Chinese-language blogger Troy gives me the heads up that Starwood points appear to be transferring to LAN at 1 to 1.5, instead of the usual 1 to 2.
The Starwood page listing transfers still shows that 1 Starpoint yields 2 LAN points (20,000 Starpoints transfer to 50,000 LAN kilometers with bonuses).
Here’s the confirmation e-mail he received, though, showing the reduced rate when he made a transfer.
I tried to make a transfer earlier today to test things and the website wasn’t working properly for me, instead of bringing me to the confirmation page it would dump me into my account summary.
But things seem to be working again, and the confirmation screen shows the usual 1:2 ratio for LAN.
So I don’t know if Troy’s experience is a glitch, or if Starwood is in the process of updating their systems to reflect a lower transfer rate.
But if you are going to make a transfer, it’s worth grabbing screen shots showing the points you are promised in case you get fewer points (the 1:1.5 transfer ratio) and need to point out that the transfer was short.
And if you’ve been thinking about using LAN for short, non-stop flights on their oneworld partners, leveraged by the great Starwood transfer ratio, it might be a good idea to make that transfer now rather than waiting (with appropriate screen shots) in case the option goes away.
I’m less inclined towards using LAN this way though since British Airways Avios points are so easily acquired, and since their chart is also good for short non-stop flights on oneworld airlines. Still, the 1:2 transfer ratio is attractive for such awards (even if dealing with LAN can be frustrating at times).
Hopefully this last remaining 1:2 transfer partner will remain. Gone are the good old days — before Qantas devaluations even — when Starpoints transferred to Qantas at 1:2 plus bonuses. Back in the spring of 2002, 21 Inside Flyer subscriptions earned 52,500 Starpoints .. enough to redeem Qantas miles for a British Airways trip on the Concorde.