How Starwood Nights & Flights Can Save You Thousands of Dollars

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Starwood Nights & Flights is another fantastic way to use your Starwood points.  If you’re looking for Big Travel with Small Money, you can save a LOT of cash on great vacations with Nights & Flights!

How Starwood Nights Flights Can Save You Thousands Of Dollars

Explore the Big Island of Hawaii With Starwood Nights & Flights, and Find Breathtaking Waterfalls Like This One!

I’ll explain how Nights & Flights works.  And give you ideas about where you can go!

Earn Starwood Points With the AMEX Starwood Card

Link:   Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

Link:   Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express

Link:   My Review of the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

Until September 14, 2015, there’s an increased sign-up bonus on the AMEX Starwood cards.  You’ll get:

  • 30,000 Starwood points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months of opening your account (personal card), or
  • 30,000 Starwood points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months of opening your account (small business card)
  • 2X Starwood points per $1 you spend at Starwood hotels (includes Aloft, Element, Four Points, Le Meridien, Sheraton, St Regis, The Luxury Collection, Westin and W brand hotels)
  • 1X Starwood point per $1 you spend on everything else
  • Unlimited use of Boingo Wi-Fi hotspots (excluding in-flight)
  • For small business cardholders, access to Sheraton Club lounges (free breakfast and hors d’oeuvres) for cardholder and 1 guest staying in the same room (3rd party bookings are excluded).
  • 2 stay credits or 5 night credits toward Starwood Elite Status
  • $95 annual fee, waived for the 1st year
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Terms & limitations apply

Note:    American Express only allows folks to get the sign-up bonus ONCE per person, per lifetime on their personal cards.  But you CAN get the bonus again (after closing the card for at least 12 months) on business cards.  And you usually can NOT open more than 1 credit card per day.

What’s Nights & Flights?

Link:   Starwood Nights & Flights

Link:   Starwood Category 3 Hotels

Link:   Starwood Category 4 Hotels

You can use Starwood points for Starwood hotel stays or transfer them to ~30 airline partners.  If you can’t decide which is the better option for you, choose both!

With Nights & Flights, you can get:

If you transfer Starwood points to get 50,000 airline miles, and then book 5 award nights, you’d have to use more Starwood points (40,000 Starwood points (with 10,000 bonus miles) + 28,000 Starwood points for Category 3 hotels, or 40,000 Starwood points for Category 4 hotels).

With Nights & Flights, you save:

  • 8,000 Starwood points at Category 3 hotels
  • 10,000 Starwood points at Category 4 hotels

Nights & Flights can only be redeemed by calling Starwood at 888-625-4988.

And you can only get miles from Starwood’s airline partners that have a 1:1 transfer ratio.

You must book at least 14 days in advance to use Nights & Flights with a US-based airline.

And you must book at least 30 days in advance for a non-US based airline.

Starwood will reserve the room at the hotel you select when you call to book.  But it’s up to you when and how you redeem your miles for flights.

Where Can You Go With Nights & Flights?

I’ve written about how to visit Disney World with Nights & Flights.

Let’s take a look at how Nights & Flights can save you thousands of dollars in other locations!

1.   Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

When you choose American Airlines as your Nights & Flights airline transfer option, you’ll get 50,000 American Airlines miles.

Off-peak award flights to Mexico (September 7 to November 14 each year) are only 25,000 American Airlines miles round-trip in coach.  So you’d have enough to fly 2 people from anywhere in the mainland US, Alaska, or Canada, to Mexico!

How Starwood Nights Flights Can Save You Thousands Of Dollars

Fly to Cabo San Lucas for 25,000 American Airlines Miles per Person!

As an example, I found off-peak award seats from New Orleans to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for an early November getaway.

How Starwood Nights Flights Can Save You Thousands Of Dollars

These Flights Would Cost Over ~$1,000 Out-of-Pocket!

The same flights are ~$1,069 per person!  So you’d save ~$2,138 by using miles instead!

I also found open dates at the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort in Los Cabos.

How Starwood Nights Flights Can Save You Thousands Of Dollars

The Beautiful Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort Waits on the Other End of Your Trip

This is a Starwood Category 4 hotel, so the Nights & Flights package for 2 American Airlines flights + 5 nights costs 70,000 Starwood points.

How Starwood Nights Flights Can Save You Thousands Of Dollars

Save ~$1,290 and Enjoy a Private Terrace and an In-Room Jacuzzi!

A 5-night stay here would cost ~$1,290 after taxes and fees!

How Starwood Nights Flights Can Save You Thousands Of Dollars

You’ll Save Well Over $3,000 With Nights & Flights!

The 2 flights and 5 nights would cost ~$3,428 altogether!

But when you use Nights & Flights, you’ll only have to pay the cost of the award flight booking (~$92 per person).  That’s an outstanding deal!

And, you get a vacation to Mexico out of it!

Here are the other 6 Starwood Category 4 hotels in Mexico:

There are also Starwood Category 3 hotels in Mexico:

So you have lots of options!

2.   New York City

Did you check out my post on getting Big Travel with Small Money in New York this summer?

Add Nights & Flights to the list!

You can fly to New York City from anywhere in the continental US, Alaska, or Canada, for 25,000 Delta miles round-trip.

How Starwood Nights Flights Can Save You Thousands Of Dollars

I Found Open Award Seats Every Day in November From Portland to New York!

Delta has lots of available award seats from cities like Portland to New York in November.  In fact, I found an award seat every day of the month!

How Starwood Nights Flights Can Save You Thousands Of Dollars

Tickets are ~$450 to ~$500 per Person, So You’d Save ~$900 to ~$1,000 With Nights & Flights

Depending on which flights you select, you’ll pay ~$450 to ~$500 per person on this route.

How Starwood Nights Flights Can Save You Thousands Of Dollars

Nights at the Four Points by Sheraton in Long Island City Are Over ~$200

I found award nights at the Four Points by Sheraton Long Island City/Queensboro Bridge, a Starwood Category 4 hotel.  It’s located only 1 or 2 stops from Manhattan, depending on the train.  You can be at the MoMa, Central Park, or Times Square after a 10-minute train ride!

A 5-night stay costs ~$1,233 after taxes and fees.

Between the 2 flights and 5 nights, you’d save ~$2,133 on your trip to New York City!

3.   Seattle (or the West Coast) to Hawaii

Link:   Wandering Aramean’s Avios Calculator

One of the best uses of British Airways Avios points is 25,000 British Airways Avios points from the West Coast to Hawaii.  An easy way to figure out where you can fly with British Airways Avios points is to check Wandering Aramean’s Avios Calculator.

How Starwood Nights Flights Can Save You Thousands Of Dollars

Fly to Hawaii From the West Coast for 25,000 British Airways Avios Points Round-Trip!

Fly to Hawaii from many cities on the West Coast, including:

  • Los Angeles
  • Oakland
  • Phoenix
  • Portland
  • San Diego
  • San Jose
  • Seattle
  • And others, depending on the route!
How Starwood Nights Flights Can Save You Thousands Of Dollars

Round-Trip Flights From Seattle to Kona, Hawaii, Are $659 per Person

I found lots of open award seats from Seattle to Kona, Hawaii (on the Big Island).  Round-trip flights are $659 per person.  So you’d save $1,318 with Nights & Flights.

How Starwood Nights Flights Can Save You Thousands Of Dollars

Rates in October at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay Are $223 per Night

I found open award nights in October at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, where a 5-night stay costs ~$1,772 + ~$219 in resort charges.

How Starwood Nights Flights Can Save You Thousands Of Dollars

Visit the Gorgeous Big Island of Hawaii With Small Money!

Between the flights and hotel stay, you’d save ~$3,090 on a trip to Hawaii!

The Big Island is known for dramatic landscapes, waterfalls, and of course Kona coffee!

Bottom Line

You can save thousands in cash with Starwood Nights & Flights.

When you redeem 60,000 Starwood points, you’ll get 5 nights at a Starwood Category 3 hotel + 50,000 airline miles.

And when you redeem 70,000 Starwood points, you’ll get 5 nights at a Starwood Category 4 hotel + 50,000 airline miles.

That’s enough miles to fly to nearly anywhere in the mainland US, Mexico, the Caribbean, or even Hawaii with airline partners like American Airlines, British Airways, or Delta.

You can easily save $2,000 to over $3,000 on your vacation, getaway, or special occasion trip with Nights & Flights!

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9 responses to “How Starwood Nights & Flights Can Save You Thousands of Dollars

  1. Do you know if you earn SPG elite nights when you do the 5 nights and airline miles?

  2. Do the five nights have to be used consecutively at the same property?

  3. Can I just bank the airline points for a different trip altogether when I redeem for nights and flights?

  4. @Kadence – yes

    @Ryan – yes

  5. Is the SPG Nights and Flights an on going program or is it a limited time promo?

  6. Can my spouse and I each apply and get the SPG Amex Biz card using the same business/ein? She got approved 2 months ago….I was thinking of applying before the 9/14 deadline for the annual 30k promotion.

  7. Can u transfer miles from Amex rewards or chase to Starwood? If yes, what’s the ratio of miles to pints please?

  8. @Joe C – You won’t earn elite stay credit because they’re booked as regular award nights.

    @Kadence – Yes, that’s my understanding.

    @Ryan – Yes, it’s up to you to book your award flights, so you can use the miles any time!

    @matthewD – Thank you!

    @Linda – It’s ongoing.

    @Mark – Each business can only have 1 credit card account.

    @David shapiro – Yes, you can transfer AMEX Membership Rewards points to Starwood points, but you’ll only get a 3:1 ratio, so I don’t usually suggest it:

    https://rewards.americanexpress.com/

  9. What happens if you cancel the reservation or want to change the hotel category?