Starwood-->Qantas-->BA Concorde?

 
Old Apr 2, 02, 1:11 pm
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Starwood-->Qantas-->BA Concorde?

Is this math right?

1.) Open a Qantas account
2.) Transfer 105,000 SPG Points into it. That's 105K + 20K(5K bonus per 20K transferred). But, with the 2:1 Qantas airline transfer, it's effectively 250K when the transfer is complete.
3.) Using Qantas' OneWorld partnership with BA, redeem 2 BA Concorde awards JFK-LHR for 125,000 each.

Apparently people over on the Qantas board are talking positively about this.

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/Forum39/HTML/000551.html

You can't redeem transatlantic BA awards with AA points, but apparently with QF you can. SPG seems to have a very generous transfer ratio with QF.

In fact, for any BA flight across the Atlantic, this seems to be a good way to redeem the points.

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Old Apr 2, 02, 2:44 pm
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I haven't done this, but I am ecstatic at the possibility of doing it if it works!

Eagerly awaiting answers to your questions...
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Old Apr 2, 02, 10:04 pm
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This would be sooooooo amazing if I could do this!!!
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Old Apr 3, 02, 3:10 am
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The starwood to Qantas IS correct.
the QFF concorde is apparently so as well.
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Actually, you'd end up with 260K:

Transfer 105K SPG points to Quantas. That's 105K + 25K (5K bonus per 20K transferred). 230K x 2 = 260K.
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Old Apr 3, 02, 9:40 am
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My math was wrong, but the idea is there. And a call to the QF Frequent Flyer customer service confirmed it. 125,000 QF points will get you a seat on the concorde. A call to SPG confirmed that the transfer is indeed 2 QF points for 1 SPG point.

So, 100,000 points is the right math.

100K = 125K with the 5K threshold bonuses. Double that and Whoola. 250,000 points and a 2 tix on the concorde worth about $20,000.

By comparison, 100,000 points would get me 10 nights in a Cat 5 property at an average of $200-$300/night value equalling only $2000-$3000 total value.
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Old Apr 3, 02, 9:44 am
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I just signed up for Quantas Frequent Traveller, now all I have to do is transfer my SPG points (52,500), make sure they show up, and I'll be on my way
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Just so everyone knows, this idea is patent pending. Anyone who takes advantage of it shall gift me one ticket on the concorde.
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Brilliant. That says it all!
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by mauld:
I just signed up for Quantas Frequent Traveller, now all I have to do is transfer my SPG points (52,500), make sure they show up, and I'll be on my way </font>
52,000 points = 105K + 10K Starwood transfer bonus.

You're still going to be 10K short.
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Well, I've made the transfer, now I just have to decide when I want to go (and make sure of availability on the Concorde).
PS- I did have a bit of a problem in entering my transfer amount and found I had to enter it as 52.500-- not with a ',' or 52000. Otherwise, it would reject with a statment stating the amount was outside the limits for the airline.

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Old Apr 3, 02, 10:39 am
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by mauld:
PS- I did have a bit of a problem in entering my transfer amount and found I had to enter it as 52.500-- not with a ',' or 52000. Otherwise, it would reject with a statment stating the amount was outside the limits for the airline.</font>
That's a very good tip. Thanks!
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by PHL:
Transfer 105,000 SPG Points into it. That's 105K + 20K(5K bonus per 20K transferred). But, with the 2:1 Qantas airline transfer, it's effectively 250K when the transfer is complete.</font>
<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by jspear:
230K x 2 = 260K</font>
<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by PHL:
52,000 points = 105K + 10K Starwood transfer bonus.</font>
I think we need a class in remedial Flyertalk/Starwood Math.
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by Beckles:
I think we need a class in remedial Flyertalk/Starwood Math. </font>
That brought on a classroom image:

"Now, Jimmy, if you had 50,000 AAdvantage miles, and a disgruntled AA employee took away 50% of your miles out of spite, what would he have?"
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My math is convoluted. Indeed, logic would have it that 52.5K points would net 105K double points plus the 10K SPG transfer bonus X 2 = 125,000.
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