points currency out there. Even so, in most instances this isn’t a steal for someone just wanting to outright purchase points. But if you’re trying to top off an account for an award redemption or mileage transfer, this is a fairly good deal.

Now that award stays count towards elite status, it might actually be more lucrative to outright buy points for a cash and points stay and still earn elite credit, as opposed to paying.

Or ultimately 20,000 Starwood points converts to 25,000 miles in over a dozen airline programs, so that translates to 2.24 cents per mile. Again, not a steal, but not a bad value for topping off an account either.


  1. Im waiting for US to have another 100% bonus on purchased DM miles (eventhough the price went to 3.5cents /mile)

  2. @ Bundy Bear — Absolutely. It only takes about a week for miles to transfer from Starwood to American, so this would be a great way to top off an AAdvantage account.

  3. @Mike Smith US often has promotions for hotel transfers (recently up to 75% if you had their credit card and elite status) so that 2.24 cents per mile could be 1.28 cents per mile if you play your cards right. AA also had a 35% promo which brings it closer to 1.66 cpm…good, but I won’t be taking out a second mortgage for it anytime soon.

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