The Value of a Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Starpoint



The dollar value of 1 Starpoint is
$0.0223

Dollar value of 1 point Flexibility of points Can miles cover taxes and fees?
$0.0223 Strong Yes

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  • 20,000 bonus Starpoints after you charge $500 in purchases to your card
  • Earn one point per dollar

How much are your SPG Starpoints worth?

Before we begin, it is worth noting that "SPG Starpoints", "Starpoints", and "Points" are the same thing and will be used interchangeably.

The value you receive for your Starpoints depends on which hotels you redeem your Starpoints towards. RateHub has determined the average value of a Starpoint if redeemed for an eligible Starwood hotel in each hotel category and at various regions. Our results are displayed in our Starpoint value chart below.

Categories North America Central & South America Europe Africa Middle East Asia Pacific Total Average
Category 1 $0.0381 N/A $0.0356 $0.0314 N/A $0.0341 $0.0348
Category 2 $0.0341 $0.0423 $0.0251 $0.0394 $0.0135 $0.0254 $0.0300
Category 3 $0.0228 $0.0198 $0.0197 $0.0176 $0.0152 $0.0195 $0.0191
Category 4 $0.0191 $0.0159 $0.0136 $0.0196 $0.0134 $0.0201 $0.0170
Category 5 $0.0211 $0.0184 $0.0296 $0.0197 $0.0241 $0.0215 $0.0224
Category 6 $0.0269 $0.0125 $0.0215 $0.0149 $0.0141 $0.0152 $0.0175
Category 7 $0.0144 $0.0106 $0.0215 N/A N/A $0.0138 $0.0151
Region Averages $0.0253 $0.0199 $0.0238 $0.0238 $.0161 $0.0214 $0.0223

Here is the methodology we used to determine the average value of Starpoint:

A. For whatever hotel category and region you are analyzing, price out a hotel night in three different cities within the region at the selected category level, and divide the price by the points needed. The price of a hotel night was found using the website Kayak.

B. Calculate the average for the region by taking the average value per point of the three cities.

C. Complete A and B for every region at each hotel category level.


Example: Comparing hotel prices in three different cities within Central & South America at the category 2 level

Total Cost of Hotel Night in Mendoza, Argentina Number of Points Required
$145.00 Price of hotel found on Kayak
4000 Starpoints
Step 1: Determine the value per Starpoint in Mendoza
$145.00 Hotel Price ÷ 4000 Starpoints =
$0.0378 value per Starpoint
Total Cost of Hotel Night in Medellin, Colombia Number of Points Required
$139.00 Price of hotel found on Kayak
4000 Starpoints
Step 2: Determine the value per Starpoint in Medellin
$139.00 Hotel Price ÷ 4000 Starpoints =
$0.0348 value per Starpoint
Total Cost of Hotel Night in Lima, Peru Number of Points Required
$223.00 Price of hotel found on Kayak
4000 Starpoints
Step 3: Determine the value per Starpoint in Lima
$223.00 Hotel Price ÷ 4000 Starpoints =
$0.0558 value per Starpoint
Step 4: Calculate the average value per point in the region
$0.0378 Mendoza $0.0348 Medellin $0.0558 Lima ÷ 3 Regions =
$0.0423 value per Starpoint

Starpoints can be redeemed for travel- hotels, flights and trains. However, the main focus of the rewards program is on hotel redemption. There are nine hotel chains which make up Starwood’s worldwide network of 1,100 hotels. The nine hotel chains are:

  • Four Points by Sheraton
  • Sheraton
  • Aloft
  • W Hotels
  • Le Meridien
  • The Luxury Collection
  • Element
  • Westin
  • St. Regis

To redeem for a hotel, you can use Starpoints or a combination of cash and Starpoints (not an option for all hotels). There are seven categories of hotels which require different quantities of Starpoints:

Categories Description Points Per Night
Category 1 Mid-priced, full-service hotels 3,000
Category 2 Full-service hotels 4,000
Category 3 Full-service hotels in major cities 7,000
Category 4 Superior hotels and resorts 10,000
Category 5 Exclusive hotels and resorts 12,000-16,000
Category 6 Exclusive hotels and resorts 20,000-25,000
Category 7 Elite hotels and resorts in the most spectacular destinations 30,000-35,000

Overall Flexibilty: Strong

Taxes and fees covered? Consistent value? Transferable to/from other rewards programs?
Yes No Yes
Yes, when booking hotels, the taxes and fees can be covered with points. No, the value you receive for your Starpoints depends on which hotel category and location you redeem your Starpoints towards. Yes, see list below.
More than one airline involved in program? Can the points be used retroactively? Expiration date on points?
Yes Yes No
Yes, there are many airlines at your disposal when using Starpoints. Yes, you are allowed to credit your SPG Starpoints account for 30 days. No, SPG Starpoints do not expire in an active account (must be active at least once every 12 months or else they expire).

At many hotels, you can book using Starpoints and cash, which is a great option if you are short on the required Starpoints. A category 3 hotel requires 7,000 Starpoints but can also be booked with 3,500 Starpoints plus $55 (US).

Hotel Cateogry Combination of Points & Cash
1 1500 Starpoints + $30
2 2000 Starpoints + $35
3 3,500 Starpoints + $55
4 5,000 Starpoints + $75
5 6,000 Starpoints + $110
6 10,000 Starpoints + $180
7 15,000 Starpoints + $275

In addition, although Starpoints are intended to be used for hotel nights, Starpoints can be redeemed for flights using their travel service. In addition, the SPG program allows you to transfer Starpoints to other popular airline rewards programs at a 1:1 ratio (the most popular being Aeroplan). Below is the list of Airline programs that you can transfer Starpoints with:

Frequent Flyer Program Exchange Ratio (Starpoints: Miles)
Aegean Airlines 1:1
Aeromexico Club Premier 1:1
Aeroplan/Air Canada 1:1
Air Berlin 1:1
Air China Companion 1:1
Air New Zealand & Air Points 65:1
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan 1:1
Alitalia MilleMiglia 1:1
All Nippon Airways (ANA) Mileage Club 1:1
American Airlines AAdvantage 1:1
Asia Miles 1:1
Asiana Airlines 1:1
British Airways Executive Club 1:1
China Eastern Airways 1:1
China Southern Airlines Sky Pearl Club 1:1
Delta Airlines SkyMiles 1:1
Emirates Skywards 1:1
Ethiad Airways 1:1
Flying Blue 1:1
Gol Smiles 2:1
Hainan Airlines 1:1
Hawaiian Airlines 1:1
Japan Airlines (JAL) Mileage Bank 1:1
Jet Airways 1:1
Korean Air 1:1
LAN Airlines LANPASS Kms 1:1.5
Miles ans More 1:1
Qatar Airways 1:1
Saudi Arabian Airlines Alfursan 1:1
Singapore Airlines Kris Flyer 1:1
Thai Airways International Royal Orchid Plus 1:1
U.S. Airways Dividend Miles 1:1
United Mileage Plus 2:1
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club 1:1
Virgin Australia 1:1

Another great feature of the program is the free 5000 point bonus you receive if you transfer 20,000 Starpoints. For example, if you are an Aeroplan user and transfer 20,000 Starpoints to Aeroplan, you’ll receive 25,000 Aeroplan miles (including the 5000 bonus points).

When booking hotels with your Starpoints, the taxes and fees can be covered with your points.

Best Way to Use Your Starpoints

The value you receive for your Starpoints depends on which hotels you redeem your Starpoints towards. The math to determine the value of a Starpoint can be seen in the "Value of Miles" tab. Some hotels offer you very little value for your Starpoints and if you think you’ll be travelling in the near future, you may want to save your Starpoints for more valuable hotels

Our methodology showed that the average value of a Starpoint is $0.0223, so when you redeem your Starpoints use this average as your benchmark.

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