How to Earn 100k+ Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints [in 90 Days]

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Update: On April 16, 2018 Marriott made big announcements on the upcoming combined program for Marriott, SPG, and Ritz-Carlton. The programs will combine on August 18, 2018. Between then and February 2019 there will be interim opportunities to earn points, redeem points, and new and changed credit cards from American Express and Chase. From February 2019 the program will be in full effect. See our Complete Guide to SPG, Marriott, and Ritz-Carlton Changes for analysis of the changes and the latest on upcoming announcements, such as where hotels will be on the new award charts.

With more than 1,270 properties worldwide including brands such as Sheraton and Westin, Starwood Hotels offers accommodations at all price points to meet the needs of every traveler.

They were recently bought by Marriott but are so far maintaining their own Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program. Best of all, Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards offer reciprocal benefits so you can easily transfer points between them!

Here, we will show you several strategies you can easily implement to earn 100k+ SPG Starpoints in just 90 days.

Find more ideas by checking out our guide to earning SPG Starpoints. The more points you earn, the more redemptions will be open to you!

Why Would You Want to Earn 100k Points?

SPG Starpoints are among the most versatile points out there. They can help you book hotel stays, flights, and even train tickets.

You can book free nights at Starwood properties for as little as 2,000 points for a Category 1 hotel during the weekend. You can also transfer SPG Starpoints to one of their airline partners — there are more than 30, many of which transfer at a 1:1 ratio. Even better, when you transfer a chunk of 20,000 SPG Starpoints to an airline, you’ll receive a 5,000-mile bonus.

You can even transfer points to Amtrak so you can ride the rails for your next vacation.

No matter how you decide to redeem your SPG points, there’s no question that the bigger your points balance, the more flexibility you will have. Let’s take a look at how you can begin to stockpile Starpoints!

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1. Use a Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card

There are 2 ways to earn Starpoints with co-branded cards provided by American Express. These points will be earned on top of the points you earn for being a Starwood Preferred Guest member:

  • Pay for your SPG and Marriott hotel stays to earn 2X points per dollar
  • Make other purchases to earn 1X points per dollar

When you take advantage of Starwood Preferred Guest credit card welcome bonuses offered to new cardholders, you’ll be surprised how quickly you accrue points! Points can take up to 8 weeks to post to your account, but they generally post within days of your credit card statement closing.

These cards are the best way to earn SPG Starpoints.

RECOMMENDED SPG-MARRIOTT CARDS
Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
  • Earn 75,000 bonus points after you make $3,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Earn 6 points for each dollar of eligible purchases at participating SPG® and Marriott Rewards® hotels and 2 points on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express

Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express
  • Earn 100,000 bonus points after you make $5,000 in purchases on the Card within your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer ends 10/31/2018.
  • Earn 6 points for each dollar of eligible purchases at over 6,500 participating SPG® and Marriott Rewards® hotels across 110 countries worldwide.
  • Free Boingo Wi-Fi & Free Wi-Fi at SPG participating hotels. Terms Apply.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card

Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card
  • Earn 75,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
  • Free Night Award (valued up to 35,000 points) every year after account anniversary.
  • Earn 6 points per $1 spent at participating Marriott Rewards & SPG hotels.
  • Annual Fee: $95

Hot Tip: Check out some of the amazing benefits and perks of the Starwood Preferred Guest credit cards from American Express.

You can also transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to SPG points, albeit at a poor ratio of 3:1. If you have earned a ton of Membership Rewards points, it might be worth it if you need just a few more to complete a redemption.

Recommended Amex Cards (Personal)

CREDIT CARDBENEFITS & INFO
The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card

The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express
  • Earn 10,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $1,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • 2x points at US supermarkets, on up to $6,000 per year in purchases (then 1x).
  • Earn 20% extra points when you make 20 or more purchases with your Card in a billing period.
  • 0% introductory APR for the first 15 months on purchases, then a variable APR of 14.74%-25.74%.
  • 0% introductory APR for the first 15 months on balance transfers requested within 60 days of account opening, then a variable APR of 14.74%-25.74%. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $0
Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express

Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express
  • Earn 25,000 points after you use your new Card to make $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
  • $100 Airline fee credit. Terms apply.
  • 3x points for flights booked directly with airlines.
  • 2X points at US restaurants, US gas stations, and at US supermarkets. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $0 for the first year, then $195
The Platinum Card® from American Express

The Platinum Card® from American Express
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • Access more than 1,200 airport lounges across 130 countries and counting, including the amazing Centurion® lounges.
  • Up to $200 Uber Savings Annually.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $550

Recommended Amex Cards (Business)

CREDIT CARDBENEFITS & INFO
The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN

The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN
  • Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $5,000 in purchases on the Card within your first 3 months of Card Membership
  • Get 3x points - Choose 1 out of 5 categories.
  • Earn 2x points on the remaining 4 categories
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $175. Terms Apply.
The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express

The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express
  • LIMITED TIME OFFER: Earn 10,000 extra Membership Rewards Points after you spend $3,000 in eligible purchases on the Card within your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer ends 9/26/2018.
  • Earn 2X points on everyday business purchases such as office supplies or client dinners.
  • 0.0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months, then a variable rate, currently 12.99%, 16.99% or 20.99%. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $0
The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN

The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN
  • Welcome Offer: Earn up to 75,000 Membership Rewards® Points.
  • Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $10,000 & an extra 25,000 points after you spend an additional $10,000 all on qualifying purchases within your first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • Get 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com.
  • Access more than 1,200 airport lounges across 130 countries and counting, including the amazing Centurion® lounges.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $450

2. Use Marriott Credit Cards

Earlier, we mentioned that the merger between Starwood and Marriott means you can transfer points between the programs. Well, that includes points earned with the co-branded Marriott credit cards provided by Chase.

The transfer ratio is 3 Marriott points to 1 Starpoint. While that ratio might not seem like a great deal, that’s not necessarily the case — especially when it comes to booking some amazing Starwood properties.

RECOMMENDED SPG-MARRIOTT CARDS
Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
  • Earn 75,000 bonus points after you make $3,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Earn 6 points for each dollar of eligible purchases at participating SPG® and Marriott Rewards® hotels and 2 points on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express

Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express
  • Earn 100,000 bonus points after you make $5,000 in purchases on the Card within your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer ends 10/31/2018.
  • Earn 6 points for each dollar of eligible purchases at over 6,500 participating SPG® and Marriott Rewards® hotels across 110 countries worldwide.
  • Free Boingo Wi-Fi & Free Wi-Fi at SPG participating hotels. Terms Apply.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card

Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card
  • Earn 75,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
  • Free Night Award (valued up to 35,000 points) every year after account anniversary.
  • Earn 6 points per $1 spent at participating Marriott Rewards & SPG hotels.
  • Annual Fee: $95

3. Stay at SPG and Marriott Properties

It probably doesn’t surprise you that one of the best ways to earn SPG Starpoints is by booking rooms at SPG branded properties. The recent merger with Marriott means it also pays to stay at Marriott properties.

In addition to earning Starpoints for your stays, you’ll get closer to elite status each time you stay at a Starwood property. With SPG elite status, you can earn 1X to 4X bonus Starpoints per $1 spent for Starwood stays.

It takes 10 stays or 25 nights in a year to become a Gold Preferred Guest, and 25 stays or 50 nights to become a Platinum Preferred Guest. Unlike most hotel loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest lets you earn elite status even when you pay for your stay with an award.

Each of the co-branded Starwood credit cards also provides 2 stay and 5-night credits per calendar year. If you have both the personal and business versions of the card, that means you’ll have 4 stays and 10 nights to start the year. You can also earn SPG Gold status if you spend $30,000 on your co-branded Starwood card.

With Gold status, you will receive 250 bonus points for many of your stays at Starwood properties (125 bonus points at Aloft, Element, and Four Points properties).

Make sure you link your SPG and Marriott accounts since your status level with one will be matched with the other. If you are SPG Gold that means you are Marriott Gold, which can get you lounge access at some Marriott properties.

If you have the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express, you will also receive Club Lounge access at Sheraton properties to make your stay even more enjoyable.

Don’t forget: using your card at Starwood and Marriott hotels also earns you 2X points per dollar.

4. Book Flights With Delta (through July 15, 2018)

Update: Marriott-SPG has chosen United and their US airline partner. The Delta Crossover Rewards program continues to July 15, 2018. What, if any elements of the program continue beyond that date, have yet to be formally announced.

Another reason to earn Starwood Preferred Guest elite status is the Crossover Rewards program with Delta Airlines.

As a Platinum or Gold Preferred Guest member with SPG, you earn 1X Starpoint per $1 spent on all eligible Delta flights. Platinum Preferred Guests also get a free checked bag, priority check-in and boarding, and complimentary upgrades (these are rare).

The benefits work both ways. SkyMiles Medallion members (Diamond, Platinum, Gold, and Silver) earn 1X Delta mile per $1 for eligible Starwood stays, plus benefits including late check-out and complimentary in-room internet access.

5. Earn Starpoints and Save the Planet

A simple way to earn 500 points per night on a minimum 2-night stay is to decline housekeeping service.

The Make a Green Choice sustainability program allows guests to earn 500 points (for 3 nights in a row) when opting out of housekeeping. Points cannot be earned on the last night of a stay.

Just tell the hotel you’d like to participate at check-in or place the Make a Green Choice hanger on the outside doorknob of your room by 2 a.m. to earn your points!

Using Those 100k+ Starwood Preferred Guest SPG Points

Have you thought of what you would do with 100,000 Starpoints? We developed a guide filled with tons of great ideas to help you redeem your points. For example, transfer SPG Starpoints to airline partners so you can:

  • Fly First Class to South Africa from the U.S.:  Redeem 70,000 Alaska miles for an amazing Cathay Pacific first class flight to South Africa. Technically, it’s only first class to Hong Kong, and the flight from Hong Kong to Johannesburg is in Cathay Pacific business class (which still includes a lie-flat seat with direct aisle access and great service).You can even book a stopover to visit Hong Kong for a few days. If you’re really adventurous, you could book a stopover of a week or more to see other countries in the region too.
  • Round-trip to Milan in Emirates First Class: For 100,000 Japan Airlines miles, you can book Emirates first class from New York City (JFK) to Milan (MXP). There isn’t another airline in the world with the glitz of Emirates, so live it and up and enjoy your shower in the sky!
  • Experience The Apartments from NYC to Abu Dhabi: Use 115,000 American AAdvantage miles to book the first class Apartments as part of a luxury trip to the Middle East.

Final Thoughts

Now that we’ve given you a taste of what’s possible, are you ready to earn some Starpoints?

The Starwood and Marriott relationship and their many airline transfer partners provide seemingly limitless options for award stays and award flights. Once you’ve earned some Starpoints, you can create the travel experience that is perfect for you!


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100K SPG Points in 90 Days

FAQ

What are SPG points?

As an SPG member, you’ll earn Starpoints for stays at Starwood properties. Those Starpoints can then be redeemed for free hotel stays, gift cards, and donations to participating charities. Or you can transfer Starpoints to airline partners for free flights.

Can I transfer SPG points to Marriott Rewards?

Because Starwood and Marriott merged, you are now able to transfer SPG Starpoints to Marriott Rewards points and vice versa.

How do you find your SPG points balance?

Find your Starpoints balance by logging in to your SPG account here.

How many Starpoints do you need for a free night?

It takes a minimum of 2,000 Starpoints for a free Category 1 night during the weekend and 3,000 Starpoints for a free Category 1 night during the week.

On the other side of the spectrum, a Category 7 hotel night requires 35,000 Starpoints.

Which hotels are in the Starwood portfolio?

Find the Starwood hotels global directory here.

Can you use credit cards to earn SPG points?

How long does elite status last before expiring?

Elite status becomes effective immediately after you qualify and continues for the rest of the calendar year, the entire following year, and through February of the next year.

When do SPG points post?

It can take up to 8 weeks for SPG points to post to your account after you earn them, but usually it is much quicker than that.

When do Starwood Preferred Guest points expire?

As long as your account remains active, your SPG points will not expire. If you don’t book a stay or redeem Starpoints for 12 months, your account will become inactive.

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