The merger of Starwood and Marriott created the world’s largest hotel portfolio (over 5,700 properties, in over 110 countries, 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. If you are looking to boost your Marriott points balance before the new loyalty scheme begins now is the time to buy SPG points and transfer them, means you get Marriott Rewards points with a 35% bonus.
With this points promotion running until 20th July 2018 this is likely to be the last SPG promotion available, since the new Marriott loyalty program will be forming in August. If you’re looking for Starpoints or Marriott Rewards points taking advantage of this promotion could represent a great deal.
The maximum purchase amount of 30,000 Starpoints transfers into 90,000 Marriott 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 20th July 2018. Purchases under 5,000 points do not receive a bonus.