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troyhouse Oct 4, 13 10:58 pm

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.

cardinalkid1891 Oct 5, 13 12:02 am

I would also use the SPG points for hotels. Please don't use the SPG points to transfer to Delta unless you have to. Also note, that American Express ended their points advance feature AFAIK

Mwenenzi Oct 5, 13 6:13 am


Originally Posted by troyhouse (Post 21556777)
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.
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How confident are you of getting 3 business class tickets on Virgin Australia to Australia in December ?
December is peak travel time. Is an optimistc hope.

troyhouse Oct 5, 13 9:11 am


Originally Posted by cardinalkid1891 (Post 21556939)
I would also use the SPG points for hotels. Please don't use the SPG points to transfer to Delta unless you have to. Also note, that American Express ended their points advance feature AFAIK

you are correct, i just read that AMEX ended points advance. its a bummer, so i am left with no choice, but to use spg points to xfer to delta.

ramosz83 Oct 5, 13 10:23 am

I agree, how does availability look? I would make sure that you get there as you're first priority.

troyhouse Oct 6, 13 1:31 pm


Originally Posted by ramosz83 (Post 21558641)
I agree, how does availability look? I would make sure that you get there as you're first priority.

i am planning for dec 2014 so its not open yet. i am planning to book 1 leg as soon as it available, do itinerary change and book the return trip as soon it becomes available. i am hoping this should work out.

but, booking hotels will be tricky, if i use all the spg points. i will have to focus on MS for hilton.

KennyBSAT Oct 6, 13 7:32 pm

I'm assuming you would transfer AMEX->VA->HH to get 2 for 1.

troyhouse Oct 6, 13 8:16 pm


Originally Posted by KennyBSAT (Post 21564925)
I'm assuming you would transfer AMEX-&gt;VA-&gt;HH to get 2 for 1.

Yes, that's the plan. I had done earlier this year too, when there was 33pxt additional points offer with VA.

Rae Song Oct 9, 13 7:42 am

the spg points are much more valuable than delta points and hard to earn. You should use them for hotel stays.

troyhouse Oct 12, 13 12:48 am


Originally Posted by Rae Song (Post 21579022)
the spg points are much more valuable than delta points and hard to earn. You should use them for hotel stays.

i agree, but have no choice left but to transfer to delta.

fl9999 Oct 12, 13 3:07 pm


Originally Posted by troyhouse (Post 21594587)
i agree, but have no choice left but to transfer to delta.

Sign up for Delta card so you may get some nice Delta miles bonus.

troyhouse Oct 12, 13 3:34 pm

Transfer dilemma - SPG, Amex MR, HHonors [USA - OZ/NZ]
 
Already have one, delta gold skymiles, which I got last year and up for renewal.

DTS Oct 13, 13 10:46 am

Regarding Hilton points. How about getting the current Virgin credit card offer?


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