Do I Earn a Bonus on Starpoints Purchased With an SPG Card?

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Starpoints are among the most valuable points out there, with 32 airline transfer partners, a ton of hotel partners, and more. That’s why I use my Starwood Preferred Guest Card From American Express for any purchase that isn’t going to earn a bonus on any other card, even if I’m only earning 1 Starpoint per dollar spent. As an SPG Gold member, TPG Reader SuburbanRover clearly agrees with me about Starpoints, and tweeted me to ask:

“@thepointsguy If I buy Starpoints with my Amex SPG card, will I earn 5x Starpoints for that purchase?”

Sadly, the answer is no. Rather than being sold by SPG, Starpoints are actually sold by, a free-to-join points exchange and clearing house that allows members to trade one kind of points and miles for another, see certain promo offers, and redeem points or miles for retail gift cards or for Paypal credits.

Starpoints aren't actually sold by Starwood, but rather by - so purchasing them earns you no bonus points or perks.
Starpoints aren’t actually sold by Starwood, but rather by – so purchasing them earns you no bonus points or perks.

When you purchase Starpoints, you’re redirected to, meaning that the purchase won’t show up as a Starwood stay, you won’t get credit for being an SPG Gold, and and you won’t get 2x points per dollar for an SPG purchase when using your SPG Amex. For all of these reasons, I don’t recommend purchasing Starpoints!

I hope this answered your question, Suburban Rover – and I wish you many happy Starwood stays and Starpoints transfers in the future. If you have other questions, feel free to tweet me at @thepointsguy, message me on Facebook, or send me an email at

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