Recently I was asked how to really maximize SPG points. I don’t think I’ve written about this before, and heck, maximizing value is 100% what this blog is about. So I wrote out a step by step on how you can get the absolute most value out of your SPG points.
I have been satisfied to redeem for low level weekend stays – Cat 1’s are 2,000 – 3,000 points, and Cat 2’s are 3,000 – 4,000 points. But, there is a value that’s even better than this. Let me show you.
1) Log In
2) Click Here
3) Select American Airlines and put in your AA number
4) Put in 20,000 points and you’ll get 25,000 AA miles
And there you have it, step 5 is to enjoy your AA miles.
Starwood points are much harder to earn, view the infographic of Best Hotel Rewards Program. It takes waaaaay more money to earn a free night with SPG than it would any other program.
Yet, their points transfer 1:1 to most airlines, and 20,000:25,000.
The fact of the matter is, the value is way better for airline miles than it is for hotel redemptions. Because ultimately, value is not the price tag of the hotel, but what you would have paid. And if you’re savvy enough to be reading this blog, you’re savvy enough to get hotel points way more cheaply and easily than you likely can SPG points.
In other words, getting a nice hotel for cheap is easy, so easy. But international flights are always expensive.
Of course, if you are set on airline miles and you honestly don’t need to pay for flights anytime soon and don’t have other hotel points, totally redeem those suckers for hotels. But the value of a mid to high category SPG hotel is a oneway flight to Europe on AA. And the simple thing I want to ask is:
Is the value of one hotel equal to one international flight?
No. Of course not. I understand people are addicted to luxury and justify that with a misconstrued definition of value. But just call it like it is, and say “I want ultra-luxury” instead of “value”.
And again, even if the bar is set at ultra luxury, I can more cheaply get top end Hyatt and IC stays than SPG stays.