Jun022017

Analysis SPG 35% off Starpoints $22.75 per 1,000 points to June 30.

Starwood Preferred Guest offers 35% off points purchases when you buy 5,000 to 30,000 points for a rate drop from $35 to $22.75 per 1,000 points. This offer ends 11:59pm June 30, 2017.

SPG rules allow a member to purchase 30,000 Starpoints in a calendar year.

SPG 35% points sale

Why It Matters

SPG regularly posts limited time offers for 20% off Starpoints. This 35% off purchase rate has not been common in the past

How You Can Use Starpoints

SPG Standard Rewards and Cash & Points tend to be the best redemption value for category 1, 2 and 3 hotels.

The nightly rates shown below include the cost to buy points at $22.75 per 1,000 points for standard rewards and Cash & Points rewards.

My SPG reward night cost chart only goes to category 3.

For Starwood Hotels at category 4 to 7 hotel reward levels, I assume I can find a better deal in another hotel chain.

  • $45.50 Category 1 Standard Reward Friday and Saturday
  • $64.13 Category 1 Cash & Points Sunday – Thursday
  • $68.25 Category 1 Standard Reward Friday and Saturday
  • $80.50 Category 2 Cash & Points Reward Sunday – Thursday
  • $134.63 Category 3 Cash & Points all days
  • $159.25 Category 3 Standard Reward all days

SPG Cash&Points award chart

Le Meridien Ile Maurice, Mauritius

Nov 15 – Nov 20, 2017

28,000 points ($637.00 USD) 5th Night Free Category 3 Reward – 5th Night Free

or

17,500 points + $275 Cash & Points Category 3 reward = ($398.13 USD + $275.00 = $673.13 USD).

or

950.90 EUR Prepaid rate including breakfast = $1071.81 USD.

Is breakfast worth paying an extra $80 per day, even if it will earn Starpoints?

Le Meridien Ile Maurice

Standard Reward is the better value, but Cash & Points has the advantage of conserving Starpoints for more reward nights.

Aloft San Jose, Costa Rica

Fri July 7 – Sat July 8 one night

  • $80 USD prepaid/$90.51 after tax
  • $89 USD AAA/$100.68 after tax
  • 2,000 points Standard Reward night = $45.50 (buying points).

Aloft San Jose CR

Upgraded rooms and Suites are another way to potentially get higher redemption value from points.

SPG Upgrade Rooms

Suites

SPG Suites

Room Rate Calculations

Category 1 standard reward = 2,000 points Fri/Sat ($45.50); 3,000 points Sun-Thu ($68.25).

Category 1 Cash & Points = 1,500 points + $30 cash ($34.13 + $30 = $64.13) reward night.

Category 2 standard reward = 3,000 points Fri/Sat ($68.25); 4,000 points Sun-Thu ($91.00).

Category 2 Cash & Points = 2,000 points + $35 cash ($45.50 + $35.00 = $80.50 reward night).

Category 3 standard reward = 7,000 points ($159.25).

Category 3 Cash & Points = 3,500 points + $55 cash ($79.63 + $55 = $134.63).

Category 4 Cash & Points = 5,000 points + $75 cash ($113.75 + $75 = $188.75).

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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Comments

  1. Except to top off your account for a specific award stay, it is difficult for me to see how this “sale” on points is worthwhile. I’m pretty sure I could find comparable lodging for less, except perhaps in a few Cat. 1 and Cat. 2 properties.

    Way better to buy discounted Hotels.com money (if you have an AMEX account and link their offer) and stack with cashback and discount coupons than buy Starwood points, for example.

  2. @iahphx – “Except to top off your account for a specific award stay” is my basic rule when it comes to buying points, aside from Choice Privileges points, which I never seem to have enough points to meet my annual reward stay needs for travel in Scandinavia and other international destinations.

    I purchased 20,000 HHonors points for $100 in April when they were 50% off in order to book several hundred dollars in hotel room stays this summer.

    I only buy points when I have a specific plan for using those points. Personally, I have booked at least a dozen Starwood Hotel reward nights over past two years, then canceled the reward stays when I found better hotel deals in those cities. (Although, in retrospect, I wish I had kept my reward stay reservation at the SPG category 2 Luxury Collection Sofia Balkan, Bulgaria in February 2017 rather than staying at Ramada Sofia on a GoFast reward for $23 + 3,000 points.)

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