Today Is The Last Day To Buy Starpoints For 35% Off

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As I first wrote about at the beginning of February, Starwood is offering a 35% discount on the purchase of Starpoints through today, March 16, 2018. This is a great opportunity to buy Starpoints, Marriott Rewards points, or airline miles, at a discount. If you haven’t yet taken advantage of this promotion, this is your final 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.

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 potential value here is 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.

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. For example, I’ve written about the opportunity to buy Alaska miles for ~2.11 cents each through April 9, 2018, which I know many people take advantage of, so this is an opportunity to buy Alaska miles for even less.

However, with this promotion you’re more restricted in terms of how many Alaska miles you can buy, and you also don’t get them instantly. In some cases you can even indirectly acquire miles for less through this promotion — for example, by stacking promotions you can pick up Aeroplan miles for ~1.46 cents each.

So if you’re interested in buying Starpoints but haven’t yet done so, today is the last day to do so. 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 (2x Starpoints per dollar spent rather than 1x 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.

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  1. Thought I’d be able to resist this, and I held firm until the last day, but as of 2 minutes ago…

    I’m 30,000 Starpoints richer, and $682.50 poorer.

    Just can’t resist hoarding Starpoints!

  2. Anyone else have an issue with the purchase page where it says:

    “Error: There was a problem with your credit card information. Please try again, or try a different card.”

    I tried a week ago and again today with two different visa cards and an amex, and none have worked.

  3. Hi Ben, You should give us a week notice before a promotion ends. I just read this post a day late. 🙁

  4. I tried to purchase but it got cancelled as they indicated my account was only recently created. They needed the account to be 14 days active before points can be purchased. I wish your blog or the SPG website was more clear about this.

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