Starwood is offering it’s members up to 50% discount off purchased Starpoints, however the discount is targeted.

Depending on your offer you may get a discount of 25%, 30%, 35%, or 50% off purchased Starpoints.

You can check your special offer here.

Normally Starwood allows you to purchase Starpoints for 3.5 cents per Starpoint, but with a 50% discount this brings the price down to 1.75 cents per point!


The sale is going from now through December 31, 2016 and a minimum purchase of 5,000 Starpoints required.

You can find more information, terms and conditions, and FAQs here.

The Math

This could certainly be worth it if you get the 50% discount offer.

If you have a specific award stay in mind and depending on the value, it could even make sense to buy points at the 35% discount level.

Here’s the math:

  • 50% off = 1.75¢ per Starpoint = 0.58¢ per Marriott point
  • 35% off = 2.27¢ per Starpoint = 0.76¢ per Marriott point
  • 30% off = 2.45¢ per Starpoint = 0.82¢ per Marriott point
  • 25% off = 2.62¢ per Starpoint = 0.87¢ per Marriott point

This means if you are targeted for the 50% discount you can purchase Starpoints at a cost of 1.75¢ per Starpoint and transfer them to Marriott at a ratio of 1:3.

This makes it possible to purchase Marriott points indirectly at cost of 0.58¢ per point!

Quick Takeaway

If you are targeted for the 50% discount, or even the 35% discount it may be worth it to purchase if you can put the points to use on an upcoming SPG or Marriott points stay.

Hat tip: professor_diamond on /r/churning

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