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Old May 23, 16, 7:01 am
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Points in 2 accounts....

...so we have 2 accounts (spouses) and I already bought (on sale) spg points for mine.... I would like to get another 30k for Dh's acct.... the problem would be booking,right? Once I got that 30k I can't transfer any more of spouses points into my acct till next year,right? Would my best bet(if needed for a long stay) be to make 2 separate bookings,one right after the other,using the 2 accounts?
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Once I got that 30k I can't transfer any more of spouses points into my acct till next year,right?
There is no limit on transfers, just on purchases.
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thanks.... but this is where I'm getting confused..the wording- I have read different things such as '30k limit on gift,transfer,or buying in a year' and I need to clarify what that means exactly-
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I learned last week that a single account can have only 30K Starpoints added to it via purchases, including those from internal transfers.
Is that a change, or has it always been that way?

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thanks.... but this is where I'm getting confused..the wording- I have read different things such as '30k limit on gift,transfer,or buying in a year' and I need to clarify what that means exactly-
Based on Starwood Lurker's post, you already can't transfer points into your account. It sounds like your best bet would be to purchase the points for your spouse's account, then make back-to-back bookings from each account.
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Originally Posted by hsmama View Post
thanks.... but this is where I'm getting confused..the wording- I have read different things such as '30k limit on gift,transfer,or buying in a year' and I need to clarify what that means exactly-
FWIW the current, official wording is :

Your account may receive up to a maximum of 30,000 Starpoints per account per calendar year, whether purchased by yourself or received as a gift from another member. However, you may purchase as a gift for other accounts, as many Starpoints as desired.
So looks like this is down to the interpretation of whether 'gift' includes household transfers or not.
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Old May 23, 16, 2:31 pm
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Originally Posted by Oxon Flyer View Post
FWIW the current, official wording is :



So looks like this is down to the interpretation of whether 'gift' includes household transfers or not.
thanks for the answer.... that is what I thought - it looks like a transfer is considered the same as a gift (?)
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Originally Posted by hsmama View Post
...so we have 2 accounts (spouses) and I already bought (on sale) spg points for mine.... I would like to get another 30k for Dh's acct.... the problem would be booking,right? Once I got that 30k I can't transfer any more of spouses points into my acct till next year,right? Would my best bet(if needed for a long stay) be to make 2 separate bookings,one right after the other,using the 2 accounts?
You can always make two separate bookings. If you don't want to change rooms, tell the hotel by check in at the latest and make sure that you reserved exactly the same room the on both bookings. However, doing it this way means that you don't benefit from the fifth night free feature.
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Originally Posted by Oxon Flyer View Post
FWIW the current, official wording is :



So looks like this is down to the interpretation of whether 'gift' includes household transfers or not.
And also relevant:

Originally Posted by SPG Household Transfer T&C
SPG Members Who Reside at Same Address. In Starwood’s sole discretion, an SPG Member may be permitted to transfer Starpoints in 1000 point increments only from one SPG Member account to another SPG Member account under specific conditions. Generally, Starpoints may transfer if both SPG Members are active, consent to the transfer, and share the same residential mailing address that is not a P.O. Box, APO or SPO address for a minimum of 30 days prior to requesting the transfer. SPG Members may be required to provide proof of residency prior to Starwood transferring the Starpoints between the two accounts. Elite Preferred Guest Membership Status and the related benefits will not transfer to the recipient of the Starpoints.
And the marketing of this feature (emphasis mine):

Share the wealth with other members in your household. No strings attached.
It sounds like this may have been a revised interpretation of the rule.
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Old May 24, 16, 8:17 am
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And also relevant:
It sounds like this may have been a revised interpretation of the rule.
I have transferred in the past from one to the other,and I don't recall having this question, so I'm thinking the rules might have changed.... which is kind of a bummer since combining points for 5th night is a big deal....
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Old May 24, 16, 8:22 am
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I learned last week that a single account can have only 30K Starpoints added to it via purchases, including those from internal transfers.

So, while it can probably be requested to move 30K in purchases from one household account to the other that has also gotten 30K in purchases, I'm not sure the request will ever be fulfilled.

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so wait..... last week we put info in to transfer a small chunk of points from spouse to my acct,which I had already purchased points in.. page just said,'wait a few days to show' - does this mean any and all transfers are now off the table for the rest of the year? I don't like this.....
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Originally Posted by Oxon Flyer View Post
FWIW the current, official wording is :
Your account may receive up to a maximum of 30,000 Starpoints per account per calendar year, whether purchased by yourself or received as a gift from another member. However, you may purchase as a gift for other accounts, as many Starpoints as desired.
So looks like this is down to the interpretation of whether 'gift' includes household transfers or not.
What would be the effect of "buying" points for spouses account as a gift from you? If I read the terms right there is no limit. Is there any cost savings buying them into your account and then transferring?
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Old May 24, 16, 9:32 am
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so wait..... last week we put info in to transfer a small chunk of points from spouse to my acct,which I had already purchased points in.. page just said,'wait a few days to show' - does this mean any and all transfers are now off the table for the rest of the year? I don't like this.....
I think you are taking your concern about this a step further than necessary. No one said there was a yearly limitation amount on internal transfers.

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I can see the reason for the rule. Without it, someone could open accounts for all of their kids (and even pets), purchase points, and transfer them, thereby evading the annual limitation on point purchases.
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