Enticing Discount Buying Starwood Points (35% Off, Airline Miles for 1.82 Cents)

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Starwood is offering a 35% discount on buying Starpoints through December 29.

They’re actually letting you buy points at a price which those points are worth which is great.

A 35% discount prices Starwood points at 2.275 cents apiece. And since Starpoints transfer to airline miles with a bonus — transfer points into 20,000 miles and receive 5000 bonus miles — you are effectively buying airline miles with your choice of programs (any of the many where Starpoints transfer 1:1) at a cost of 1.82 cents apiece.

Starwood only lets you buy 30,000 points per year for your account.

This isn’t the biggest discount we’ve ever seen, but it’s close. In the fall there was an offer which was targeted for 50% off Starpoints.

When the offer is ‘only’ a 30% discount I suggest that anyone with a Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express can pay bills using the Plastiq bill pay service. Plastiq charges your card, mails a check, and charges you a 2.5% fee. That means you can ‘buy Starpoints’ at $0.025 apiece year round, no special offer needed, and the only cap is how many bills you can pay.

But since this price is still about 10% less, it’s worth considering if you need to top off a frequent flyer miles account or top off your Starwood points for an award since I regularly get 3-4 cents on my hotel redemptions.

You can also of course transfer your Starpoints to Marriott at 1 to 3, and then use Marriott Rewards for travel packages.

Or book a Marriott property like Al Wadi which provides great value.

Al Wadi Desert Resort: Less than 14,000 Starpoints Per Night Transferred to Marriott

Here’s the full list of airline mileage transfer partners:

Frequent Flyer Program Exchange Ratio (Starpoints : Miles)
Aegean Airlines 1:1
Aeromexico Club Premier 1:1
Aeroplan/Air Canada 1:1
Air China Companion 1:1
Air New Zealand & Air Points 65:1
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan 1:1
Alitalia MilleMiglia 1:1
All Nippon Mileage Club 1:1
American Airlines AAdvantage 1:1
Asia Miles 1:1
Asiana Airlines 1:1
British Airways Executive Club 1:1
China Eastern Airlines 1:1
China Southern SkyPearl Club 1:1
Delta Air Lines SkyMiles 1:1
Emirates Skywards 1:1
Etihad Airways 1:1
Flying Blue 1:1
Gol Smiles 2:1
Hainan Airlines 1:1
Hawaiian Airlines 1:1
Japan Airlines Mileage Bank 1:1
Jet Airways 1:1
Korean Air Skypass 1:1
Miles and More 1:1
Qatar Airways 1:1
Saudi Arabian Airlines Alfursan 1:1
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer 1:1
Thai Airways RoyalOrchidPlus 1:1
United Mileage Plus 2:1
Velocity Frequent Flyer 1:1
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club 1:1

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  1. May want to edit to add that this time they are allowing you to buy 10000 over the usual limit. Both my husband and I did today.

    Here are the terms:

    Transactions must be completed between 9:00 AM ET November 1, 2017 and 11:59 PM ET December 29, 2017 to be eligible for the discount. During this promotional period, up to an additional 10,000 points in total may be purchased or received by the account holder. These points are in addition to the annual purchase/gift recipient limit of 30,000 points.

  2. Hello, just want to see if anyone met issue buying the points with error: “Error: There was a problem with your credit card information. Please try again, or try a different card.”?

    I kept getting this error no matter which credit card I tried, and banks actually confirmed that the transactions were all approved. But just points.com kept saying there’s error. Also I met the same issue when I purchase other points from points.com as well (such as choice privileges, etc.)


  3. Hi Wendy,

    I read your comment and immediately tried to buy an additional 10,000 points from SPG. I already bought 30,000 points earlier today.

    On the SPG site at – buy points – there is nothing there that discusses the additional 10,000 points. I then called SPG and asked about the additional allowance. The person who answered knew nothing about the 10,000 additional. The agent then checked with a supervisor. After a few minutes, the agent came back on the line and said there is no additional 10,000 points allowance.

    Can you tell me (us) how you made the additional purchase?

    Thanks in advance.

  4. Wendy and any others who want to purchase an additional 10,000 points, here is a link to the SPG page that allows for 40,000 points for this year rather than the customary 30,000 each year.

    Here is the link – http://po.st/SPGholiday

  5. If you click-thru via topcashback.com (US version,) you can get 2.5% cashback on your purchase price of points 🙂 !
    Also, Christian, brand-new accounts are ineligible for the first 14 days. So open yours today, then buy on/ after Nov. 17!

  6. Is there a limit to the number of “gifted” miles you may receive in a year? Is this affected by purchasing a package from the Amex Travel promo packages in May? I usually buy points packages when they offer them.

  7. I bought points with this promotion using my Amex SPG card. Today, I look at my Amex page and it said I earned X number of points. It seemed to high for my purchases. I log on my SPG acct. and there it is! I was bonused for the points purchase. Wish I bought more. It does show as Points.com purchase But I was bonused for that purchase as if it an SPG purchase. Maybe a mistake, but I’ll try it again next time and report back.

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