Get 20% Discount For Buying SPG Starpoints – Capped at 20K Starpoints per Calendar Year.

Normally Starwood sells Starpoints at 3.5 cents each, and the maximum number of points one is allowed to buy each calendar year is 20K. Now until December 31st Starwood is offering 20% discount for buying points. Instead of the usual 3.5 cents you can buy them at 2.8 cents. Sounds a bit high, doesn’t it?

SPG Starpoints 20 Discount

The reason why I quite like Starpoints is due to the fact that they are very flexible. You can use them for straight hotel awards, you can use cash + points awards, you can book flights using them, and most importantly you can convert 20K Starpoints to 25K miles with number of carriers.

This is a perfect way to top an airline account if you don’t quite have the number of miles required for an award. Periodically airlines offer bonuses for miles transferred in from number of programs. British Airways, US Airways, and American Airlines have all done this in the recent past.

Please note that some airlines require 2 Starpoints for each airline mile. These are obviously not worth doing unless you absolutely have no other way. My personal favorite airline partners from the list are British Airways, American Airlines, US Airways, and LAN. The latter for short hops in Latin America that are priced quite attractively using LAN kilometers.

Frequent Flyer Program Exchange Ratio (Starpoints : Miles)

Aeroplan/Air Canada 1:1

Air Berlin 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 Airways (ANA) Mileage Club 1:1

American Airlines AAdvantage 1:1

Asia Miles 1:1

Asiana Airlines 1:1

British Airways Executive Club 1:1

Continental Airlines(R) OnePass 2:1

Delta Air Lines SkyMiles 1:1

El Al Israel Airlines No Transfer Option

Emirates Skywards 1:1

Flying Blue 1:1

Hawaiian Airlines 1:1

Iberia Plus No Transfer Option

Japan Airlines (JAL) Mileage Bank 1:1

King Club Miles 1:1

LAN LANPASS 1:2

Mexicana Frecuenta 1:1

Miles and More 1:1

Qatar Airways 1:1

Saudi Arabian Airlines Alfursan 1:1

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer 1:1

Thai Airways International Royal Orchid Plus 1:1

US Airways Dividend Miles 1:1

United Mileage Plus 2:1

VARIG Smiles 2:1

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club 1:1

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