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Today is the last day to take advantage of the current 35% SPG Starpoints sale, so if you’ve been meaning to take advantage, don’t forget!
Starpoints normally cost ~2.46p (3.5 cents), so with the 35% Starpoints discount, you’re looking at about 1.6p (2.275 cents) each.
As usual, your SPG account has to be at least 14 days old to participate and you can only purchase a maximum of 30,000 Starpoints per calendar year (fairly easy to get around if you want more).
For Category 1 and 2 hotel redemptions, which require 2,000-4,000 Starpoints, you could effectively book rooms for between ~£32 and ~£64 per night, which could lead to solid savings.
More interesting for most readers though, is the fact that Starpoints can be transferred to a vast array of airline partners at a generous 1:1 rate – with an additional 5,000 Miles bonus when you transfer in blocks of 20,000.
For example, if you bought 20,000 Starpoints for ~£320, you could transfer them over to Alaska Mileage Plan and receive 25,000 Alaska Miles. In other words, your cost per Alaska Mile would be just ~1.28p per Mile, which is superb value!
Marriott Travel Packages are a very tempting option too.
I’ll be sharing some of my favourite redemption sweet spots in an article later this evening, so keep an eye out for that.
The real beauty of buying SPG Starpoints is that you can transfer them wherever you want them, whenever you need to. Buying a specific type of Miles carries substantial risk (availability, devaluation, change of plans, etc), but opting for Starpoints instead helps mitigate that.
Suffice to say that having a stash of discounted SPG Starpoints can be very, very useful.