Starwood Preferred Guest points can be purchased at 20% discount from July 20 through August 31 when points are $28 per 1,000 points rather than the regular $35/1,000 points rate.
Starpoints are deposited in your account within 24 hours.
Points can be purchased in 500 point increments, up to 20,000 points in a calendar year. You must have been a member of SPG for at least 14 days before you are permitted to buy points.
Starwood Preferred Guest only allows a member to receive up to 20,000 purchased points in a calendar year whether gifted or self-purchased.
Your account may receive up to a maximum of 20,000 Starpoints per account per calendar year, whether purchased by yourself or received as a gift from another member. However, you may purchase as a gift for other accounts, as many Starpoints as desired.
Your account may receive up to a maximum of 20,000 Starpoints per account per calendar year, whether purchased by yourself or received as a gift from another member. However, you may purchase as a gift for other accounts, as many Starpoints as desired. Each gift recipient can receive up to 20,000 Starpoints per calendar year.
Value of Starpoints
SPG Cash & Points awards and 5th night free awards are where the value of Starpoints is highest for the average member.
SPG Cash & Points awards at category 3 to 5 hotels often have a redemption value greater than $50 per 1,000 points.
Example: Hotel Rate Savings Buying Points
Sheraton Carlsbad Resort, Carlsbad, CA is a SPG category 4 hotel.
A category 4 hotel at $270 room rate or a standard reward for 10,000 points per night or a Cash & Points award at $60 + 4,000 points per night.
Sheraton Carlsbad Resort, Carlsbad, CA is a SPG category 4 hotel at $309.65 per night for July 30, 2012. This hotel has standard award availability and Cash & Points award availability.
Standard Award Redemption Value
- Published flexible rate = $309.65
- Standard Award value is $297.65 cash saved for 10,000 points.
- Resort fee $12 is charged on SPG award stay.
- Standard Award redemption value = $29.77 per 1,000 points.
Cash & Points Award Redemption Value
- Hotel tax (10%) is charged on the cash portion for a Cash & Points award so likely the paid portion is about $68.
- Cash & Points Award redemption value = $230 saved for 4,000 points.
- Cash & Points Award redemption value = $57.50 per 1,000 points.
- The $310 room rate is reduced to $192 per night when you buy 4,000 points for $112 during this sale and pay $68 for room + $12 resort fee for a Cash & Points Category 4 Award night.
- Buying 4,000 points saves $118 per night in this example.
- Are the points you earn by staying at the Starwood Hotel on a paid night worth $118? Highly unlikely.
Buying points for $28 per 1,000 points and redeeming those points for $50+ in cash savings per 1,000 points using SPG Cash & Points awards is a good strategy to save on Starwood Hotels.
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