Purchase Starwood Starpoints for 1.45 cents apiece on May 3

Lucky points to an offer where you’ll be able to buy Starwood Starpoints for 1.45 cents apiece (e.g. 10,000 points for $145).

Starwood points normally cost $35 per 1000 (but who would buy them at that price except to top off towards a specific award need?).

The offer will be up at Discover America Daily Getaways sponsored by American Express on May 3rd. And there are a limited number of each points package, such as only 470 of the 10,000 point offers. And each purchase transaction is limited to 5 packages.

There’s been speculation that this means you can only buy a total of 5 points packages, and so the interest has centered around the 10,000 point packages for most effect. But it’s not clear from the rules as to whether that’s per person or just per purhcase transaction. And in the end even that doesn’t matter.

What no one has yet pointed out in the Flyertalk thread on this deal is that Starwood offers the equivalent of family accounts — points can be transferred between any two members at the same residential address. So two people buy points and then one tranfers those points to the other. Boom, no more restriction.

Loyalty Traveler loves the offer. He likes it for hotel stays. I prefer it for miles conversion, since 100,000 Starpoints yields 120,000 Air Canada Aeroplan points — enough for first class from the US to Singapore. $1450 for international first class isn’t terrible if starting from scratch.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community Milepoint.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary ┬╗

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  1. You mentioned that $1450 for international first class isn’t terrible – does that mean that normally you’d be looking to pay much less than that? I know when I paid my $2000 for international first class from Sth Pacific to US through US airways miles, I thought it was great =P

  2. Put it on your SPG AMEX and get 101,450 points!
    Also at cost per point the 7000 for $100 is only 1.42 cents a point. I know it is less points but techically a better rate.

  3. I just purchased 5 – 7,000 offers for myself & 1-10,000 offer for my wife. Offer was sold out in about 8 minutes.

  4. Thanks for the heads-up on this Gary. I don’t have time to go thru all the FT threads to find the very best of the best travel-related deals, I can always rely on you to put them in one easy to find place. Between the spouse and me we snagged 30K *pts today, we hope to spend at least some of those points on prime seats to concerts (U2, DMB etc) being offered by SPG Moments.

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