Transferring Starwood points

Discussion in 'Newbies' started by mdrobtx, Jan 27, 2012.  |  Print Topic

  1. Hello, I'd like to transfer some of my Starwood points to Southwest Airlines.
    The converter shows I need to first transfer to Amtrak then to Choice Hotels then to SWA.

    Question? Right now I do not have an Amtrak or Choice rewards acct. Can I just open an Amtrak and Choice Rewards acct and start transferring? If so, do I need to call in order to transfer or do most reward websites have links to transfer?
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  2. TheTravelAbstract

    TheTravelAbstract Silver Member

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    Why would you want to waste SPG on WN?

    If you didn't know an fyi, to transfer Amtrak to Choice you need to be:
    • Members with current Amtrak Guest Rewards Select or Select Plus status, have an annual point transfer limit of 50,000
    • Cardholders of the Amtrak Guest Rewards® MasterCard® issued by Chase Bank with an Amtrak travel spend on the card of over $200 per calendar year, have an annual point transfer limit of 25,000 per year

    You can convert to other airlines and get such a better ratio. Avios, LANPASS, Virgin.

    I would not suggest completing this transfer.

    Yes you can call or you can do it online. Whichever you feel most comfortable with.
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  3. deant
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    deant Milepoint Guide

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    You beat me to the answer.

    As The TravelAbstract said, from the position you are in, it will take a long time for you to make the transfers. You would first need to apply and activate an Amtrak credit card and then spend the $200 in Amtrak fares. Not something I would not be willing to do.

    If you are looking for SW miles, you might think of the SW credit card and the SW Business card. I believe both are now giving 50K sign up bonus'.
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  4. fewtreezy

    fewtreezy Active Member

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    mdrobtx may be trying to hit the companion pass additional 10k...
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  5. fewtreezy, that's exactly what I was trying to do.
    I figured I'd put it to the experts first. Thanks for all the replys.
    Also, I don't know if transfer points can count towards the 110K pts needed for the SWA companion pass.
    I already have both business and personal 50K SWA cards.
    Just need the 10K.
    Any suggestions?
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  6. Jeff the Wanderer

    Jeff the Wanderer Silver Member

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    Darius has a great post on this topic over at Million Mile Secrets. That should give you all the details you are looking for.
  7. Alright! Excellent! Thanks for the link jeffbrownson.
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