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[Extended] Save 35% when you purchase 5,000+ Starpoints, 19 Apr - 20 Jul 2018

[Extended] Save 35% when you purchase 5,000+ Starpoints, 19 Apr - 20 Jul 2018

 
Old Apr 23, 18, 6:33 am
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[Extended] Save 35% when you purchase 5,000+ Starpoints, 19 Apr - 20 Jul 2018

Latest version of the offer :

When you purchase or gift Starpoints® through May 31, 2018, you'll receive 35% off the regular price.

https://buy.points.com/marketing/spg...g_page/#/en-US

https://storefront.points.com/spg/en-US/buy
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Old Apr 23, 18, 8:27 am
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My parents, who have been living with us since 2012, do not yet have SPG accounts. They are traveling in September and I was going to book Marriott for them.

With this promotion, it may make sense to buy Starwood points and book nicer SPG properties.

However, this would only be possible if each of them buys 30K points with this promotion, and transfer their 30K to my account, since I have status and also will buy 30K to get a combined 90K points for a two week redemption in Asia.

The question is, can my parents create their SPG account now, and I will gift them 30K points each (I want to use my Amex SPG card for all the transactions), and then they will transfer to me? Would the fact that their accounts are brand new prevent them transfering the 30K to me (or red flag?)

My husband is already buying 30K and transfering them to me since we have our own trip coming up and also want to transfer to AA.
@Starwood Lurker, can you please clarify? I don’t want to get my parents to sign up for the accounts unless we know it will work (that is, I gift 30K to each of them, and they transfer 60k to my account).

thanks!
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Old Apr 23, 18, 1:13 pm
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Originally Posted by theOtherHolmes View Post
My parents, who have been living with us since 2012, do not yet have SPG accounts. They are traveling in September and I was going to book Marriott for them.

With this promotion, it may make sense to buy Starwood points and book nicer SPG properties.

However, this would only be possible if each of them buys 30K points with this promotion, and transfer their 30K to my account, since I have status and also will buy 30K to get a combined 90K points for a two week redemption in Asia.

The question is, can my parents create their SPG account now, and I will gift them 30K points each (I want to use my Amex SPG card for all the transactions), and then they will transfer to me? Would the fact that their accounts are brand new prevent them transfering the 30K to me (or red flag?)

My husband is already buying 30K and transfering them to me since we have our own trip coming up and also want to transfer to AA.
@Starwood Lurker, can you please clarify? I don’t want to get my parents to sign up for the accounts unless we know it will work (that is, I gift 30K to each of them, and they transfer 60k to my account).

thanks!


I'm not sure what needs to be clarified here, but if you gift 30K to each of them and the points are subsequently deposited into their respective SPG accounts, why wouldn't they be able to transfer to their own respective AA accounts? Have you read this set of FAQ's and this one? Do you have a question that isn't answered there?

Just noticed that you mentioned them transferring the gifted Starpoints from their respective SPG accounts to your SPG account. If that is the case, then I think these T&C's for transferring Starpoints internally are probably of the most importance to you:

Transferring Starpoints.
  • SPG Members Who Reside at Same Address. In Starwood’s sole discretion, an SPG Member may be permitted to transfer Starpoints in 1000 point increments only from one SPG Member account to another SPG Member account under specific conditions. Generally, Starpoints may transfer if both SPG Members are active, consent to the transfer, and share the same residential mailing address that is not a P.O. Box, APO or SPO address for a minimum of 30 days prior to requesting the transfer. SPG Members may be required to provide proof of residency prior to Starwood transferring the Starpoints between the two accounts. Elite Preferred Guest Membership Status and the related benefits will not transfer to the recipient of the Starpoints.
I sincerely hope this helps.

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Old Apr 23, 18, 5:21 pm
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Need to buy some. possible the last Startpoints purchase bonus.
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Old May 19, 18, 12:01 pm
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Is this a good deal? Are many people doing this? Technically its 90,000 points in the new program for $682.
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Old May 19, 18, 1:56 pm
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I am considering doing this so that I can transfer 20,000 increments for 25,000 airline miles. I am also looking at transfers using Marriott packages.

My SPG Amex will only be used at the hotels. Everyday spend will be going on another card, after the August devaluation in earning.

PS I have never purchased points/miles.
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Old May 20, 18, 9:38 am
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Neither have I but am thinking about it this time as well. Wanted to see if others thought this was a good deal.
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Old May 20, 18, 9:53 am
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Is this a good deal?
As purchased points go, it's a good deal. The best uses will be for conversion to airline points with the 25% bonus or Marriott travel package.
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Old May 20, 18, 3:57 pm
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As purchased points go, it's a good deal. The best uses will be for conversion to airline points with the 25% bonus or Marriott travel package.
Or using them within a year for a higher-priced property such that you can get a room with a rate equivalent of $0.03/point which would provide an approximate 50% return on the purchase price.
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Old May 20, 18, 4:32 pm
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Or using them within a year for a higher-priced property such that you can get a room with a rate equivalent of $0.03/point which would provide an approximate 50% return on the purchase price.
If you have a specific one of those lined up, sure. I wouldn't purchase points for a speculative hotel booking.
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Old May 20, 18, 5:28 pm
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If you have a specific one of those lined up, sure. I wouldn't purchase points for a speculative hotel booking.
Neither would I.
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Old May 26, 18, 10:27 pm
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Old May 29, 18, 9:18 am
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Trying to decide whether to buy SPG points at lower rate...hard to decide given uncertainty in August. Only 2 days left.
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Old May 29, 18, 10:37 am
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For anyone considering this, please keep in mind that the deadline to initiate a transfer is based upon US Eastern time. Once 11:59 PM Eastern time passes on May 31st, any purchases will revert back to the regular price.

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Old May 29, 18, 11:08 am
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Originally Posted by sggolf View Post
Trying to decide whether to buy SPG points at lower rate...hard to decide given uncertainty in August. Only 2 days left.
Hi there. Well another alternative is always the cash+points, which can be the equivilent of points for as low as 1.5 cents per (CAT 4 is 5000+$75 for the usual 10k. etc.) However not all the properties have C+P rates available all the time, even if there is an award night offered. This offer at 35% off comes to 2.27 cents per point, so decide if you can use them for better than that rate. I needed some more for my younger son's honeymoon in Italy, but I did the 4 stays for the 7500 promo and that took care of that as well as 4 more stays towards this year's 25.
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