Starwood Points and Exchanges
For many timeshare owners, one of the best things about owning a timeshare is the ability to exchange it for vacations at a variety of exciting places. Owners with a unit at a Mandatory resort can use Starwood points, called StarOptions, to exchange their timeshare within the Starwood Vacation Network. Owners at Voluntary resorts do not have this option, however all Starwood owners can use an external exchange company to vacation at one of thousands of resorts worldwide.
Buy Starwood points today, or learn more information on Mandatory vs. Voluntary resorts by visiting our Starwood Information Center. For more information, fill out the form on the right side of this page or contact us directly by calling 1-877-815-4227.
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How to Earn Starwood Points
To process an internal Starwood exchange, owners need StarOptions, the points used by Starwood resorts. In order to receive these Starwood points, resale owners need to purchase a unit at Mandatory resort. Then the points can be redeemed for stays anywhere within the Starwood network. The number of StarOptions you will receive is determined by your season and your unit size.
Reserve Your Week
StarOptions may be used to reserve a resort within the Starwood Vacation Network. You can reserve a stay at any Starwood resort by calling Starwood to request the reservation up to eight months prior to your vacation. For more information on reserving your Starwood vacation, see our Starwood reservations information page.
Bank Your StarOptions
If you choose not to use your StarOptions during their Use Year or have extra points that will go unused, you may bank your StarOptions points. This allows annual owners to save up their StarOptions and use them towards a vacation that requires more points than their yearly allotment or for biennial owners to book vacations for a Non-Use Year.
Banked points can be used for up to two years (ending December 31 of the second year) and to book vacations during the Network Float Period. Points are not banked automatically and must be requested to Owner Services between October 1 of the year prior and July 1 of the Use Year.
There are no limits to the amount of StarOptions points you choose to bank, you can bank points as many times as you'd like each Use Year, and banked StarOptions cannot be used to book vacations through an exchange company. Depending on your level of ownership, a small transaction fee may apply
Borrow Your StarOptions
Similar to banking your StarOptions, you also have the ability to borrow your StarOptions from the next Use Year to help complete a reservation when you don't have sufficient StarOptions points. Borrowing requests can be made within 8 months or less of your requested arrival date.
Starwood Timeshare External Exchanges
All Starwood timeshare owners can exchange their week externally. You may choose to exchange with Interval International and are responsible for all fees associated with the exchange company. However, if you have a StarOptions Mandatory resort and pay a Starwood Vacation Network membership fee, this fee includes membership to Interval International.