Reader Question: Marriott & SPG Discounted Point Purchase Option In The Future?

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A LoyaltyLobby reader sent me a question about buying discounted Starriott points (Marriott Rewards / SPG Starpoints) going forward once the program merger effectively takes place in August.

SPG Buy Starpoints April 2018

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You can access SPG’s page for buying Starpoints here.

Here’s the email from the reader:

I was wondering if you could give me your thoughts on whether the new Marriott-SPG program will mean an end to the SPG discounted points purchase promotions. Marriott rarely had the discounted promotion. I am presently a Marriott Rewards Member with Gold Elite Status.

Marriott Rewards has always sold points at the same price (as long as I have been a member) and never offered any discounts. Members are eligible to purchase 50,000 points every calendar year and 1,000 points cost $12.50.

SPG, however, has always had promotions to purchase points (usually at up to 35% bonus). They once had mystery bonus at 50% off for very small number of accounts. SPG has raised the limit on number of points that member can purchase yearly and even allowed members to purchase more points at the end of last year that had reached their limit earlier.

Canadian company called Points handles these points sales for both Marriott and SPG.

It is unclear if the “new” yet unnamed program will adopt the Marriott’s or SPG’s way of handling the point sales. The program leadership comes from the SPG side and the announcement made the other Monday were mostly adopting features from the Starwood.

Conclusion

The SPG program ceases to exist at the end of July (the name is kept until 2019) and I believe that the current point sale (read more here) is likely the last.

I hope that the yet unnamed new program is active in the points sale arena and allows members to purchase at least 100,000 points yearly (equivalent of 33K SPG).

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