Tuesday, August 7, 2012

300,000 Starwood Points Up For Grabs!

UPDATE 8/8 - I just added the giveaways from Loyalty Traveler, Johnny Jet, Go Green Travel Green, and Ordinary Traveler. That brings us to 10 in total, and over 500,000 Starwood Points up for grabs! Good luck!

UPDATE 8/14 - I'll be graying-out the various contests as they close (a few have closed as of today)

To help promote the newly-improved sign-up offer for the Starwood Amex, Starwood / American Express are partnering with a number of blogs to give away a LOT of Starwood points.


Here are the details...

View From the Wing
  • Prize amount: 60,000 Starwood Points
  • 2 Winners (30,000 each) chosen at random
  • Enter via the blog
  • CONTEST OVER

The Points Guy
  • Prize amount: 60,000  Starwood Points
  • 2 Winners (30,000 each) chosen by virtue of proving you can get the most bang for your buck out of 30,000 points
  • Enter once for the best Cash & Points redemption, and once for the best Free Nights redemption
  • CONTEST OVER

One Mile at a Time
  • Prize amount: 50,000 Starwood Points
  • 1 winner chosen at random
  • Enter via Twitter and the blog
  • CONTEST OVER

Vagabondish

  • Price amount: 50,000 Starwood Points
  • 1 winner chosen at random
  • You can enter via Twitter, Facebook, or on the blog
  • CONTEST OVER

The Vacation Gals
  • Prize amount: 50,000 Starwood Points
  • 1 winner chosen at random
  • You can enter via Twitter, Facebook, or on the blog
  • CONTEST OVER

Loyalty Traveler

  • Prize amount: 50,000 Starwood Points
  • 1 winner chosen at random
  • Enter via Twitter, Facebook, or on the blog
  • CONTEST OVER

Johnny Jet
  • Prize amount: 50,000 Starwood Points
  • 1 winner chosen via photo caption contest
  • Enter on the blog
  • CONTEST OVER

Go Green Travel Green
  • Prize amount: 30,000 Starwood Points
  • 1 winner chosen at random
  • Enter in a number of different ways (and some provide multiple entries automatically)
  • CONTEST OVER

Ordinary Traveler
  • Prize amount: 30,000 Starwood Points
  • 1 winner chosen at random
  • Enter via combination of Facebook and Pinterest
  • CONTEST OVER

Passive Panda
  • Prize amount: 25,000 Starwood Points
  • 1 winner chosen at random
  • Enter via Twitter
  • CONTEST OVER (though no winner announced yet)

(Ok technically I rounded up - it's only 295,000) Up to over 500,000 now with the latest additions!


There are reportedly 10 blogs running giveaways, but these are all the ones I've been able to track down so far. Make sure to bookmark this page for an easy access point to each of them, as many allow you to enter on a daily basis. I'll also be updating this post as I come across new giveaways, so check back often to make sure you're not missing out on any!

Caveats!

#1 - Many of these contests have a LOT of entries already, so the odds of winning are pretty slim - but apart from The Points Guy's contest, entering requires very little effort.

#2 - Entry is limited to US residents, and American Express is mandating that all winners fill out a W9 - which means that the points are likely going to be considered taxable. From reading the info provided in the blogs, it looks like they're assigning a value of 2.5 cents / Starwood point (which is a fair valuation, by the way). This means that winning one of the big ones (like a 50,000) is going to increase your tax burden by $1,250, and therefore leave you owing ~$400-$500 in taxes, depending on your income bracket. $500 is a steal for 50,000 Starwood points, but it's also not nearly as good a deal as $0 for 50,000 Starwood points!

The St. Regis Princeville Resort, Princeville, United States of America
The St. Regis Princeville in Hawaii - my favorite Starwood property!
(20,000 points per night)


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