SPG points for $22.75 per 1,000 for low Category hotel rewards

This article looks at potential for some hotel deal savings with Marriott and SPG low category hotel rewards. SPG has a 35% discount on points purchased by Dec 29, 2017 reducing the price to $22.75 per 1,000 points. Discount kicks in when buying 5,000 or more points. Members can buy up to 30,000 points.

Starpoints transfer to Marriott Rewards points at 1:3 ratio.

5,000 Starpoints for $113.75 converts to 15,000 Marriott points.

SPG Starpoints 35% off


Low Hotel Category Fruit is my Plan

Greg at Frequent miler lays out a plan for a person to spend $2,047.50 and haul in 177,000 United miles buying SPG points at 35% discount promotional rate. That scheme is complicated with a hefty initial outlay required. A good deal if you have a travel plan where $2,050 will save you a couple thousand dollars in your travel budget for a trip you plan to take.

My travel plans do not include flying Business and First Class flights. Sure it is more comfortable to fly around the world on a lie-flat bed, but it is not something I actually need. I have survived flying hundreds of thousands of miles sitting upright watching movies on a 12 hour binge until I arrive at my far-flung destination.

I place more value in saving money on hotels where I travel. I actually need a bed at night when I am in a place far from my home, family and friends.

The value I see in the Starwood points purchase is the opportunity to get discount hotel rates in several places where I have found good value before at Marriott and SPG category 1 and 2 hotels. There are many places around the globe where I see good value open up with a few thousand Starpoints.

Lánchíd 19, Budapest, a Member of Design Hotels SPG Category 2 reward night.

SPG Budapest

June 15-18, 2018 = 10,000 SPG points for 3 nights.

$227.50 to buy 10,000 SPG points during current sale.

Comparable flexible rate reservation = $464.82 EUR / $541.50 USD after tax.

A 3-night stay in Budapest at $76 per night is my kind of hotel deal. The fact that the published hotel rate is $180 per night is not particularly relevant to me. I could find many other fantastic hotels in Budapest for $180 per night, but my choices of fine Budapest hotels is a far less populated list when looking for hotel deals in June 2018 at $76 per night.

Budapest is a city where I see value in buying Starpoints for $22.75 per 1,000 points by December 29.

Three low category hotels I have booked in the past year using Marriott and SPG points.

Marriott Category 1 Courtyard Pilsen (one hour from Prague) = 7,500 Marriott Rewards points.

Marriott Category 2 Fairfield Inn Tehachapi (midway between Monterey and Las Vegas) = 10,000 Marriott Rewards points (was only 7,500 points in Nov. 2016 when I booked stay).

SPG category 2 hotel Luxury Collection Sofia Hotel Balkan, Bulgaria = 3,000 points Fri/Sat or 4,000 points Sun-Thu or Cash & Points for 2,000 points + $35 when available.

Buying Starpoints at $22.75 per 1,000 points means a discount at these three hotels most nights of the year.

  • Luxury Collection Sofia Balkan Hotel = $68.25/night to $91.00/night at 3,000 to 4,000 Starpoints/night.
  • Courtyard Pilsen, Czech Republic = $56.88/night to buy 2,500 Starpoints and convert to 7,500 Marriott Rewards points.
  • Fairfield Inn Tehachapi = $75.85/night to buy 3,334 Starpoints and convert into 10,000 Marriott Rewards points.

There are dozens of hotels in Marriott Rewards and Starwood Hotels at category 1 and category 2 levels, where spending $46 to $76 per hotel night will allow me to get a highly competitive hotel rate for the place I am staying that puts me in a higher quality hotel than otherwise available for the same price.

I am not seeking a big investment Frequent Miler scheme to spend $2,000 and earn enough United miles to fly Business Class somewhere across the world. My travel plans are simply spend $200 to $300 to buy points and save $100 to $200 on hotel rooms in places I travel.

Small investments in hotel points across multiple hotel loyalty programs throughout the year keep me supplied with currencies providing discount hotel rooms wherever I travel. Over the course of a travel year and 90 or so nights in hotels, those frequent small savings night to night tend to add up to $1,000s of dollars in hotel rate discounts.





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 in 2008.

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  1. […] Another Option For Purchased Starpoints:  Maybe you’re not interested in airline miles for long haul flights.  What if you’re interested in getting great hotel deals instead.  This Starwood promo is excellent for that too.  You can get a lot of value out of lower category hotels as detailed in this article. […]

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