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Millions of points, out of the blue.

Old Feb 14, 2019, 12:36 pm
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Millions of points, out of the blue.

Hi all. I知 completely new here, although I知 a loyal customer at various programs (platinum skyteam, spire IHG, Diamond Hilton).

Now something happened to my Marriot Bonvoy. I知 silver elite, and only 16 nights on account so far.

However on on my last stay they allocated 70.000.000 points to my account!!

Tempting to start using those as if I won the lottery...

what shall I do? Any tips? :-)

thanks
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Old Feb 14, 2019, 12:39 pm
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10k compulsive app refreshes just happened

if it was from a property, then maybe wait a couple days
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Old Feb 14, 2019, 12:40 pm
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What痴 that?
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Old Feb 14, 2019, 12:40 pm
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Originally Posted by Dinish
what shall I do? Any tips? :-)
Let it sit there and draw interest!

Seriously, I would contact the hotel directly and see if maybe they won't toss you a bone for being honest. Presumably there's some kind of audit process where this will eventually be flagged and reclaimed.
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Old Feb 14, 2019, 12:42 pm
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I stayed in a renaissance abroad. And unfortunately the points never came. So the hotel contacted the us team to get it fixed. Pretty big fix...
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Old Feb 14, 2019, 12:42 pm
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Originally Posted by Dinish
What痴 that?
people refrshing their app to see if they hit the lottery as well.
but if it痴 given by a property, then they may have messed up on the currency exchange. Was your last stay in like Indonesia or Vietnam?
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Old Feb 14, 2019, 12:44 pm
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Yes indeed, Indonesia! So indeed a currency error
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Old Feb 14, 2019, 2:06 pm
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Happened to me once when SEK was awarded 10:1 as if it were in USD (about 1USD:7SEK at the time), so 6 times what I was expecting. Give it 10 days or so, it'll get clawed back.
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Old Feb 14, 2019, 2:07 pm
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Originally Posted by Dinish
Yes indeed, Indonesia! So indeed a currency error
I suspect the error will correct itself, especially since you posted here. Just wait a week.
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Old Feb 14, 2019, 3:50 pm
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I wonder what would happen if the OP books something using points. How would they claw back? Would it be indiscriminate?
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Old Feb 14, 2019, 4:57 pm
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Travel packages! They always give the big warning that the miles transfers are irreversible...
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Old Feb 14, 2019, 5:09 pm
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The points windfall is likely to be crawled back. The ebonus tool for point posting seem to require hotel staff to convert to USD instead of just entering it in local currency and the system converted to dollars in the background using the day's exchange rate.

At the big picture, hotel is paying in an approximation a penny ($USD 0.01) a point for you. So if they accidentally credited you 5,000,000 points, it would have costed them $US 50,000 if they don't follow up.
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Old Feb 14, 2019, 5:56 pm
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Originally Posted by Dinish
........However on on my last stay they allocated 70.000.000 points to my account!!......
Originally Posted by yeunganson
......At the big picture, hotel is paying in an approximation a penny ($USD 0.01) a point for you. So if they accidentally credited you 5,000,000 points, it would have costed them $US 50,000 if they don't follow up.
OP received 70MM points. Using your math, hotel is paying 700K USD. I am sure someone from accounting will notice.
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Old Feb 14, 2019, 6:07 pm
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Was it a Design Hotels property ?
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Old Feb 14, 2019, 6:32 pm
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Originally Posted by CCIE_Flyer
I would contact the hotel directly and see if maybe they won't toss you a bone for being honest.
When I had a 9 million point windfall, I reported it and didn't even receive a thank you.
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