The merger of Starwood and Marriott created the world’s largest hotel portfolio. Their hotel group empire has over 5,700 properties, in over 110 countries, trading as 30 different hotel brands, with a total of 1.1 million guest rooms. One of the main benefits since the merger is that you can transfer SPG Starpoints instantly into Marriott Rewards, and vice-versa (1 SPG Starpoint = 3 Marriott Rewards points). The fact that you can transfer points between both of the schemes means that you now have access to many more properties if you are looking to book a redemption award for either one or multiple nights. Status is also transferrable and matched between loyalty schemes, plus you can benefit from the current 35% bonus purchasing SPG Starpoints, as you can then transfer points into Marriott Rewards.
Currently when purchasing Starpoints in the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) scheme you receive a 35% bonus. You can either choose to keep the points you purchase in the SPG scheme to redeem at Starwood hotels, or transfer to Marriott Rewards instantly if you are planning a Marriott redemption (1 SPG Starpoint = 3 Marriott Rewards points).
The maximum purchase amount of 30,000 Starpoints transfers into 90,000 Mariott Rewards points. Alternatively, as Starwood currently partner with many airlines, several of which that do not sell their own currency (such as Lufthansa Miles & More), this could be a way to earn a bonus on airline mile purchases. Transfers to the majority of airlines is at a rate of 1:1, plus you receive an additional 5,000 airline miles when transferring in groups of 20,000 Starpoints.
To earn the 35% discount you need to purchase a minimum of 5,000 Starpoints before 31st May 2018. Purchases under 5,000 points do not receive a bonus.