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.