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Leftover 2020 StarOption Points - what to do?

mrichards

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I have 3,475 StarOptions for this year that I likely will not be using. What should I do with them? Is it worth the $109 fee to bank them? I keep going around in circles on the Vistana site then I try to convert them to Marriott Bonvoy points. Any suggestions?
 

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look at the Staroptions chart. It can get you 1 extra weeknight in lowest season in a 1Bedroom.
In the next 2 years, do you see yourself being able to make use of this? Do you ever travel low season? If you booked a Sunday-Sunday reservation, you could tack on a Monday night.
 

jabberwocky

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Rough estimate of $0.02/SO average cost means your paying over $100 to save around $70 of MF. Not worth banking IMO
 

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Also consider what you may need in the next two years. Will those additional points help complete a reservation next year or the year after that you couldn't get otherwise? While they may not have a lot of value on their own. They could be worth more if they help you complete a certain reservation you wouldn't otherwise have enough points for.
 

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On some other thread there was some speculation or anecdotal report of Marriott possibly limiting options banking to 1 year instead of 2. So worst case perhaps plan on using next year.

I'll have about 80K options from this year to bank due to various reasons. I might try to use some of it in December depending upon Marriott's integration plan announcement later this month/early next month. I would hope they'd at least keep usage of options until next year to handle the options banked in 2019. I guess they could potentially convert the options to a new trading currency, but that would be a one-off and not profitable.
 
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