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Aegean Airlines (A3) Initiated: Sun 22 Oct 2017 Received: Thurs 02 Nov 2017
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Air Canada (AC) Initiated: Thu 7 May 2015 Received: Mon 11 May 2015, but dated Thu 7 May 2015
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Alaska Airlines (AS) Initiated: Mon 21 Dec 2015 07:30 Received: Wed 23 Dec 2015 08:30
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Alaska Airlines (AS) Initiated: Thur 26 Jan 2017 09:20 Received: Fri 27 Jan 2016 14:00
Alaska Airlines (AS) Initiated: Wed Mar 1 2017 16:55 Received: Thurs Mar 2 2017
Alaska Airlines (AS) Initiated: Thur Mar 2 2017 16:55 Received: Fri Mar 3 2017
American Airlines (AA) Initiated: Sat 9 May 2015 Received: Wed 13 May 2015
American Airlines (AA) Initiated: Mon 29 June 2015 Received: Fri 3 July 2015
American Airlines (AA) Initiated: Tues 30 June 2015 Received: Sat 4 July 2015
American Airlines (AA) Initiated: Fri 9 Oct 2015 22:00 Received: Sun 11 Oct 2015 10:00
American Airlines (AA) Initiated: Tues 12 Jan 2016 Received: Wed 13 Jan 2016
American Airlines (AA) Initiated: Thur 18 Feb 2016 15:00 Received: Sat 20 Feb 2016 09:00
American Airlines (AA) Initiated: Mon 29 Feb 2016 23:45 Received: Tue 1 Mar 2016 23:45
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American Airlines (AA) Initiated: Thu 1 Sep 2016 00:04Received: Fri 2 Sep 2016 6:30am (~30 hours)
American Airlines (AA) Initiated Dec. 2 2016 11:54am Received Dec. 4 10:00am
American Airlines (AA) Initiated Sun. Dec 4 1:14pm Received Tuesday Dec. 6 by 9:00am
American Airlines (AA) Initiated Tue. Jan 24, 2017 7:45pm Received Thu Jan 26, 2017 by 8:45am
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Asiana Airlines (OZ) Initiated: Sat 21 May 2016 Received: Thur 2 June 2016
Asiana Airlines (OZ) Initiated: Mon 1 Aug 2016 Received: Tue 16 Aug 2016
Asiana Airlines (OZ) Initiated: Sun 16 Oct 2016 Received: Tue 1 Nov 2016
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Asiana Airlines (OZ) Initiated: Thu 7 Apr 2017 Received: Sun 17 Apr 2017
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Asiana Airlines (OZ) Initiated: Sun 12 Nov 2017 Received: Mon 20 Nov 2017
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British Airways (BA) Initiated: Wed 30 Aug 2017 Received: Tue 12 Sep 2017
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Cathay Pacific (CX) Initiated: Mon 18 Sept 2017 Received: Sat 23 Sept 2017
Delta Airlines (DL) Initiated: Tue 7 Feb 2017 11:00 Received: Wed 8 Feb 2017 20:00
Emirates (EK) Initiated: 16 May 2016 Received: 21 May 2016
Emirates (EK) Initiated: 30 Jun 2016 Received: 02 Jul 2016
Emirates (EK) Initiated: 21 Jul 2016 Received: 23 Jul 2016
Emirates (EK) Initiated: 26 August 2016 Received: 27 August 2017
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Japan Airlines (JL) Initiated: Sat 08 Apr 2017 Received: Wed 12 Apr 2017
Japan Airlines (JL) Initiated: Sat 15 Apr 2017 Received: Mon 17 Apr 2017
Japan Airlines (JL) Initiated: Tue June 6 2017 Received: Mon June 12 2017
Japan Airlines (JL) Initiated: Wed June 7 2017 Received: Mon June 12 2017
Japan Airlines (JL) Initiated: 9:30AM PT 6/12./2017 Received: 4:00PM PT 6/14.
Japan Airlines (JL) Initiated: 9:40AM PT 6/13./2017 Received: 8:30PM PT 6/16.
Japan Airlines (JL) Initiated: Sun June 18 2017 Received: Wed June 21 2017
Japan Airlines (JL) Initiated: Thu Aug 17 2017 1830PT Received: Wed Aug 22 2017 (Evening)
Japan Airlines (JL) Initiated: Sat Aug 19 2017 0130PT Received: Wed Aug 22 2017 (Evening)
Korean Air (KE) Initiated: Mon 3 Oct 2016 11:00 Received: Wed 5 Oct 2016 (morning; before 07:00 ET)
Korean Air (KE) Initiated: Nov 2 2016 Received: 4 Nov 2016
Korean Air (KE) Initiated: Nov 3 2016 Received: 4 Nov 2016
Korean Air (KE) Initiated: Dec 15 2016 Received: 17 Dec 2016 (initiated afternoon/evening PDT, received morning)
Korean Air (KE) Initiated: May 16 2017 Received: 21 May 2011 (initiated morning EDT, received afternoon)
Lufthansa (LH) Initiated: Mon 7 Dec 2015 Received: Fri 11 Dec 2015
Lufthansa (LH) Initiated: Mon 4 Apr 2016 Received: Not reported, but not received at 4 day mark
Lufthansa (LH) Initiated: Fri 27 Jan 2017 (evening) Received: Tues 31 Jan 2017 (midday)
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Qatar Airways (QR) Initiated: Saturday, 6 Aug 2016 Received: Tuesday, 6 Sep 2016 (31 days)
Singapore (SQ) Initiated: Thu 5 Apr 2016 Received: Not reported, but not received at 9 day mark
Singapore (SQ) Initiated: Thu 6 Apr 2016 Received: Not reported, but not received at 14 day mark
Singapore (SQ) Initiated: Mon 27 Jun 2016 Received: Mon 4 Jul 2016
Singapore (SQ) Initiated: Wed 19 Oct 2016 Received: Mon 24 Oct 2016
Singapore (SQ) Initiated: Thu 16 Mar 2017 Received: Mon 20 Mar 2017
Singapore (SQ) Initiated: Fri 17 Mar 2017 Received: Mon 20 Mar 2017
Virgin America (VX) Initiated: Wed 25 May 2016 Received: ESTIMATED Wed 8 Jun 2016 (required SPG follow up and Lurker intervention)
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Virgin America (VX) Initiated: Sat 25 Jun 2016 07:30 Received: Sun 26 Jun 2016 08:30
Delta Airline (DL) Initiated: Mon, October 23rd 2017 12:38 Received: Tuesday, October 24th 2017 19:00


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Initiated: Wed 7 Oct 2015 Received: Fri 9 Oct 2015
Initiated: Mon 11 Jan 2016 21:00 Received: Thu 14 Jan 2016 10:00
Initiated: Fri 26 Feb 2016 15:00 Received: Tue 1 Mar 2016 12:00
Initiated: Wed 20 Jul 2016 15:00 Received: Wed 27 Jul 2016 12:00
Initiated: 21 AUG 2016 13:00 PDT Received: 26 AUG 2016 17:00 PDT
Initiated: 15 SEP 2016 19:00 EDT Received: 16 SEP 2016 12:00 EDT (10:00+1 EMail Query re PO Box - Replied with proof 10:30+1EDT)
Initiated: Mon 29 May 2017 Received: Friday 2 June 2017
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Old Jan 11, 08, 10:27 pm
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Lightbulb FAQ: How long for SPG points to transfer TO an airline; and between SPG accounts ?

Hello. I'm pretty new to awards / loyalty programs having recently signed up for an SPG AMEX.

I'm looking for any advice on the best process for determining, transferring and redeeming SPG points for a flight on a set date and location. The number of different airlines available for transfer and the latency between initiating a transfer and when the points are usable in an airline program are the issues that make this issue seem complex to me...

Say for example I want to go to Spain on specific dates. Do I first determine a route I want, then check with the airline for available awards on that route, then xsfer Starpoints and hope that the award is still available once the transaction is complete. Or is there (hopefully) a better method?

Thanks for any and all assistance.

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Mike

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Old Jan 15, 08, 12:35 pm
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SPG -> BA: How Long?

Hi. I know they say 30 days, but does anyone actually have experience with how long a transfer of SPG points to BA takes?

Thanks in advance.

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Old Jan 22, 08, 12:19 pm
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Starpoints to USAirways Transfer

Hello All:

Iím wondering if anyone has had any recent experience transferring Starwood Starpoints to their USAirways Dividend Miles account.

Does anyone have some idea of how long it takes? SPG.com says that it can take 2-4 weeks, but Iím hoping to be able to transfer points quickly so that I can grab these seats before they jump up to 50,000 miles.

Thanks in advance for any help!

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Old Jan 22, 08, 2:56 pm
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I didn't remember it as being this fast, but I just checked my SPG account and it shows that I made a transfer on 10/13/07 and my US Airways account shows the transfer posted 10/15/07.
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Old Jan 22, 08, 4:41 pm
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Mine have generally taken under 1 week, including one on Dec24 that took only 2 days.
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Old Jan 23, 08, 8:22 am
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A friend did this in May 2006, and it took 2 weeks.
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Old Jan 26, 08, 11:53 pm
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SPG will always say 2 weeks just for CYA. however, the rep told me off the record it does not take more than a couple of days.
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Old Feb 18, 08, 11:32 am
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What is your Fastest Transfer Time from SPG to AAdvantage?

People have reported varying experiences i terms of the amount of time it has taken for online transfers to AA to post.

What is the fastest time period you have experienced for online transfers within the same name for transfers from SPG to AA for AAdvantage accounts already "registered" as a designated account within SPG.com?

Also, if you transfer 80,000 in a day, do you end up with 99,999 points or 95,000 points?
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Old Feb 18, 08, 11:39 am
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...Also, if you transfer 80,000 in a day, do you end up with 99,999 points or 95,000 points?
Probably zero miles until you get the airline follow-up done. The maximum daily limit is 99,999. If you transfer 80,000, we are going to add 20,000, which will exceed the daily limit by 1 mile and the airline is going to reject it.

All fixable...eventually.

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Old Feb 18, 08, 11:46 am
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Probably zero miles until you get the airline follow-up done. The maximum daily limit is 99,999. If you transfer 80,000, we are going to add 20,000, which will exceed the daily limit by 1 mile and the airline is going to reject it.

All fixable...eventually.

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So, you are saying it's better to transfer 79,000 SPGs, which would translate into 94,000 AAdvantage miles, to achieve the maximum number of transferable points in one day?
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Old Feb 18, 08, 11:49 am
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So, you are saying it's better to transfer 79,000 SPGs, which would translate into 94,000 AAdvantage miles, to achieve the maximum number of transferable points in one day?
No, it's better to transfer 60k Starpoints per day to get 75k miles.

As far as the fastest time goes...I submitted my first ever miles request online at SPG on Sunday, Feb. 3...and 15 days later I'm still waiting for my miles to post.
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Old Feb 18, 08, 11:53 am
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So, you are saying it's better to transfer 79,000 SPGs, which would translate into 94,000 AAdvantage miles, to achieve the maximum number of transferable points in one day?
However you wish to break it up is fine, but you can't exceed the 100,000 mile daily transfer limit - taking into consideration that we add 5,000 for every 20,000 you transfer - and have it go through without being rejected. This can only be done in two transfers done greater than 24 hours apart and I have always found round numbers to be the best way to go, like:

60,000 + 15,000 = 75,000
then 24+ hours later:
20,000 + 5,000 = 25,000

If 100,000 is the intended goal.

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Old Feb 18, 08, 11:54 am
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11k miles, 48hours

That's the time it took for me.

11k miles, 48hours.

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Old Feb 18, 08, 11:55 am
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No, it's better to transfer 60k Starpoints per day to get 75k miles.

As far as the fastest time goes...I submitted my first ever miles request online at SPG on Sunday, Feb. 3...and 15 days later I'm still waiting for my miles to post.
Might be time to call SPG and ask for an airline transfer follow-up.

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Old Feb 18, 08, 11:59 am
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Originally Posted by Starwood Lurker View Post
Might be time to call SPG and ask for an airline transfer follow-up.

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Thanks for the tip. I did actually send SPG customer service an email about this yesterday...I was originally hesitant to do so because the SPG confirmation email clearly stated I should allow 2 to 4 weeks for the transfer to go through. But everyone else seems to claim it always takes 2 or 3 days...so I sent a politely written inquiry to SPG asking them to take a look.
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