Starwood Preferred Gust (SPG) doesn’t have never ending Starpoints sales (unlike Hilton & IHG) and the discount tends to max at 30%. SPG launched a sale on March 1 that ends on this coming Sunday (April 30th).
Last year, SPG had an one-time sale where the discount was 35% off (read more here) and later in the year “Mystery Sale” with up to 50% off (read more here). I, however, decided that the 30% off is good enough and made a purchase last month.
You can access SPG’s Starpoints sale here.
READ MORE: SPG Rate & Bonus Points And Miles Promotions
Although most probably purchase Starpoints to use them towards SPG award nights, I have always purchased them to convert to airlines miles or now to move to Marriott Rewards.
SPG and Marriott Rewards members can move points between accounts at 1:3 ratio (you can link accounts here). My favorite use of Marriott Rewards points is towards Travel Packages (read more here) when one of the airline partners (usually United or American) is offering an additional bonus.
Sebastian recently moved Starpoints to Marriott Rewards points to take advantage of some reasonably prices Marriott awards (read more here).
The discount is dependent of the number of Starpoints that you purchase:
Price of purchasing 30,000 Starpoints:
Purchase confirmation email:
Points post immediately:
Starpoints are not bad value when used for Starwood hotel awards when paid rates are astronomical or at their lower category properties. Also, you can use Marriott Rewards points for stays at some city center hotels at a reasonable rates compared to paid ones (especially in the Middle East).
I will, however, eventually move these to Marriott Rewards and issue Travel Packages when there are bonus airline offers around.
Considering that SPG has many airline partners where Starpoints can be converted to, you can also consider this as buying 35,000 airline miles (SPG has 5,000 miles conversion bonus when 20,000 Starpoints are converted with most partners) for $735 effectively paying 2.1 cents each (makes sense with airlines that don’t sell miles).