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We don't know it for sure, but given the August 1, 2018 elimination of the SPG program, now is probably your last chance to buy Starpoints with a discount of 35%, before the program merges with Marriott and Starpoints are converted into Marriott Rewards (or whatever the new program will be named).
- The promo is valid through May 31, 2018
- Purchase a minimum of 5,000 Starpoints to receive a 35% bonus
- Starpoints cost $0.035 (3.5 cents) per point before discount
- You can purchase or receive as a gift up to 30,000 Starpoints per year
Using Your Starpoints
Speculatively buying hotel points is normally not recommended, although this time around you may want to consider a couple of factors. First, Starpoints can be incredibly valuable due to their flexibility. Next, this is probably your last chance to purchase Starpoints at a discount before they are merged with Marriott Rewards.
Are you short a few miles for a redemption? You can transfer your Starpoints to over 30 airline partners. In addition, you receive a 5,000-point bonus for each transfer of 20,000 Starpoints. Now would be a great opportunity to top up your miles balance for a specific redemption you have in mind.
Next come Marriott Hotel + Air packages, which can represent incredible value. Knowing your Starpoints will be converted to Marriott Rewards points at a ratio of 1:3, topping up your SPG balance with 30,000 points will turn into 90,000 Marriott Rewards points in August 2018, which is a big step towards a Marriott Hotel + Air redemption.
With Marriott increasing the number of airline transfer partners to over 40, keeping the transfer ratio of 3 points to one mile, and maintaining the transfer bonus, this promo is a great time to stock up, and plan for the new Marriott Rewards program launching in August 2018.
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