A new partnership between two of the travel industry’s sexiest players was likely in the works before all this merger mania hit.
Today, Starwood Preferred Guest and Virgin America Elevate teamed up to announce a generous partnership, which is great… but reminds us that both brands days are numbered.
Starting today, SPG members interesting in flying Virgin (or its partners) will be able to transfer Starpoints into Elevate points at a 1-to-1 ratio. Also, Elevate members will earn two Elevate points for every dollar spent at Starwood hotels.
Here are details of the new partnership.
Are you a SPG member interested in flying Virgin or its partners? When you transfer your Starpoints directly to Elevate points, SPG adds an additional 5,000 points for every 20,000 you transfer at a time. Here’s how. Scott over at Travel Codex thinks transferring Starpoints into Elevate points might not be such a great idea for some.
With Virgin America onboard, SPG now has over 30 airlines as transfer partners, one of the many reasons members love this program so much… and why many are so worried about how Marriott might tinker with it.
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