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25% off Starwood Preferred Guest points means buying airline miles at 1.5p

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Starwood is (again) offering a 10%-25% discount when you purchase SPG Starpoints before 15th April. The link to buy points is here.

The discount is staggered.  You get 10% off purchases of 5,000 to 9,500 points, 15% off 10,000 to 14,500, 20% off 15,000 to 19,500 and the full 25% off only when you buy 20,000 to 30,000 points.

At the top end, 30,000 points will cost you $787.50. These can be converted in 35,000 airline miles in the majority of programmes. The price per mile works out at 1.6p, which is certainly not a bargain.

The best deal is to buy 20,000 points for $525 as that converts into 25,000 airline miles and a price of 1.5p per mile.

Starwood SPG

The rules are straightforward – points post within 24 hours, maximum purchase of 20,000 points per year (increased to 30,000 during this deal), your SPG account must be 14 days old to participate.

This deal has, in the past, been more attractive.  However, the strength of the $ against the £ has pushed up the price since this offer last ran.  One of the best uses is to stock up on Lufthansa Miles & More miles as these can no longer be bought directly from Lufthansa.

Immaterial of whether you use the points to buy miles, it can still make sense to buy ALL the points you need for a room.  The Aloft in Liverpool costs £179 on 21th May. Alternatively, you could buy 3,000 SPG points for just £45 (based on buying 20,000 points). The reward night would also be cancellable, whilst the £179 room I quoted is not.


Mariott Bonvoy American Express credit card

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards (January 2021)

There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

The official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year. You can apply here.

American Express Marriott Bonvoy credit card

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 points sign-up bonus and 15 elite night credits Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points by converting American Express Membership Rewards points at the rate of 2:3.

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

You can also earn American Express Membership Rewards points with American Express Gold (20,000 bonus points), the American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus points) and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus points) and Business Platinum (40,000 bonus points).

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Marriott Bonvoy points

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (8)

  • Peter says:

    That rate for Liverpool is very attractive. Is there any way to view other ‘Stand out’ rates? Not just UK but globally?

  • Andrew says:

    If the limit is 20,000 a year, how can one purchase 30,000 in this offer?

  • RIccati says:

    £179 a hight for a mid-scale hotel in Liverpool?

    • Rob says:

      Weekend rates can be high during the footy season but I deliberately picked a later date, not sure why it is high on 21st May.

      • Genghis says:

        It’s all those people going to see the Guns n Roses tribute band at the Liverpool 02.

  • Max says:

    The £ has fallen, not the $ 😉