Using Starwood Points: Part 1 – Earning, Transferring, and Preventing Your Points From Expiring

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The once-a-year up to 30,000 point bonus on the Starwood personal and business cards are back!  But the offer ends on June 30, 2014.  So I’ve updated my earlier guide on earning and using Starwood points!

Using Starwood Points: Part 1 - Earning, Transferring, And Preventing Your Points From Expiring

The Mystique in Santorini, Greece

Using Starwood Points:

Earning, Transferring, and Preventing Your Points From Expiring

There aren’t that many ways to earn Starwood hotel points (compared to, say, Hyatt), but the main way is through credit cards.  You can also transfer Starwood points between accounts for free as long as you stay at the same address.

Click on the updated “Earning, Transferring, and Preventing Your Points From Expiring” to learn more!

Bottom Line

Though Starwood hotel points are not as easy to earn as other hotel points, like Hilton or Hyatt, they are very valuable.  You can earn Starwood points easily with the Starwood personal or business cards and by staying at Starwood hotels.

The easiest ways to earn Starwood hotel points are with the Starwood personal or business cards and by staying in Starwood hotels.

And you can easily transfer your Starwood hotel points to anyone who shares the same address as you!

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11 responses to “Using Starwood Points: Part 1 – Earning, Transferring, and Preventing Your Points From Expiring

  1. Your first sentence says “There are many ways to earn Starwood hotel points,” but right at the top of the older blog post you link to, it says “Unfortunately, there aren’t many ways to earn Starwood points”.

    I’m confused.

  2. Great article! How do I earn starwood points for buying gift cards? Will I earn 5x starwood points if I buy them at office supply stores?

  3. To buy Broadway show tickets, I use the Audience Rewards program and opt to earn SPG points. Sometimes they have promotions to earn a significant amount of SPG points per ticket. I earned 1600 SPG point per ticket for the Christmas Spectacular Show.

  4. Can I use star points at other hotels? Like sheratons and stuff.

  5. I tried to book a stay at a best western and they said they don’t except star points. Not sure why…I think I have enough and it’s a western hotel.

  6. Darius, show us a single week in the next 18 months that you can book Santorini with SPG. Or even for a weekend. Otherwise, pull the stupid picture that you KNOW is grossly misleading.

  7. I once read that these cards are churnable. Does this mean I can apply even though I already have both and receive sign up bonus again?
    I have had them more then a year?
    Thank you

  8. @Paul,

    You can book the Mystique hotel with points, people frequently stay there on points. You have to call though. Site clearly states “All rooms at Mystique are suites; therefore, Starpoint Award reservations must be booked at a higher Starpoint rate through your local customer contact center.”

    Like any super popular hotel, summertime is tough to book on points and the cash rate if available shoots to the sky. But many months during the year Mystique is available on points you just have to call and be able to afford the point rate.

    Sometimes it does help to read and spend a few moments researching before putting your foot in your mouth and insulting others.

    • @swag – Edited the post to make it clearer.

      @ Luther – You don’t get 5X points with the Starwood card at office supply stores, so you can’t use it to get 5x points.

      @G.T.- Best Western is not a Starwood hotel, so you can’t book Best Western hotels using Starwood hotel points.

      @Dave D. – AMEX now gives you only 1 bonus per card, so you can’t get the bonus again.

  9. @ Kent C

    Actually, Paul is right, even if he wrote the wrong reasons. That caption is totally misleading and should be pulled or at least corrected. The minimum cost per night at Mystique is 60,000 Starpoints per night. Fifth night free can bring the cost down a bit, but nowhere near 35,000.

    There was a promo launched last year where Mystique suites were available for as low as 39,000 Starpoints per night (or 31,200 with fifth night free), but I believe that expired long ago now.