Just a quick heads up that tomorrow I’ll be giving away 70,000 Starpoints on the blog. As many of you know, I’m participating in the “Amex Stars” program this year, and as part of that I’ve been able to go on some pretty cool trips courtesy of the Starwood American Express.

Possibly the coolest part of participating in the program is that with each experience I’m able to give away a prize to a reader courtesy of the Starwood American Express. For example, earlier this year I stayed at the St. Regis Monarch Beach, and was able to give away 30,000 Starpoints in conjunction with the stay. Similarly, I was invited to the US Open and stayed at the Westin Grand Central, and was also able to give away 30,000 Starpoints in conjunction with the stay.

Tomorrow I’ll be giving away the biggest prize of the year, which is 70,000 Starpoints. You’ll be able to enter between 11AM and 5PM ET via Twitter, so stay tuned till tomorrow for all the details, though in the meantime be sure you have a Twitter account and are following me, so that you’ll be eligible to win.

  1. December 5th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Blake said,

    How much do we have to pay in taxes per point if we win?

  2. December 5th, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    lucky said,

    @ Blake — Points are valued at 2.5 cents each.

  3. December 5th, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Megan G said,

    Booo, I will be off the internets grid 10 am-7pm ET tomorrow.

  4. December 5th, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Dima said,

    Is it US only?

  5. December 5th, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    lucky said,

    @ Dima — You do have to be a resident of the US.

  6. December 5th, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    franz said,

    why @lucky? im sure you have a lot of funs overseas like myself! :)

  7. December 5th, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    lucky said,

    @ franz — Wish it were my choice, but unfortunately it’s not. Since the Starwood American Express is issued in the US, that’s who they’re limiting eligibility to. Sorry, promise there will be future giveaways for international readers, though!

  8. December 5th, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Steven L. said,

    Lucky, is there a reason why you sometimes use PT for deadlines and ET for others?

  9. December 5th, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    lucky said,

    @ Steven L. — Typically if I’m running a giveaway where I’m giving away the prize then I make it on PT (my time), while when it’s sponsored by a third party it’s usually on ET (which is the time they give me). :)

  10. December 5th, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Ivan Y said,

    Wow, I’m so in! This would be a nice birthday gift :)

  11. December 5th, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Steven L. said,

    That makes sense! It would be nice if you could include both in the future though…

  12. December 6th, 2013 at 2:42 am

    Holger said,

    Lucky, is there any way for a German (with German passport living in Germany) to get the Starwood Amex (or any other one of the cool US credit cards)?
    I only have a German Amex, which transfers to SPG 3:1, slicing my hardly earned points down to one third. They also do NOT participate in the bonuses the US Amex sometimes give for SPG transfers :-( It would be so great to have any card directly earning Starpoints and/or adding earned nights to the elite requirements for Starwood/Marriott each year…

  13. December 6th, 2013 at 4:48 am

    Seth said,

    So tell us, when AMEX pays you for your corporate shilling do they value the trip based on a points value of 2.5 cents each? If we are going to have to pay taxes for a prize based on an overinflated value, so should you!

  14. December 6th, 2013 at 7:06 am

    Far From Home said,

    @Seth Lighten up, Francis.

  15. December 6th, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Bill Sidebottom said,

    Cool…
    That would be a great holiday present.
    Bill

  16. December 6th, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Alison said,

    Bring it on !! 70,000 Starwood Points is golden. Thx. :-)

  17. December 6th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    lucky said,

    @ Holger — Unfortunately unless you have a US SSN you can’t apply for US credit cards. Sorry!

  18. December 6th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Sam Yoon said,

    Oh yeah! Bring it on!!! Need a Vacation RIGHT NOW!

  19. December 6th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    lucky said,

    @ Seth — If you must know, I actually AM being issued a W9 for the value of the 70K Starpoints that were deposited in my account. So yes.

    Any other questions?

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