Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Starpoints Transfer Between Family Accounts (Changes)

Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) has allowed program members to freely transfer Starpoints between accounts as long as the address on both accounts has been been same for minimum of 30 days.

Starwood Preferred Guest SPG Transferring Starpoints Between Family Accounts

Starwood has quietly changed the minimum number of Starpoints required to initiate transfer and what can be transferred between accounts. SPG has not updated the program T&Cs to reflect these changes, however.

Transfer minimum:

Here’s what T&Cs say (access here):

4.1 Transferring Starpoints.

  • 4.1.a. SPG Members Who Reside at Same Address. In Starwood’s sole discretion, an SPG Member may be permitted to transfer Starpoints from one SPG Member account to another SPG Member account under specific conditions.  Generally, Starpoints may transfer if both SPG Members are active, consent to the transfer, and share the same residential mailing address that is not a P.O. Box, APO or SPO address for a minimum of 30 days prior to requesting the transfer.  SPG Members may be required to provide proof of residency prior to Starwood transferring the Starpoints between the two accounts.  Elite Preferred Guest Membership Status and the related benefits will not transfer to the recipient of the Starpoints.

Here’s what the transfer page says (access here):

Share the wealth with other members in your household. No strings attached.

SPG Members Who Reside at Same Address. In Starwood’s sole discretion, an SPG Member may be permitted to transfer Starpoints in 1000 point increments only from one SPG Member account to another SPG Member account under specific conditions. Generally, Starpoints may transfer if both SPG Members are active, consent to the transfer, and share the same residential mailing address that is not a P.O. Box, APO or SPO address for a minimum of 30 days prior to requesting the transfer. SPG Members may be required to provide proof of residency prior to Starwood transferring the Starpoints between the two accounts. Elite Preferred Guest Membership Status and the related benefits will not transfer to the recipient of the Starpoints.

Starwood spokesperson clarified what can be transferred on FlyerTalk posts (access here and here)

I learned last week that a single account can have only 30K Starpoints added to it via purchases, including those from internal transfers.

So, while it can probably be requested to move 30K in purchases from one household account to the other that has also gotten 30K in purchases, I’m not sure the request will ever be fulfilled.

It was new to me, but apparently not a change from what I could tell of the context in which it came up.

This means that you cannot have family members purchasing each 30,000 Starpoints and later pooling them to one account.

Conclusion

Couple of minor tweaks that may affect some program members. The first probably is to just get more Starpoints to expire when members cannot wipe family accounts empty but transfers must be done one 1,000 Starpoints increments.

Not sure why Starwood would go after those that have family members buying Starpoints and later pooling them to one account. Selling points must be very lucrative considering the on-going promotions (read about the most recent one here that is still valid).

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