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.
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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|
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|