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Maximizing Starwood Preferred Guest Points: Nights and Flights Option

by on August 17, 2011 · 12 comments

in American Express, Starwood

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This week I am running a contest for one lucky TPG reader to win 100,000 Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints. To enter, all you need to do is tell me how you’d use the grand prize and you have to utilize at least 2 different redemption methods (more details on the contest here).

Starpoints are valuable because there are a lot of valuable ways to redeem them. One of the lesser known ways is the option, “Nights and Flights” where you get both free nights and airlines miles.

This option is only available is you redeem for category 3 and 4 hotels, so it’s not available on the cheap or top properties.

Nights and flights redemption chart

Option 1: 60,000 points for 5 nights at a category 3 hotel and 50,000 airline miles. Category 3 hotels are normally 7,000 points a night, so 5 nights costs 28,000 SPG points (the 5th night is always free on free night redemptions). 50,000 airline miles normally costs 40,000 SPG points, so this package saves you 8,000 Starpoints.

Option 2: 70,000 points for 5 nights at a category 4 hotel and 50,000 airline miles. Category 4 hotels are normally 10,000 points a night, so 5 nights costs 40,000 SPG points (the 5th night is always free on free night redemptions). 50,000 airline miles normally costs 40,000 SPG points, so this package saves you 10,000 Starpoints.

So basically, if you are looking to redeem your Starpoints for free nights at mid-tier hotels and also want to boost your airline miles, this option can make a lot of sense. And remember, if you accrue American Airlines miles, SPG points transferred to AA count towards lifetime elite status.

Also, the last day to sign-up for the 30,000 point sign-up bonus is Monday August 21, 2011. This is a great deal because the standard sign-up bonus ranges between 10,000-25,000 with much higher initial spend requirements. Update: 30k bonus expired 8/22/11

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  • Tim

    Any idea what Starwood is valuing these points at on the 1099? If it’s their posted $35/1000 ratio, then these “free” points will end up costing most of us ~$1000.

  • Anonymous

    No 1099 for getting the credit card or winning my contest (to my knowledge)

  • http://twitter.com/scflier SC Flier

    Anyone who is already planning to transfer 40K points into miles should consider spending the extra Starpoints to book a N&F award. If they end up not needing the hotel portion of the N&F award, they can have the hotel portion redeposited (N&F 20K or N&F II 30K). Observe the cancellation policies, of course.

  • JeffNYC

    Can you split the 5 free SPG nights up between two hotels in the same category? For example, if I used N&F II for 2 different Category 4 hotels on the same trip: 2 nights in one category 4 hotel and the next 3 nights in another category 4 hotel.

  • Anonymous

    Nope- has to be 5 consecutive nights at same hotel

  • Dmskil

    I’m a high school journalism teacher, and I would like to provide 10 students who otherwise could not afford it with transportation and hotel for the state journalism convention in Sacramento in October.
    1. Convert 22,000 SPG points into Amtrak Guest Rewards Points. Take 10 students and 1 chaperone on the Capitol Corridor Amtrak train to Sacramento round trip x 2,000 each = 22,000 Amtrak points.
    2. Convert 78,000 SPG points into American Airlines AAdvantage points. Use the AAdvantage points to book 6 rooms (13,000 each) at the Clarion Hotel Mansion Inn.

  • Chris

    Assuming this is in response to the 100k SPG contest, you need to add this comment to the original post for that contest. Posting it here is informative for users on how to use the points, but will not enter you in the contest.

  • Anonymous

    Chris is correct- to officially enter you need to post your comment on this post http://thepointsguy.com/2011/08/tpg-starwood-american-express-contest-win-100000-starpoints/

  • Bucky

    Hey, that sounds great. I know this isn’t subject to a reader vote or anything, but still, for what it’s worth, if I *did* have a vote, I would vote for this one.

  • Dmskil

    Sorry, for some reason the comments were formatted differently this morning and there was no comment box on the original post. I’ll post it to the correct place now. Thanks

  • Cvilleimport

    I was going to enter and win, but I think the journalism teacher wins hands down, so just go ahead and give him my prize. Thanks.
    Laura

  • Heather ✈

    Hi Brian, when you say, “To enter, all you need to do is tell me how you’d use the grand prize and you have to utilize at least 2 different redemption methods,” what exactly do you mean by “2 different redemption methods”? Do you mean use at more than one hotel? Just want to make sure I understand before we post our entry. Thanks!!

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