When Was the Last Transfer Bonus? Part 3: SPG Points

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American Express Membership Rewards, SPG Points, and Citi ThankYou Points, three of the four major transferrable point currencies, will periodically run transfer bonuses to loyalty program partners.

For example, if you had transferred SPG Points to American Airlines in August of last year, you’d have gotten a 20% transfer bonus.

This post is part three in a series where I will be sharing the histories of transfer bonuses from Membership Rewards, SPG Points, and ThankYou Points. I have never seen a transfer bonus offered between Ultimate Rewards and any Ultimate Reward transfer partner. If I left a transfer bonus out, please let me know in the comments and I will update the post.

When Was the Last Transfer Bonus? Series Index

Transfer Bonus History of SPG Points to Airline Partners

Information below only concerns transfer bonuses from the last three years. If a transfer partner isn’t mentioned, it’s because there have been no transfer bonuses offered in the last three years.

Note that you will always receive a 5,000 mile bonus for every increment of 20,000 SPG Points transferred to airline partners. That is a constant promotion between SPG and all airline transfer partners.

American Airlines

  • In August through mid September of 2016: 20% transfer bonus
  • In August of 2015: 20% transfer bonus
  • In July of 2014: 20% transfer bonus

It appears that SPG to AAdvantage transfer bonuses happen annually, some time in the summer months.

Air Canada (Aeroplan)

  • In mid March through mid April of 2017 (just ended a few days ago): up to a 30% bonus (tiered)
  • In mid November through mid December of 2016: up to a 30% bonus (tiered)
  • In mid July through mid August of 2016: up to a 27.5% transfer bonus (tiered)
  • In mid March through mid April of 2016: up to a 27.5% transfer bonus (tiered)
  • In mid November through mid December of 2015: up to a 27% transfer bonus (tiered)
  • In mid July through mid August of 2015: up to a 27% transfer bonus (tiered)
  • In mid March through mid April 2015: up to a 25% transfer bonus (tiered)
  • In November of 2014: up to a 25% bonus (tiered)

None of those transfers were exclusively SPG to Aeroplan, they were all hotel partners to Aeroplan bonuses. The pattern is clear here: three times a year, once in the spring (typically mid March through mid April), once in the summer (mid July through mid August), and once at the end of the year (mid November to mid December).

British Airways Avios

  • In February and the beginning of March 2017: 35% transfer bonus
  • In June of 2016: 35% transfer bonus
  • In May of 2015: 10% transfer bonus

None of those transfers were exclusively SPG to British Airways Avios, they were all hotel partners to British Airways Avios bonuses. There isn’t much of a pattern here as to when in the year it will happen, but considering there was a hotel points to BA Avios transfer bonus offered this year and the last two years, there will probably be another in 2018 at some point.

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles

  • In December of 2016: 30% transfer bonus

With only one SPG to Asia Miles transfer bonus in recent history, I can’t say there’s a pattern.

Top SPG Point Earning Cards Right Now

The only cards that earn SPG points outright are the Starwood Preferred Guest Cards from American Express.

  • The personal card currently comes with 25,000 SPG Points after you spend $3,000 on the card within three months of opening it.
  • The business card currently comes with 25,000 SPG Points after you spend $5,000 on the card within three months of opening it.

However, thanks to the recent merger of Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott, you can transfer points freely between the two as long as you link your accounts. 1 SPG Point = 3 Marriott Points. That means the Chase Marriott cards can indirectly earn you SPG Points as well.

  • The Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Card currently comes with (for a limited time) 100,000 Marriott Rewards for spending $5,000 on the card within three months of opening it (the Chase 5/24 rule does apply to this card). 105k Marriott Rewards = 35k SPG Points.
  • The Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Business Card currently comes with 80,000 Marriott Rewards for spending $3,000 on the card within three months of opening it (the Chase 5/24 rule DOES NOT apply to this card). 83k Marriott Rewards = 27k SPG Points.

Bottom Line

Having a historical reference of when the last transfer bonus occurred can be valuable information if you’re trying to plan an award. Time it right and you can pay even less points.

Bookmark this page for future reference! And let me know below if there was a past transfer bonus I missed.


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