Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints Holiday 2017 Promotion and Buying more than the Annual Limit

We’ve highlighted time and again how you can earn lots of miles for Asiana Club, Singapore Krisflyer, Avianca Lifemiles or Alaska Mileage Plan using the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) loyalty program. SPG is a points program run by the Starwood hotel network, which is now owned by the greater Marriott hotel group.

Until December 29th this holiday season, the Starwood Preferred Guest program is running a year-end promotion that allows you to buy Starpoints.

Normally SPG offers their loyalty currency at the rate of $35 per 1000 miles. Their holiday offer is 35% off this standard price for purchases of at least 5000 miles. Any member can take get this deal. Everyone else can sign up for an account to take advantage of it fourteen days after registration; you’re good to go for this deal if you made one before December 15.

However, SPG imposes a purchase limit of 30,000 Starpoints per calendar year. This is a rather unfortunate restriction, because you can convert Starpoints into many other airline loyalty programs’ miles. And for most programs they give you 5,000 extra miles for every 20,000 Starpoints converted, too.

 

Need more Starpoints?

What most members don’t realize, however, is that you can still try to purchase more Starpoints beyond the published limit. How can that be?

Buying extra Starpoints

Apparently all it takes is to log in and give it a try. After personally attempting to take advantage of this deal, SPG (and their processor, Points.com) allows me to buy an adjusted amount of Starpoints, which is 10,000 in this case.

This may be a hidden or unofficial offer. It’s still uncertain whether this is a one-time deal or not for all members, but it never hurts to check for every promotion.

And in the spirit of the holidays, you may also gift Starpoints to others. Just remember that no account may buy or receive more than 30,000 in any given year.

As an alternative, you can always buy Marriott Rewards points and convert accordingly. But we don’t recommend it unless you really need to¬†as you’d need to convert 3 MR:1 SPG, and Marriott sells 1000 points for $12.50 each.

 

Is the deal worth it at this price?

SPG only gives promotional discounts a few times a year, and usually at 35% based on its offer history. There are a few others as high as 50%, but that is frequently targeted at certain members only. So this is not a bad price point to earn Starpoints especially if you’re new to the program (and the travel hacking hobby in general).

Asian Miler values SPG Starpoints rather highly thanks to its usefulness and wide airline points transfer partnerships. And don’t forget that the Starwood Preferred Guest program is primarily a hotel points program; you can redeem Starpoints for the numerous properties under its hotel brands.

 

So if you’re looking for a travel (or hotel) deal to gift yourself or that special someone, SPG makes a worthy gift. Regardless of how many you’ve already purchased this year, there are only a few days left to grab this chance. So reward yourself with (more) Starpoints and have a happy holiday season!