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SPG has promotion going on for 35% discount on SPG point purchase. This is not a slick deal as there is no hidden coupon or trick, just FYI for people who are interested.

Now through December 29, 2017, save 35% on all purchases of 5,000 or more Starpoints.

https://buy.points.com/marketing/...ge/#/en-US
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This is a great deal considering you can roll starpoints over to Marriott Rewards. 1 starpoint=3 Marriott Points. Stay 4 nights at Any Marriott and get 5th night free. Great promo for FL Spring Break or holiday stays when Marriott charging $500+ for some beach properties.
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Hmmm....there's got to be some catch in rolling purchased points to marriott. The max purchasable points through Marriott is something like 50k. The max on this would be 90k if it's really 3 SPG to 1 Marriott.

Before I got spending 682.50, I really need someone to try this out and see if they can transfer it to Marriott without a hitch!
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Hmmm....there's got to be some catch in rolling purchased points to marriott. The max purchasable points through Marriott is something like 50k. The max on this would be 90k if it's really 3 SPG to 1 Marriott.

Before I got spending 682.50, I really need someone to try this out and see if they can transfer it to Marriott without a hitch!
I just logged into my SPG account. I have 120,000 SPG points that it was going to give me 360,000 Marriott points for when I tried to transfer.

Since the purchase and the transfer are separate from each other, I think you're ok.
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I just logged into my SPG account. I have 120,000 SPG points that it was going to give me 360,000 Marriott points for when I tried to transfer.

Since the purchase and the transfer are separate from each other, I think you're ok.
So it did work for you to roll them?
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So it did work for you to roll them?

AFAIK there's no limit on transferring points from SPG to Marriot... we moved 90k SPG last year over to 270k Marriott to get the fly/stay deal where you get 120,000 Southwest Miles, a free 2 year companion pass, and 7 free nights in a Cat 1-5 hotel for example- no problem at all.
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This may help. [marriott.com]

How many points can I transfer between Rewards and SPG?
You can transfer up to the full balance of your account in increments of 1,000 points into the linked account.
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Quick question. Which brand is best for redeeming points. SPG or Marriott? I know there are bunch of Hotels where i can stay free for 2000 SPG. What about Marriott.
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Quick question. Which brand is best for redeeming points. SPG or Marriott? I know there are bunch of Hotels where i can stay free for 2000 SPG. What about Marriott.
If you ask me earning points for Starwood is easier and faster than earning straight Marriott points. The Starwood Hotels cost less points than Marriott. For instance, to stay at The Swan and Dolphin at Disney it's 16k Starwood points. With my Starwood Amex I earn points pretty quickly. A similar tied Marriott property is about 45k points. When i had the Marriott Visa it would take me an eternity to get a free night it seemed. So that's why I keep my Amex. So much better to roll the points over from Starwood to Marriott. If that makes sense...
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AFAIK there's no limit on transferring points from SPG to Marriot... we moved 90k SPG last year over to 270k Marriott to get the fly/stay deal where you get 120,000 Southwest Miles, a free 2 year companion pass, and 7 free nights in a Cat 1-5 hotel for example- no problem at all.
Crap, how the heck did I miss that deal. That's an amazing value.
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If you ask me earning points for Starwood is easier and faster than earning straight Marriott points. The Starwood Hotels cost less points than Marriott. For instance, to stay at The Swan and Dolphin at Disney it's 16k Starwood points. With my Starwood Amex I earn points pretty quickly. A similar tied Marriott property is about 45k points. When i had the Marriott Visa it would take me an eternity to get a free night it seemed. So that's why I keep my Amex. So much better to roll the points over from Starwood to Marriott. If that makes sense...

Given they're freely swappable back and forth 1:3 or 3:1 your 16k SPG room is actually slightly more expensive than your 45k Marriott room.... since 16k SPG can get you 48k Marriott points.


The big problem with earning either is how few bonus category opportunities there are to increase earn value... SPG earns at 1x for almost any purchase that isn't a hotel stay- meaning even if you value SPG on the high end at 2.5-3 cents a point you're only getting 2.5-3% "back" on each dollar you spend.... which is still better than most "cash back" cards, but it's pretty awful value compared to what you can get with, say, the Chase ecosystem, where it's not hard to get 4.5-10% "back" on each dollar in a lot of category spend- 2 to 3 times the return on spending as SPG or Marriot cards offer.... and even non-category spend can get you a similar 2.25-3% back.

So the cards certainly have value for signup bonuses, but after that it's rarely worth putting normal spend on them compared to other cards unless you're in an uncommon situation like you spend a lot of time in their hotels paying cash for rooms that you can put on your personal card but get reimbursed from work or something.

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Crap, how the heck did I miss that deal. That's an amazing value.

Yup- it was so good they killed it off... well, the CP part anyway... Southwest stopped "counting" points earned that way toward companion pass
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