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SPG launches new social currency platform. Earn bonus Starpoints and more.

SPG launches new social currency platform. Earn bonus Starpoints and more.

 
Old May 10, 11, 9:04 am
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Okay, I signed up for foursquare. And I'm usually not this dense, but

How do you "check in"??? What does that actually mean?? Logging in? Searching for something in particular?
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Old May 10, 11, 9:23 am
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Ok. Figured it out. Have to do it on your phone....

And then I deleted my account. Way too intrusive for me.
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Old May 10, 11, 9:36 am
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Folks, please explain how this is intrusive if you turn off most of the default settings?
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Old May 10, 11, 9:40 am
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Originally Posted by Easy Victor View Post
Ok. Figured it out. Have to do it on your phone....
You don't actually have to use your phone to check in (FourSquare's help tells you how). That's what I plan to do when traveling to other countries where I don't have a SIM card.
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Old May 10, 11, 10:30 am
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Originally Posted by mahasamatman View Post
You don't actually have to use your phone to check in (FourSquare's help tells you how). That's what I plan to do when traveling to other countries where I don't have a SIM card.
I can't figure out how to check in without a data phone. Can you elaborate?

EDIT: I see it now. You need to access mobile website, not regular one.

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Old May 10, 11, 10:55 am
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Originally Posted by TerryK View Post
Foursquare has a strategy of paying for bonus to get users. I would guess the bulk, if not all, of the costs for this promo is paid by [email protected]:-)
Doubt that FourSquare is paying any of this. It is more of a marketing tool for Starwood.

They get people to show their friends through FourSquare/Facebook where they stay and get free publicity etc.
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Old May 10, 11, 10:58 am
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I found out about this promo about 20 minutes before it was posted here, by checking in on Foursquare and seeing the little "special" icon by the Sheraton where I was staying. Woo hoo! I'm psyched about the extra points for something I already do anyway
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Old May 10, 11, 11:08 am
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I think this is one of the more exciting SPG promos in recent memory, not because its rich with points, but because it's fun.

I love foursquare, and one thing that is often overlooked are the tips left at a location by either your friends or anyone who checked in. I find that info very helpful and it's usually info that I trust.
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Old May 10, 11, 11:12 am
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I've never played Foursquare games...I've heard about them on other forums and think they're kind of silly...winning "Mayor" titles and such. But I'll jump for some easy Starpoints...figure that's an easy $7-10 back for a few clicks.

As for intrusion of privacy, I already use credit cards and I usually fly to my destinations, traveling under my real name and ID. When I check into a Starwood, I tend to remain there at least 10-12 hours.

I guess I'm just saying that if the Man wants to track me, it doesn't matter whether or not I post my location on Foursquare. He already has enough data to do it, and then I remain stationary plenty long enough for him to dispatch a silent black helicopter to come and get me.

I really don't get the paranoia about social media privacy.
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Old May 10, 11, 11:24 am
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Originally Posted by Starwood Lurker II View Post
All SPG participating properties will be participating in this foursquare special.

From now till July 2011, this special does require a confirmed reservation to earn Starpoints for foursquare check-ins. I believe this means that your reservations need to be updated with the correct SPG details in order for the Starpoints to be awarded successfully.

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Do you have to check in (in the conventional sense) at the hotel front desk before you check in with Foursquare, or does it not matter which order you do it in as long as you have a reservation for that night?

Want to make sure I don't mess this up...
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Old May 10, 11, 11:32 am
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Originally Posted by estnet View Post
...now I can't figure out how to find out which hotels are participating in this promo...
Ditto, can't find the list in any of the T&Cs on the various sites. Can any of the lurkers post a link or the full list? Thanks!
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Old May 10, 11, 11:37 am
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Originally Posted by User Name View Post
Do you have to check in (in the conventional sense) at the hotel front desk before you check in with Foursquare, or does it not matter which order you do it in as long as you have a reservation for that night?

Want to make sure I don't mess this up...
No, you don't have to actually check into the hotel first. As long as you have a reservation and the stay is completed, it doesn't matter when you check into Foursquare.

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Old May 10, 11, 11:39 am
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Originally Posted by chrisdeaner View Post
Ditto, can't find the list in any of the T&Cs on the various sites. Can any of the lurkers post a link or the full list? Thanks!
Hmmm. I thought Thyetus answered this already?

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/16359003-post21.html

Is there some other way it should have been said? Any property that participates in SPG will be participating in this offer.

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Old May 10, 11, 11:40 am
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Originally Posted by Starwood Lurker View Post
Hmmm. I thought Thyetus answered this already?

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/16359003-post21.html

Is there some other way it should have been said? Any property that participates in SPG will be participating in this offer.

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Totally missed that, thanks!!!
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Old May 10, 11, 11:42 am
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Originally Posted by mrredskin View Post
that's kind of redundant, yes? did you mean to say "All SPG participating properties" or "All SPG properties?"
To me, it's one in the same. There are some Starwood properties that don't participate in SPG, but "All SPG participating properties" or "All SPG properties" would equally account for those that do, no?

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