While there are some that would disagree, I think many of us would agree that SPG Starpoints are among the most valuable point currency around due to the flexibility in uses and the difficulty in getting them (1 point per dollar via the credit card, if you go that way).
Note: If you use the link below to purchase SPG points, I will receive a small commission. Please make sure that this is the best deal for your uses before you buy, however. What might make sense for one person might make no sense for another so please do the math to see if buying these points is the best deal for you!
3 Reasons to Consider Buying SPG Points with 35% Discount
Link: Buy SPG Points
So, when sales come around, it can pay to take a look at value you may get with SPG Starpoints. They normally cost 3.5 cents each so getting them for less can be a bargain – depending on how you use them.
SPG Discount Details:
- Transactions must be completed between 9:00 AM ET June 1, 2017 and 11:59 PM ET June 30, 2017 to be eligible for the discount.
- Purchased points do not count towards Preferred Guest, Gold Preferred Guest, or Platinum Preferred Guest Status.
- Transactions are final and nonrefundable. All other terms and conditions of the Starwood Preferred Guest Program apply.
- Please Note: Cost is $.035 per point. Purchase up to 30,000 per account per calendar year; points are applicable toward all Starpoint awards but do not count toward elite status.
- Starpoint purchases can be made by members whose accounts have been active for a minimum of 14 days. Accounts that are less than the required 14 days in age will have the purchase attempt cancelled.
Here are what I think are 3 reasons to considering buying SPG Starpoints with the 35% discount.
SPG Moments can have incredible value, depending on what you go after. With some of the Moment packages things that cannot normally be bought with money, being able to buy Starpoints at a discount is a great way to go about that. Consider something like some of the MLB packages. There are some packages that can be had at some decent Starpoint prices. If you were to buy those same seats, you may pay anywhere from $100 to much more if you were to pay cash. Buy SPG points is a nice shortcut to getting some decent packages on a discount.
My preferred transfer partner (airline) for SPG points is Aegean’s Miles + Bonus program. With business class redemptions only being 45,000 miles between the US and Europe, it is possible to get quite a bargain on some great airlines. Since every block of 20,000 Starpoints to an airline receives a 5,000 mile bonus in transfer, you would only need to transfer 40,000 Starpoints (and get 50,000 Aegean miles) to get a business class ticket that might otherwise cost way over $2,000.
Of course, keep in mind that the limit on purchasing Starpoints is 30,000 points per calendar year. It used to be possible to transfer between members of a household but from what I understand, the points transferred cannot be ones that were purchased that will put the receiver over the 30K limit (I could be wrong on what the current handling of this is – feel free to correct me in the comments).
Also take into account the fuel surcharges that each airline might charge, of course, when you tally it all up.
Since you can transfer SPG Starpoints to Marriott at a 1:3 conversion, buying the maximum of 30,000 Starpoints will give you 90,000 Marriott points. That can give you a significant savings on many higher category Marriott properties but it is also a great way to bulk up your Marriott account for their Hotel and Air packages. Also, this is another way for people in the same household to maximize this as you are allowed to combine Marriott points when redeeming for an award. So, if you have 2 people max out this SPG discount, it would translate to having 180,000 Marriott points toward a package. That’s a great start!
Remember that Ultimate Reward points do transfer to Marriott at 1:1 as well but that is not the strongest of transfer partners unless you are topping up for a redemption like the Marriott Hotel and Air awards.
A 35% discount on SPG Starpoints can be a great deal if you have a plan to maximize them. If you max it out, you will be paying $682 – not small change so make sure that you are going to get at least $750 in value (to take into account the points you could earn if you paid outright). I will not be buying this time around as I have enough Starpoints for my uses now (most to be transferred to Aegean). But maybe it will work for you!