Old Oct 4, 13, 10:58 pm
Join Date: Sep 2011
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Transfer dilemma - SPG, Amex MR, HHonors [USA - OZ/NZ]

hi, need your help and tips to resolve this dilemma with spg points, amex mr and hhonors for trip to aus/nz in dec 2014.

i have approx. 330k skymiles, need 150 more to book 3 business class tickets on VA. i have 60k spg points, which i can transfer to delta and get 85k skymiles, and transfer 65k mr points to get total of 480k points by this december. this will get me 3 tickets.

now lets talk about hotels in aus/nz.

option 1
this will leave me approx 6 months to collect amex points to transfer to hhonors to book hotels in aus/nz.
with hilton devaluation, i would really need good 300k-400k points which i can use with points&money and some free nights to get the hotels done. i am gold and value the lounge access.

option 2
leave spg points as it is, and use some spg points to get free nights and points/money to get the hotels done. with 60k points, i can continue doing more manufactured spending (ms), and try to collect as many points possible for the hotel booking. but then i need 150k mr points to transfer to delta for the flights. i have 65k mr points, i can take points advance from amex on prg and platinum, with ms, i can reach 150k and xfer to delta. i am gold on spg, and will somehow have to work with the hotels managers to get the lounge access.

so based on these details, which option should i go with. i am leaning towards using spg points for hotels, and not on hilton as the amount of points needed will be very high due to devaluation.
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