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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 Credit 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

Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

There’s no telling how much longer these cards will be around and available for new applications because of the Marriott takeover, so now might just be the perfect time to apply. Apart from hotel redemptions, you can transfer Starpoints to over 30 airline partners, and now also transfer points from Starwood to Marriott Rewards at a 1:3 ratio, opening up even more redemption options.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints® after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
  • Earn 2 Starpoints® for each dollar of eligible purchases spent on the Card at participating SPG® & Marriott Rewards® hotels. Earn 1 Starpoint for all other purchases.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on International purchases.
  • Receive free in-room, premium internet access. Booking requirements apply.
  • Redeem Starpoints® at over 1,300 participating hotels and resorts in over 100 countries and for flights on more than 150 airlines with SPG flights, all with no blackout dates.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Terms and Conditions apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
15.74%-19.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
Balance Transfer Fee
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

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