We’re going to turn 40,000 hotel points into 65,000 valuable airline miles. This is the part where most people lose the plot. The concept of turning hotel points into airline miles, which you’ll then convert to other airline miles is absolutely ludicrous to most, but for those daring to dream, it can present the perfect opportunity to maximize your points for incredible flights on the best airlines. Yesterday Alaska Airlines ironed out the details of their Virgin America take over, and as strange as it sounds, it creates the perfect opportunity to fly up front with neither of those airlines, using points that started out as hotel points. Bear with us…

This Merger Allows Us To Stack A Bonus On Top Of A Bonus, Which Is GOOD…

Starwood (SPG) hotel points can be converted to almost any airline at a 1:1 ratio, and for every 20,000 you transfer, you get 5,000 bonus miles. That’s instantly cool. Through the freshly released details of the Alaska Airlines takeover of Virgin America we learned that come January 9th, 2017, Virgin America points will convert to Alaska Airlines miles at a 1:1.3 ratio. 

YOU Care Because You Can Use Alaska Miles On All The BEST Carrier, Which Are Their Partners…

At this point most people are shaking their head with “why would I make hotel points into airline miles of an airline I’ve possibly never flown on”? The answer is that Alaska is a very unique airline, with unique partnerships and you can use Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles for travel in any cabin on Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, Qantas, British Airways, Emirates and more. Oh, and the rates are generally the best (lowest in miles) in the business.

Let’s Look At An Enticing Example, 40,000 Points…

If you transferred 40,000 Starwood (SPG) points to Virgin America, most of which you could instantly create during SPG’s current sale for cheap, you’d get a 5,000 point bonus for every 20,000 transferred. That means you’d instantly have 50,000 Virgin America Points. Come January 9th, thanks to the NEW 1:1.3 transfer ratio from Virgin America to Alaska you’d then be able to turn those 50,000 Virgin America points which started out as just 40,000 SPG points into 65,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles. That’s more than enough for one way in business class from the US or Europe to Asia and almost enough for FIRST CLASS from the US to Australia on Qantas.

Buying SPG Points Could Be A Great Move HERE…

You can buy up to 30,000 SPG points per year. Currently, in their sale, you can get them for $682USD or better (depending on your personalized bonus offer). If you purchased 30,000 points you’d end up with 45,500 Alaska Airline miles, nearly enough for one way business class to Australia, more than enough for business class between Europe and Asia one way and round trip in First or Business for shorter flights. BUY SPG Points HERE.