How long does it take to transfer Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints to Asiana Club Miles?

An astounding 17 days.

Why would you want to transfer Starpoints to Asiana Miles?

Starpoints transfer 1:1 to Asiana miles. As with all 1:1 Starpoints transfers, you get 5,000 bonus miles for every 20,000 points transferred.

Asiana has an incredible award chart. Asiana miles can be used to book any Star Alliance airline, often for cheaper award prices than United, Lufthansa, Avianca, Singapore, and Air Canada miles.

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  • What is the transfer procedure?
  • What are the Asiana sweet spots?

Transfer SPG Points to Asiana Miles

Sign into your SPG account and head to the airline-miles transfer page.

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I made my 20,000 Starpoints transfer on September 15 at 11 AM ET. It was simple.

Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 11.54.01 PMOne screen in the process tells you how many miles you’ll receive. In this case 20,000 points becomes 25,000 miles.

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After making the transfer, I got an immediate email to let me know the transfer was done and that my miles would appear in “up to four weeks.” My Starpoints were deducted immediately.

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I checked my Award Wallet account every day to see if my miles had appeared. They didn’t arrive until 8 PM ET on October 2, 17 days after the transfer.

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Seventeen days is entirely too long. My Starpoints to US Airways miles transfer took two days, which I thought was too long.

I had actually initiated this transfer because I wanted to use 17,500 Asiana miles to travel from the United States to Colombia. While I waited for the transfer, I ended up buying a cash ticket for various reasons I might discuss in a future post.

The 25,000 Asiana miles will not be orphaned though because Asiana has an incredible award chart.

Asiana Sweet Spots

From the Asiana Star Alliance chart:

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I have not had a chance to investigate Asiana award bookings, but that will be the next step. I believe one way tickets can be booked for half the miles, and that fuel surcharges will apply when they would apply on cash tickets.

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