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Starwood Offers up to 50% Bonus on US Airways Transfers

by on July 3, 2014 · 15 comments

in Aadvantage, Starwood, US Airways

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No, you’re not having deja vu. Yesterday I announced that Starwood Preferred Guest is offering a 50% bonus on transfers to American Airlines AAdvantage miles for the month of July (instead of the usual 25% bonus). Now Starwood is offering that same bonus for transferring Starpoints to US Airways Dividend Miles. In both cases, no registration is necessary.

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The 20% bonus compounds with the 25% bonus on transfers of 20k points, for a total of 50%.

The promotion specifies a 20% bonus, but that 20% doesn’t include the built in 25% bonus that Starwood offers when transferring in blocks 20,000 points. If you plan it carefully, this means you can get a 50% bonus. For example, 20,000 Starpoints normally = 25,000 Dividend Miles; with this 20% bonus you’d end up with a bonus of 5,000 extra for a total of 30,000 Dividend Miles. There’s a max transfer of 79,999 Starpoints per day, so the most you’d want to transfer on a given day is 60,000 in order to maximize the 5,000 point built in SPG bonus.

60,000 Starpoints= 90,000 Dividend Miles, which (like the transfer to AAdvantage) is a solid deal if you know how to maximize it. US Airways actually has some advantages over American Airlines, such as better routing rules (though one way awards are not allowed), lower redemptions (such as transcontinental first class on AA itself), lower fees, and the amazing 110k business class awards to South Africa and Australia (while they last).

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Note that SPG transfers can take over a week to process, but they usually go in weekly sweeps on Monday/Tuesday, so if you do it by Sunday, it usually only takes ~72 hours. American Airlines will let you hold award tickets if you call and place them on hold for up to 5 days, so while there may be a small window for error, you can take advantage of this promotion and hold award tickets if you time it correctly.

Key Terms & Conditions
- To qualify for this Dividend Miles bonus mile offer, you must initiate the mileage conversion with Starwood Preferred Guest between 12 AM (CST) July 1 and 11:59 PM (CST) July 31, 2014 (the ‘promotion period’), and be in good standing in the Dividend Miles program.

- You can convert multiple times during the promotion period.

-To earn the 20% conversion bonus, you must convert points from Starwood Preferred Guest. This offer is non-transferable and non-reversible.

-Bonus miles will be posted within 7 business days after the initial conversion activity has been posted by Starwood Preferred Guest. Bonus miles earned in this promotion do not count toward elite status qualification.

-Starwood Guest Preferred transfer to miles terms and conditions: Starwood Preferred Guests can transfer up to 79,999 of your Starpoints into Dividend Miles at a 1-to-1 ratio. And for every 20,000 Starpoints transferred within the same transaction, you will earn 5,000 bonus Starpoints which will be automatically added to your transfer up to a maximum of 94,999 miles per eligible transfer.

-There is no minimum Starpoint transfer requirement for Platinum Preferred Guest members. Gold Preferred Guest members have a minimum transfer requirement of 1,500 Starpoints, and Preferred Guest members have a minimum transfer requirement of 2,500 Starpoints.

-Transfer maximums are based on a combination of member Starpoints and the Starwood Preferred Guest airline transfer transaction bonus. Only one airline transfer transaction per member per 24 hour period is allowed; multiple transfer transactions within the same 24 hour period will reject.

-Both the Starwood Preferred Guest and Dividend Miles account must have identical member names in order to complete this request; different names will cause the transfer to reject.

- Airline transfers are one-way, non-reversible, and non-refundable.

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  • famp

    I’ll ask again, do you think this is a good way to transfer amex points to us airways/ aa miles?

  • Ben Price

    Just transferred 30k from SPG to AA for an award booking I have on hold (Etihad business class, JAX to Cairo for December).

    FWIW: SPG won’t tell you about the bonus…so the confirmation you get from SPG on the transfer won’t in any way alert you to the 50% bonus. Just don’t be surprised when it tells you you’ve received a 5k bonus (verses the much bigger on on its way)

  • Allen

    I see a huge devaluation coming when the merger is complete.

  • Allen

    61,000 Amex MR points =20,313 Starpoints = 30,000 US Air points.

  • Jasmine

    No…..wait for a ba transfer bonus or virgin Atlantic.

  • PF1

    I may drop Membership Rewards this year. I don’t expect a DL transfer bonus. What do you think about moving Membership Rewards to Starpoints to US miles? Thanks.

  • PF1

    Sorry for repeat a quesiton; I didn’t catch the same general question below.

  • Sam

    Does it make sense to buy SPG points to transfer ?

  • Kate

    I initiated a transfer on the 2nd without knowing about this bonus. My receipt says no bonus points.

  • Danny

    This is a pretty poor option. You lose 50% of your points when transfering from Amex to SPG. So say you had 100K amex points, you’d only get 50K SPG points. Those 50K SPG points would then turn into 75K US Air miles with the 50% bonus. You lose 25%.

    It’s much better to just transfer the points at 1:1 to British Airways for oneworld redemptions, Aeroplan for Star Alliance redemptions, or Delta for SkyTeam redemptions.

  • artezd

    I transferred to my wife’s account 2 days ago and she received it today with all the bonuses. So identical member name requirement didn’t apply in our case.

  • Mooper

    A great use is 70K SPG for a Nights & Flights II travel redemption which gets you five nights at a Category 4 property PLUS 60K AA/US miles (normally 50K miles).

  • Michael

    Does transfer of SPG points to US Air count as activity and reset the 18-month expiration clock?

  • pf1

    Thanks for the reply

  • Jed

    I looked on the USAir site and the SPG site. I cannot find out how to transfer to USAir getting the 20%bonus. I found the 20% bonus offer on the AA site, but I prefer to get USAir points. Any suggestions?

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