Last Chance: Buy Starpoints For 30% Off

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Since early March, Starwood has been offering up to a 30% bonus on the purchase of points. This promotion ends today, April 30, 2017, so if you’ve been holding off, this is your last chance to take advantage of this opportunity.


How the Starpoints 30% discount works

The bonus is tiered based on how many points you buy in a single transaction, as follows:

  • Buy 5,000 – 9,500 Starpoints and save 10%
  • Buy 10,000 – 14,500 Starpoints and save 15%
  • Buy 15,000 – 19,500 Starpoints and save 20%
  • Buy 20,000 – 30,000 Starpoints and save 30%

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 $735, which is a rate of 2.45 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.

While Starwood points purchases are processed by, they actually do earn bonus points if using an SPG credit card. So you’d earn double Starpoints 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.

Should you buy Starpoints?

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:

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

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 2.45 cents per Starpoints, that’s the equivalent of paying 1.96 cents per airline mile. For many mileage currencies, I’d say that’s an excellent deal.

Potentially it gets even better than that. At the moment, American is offering a 25% bonus when you convert hotel points into AAdvantage miles. You could buy 20,000 Starpoints for $490, and they would convert into 31,250 AAdvantage miles. That’s a cost of ~1.57 cents per mile, which is cheaper than I recall American selling miles in years.


Converting Starpoints into Marriott points

Keep in mind that Starpoints convert into Marriott Rewards points at a 1:3 ratio, so this is an opportunity to buy Marriott Rewards points at attractive prices as well. At a rate of 2.45 cents per Starpoint, that’s like being able to buy Marriott points for ~0.8 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:


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).

Bottom line

Starwood’s sale on the purchase of Starpoints is ending today, so if you haven’t yet taken advantage of it, I’d seriously consider doing so. 2.45 cents per Starpoint is a pretty good price, and is potentially an opportunity to generate Marriott points for ~0.8 cents each, airline miles for ~1.96 cents each, and AAdvantage miles for ~1.57 cents each.

Do you plan on buying Starpoints for 30% off?

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  1. Why do you keep plugging transferring starpoints to AA when you made an entire post about how atrocious their availability was?

  2. @ Ally — Because there’s still plenty of value to be had redeeming AAdvantage miles for travel exclusively on partner airlines. It’s not for everyone, but this is the lowest cost we’ve seen on the purchase of AAdvantage miles, so I figured that angle was worth pointing out.

  3. @lucky. As viewfromwing pointed out, one can buy SPG points with 2.5 cents through plastq if you have spg card from amex. Is the deal still worth?

  4. Plastq: considering the well-documented issues that Plastq sometimes has actually paying bills on time, then I’d say yes. And that’s from someone who has considered using Plastq to earn SPG points. Of course, no reason why you couldn’t do both.

  5. I was doing the math and it’s tempting, but at 7000 pts/nt (quick look at PVR showed this or 125/nt), I’d need to find hotels less than $~180/nt to make it worth while. I know there are other things that can be done with those 30K points, but I’m having a hard time justifying it.

  6. What is the history of Starpoints sales and %off? From what I remember, they generally run a few sales every year.

  7. Hi. I have an option to buy starpoints at $2275 for 110000 points. That is 2.05 cents per. I can buy up to 660000. What do you think about that??? Thanks.

  8. Hi Lucky. Quick question. You mention the purchase will earn double points when using a Starwood Amex card. Does this mean a 30,000 mile purchase will be doubled to 60,000 miles? Thanks!

  9. PK: No, it means you’ll earn double points on the $735, so 31,470 instead of 30,735.

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