ENDS TODAY: Last Ever Chance To Buy Starpoints With A 35% Discount

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Starpoints will cease to exist when Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest merge in August so this is genuinely the last chance you’ll ever have to buy Starpoints at a discount. It may even be the last chance you get to buy discounted points which you can use at Marriott properties because, traditionally, Marriott doesn’t offer discounted points sales.

The current Starwood promotion offers a discount of 35% on purchases of 5,000 points or more and is the best discount Starwood has historically offered on Starpoints – this could be Starwood’s way of going out with a bang.

The Offer Rules

  • Buy 5,000 or more Starpoints to get a 35% discount
  • Transactions must be completed by 11:59 PM ET 20 July 2018 (TODAY) 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 non-refundable. All other terms and conditions of the Starwood Preferred Guest Program apply.
  • SPG members can buy up to 30,000 Starpoints per account per calendar year

Link to the promotion

The Math

If you purchase 5,000 Starpoints (the minimum needed to trigger the 35% discount)……

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…or the full 30,000 Starpoint allowance….

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…the cost per Starpoint remains 2.275 cents.

Should You Buy Starpoints?

The answer, as always, is that it depends on how you plan to use the Starpoints you buy and, if you’ve read my posts on buying SPG Starpoints before, some of the details below will look very familiar.

Buying For Redemptions Booked Between August and December 2018

As of August 2018 all Starpoint balances will be converted to Marriott points at a ratio of 1:3 and a new award chart will be in place which will cover all Marriott & Starwood properties.

We know from this award chart that, between August and December 2018, most of the more expensive award night redemptions will cost just 60,000 Marriott points (20,000 Starpoints).

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20,000 Starpoints per night is considerably less than you’ll pay at a lot of the higher end Starwood properties today and, amazingly, Marriott has priced the super-high-end all-suite properties at 60,000 points per night (20,000 Starpoints/night) through to the end of the year.

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St Regis Maldives Vommuli – 20,000 Starpoints/night if you book before 31 December 2018

20,000 Starpoints will set you back $455 in the current promotion and, while I consider that to be very expensive for most hotels, for destinations like the St Regis Bora Bora, the St Regis Vommuli Maldives or even the Gritti Palace in Venice that’s actually not a bad deal at all.

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Clearly I’m not suggesting you should buy Starpoints in this promotion just to buy a single night at one of these properties (you’ll need to already have some points in your account if you’re to book a proper trip) but this promotion could be a good way of boosting your account to allow you to book a longer stay.

Don’t forget that Marriott offers a 5th night free on award stay so, if you have enough points to book 4 nights at one of the ultra-high-end properties (80,000 Starpoints), you’ll actually get 5 nights for the same price – that’s just 16,000 Starpoints/night.


Buying For Airline Transfers

One of the reasons why Starpoints are so popular is because they can be transferred into to a large number of major airline loyalty programs (35 in total) and, in most cases, Starpoints transfer over at a ratio of 1 Starpoint to 1 Airline mile.

That makes Starpoints a very versatile currency to hold.

On top of that, if you remember to transfer Starpoints in multiples of 20,000, Starwood adds on a 5,000 bonus:

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With this in mind, the ideal number of Starpoints to transfer over to an airline’s loyalty program is 20,000, 40,000 or 60,000 (maximum allowed in one transfer is 79,999) as those transfers will earn you 5,000, 10,000 and 15,000 bonus points/miles respectively.

How much are you getting the airline miles for?

As I mentioned earlier, if you were to purchase 20,000 Starpoints in the current promotion it would cost $455….

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…and those Starpoints could then be converted to 25,000 airline miles (for most airlines).

Those airline miles have now essentially cost $455 which, for 25,000 airline miles, comes to 1.82 cents/mile.

That’s a very good deal and close to as low as you can usually buy airline miles for.


How To Buy Starpoints

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Starwood sells Starpoints through Points.com so you will not get a “travel” category bonus when using a credit card like one of the Chase Sapphire cards. As such you should use whatever credit card earns you the points you value most or the card on which you need to hit a minimum spend.

Bottom Line

A 35% discount is the best offer we ever seen on Starpoints sales and, with August looming, today is definitely going to be the last chance ever to buy Starpoints at a discount.

If you’re eying up a reservation at one of the high-end properties we’ll soon be able to book for 20,000 Starpoints/60,000 Marriott points per night this could be a good way to top up your account or it could be a good way of buying airline miles at a pretty good rate.

Having said that please don’t buy points if you don’t have a plan for them. Yes, it’s unlikely that we’ll see a Marriott devaluation in the short-term but hoarding points for no good reason is never a good plan – work out how to make this promotion work for you and only then dive in and buy Starpoints.

Here’s a link to the promotion page