News in brief:
35% discount when you buy Starwood Preferred Guest points
The good news is that the discount is not staggered. As long as you buy more than 5,000 points, you get the full 35% off.
At the top end, 30,000 points will cost you $682.50 (£522). Assuming that you convert them to airline miles with the 25% uplift for moving chunks of 20,000 at a time, these can be converted to 37,500 airline miles in the majority of programmes.
This works out at 1.4p per airline mile. This is not a great deal most of the time (you can often pick up Avios for 1.0p) but it might make sense with some other programmes. You cannot buy Lufthansa Miles & More miles directly, so being able to get them for 1.4p may well work for some people.
30,000 Starwood points would also convert into 90,000 Marriott Rewards points. If you are working towards a Marriott Travel Package redemption – and they are great value as this article explains – then buying the full 30,000 Starwood points may well make sense.
The rules are straightforward – points post within 24 hours, maximum purchase of 30,000 points per year, your SPG account must be 14 days old to participate.
If you are interested, you can buy SPG points via this link. The 35% discount runs to 29th December.
Amex transfers to Eurostar Frequent Traveller suspended
In the run up to the launch of the new Club Eurostar loyalty scheme later this month, transfers of American Express Membership Rewards points to Eurostar Frequent Traveller are suspended during November.
Transfers into the new programme should be available from 1st December.
Join the British Airways Run Gatwick half marathon and 5k
British Airways is the headline sponsor of the new British Airways Run Gatwick half marathon, 5k and family fun run. It takes place on Sunday 13th May around (but not in) Gatwick Airport. British Airways Flying Start is one of the nominated charities for the event.
Full details are here if you are interested. Entries are now being accepted.