[Tutorial] Step-by-Step Point-Transfer: Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints

SPG program – One of the best point-transfer programs because of its versatility!!

Step-by-Step Point-Transfer Tutorial:

  1. Chase Ultimate Rewards
  2. American Express Membership Rewards
  3. Citi Thank You Points
  4. Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints

Please review this article before you read this tutorial if you are not familiar with the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) program. Here is the tutorial to show you how to transfer SPG points to airline partners.

First, log in your SPG online account, and you will see the following screen:

Click “Redeem Starpoints” and you will the following screen:

After you Click on “Travel”, you will see several options. Please choose “Transfer Air Miles”:

You will see the page showing “We’ll add 5,000 bonus Starpoints for every 20,000 you transfer at a time”:

After clicking on “Transfer Starpoints To Air Miles”, you will see the following screen:

You will see the list with all airline partners of SPG after you choose “Select Airline” drop down menu:

This is the list of all the airline partners. Since SPG program is a hotel program. It does not have any hotel partners that you can transfer points to. We will use Singapore Airlines as an example.  As you can see that Singapore Airlines partner with all four major point-transfer program. It is fair easy to accumulate enough Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles to redeem for Singapore Airlines’ flights. Here is the list of transfer ratio:

You can see almost every airline has 1 : 1 transfer ratio. Do not transfer points to that ratio less than 1:1 (ex. United Airlines). After you select Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program, the system will ask you to enter Singapore Airlines member ID and the number of points you would like to transfer. When you enter all the information, check “I have Read The Terms & Conditions” and click “Go”, then the point-transfer process will be initiated.

You will receive an email confirmation to inform you that the point-transfer has been initiated. But you may not see points transferred to your airline program account immediately. Here is the list of time requirement for SPG to complete the point-transfer to some of major partners:

  • Air Canada: 2 ~ 7 days
  • Alaska Airlines: 1 day
  • American Airlines: 2 ~ 3 days
  • Air France / KLM: 2 ~ 14 day
  • ANA: 3 ~ 14 days
  • British Airways: 4 ~ 5 days
  • Delta Air Lines: 1 ~ 2 days
  • Emirates: 7 days
  • Etihad: 4 ~ 5 days
  • Singapore Airlines: 7 days
  • United Airlines (Never do it): 3 days

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