Get More Value With Starwood Nights and Flights

In the miles and points world, there are two things that I really enjoy:

  1. Finding out the best ways to earn miles and points.
  2. Discovering strategies that help you get even more value out of your points.

Depending on your travel preferences, Starwood’s nights and flights might just be a great way for you to get even more value out of your Starwood points.

General Information Regarding Nights and Flights

When you book a nights and flights package you’re able to get hotel accommodations as well as having points transferred to an airline of your choosing.  It’s a way to allow people to get both their hotel points and flights out of a single Starwood redemption.

  • Eligible only for Category 3 and Category 4 Starwood locations only
  • Only eligible on all point hotel stays, not cash and points
  • Domestic travel must be booked 14 days in advance and 30 days in advance for international travel.
When you book a nights and flights package, you don’t actually get the flights; instead, you receive 50,000 miles deposited into your favorite airline account.

Redemption Cost:

Category 3 with 5 nights free and 50,000 airline miles = 60,000 Starwood points

If you were to use your points separately, here’s how the math would break down:

40,000 Starwood points would = 50,000 airline points

With the 5th night free, you can get 5 nights hotel for 28,000.

Total savings is 8,000 Starpoints. 

Category 4 with 5 nights free and 50,000 airline miles = 70,000 Starwood points

If you were to use your points separately, here’s how the math would break down:

40,000 Starwood points would = 50,000 airline points

With the 5th night free you can get 5 nights hotel for 40,000.

Total savings is 10,000 Starpoints. 

Questions to Consider:

  1. Will you get more value using cash and points?  Remember, Nights and Flights cannot be booked with cash and points.  If, in the end, you would get better value out of a cash and points redemption, then that would make more sense for you.
  2. Would you transfer your points to an airline anyway?  Usually, I can get more value out of 20,000 Starwood points than I can out of 25,000 airline points.  I think hotel points are harder to come by, so I’d need to seriously consider if this made sense.  However, if you were planning on transferring points to an airline then this might make sense.
  3. Do you want to stay at a category 3 or 4?  Obviously, if there isn’t a hotel in that category level that interests you, then you should pass.
Personally, I’ve never booked a Nights and Flights package, but it’s always worth considering as you’re evaluating your redemption options.
To earn additional Starwood points, apply before September 3rd and get up to 30,000 Starwood points.  Earn 10,000 points after your first purchase and 20,000 points after spending an additional $5,000 in the first six months.

 

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