How much are Starwood Preferred Guest SPG Points worth?


Starwood Preferred Guest SPG offers a loyalty program whose currency is a Starpoint. The value of one Starpoint is not tied directly to cash rates, and your redemption rate will vary depending on when and how you decide to redeem.

PointsValues considers a good redemption of Starpoints to be 2.7 cents per point, an average redemption to be 2.2 cents per point, and a poor redemption to be 1.7 cents per point.

To get a good redemption rate, you will want to focus on lower-end Starwood properties which tend to offer the lowest per-night Starpoints rates.

Read here about our methodology

Starpoints valuations depend heavily on category

Starwood hotels are tiered into 7 different categories, which in turn determines the redemption cost of a free night. See below:
Category Number of Properties Typical cash cost per night (USD) Points Needed per night Cents per point
1 61 80 2000-3000 2.8
2 141 125 3000-4000 3.1
3 253 160 7000 2.3
4 275 205 10,000 2.0
5 165 275 16,000 1.7
6 77 400 25,000 1.6
7 16 550 35,000 1.6

Most Starwood properties are clustered around the category 2 - 5 range. Within this range, you will generally get better redemption rates the lower the category. For example, many Four Points, Sheraton and Aloft properties fall within category 2 which require just 3000 Starpoints for a weekday stay, while cash rates are generally above 100 USD per night for many of these hotels.

Category 4 hotels will cost you 10,000 Starpoints per night, or about 2.5x to 3.3x the cost of a category 2 hotel. Cash rates for category 4 hotels, however, are generally about 2x to 2.5x the cost of a category 2 hotel. To extend this further, consider category 7 hotels which require 10x the points of category 2 hotels for a free night. Typical cash rates are closer to 4x to 6x.

We therefore suggest a valuation of Starpoints based on the types of properties you expect to stay at. If you stay at primarily category 1, 2 and 3 Starwood hotels, your Starpoints should be valued between 2.5 - 3.0 cents per point. On the other hand, if you exclusively stay at higher end properties in categories 6 and 7, you may have a harder time redeeming your Starpoints for higher value.

10 Starwood hotels that provide the most value for your Starpoints
Property Name SPG Category Value per point Sample nightly rate (USD) Starpoints rate
Sheraton Grand Istanbul Atasehir 2 8.3 333 3000
Sheraton Jiuzhaigou Resort 1 7.7 231 3000
Sheraton Harbin Xiangfang Hotel 1 5.1 153 3000
Le Meridien Cairo Airport 2 5.0 201 4000
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel 3 5.0 351 7000
Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel 2 4.9 197 4000
Sheraton Qingyuan Lion Lake Resort 1 4.7 141 3000
Le Meridien Thimphu 4 4.6 462 5000
Four Points by Sheraton Columbus Ohio Airport 2 4.6 183 2000
Four Points by Sheraton Kalamazoo 2 4.5 181 4000
Sheraton Mendoza Hotel 2 4.4 178 2000
Four Points by Sheraton Kansas City Airport 1 4.4 132 3000
Four Points by Sheraton Venice Mestre 1 4.4 131 4000
Le Meridien Paro, Riverfront 4 4.3 433 10000
Sheraton Omaha Hotel 2 4.3 170 4000




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