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35% off Starpoints redemptions at select high end resorts

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I can’t tell you how much I wish I could use this, though I can’t. But maybe one of you can…

My reason for loving the miles and points game is luxury for less. I should probably consider targeting this blog to that specifically, because it’s really all I care about. A first class travel lifestyle – using points to pay for it.

Starwood announced a sale of 35% off a select few “aspirational” resorts. Why? Well, probably the current cash prices were making it hard for anyone to justify a redemption.

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But let’s say you wanted to plan a 5 day trip to the W Maldives in January.  The cheapest cash price for January 24-29 comes to $9171 a night or $6,515.87  after taxes/fees. (NOTE: This excludes a rather expensive seaplane ride of $505 a person but you are paying that either way).

With this sale, you will pay 58,500 points a night – but you’ll still get the 5th night free, as always with Starpoints. So your point total is 234,000 points. Not only are you saving yourself $6,500 out of pocket, you are getting close to a 3 cent per point return on your Starpoints.

Can you do better? For sure! I once got an 11 cent per point redemption in Monte Carlo. But that was a decade ago and it’s gotten harder and harder to find those redemptions. And if you are like me, you are a bit nervous about the Starwood-Marriott merger and what that will do to your Starpoints. So if you have a huge bank of points, this sale isn’t a bad way to go.