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Starwood points vs. cash

Starwood points vs. cash

  1. travel4b

    Apologies in advance as my question is really Points 101, but I can’t seem to get my brain around the answer. I have an upcoming one night stay at at the ITC in Agra, India. I’m presently booked on an award for 4000 points. However, rooms are available for only $128. Which is better? I’m Starwood Gold and have an AmEx SPG card if it makes a difference.

  2. Cal

    It depends on how much you value your points at and what you want to use your points for. The general consensus amongst travel bloggers is that SPG points are worth 2.2 cents. If you go by that valuation you are spending 88$ which is cheaper than the price you have been quoted.

  3. Gaurav

    [USER=178]@travel4b[/USER] even if you factor in your starpoints earnings (5x based on gold and spg card) your “rebate” still comes out to $14.08 based on the 2.2cpm valuation which still makes the point redemption cheaper. Personally though, the rate is close enough that I’d pay it it and save the points for air transfers.

  4. travel4b


    That’s what I’m thinking. The $128 rate is inclusive of breakfast, which I’m not sure is included with an award. Plus I feel like I’m more likely to get a complimentary upgrade on a paid stay vs. an award stay. Unfortunately, this hotel does not have an option for paid upgrades (with cash or points) on award reservations.

  5. Gaurav

    Oh with bf, it would be a no-brainer for me to pay.

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