SPG New Flight Awards
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(Posted: Sep 2, 2008)
Starwood Preferred Guest points just became more flexible with a new flight award option. SPG members can now redeem points for the entire cost of a flight (including taxes and fees) on hundreds of carriers, both domestic and international.
There are no flight blackout dates, but the number of points required for flights during high demand travel times may be higher. On a sample roundtrip flight between New York and Chicago, the point range for a roundtrip coach flight award was between 20,000 points and 50,000 points.
Unlike most airlines' award charts, the cost in points for an airline ticket with SPG is based on the U.S. dollar cost of the ticket.
SPG members already have the ability to transfer 20,000 points into 25,000 airline miles with partner airlines, but the new program offers the ability to redeem points for airline tickets on most major carriers worldwide, even those airlines that don't partner with SPG. Plus, the point requirement includes the cost of taxes and fees, except for international departure taxes and other applicable taxes and fees that are charged at the airport.
Additionally, members can earn miles on flights booked via www.spg.com/flights, but members are instructed to contact the applicable airline to verify.
posted: Sep 5, 2008 at 12:48pm (MT)
Yeah I did some basic math on this and noticed that typically SPG is giving a value of about 1.18 cents/mile on most coast to coast type flights. Or a flight worth 475 on sidestep.com costs 40,000 points. Note that 40,000 spg points are actually worth 50,000 miles. But then you get a choice of airline, no capacity control, plus you could earn miles potentially. more on http://ofallthingstrue.blogspot.com/2008/09/starwood-points-for-no-blackout-date.html
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