Transferring credit card points to airline miles gives value to the cardholders, as well as helps flyers book flights in United Airlines or affiliate airlines participating in a loyalty program. People can sell Starwoods points as well, but transferring Starpoints to airline miles participating in a loyalty program gives somewhat better exchange value.
Starwoods give Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards with an array of transfer options. To transfer Starpoints means to convert credit card points to airline miles and redeem the rewards accordingly.
If you want to fly to America, then a United Airlines ticket can be booked with the miles earned via the Starpoints transfer. If you are flying from America, say to New Zealand, you can use the points of Air New Zealand for the flight tickets, as they participate in the Star Alliance program as well. Not just airline miles but Starpoints can be transferred to Marriott rewards points also, in case you wish to dine in the famous Marriot hotel or book a stay.
American Express Platinum cardholders have no minimum limit to transfer air miles to FFP affiliate partners and that helps flyers to keep the airline mileage account from expiring. Where AmEx Platinum members can transfer even 1 Starpoint at hand, the Gold card members can transfer as fewer as 1500 Starpoints to an affiliate airline participating in the AAdvantage program.
It is noted that Singapore Airlines offers more miles and credit card points, and they are a Star Alliance Loyalty Program affiliate too. The freedom to transfer Starpoints to such affiliating airlines gives better options to flyers and cardholders.
Most of the airline affiliates of Starwoods let cardholders transfer Starpoints in a 1:1 standard exchange rate – 1 Starpoint equals 1 air mile. A few airlines in the US also give 1.5 points for each air miles transferred, whereas some international airlines offer in 1:2 or even higher ratio. Flyers can accumulate all these points, and figure out what should be done with air miles earned through the transfer.
Starwoods is not that great if you want to transfer Starpoints to United MileagePlus of United Airlines, the transfer ratio of which is 2:1. However, for Chase Sapphire Preferred card, transferring 1 card point returns 1 air miles to the cardholder.