Starwood’s SPG loyalty scheme can now redeem points against flights, with the
added bonus of taxes and charges being covered as part of the redemption.
allows members to exchange their points for flights worldwide, with
no blackout dates. Redemption values start at 10,000 points for a flight
costing up to US$150, increasing at a rate of 5,000 points per US$65 flight
cost, meaning that 40,000 points are needed for a flight costing between US$475
and US$540, and 235,000 points for a ticket worth between US$2,880 and US$3,140.
The advantage of
the programme is that redemptions include the cost of any taxes and charges
(similar to the Airmiles loyalty scheme which was revamped earlier this year to
include taxes – see online news January 10). The scheme also allows members to
earn miles on their airline’s individual frequent flier schemes when booking
redemption tickets through SPG Flights, and up to 20,000 SPG Starpoints can be
bought each year to top up accounts.
To give readers
an idea of the value of Starpoints in terms of hotel stays, 4,000 points are
needed for a one-night midweek stay at the Four Points by Sheraton Beijing,
Haidan, and 10,000 points for a one-night stay at Le Meridien Munich.
And don’t forget
that it’s also still possible to exchange Starpoints for miles with chosen
airline loyalty schemes, instead of using them to purchase flights. For every 20,000
points transfered by a member to a frequent flyer programme, an extra 5,000
points will be transfered by SPG (up to a maximum of 94,999 Starpoints). For
the latest exchange ratios between SPG and your favourite FFP, click here.
information visit spgflights.com.
Report by Mark