Starwood Preferred Guest Points are the most valuable points of all time. They are also one of the hardest to accumulate. SPG points or “Starpoints” can be redeemed for flights. The best redemptions come from point transfers to partner airlines and can be used to fly anywhere in the world.
Once you are an SPG member you can use your Starpoints to stay in beautiful Starwood properties, or transfer them to airline partners.
Transferring Starpoints to partnering airlines will give you the best value for each point.
Today we are going to focus on three ways to use Starpoints for First Class seats by transferring to Alaska Airlines to different places around the world. Alaska Airlines has access to the best Best First Class Seats in the World. Alaska Airlines loyalty program is referred to Mileage Plan. Starpoints transfer to Alaska Airlines at a ratio of 1:1.
1. Fly Cathay Pacific First Class to Southeast Asia or South Africa
Alaska Airlines provides some amazing opportunities to enjoy premium cabin products. You can use 70,000 Alaska miles for a one-way ticket first class flight between the U.S. and Southeast Asia. To take this flight in business class, you would only need 50,000 miles. That’s an amazing deal compared to United Airlines for 40,000 one way in economy.
Here is another great perk. For no additional miles, you can continue to South Africa after a stopover in Hong Kong.
This means you are essentially getting a bonus business class flight from Hong Kong to Johannesburg.
2. Fly Japan Airlines First Class to Asia
My Wife, Bella, and I enjoyed Japanese Airlines Business Class seats from Taiwan to LAX.
With a recent addition to Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan program, you can now experience Japan Airlines’ great first class seat for 70,000 Alaska miles from the U.S. to Asia. You can also try business class to Asia for 60,000 miles.
Not only does Japan Airlines have a great first class product, but the service is fantastic. The food was just as good as any restaurant too.
3. Fly Qantas First Class to Australia or New Zealand (Mileage Plan)
This is one of the hardest award tickets to get. Qantas first class is an ambitious seat to go after. For 70,000 Alaska miles you can fly from the United States to Australia or New Zealand in pure luxury.
With the right planning and strategy, you can turn your Starpoints into first class seats by transferring to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan.