And the Winner of the 100,000 Starpoints Is…

Aug 21, 2011

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With 21% of the vote, Travelhackerr – congratulations! 1,138 votes were cast in total over the 24 hours, with the breakdown being:

  • Travelhackerr’s Plan to Propose and then Honeymoon (21%, 242 Votes)
  • David Hagins Family Trip to Aruba (17%, 199 Votes)
  • Cory’s Family Beach and Snow Trips (16%, 184 Votes)
  • KirstenE’s Family Trip to Hawaii (15%, 168 Votes)
  • SajerGuy’s Golf Trip to Macau (9%, 108 Votes)
  • TriciaC’s Return to Japan (9%, 103 Votes)
  • Mitch’s Analytical Trip to India (5%, 53 Votes)
  • Heather’s Tour de Points (3%, 34 Votes)
  • Joey’s Trip to Paris (2%, 25 Votes)
  • Coldlimit’s Foodie Tour of Asia (3%, 22 Votes)

Hopefully you will write a guest blog post about your experience, especially with the proposal! Best of luck to you and I hope you get the answer you want.

As for everyone else, I was so impressed with your entries, I don’t want you walking away empty-handed. As I mentioned when I first posted this promotion, American Express is giving me 100,000 Starpoints to run this promotion. While I cannot split up that prize and give you all the points (like I originally wanted to), I am going to give runners-up 2-10 each a $100 American Express Gift cards and I’ll be donating $250 to the Red Cross (since that seemed to be a very popular charity choice in the entries).

TPG Membership Liaison Danielle will be in touch shortly to get your information. I really appreciate everyone playing along and I hope you all learned a thing or two about using SPG points and why the 30,000 point sign-up bonus is a really good deal. Update: 30k bonus expired 8/22/11

Now, how am I going to use the 100,000 Starpoints? It’s actually pretty simple.

I’ve never been to Hawaii (shocker, I know) nor have I stayed at a St. Regis. I’d plan an 8 day rest and relaxation trip as follows:

I’d redeem 80,000 of the points to spend 5 nights at the The St. Regis Princeville Resort on Kauai and then spend the other 20,000 on Cash + Points stays on the other islands. In typical TPG planning, I’ll reach out to my immensely resourceful readers to craft the overall trip, but I was thinking The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas for 2 nights on Maui at 8,000 points + $150 a night and then a final night on Honoluluat the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach for 4,800 points and $90. I realize that brings me to 100,800 points, but just as easily as I make the rules, I’m allowed to break them :-)

TPG needs some R&R

I have trips to Peru and Puerto Rico to plan first, but expect expect a full TPG Does Hawaii series in the future!

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