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Starwood is offering a 35% discount on buying Starpoints through July 20. They’re selling Starpoints at the lowest public price they’ve ever offered. And I’ve just gone in on it myself.
At just under 2.3 cents apiece they’re letting you buy points at a price which those points are worth. This may be the last chance to do it before Marriott swallows the program in August. And the new award chart will create a window through the end of the year with some nice deals.
Of course since Starpoints transfer to airline miles with a bonus — transfer points into 20,000 miles and receive 5000 bonus miles — if you’d rather 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. We saw it in February. There was a targeted better off a year ago and a half ago for 50% off Starpoints.
This price is probably worth it 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. It’s hard to get hurt at this price even if your goal isn’t a top tier redemption. Marriott points transfer to Starwood at 3:1. You’re buying Marriott points at less than $0.008 apiece which is also reasonable.
On the other hand though the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Card is offering 100,000 points after $5000 spend within 3 months and has a $95 annual fee and this has been announced as ending July 12 so you don’t have nearly as much time.
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)|
|Aeromexico Club Premier||1:1|
|Air China Companion||1:1|
|Air New Zealand & Air Points||65:1|
|Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan||1:1|
|All Nippon Mileage Club||1:1|
|American Airlines AAdvantage||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|
|Japan Airlines Mileage Bank||1:1|
|Korean Air Skypass||1:1|
|Miles and More||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|
Bear in mind that the new Marriott program coming in August will no longer have Amtrak as a transfer partner.
Technically Starwood Preferred Guest will still exists August 1, but that’s a legal distinction. Marriott, Starwood, and Ritz-Carlton will all have the same program at this point just with different names because contractual issues prevent them from calling it one program. For all intents and purposes though this is the last sale of Starpoints qua Starpoints.