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If you’ve been considering transferring your Starwood points to Virgin America and then to Alaska Airlines to take advantage of the favorable transfer ratio, you only have ~1 week left.
Via View From the Wing, you’ll no longer be able to transfer Starwood points to Virgin America starting January 6, 2017.
And you won’t earn Virgin America points for Starwood stays effective the same date.
I’ll explain what’s changing and help you decide if you should transfer Virgin America points to Starwood.
Starwood Transfers to Virgin America Ending
Link: Starwood Announcement
Effective January 6, 2017, Starwood is ending its partnership with Virgin America. So you’ll no longer be able to transfer Starwood points to Virgin America as of that date.
This was expected, because the deal to merge Alaska Airlines and Virgin America has closed. And recently, Citi announced you’ll no longer be able to move Citi ThankYou points to Virgin America effective January 22, 2017.
Currently, you can move Starwood points to Virgin America at a 1:1 ratio. But you’ll get a bonus 5,000 Virgin America points for every 20,000 Starwood points you transfer.
What makes the deal even sweeter is after January 9, 2017, you’ll be able to move Virgin America points to Alaska Airlines at a ratio of 1 : 1.3.
So essentially, moving 20,000 Starwood points to Virgin America, then to Alaska Airlines, results in 32,500 Alaska Airlines miles (20,000 Starwood points = 25,000 Virgin America points x 1.3 = 32,500 Alaska Airlines miles).
If you’ve been thinking about taking advantage of this deal, it’s time to transfer Starwood points! And remember, it can take up to 4 weeks for points to transfer from Starwood to airlines. Although in my experience, it usually takes ~2 to 12 days.
You have ~1 week left to transfer Starwood points to Virgin America, because they’re ending their partnership effective January 6, 2017.
By moving Starwood points to Virgin America, you can get an excellent deal on Alaska Airlines miles. When you move 20,000 Starwood points to Virgin America, you’ll earn a 5,000 point bonus.
And after January 9, 2017, you can transfer those 25,000 Virgin America points to Alaska Airlines at a 1 : 1.3 ratio. Essentially, 20,000 Starwood points = 32,500 Alaska Airlines miles.
I’m sad a great deal is ending, but I’m glad Starwood gave folks advance warning of the change.