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Starwood vs Chase Sapphire Preferred

I have a CSP and I am about to use my points for travel. A friend recommended me to check out the Starwood AMEX. Before applying, I just wanted to know more about t. How valuable are Starpoints compare to Chase UR or even AMEX Membership Rewards?  Lets say I am booking a domestic flight which costs about 25,000 points on UR. Can  get that for a better deal with an SPG?

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Re: Starwood vs Chase Sapphire Preferred

I think it depends on the rate of point accumulation. Which card allows you to get to that 25000 UR or MR fastest and with the least spend.
I have the chase trifecta so me earning UR with "optimal spending" is better and faster. some people benefit more from MR point accumulation. Now as for point redemption and better deal, I think it should be pretty aligned since you are booking through the actual airline no?

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Re: Starwood vs Chase Sapphire Preferred

Two entirely different kinds f cards.  The SPG card is a hotel specific card while the CSP is a general travel card.  You can't directly book flights with SPG points.  You can transfer the points to specific airlines in their partner list where then you can use the miles to book flights.  Generally, for now, the SPG points are valued a little bit higher than Chase UR points.  Starwood though has been purchased by Marriott and eventually SPG points will probably be converted to Marriott points.

 

Just FYI,  this thread will be moved as this sub forum is only for approvals.

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Re: Starwood vs Chase Sapphire Preferred

I don't think it's a good idea to get an SPG now. If it gets transferred to Marriott, it will no longer be an Amex and the points on the Marriott are "worse".
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Re: Starwood vs Chase Sapphire Preferred

Starwood seems great if you will be staying at their properties, as the points are very valuable.

 

I am giving it a go, in addition to CSP to figure out what points work best for my travels.

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Re: Starwood vs Chase Sapphire Preferred

Ummm you can absolutely book flights directly with spg. I've done it, they have a webpage called "SPG flights" I really like my Starwood points card. I love that their hotels can be really cheap. I've seen Sheratons and Westins as cheap as 6000 per night (if you book multiple nights) considering the sign up bonus is usually around 25k that gives you 4-5 nights as soon as you hit the spending.
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Re: Starwood vs Chase Sapphire Preferred

I love my SPG card, the sign up bonus gave me 4 free nights at a super nice 5 star hotel! It was awesome.

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@mattayy wrote:

I love my SPG card, the sign up bonus gave me 4 free nights at a super nice 5 star hotel! It was awesome.


That is a good sign up bonus that I would like. Nice.

                               

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