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Yep, I caved. Because I figured now or never.
So, things change. And if anything’s changing, it’s definitely the loyalty industry. And it is an industry.
I navigated over to the application page, and looked at it for a little while. (How’s that for an image?)
And then, I thought, well, 40,000 Starpoints is worth at least 50,000 Alaska Airlines or American Airlines miles.
It’s true. You get 5,000 bonus miles for every 20,000 Starpoints you transfer (if the airline has a 1:1 transfer ratio with SPG).
I figured I’ll have at least 40,000 Starpoints after meeting the minimum spending requirements. Plus, I have to pay taxes this year and, fortunately or unfortunately (depending on how you look at it), I can complete it in one go.
That’s worth it for 50,000 Alaska Airlines miles.
Although, Cash & Points is looking mad attractive the more I dig into it.
Plus, you get the 5th night free on award stays at Category 3 and up hotels.
Nights & Flights looks pretty interesting, too.
Suffice it to say: there are a lot of ways to start using 40,000 Starwood points.