How to Transfer Starwood Preferred Guest Points to Airline Loyalty Programs

If you are confused with the process of SPG points transfer to airlines, or are going to do this for the first time, use this step-by-step guide to become a points transfer pro.

Introduction

Starwood Preferred Guest (hereafter – SPG) is the most lucrative hotel loyalty program when it comes to the transfer of points to airline loyalty programs. First, SPG allows you to transfer points to numerous airlines at a beneficial transfer rate. SPG has a wider range of travel transfer partners, even compared with such programs as Citi ThankYou, Chase Ultimate Rewards and Amex Membership Rewards. Second, SPG awards you 5,000 SPG miles each time you transfer at least 20,000 SPG points.

SPG has a wider range of travel transfer partners, even compared with such programs as Citi ThankYou, Chase Ultimate Rewards and Amex Membership Rewards.

The only shortcomings of the SPG program are the relatively small number of credit cards that earn points, and the relatively long time for transfer processing. While other programs (Citi ThankYou Points, Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards) transfer your points instantly in most cases, SPG requires a minimum of one day to complete the transfer.

Step 1. Login or setup account

If you already are a member of the SPG program, go to this link and take a look at the right upper corner of the screen, where you will find the login button. Click on it, and a dropdown menu will appear. In this menu, enter your account name or member number and password, and click “Login”.

If you do not have an SPG account, do the same steps, but instead of entering the account name and password, click the “Join” button. The system will redirect you to the page where you have to provide your SPG credit card number and personal information. Complete the registration, return to main page, and log in to the system.

Step 2. Decide on the airline program and register

As noted above, SPG offers plenty of options for points transfer. A full list of airlines eligible for SPG points transfer, together with the transfer rate and estimated time of transfer, is presented in the table below.

Loyalty Program (Airline)

Transfer Rate

Transfer Time

Miles+Bonus (Aegean Airline)

1:1

9-12 days

Premier Points (Aeromexico)

1:1

1-2 days

Aeroplan (Air Canada)

1:1

3-4 days

Phoenix Miles (Air China)

1:1

1-2 days

Airpoints (Air New Zealand)

65:1

1-2 days

Mileage Plan (Alaska Airlines)

1:1

1-2 days

Flying Blue (Air France/KLM)

1:1

Up to 2 weeks(!)

MileMiglia (Alitalia)

1:1

Up to 2 days

Mileage Club (ANA)

1:1

7 days

AAdvantage (American Airlines)

1:1

1-4 days

Cathay Pacific (Asia Miles)

1:1

Up to 2 days

Asiana Club (Asiana Airlines)

1:1

9-10 days

LifeMiles (Avianca)

1:1

1-2 days

Executive Club (British Airways)

1:1

4-5 days

Eastern Miles (China Eastern)

1:1

Up to 4 days

SkyPearl Club (China Southern)

1:1

Up to 3 days

Skymiles (Delta Airlines)

1:1

Up to 2 days

Skyward Miles (Emirates)

1:1

3-4 days

Etihad Guest Miles (Etihad)

1:1

4-7 days

Gol Smiles (Gol)

1:1

Up to 4 days

Fortune Wings Club (Hainan Airlines)

1:1

Up to 7 days

Hawaiian Miles (Hawaiian Airlines)

1:1

1-2 days

Mileage Bank (Japan Airlines)

1:1

3-6 days

JetPrivilege (Jet Airways)

1:1

Up to 2 days

Skypass (Korean Air)

1:1

7 days

LATAM Pass (LATAM)

1:1.5

2 days

Miles&More (Lufthansa, LOT, Austrian Airlines and others)

1:1

4 days

Alfursan (Saudia Airlines)

1:1

Up to 4 days

Privilege Club (Qatar Airways)

1:1

Up to 3 weeks(!)

KrisFlyer (Singapore Airlines)

1:1

Up to 7 days

Royal Orchid Plus (Thai Airways)

1:1

Up to 10 days

MileagePlus (United)

2:1

2-3 days

Flying Club (Virgin Atlantic)

1:1

~1 day

Velocity Frequent Flyer (Virgin Australia)

1:1

2 days

As soon as you decide on the airline you want to transfer points to, you can proceed to the next step. Remember that in order to be able to transfer points, you must have an SPG account as well as an account for the desired airline. If you are not a member of the chosen airline programs, register in them (for the most airlines, this is a completely free and easy process).

Step 3. Transfer points

After you log in to your SPG account, click the “Book and redeem” button located in the upper menu. You will see a dropdown menu where you have to click “Redeem Starpoints”. After that, the system will redirect you to the redemption options list.

The option you are interested in is “Travel”. Click on the “Travel” link as displayed in the screenshot above.

Now scroll down until you see “Transfer Air Miles” and click it. To see where to find it, check the screenshot below.

You will see another page where you have to basically do the same: find “Start transferring” and click “Transfer Starpoints to Air Miles” located right underneath. See the screenshot below to get the exact location of this link.

Now choose the desired airline, mark the checkbox to agree to the terms and conditions, and click the “Go” button. Remember two things: first, a points transfer cannot be reversed (once you have transferred SPG points to an airline, you can’t transfer them back). Second, although you can transfer any amount of SPG points to an airline, only 79,000 SPG points may be transferred per transfer transaction.

This is it. Be patient and wait until the transfer process has completed. The award ticket for the desired airline will be just few clicks away.

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