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I’m Giving Away an iPad (or 20)!

April 10, 2010

Here are the basic steps (read on further below for a bit more detail):

  1. Sign up (and be accepted) for the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card using the referral link I send (Email me for the link).
  2. Email me a screenshot of your account statement once your 10,000 Starwood points post (6-8 weeks after you first sign up for the card).
  3. For every 20 referrals, I will have someone in that group of 20 randomly select an iPad winner (more details below). If there are fewer than 20 referrals but more than 10, an iPod touch will be awarded. If there are 40 referrals, two iPads will be awarded, etc. If there are fewer than 10, a random gadget of my choosing will be awarded. The winner can also select a $500 cash prize in place of the iPad. Basically, the more friends you tell about the contest, the better your chances of winning!

Now the fine print:

My good friends know how much I love the Starwood Preferred Guest card (and my iPad), and several of them have the card themselves (thanks to me) and love it just as much as I do. Points I’ve earned from my SPG card have paid for trips to Peru and Japan in their entirety. But truth be told, I’m not simply offering this contest out of the goodness of my heart… SPG will award me 5,000 points per referral, and if enough people sign up for me to award four iPads, then I’ll be able to take my family on an awesome vacation!

The first person in each group of 20 will be contacted to select a winner based on a random number assignment (each email account will be assigned a random number, and the first person in each group will simply select a number between 1 and 20).

This contest is in absolutely no way affiliated with my employer.

You can email a screenshot of the points in your account to enter, but each winner will be required to provide me with temporary access to their online SPG account (not the AMEX credit card account) so I can verify that the promotion rules were followed correctly. (So no submitting screenshots!)

Though this contest appears to be in compliance with the SPG promotion rules, if SPG decides to cancel the promotion or my account at any time, then I will be unable to award a prize. Each cardholder will receive 10,000 Starwood points just for signing up for the card, however (20,000 points is typically enough for one roundtrip domestic airline ticket). The SPG AMEX is a credit card, so use your best judgment before signing up for the card. There is a $45 annual fee AFTER the first year, though you may cancel the card at any time after your 10,000 points have been applied. Please read all the fine print when signing up for the card.

Please feel free to contact me with questions.

Good luck!


2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 11, 2010 8:53 am

    Clever promotion.

    I am an eight year SPG platinum member who writes a hotel loyalty program blog. All you new SPG card members should come by to learn more about the Starwood Preferred Guest program, ways to earn points in addition to credit card spend, and strategies for using the points you will earn.

    I’d love an i-Pad but I have been an SPG American Express cardmember since 2001.

  2. Jason permalink
    May 2, 2010 4:38 pm

    Smart Zach!

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