Reminder: You Can Still Buy Starpoints (And Airline Miles) 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.

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.

The reason it’s worth remembering about this promotion now is that if you don’t have an SPG account you could still sign-up now and then buy Starpoints before the promotion is over, as the promotion is valid for just about two more weeks.

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:

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 2.275 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.

If you’re already an SPG member, you have a bit over two weeks to take advantage of this promotion. If you’re not an SPG member and want to take advantage of this promotion, sign-up now, so you can still buy Starpoints before the deadline.

(Tip of the hat to Loyalty Lobby)


  1. Probably worth mentioning this time around limit is increased to 40k- especially useful given 20k increments for +5k’s extra

  2. Yeah my account won’t let me buy more than 30k

    @Lucky can you take advantage of this if you have 2 accounts?

  3. Hmm – I wonder if that’s targeted. This is what I received from SPG the other day:


    For a limited time, you can purchase 10,000 more Starpoints® than the standard annual limit. Plus, now until 29 December 2017, you’ll save 35% on all purchases of 5,000 Starpoints or more.

    And for the sake of experiment I just bought extra 10k on top of 30 purchased earlier and it went through.

    Also, I have came accross a link on the internet which has 40k in the drop-down. I have nothing to do with this particular link but happy to post here if that’s ok

  4. @Nun yes. You get 2x from it.

    @Lucky i was able to buy an extra 30k. you might need to go through a certain link to do it. When i said i want to buy 30k, it drops it down to 10k.

  5. My wife and I both were able to purchase 10k, however my daughters account would not allow her. We all had already purchased 30k earlier in the year.

  6. @Tom Albert was saying you get 2x credit card points, so if the points cost $500 you’d get 1000 points from spend on you spg AMEX card

  7. Thanks for the link Albert H. It wouldn’t show the 40,000 point offer for me until I signed in with your link. 40,000 SPG points for $910 is a great deal considering how much more you would have to spend to get those points even with the sign-up offer. THANKS!!!

  8. @Albert H

    Thank you for the link. Before I hadn’t been able to buy the extra. With the link I bought 12k for myself and 10k for my wife.

    And thanks to OMAAT, yours is the 1st site that gave a link to where I could get the extra 10K.

  9. @Tom no, its more like, buy 40k points @ a discount rate(35% off)
    so if 40k points cost you $1000, you pay $650.

  10. Does this stack with 2x SPG points if purchased with SPG amex? That would yield another 1365 points, right?

  11. @Adam I bought 40k for $910 and received 910 + 910 bonus points when it posted. It doesn’t break down what the bonus is from on the Amex site like Chase does for their bonus points.

    I only booked another SPG hotel for 90 bucks at the time and got about 1000 bonus points so it could only be the points the I bought that gave the extra 900.

  12. Is the best credit card to use for this the Starwood SPG card? Or is there another card (might it be considered travel) that would give three times the points or more bonus in spend?

  13. How long does it take to post? I bought 40K 24hrs ago and so far haven’t posted. BTW it’s my first time buying starpoints.

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