Couldn't find the other thread in search but found this one. Need some advice from knowledgeable Amex holders.
I have 50k Amex MR points to burn on a 3 night trip to NYC. I'd like to use them for the best value and hopefully still have points left over. Ideally, I'd like to stay in Manhattan. My trip is next Thursday, so I don't think there is enough time to transfer to Virgin Atlantic then to Hilton. Is SPG my only/best route? I see they only have cat 5/6 hotels in Manhattan @12k per night. Looks like The Westin is the best bang for buck, @12k a night, rooms are normally $325 per night.
Basically I'm looking at 36k Amex points for 3 nights at the Westin which is $975 for 3 nights. Seems like a good deal. I read a lot of Amex people saying to save points for airlines and not use SPG hotels as the value isn't good. Unless I'm reading this wrong, this seems like a good deal for point transfer.
Pay your property taxes and IRS and State Taxes that are due in the next 3 or 4 months and you will be in the $10K range without a problem.
IRS charges over 2% processing, which cuts into the benefits of this deal. Same thing if I pay my property. Or state taxes.
My offer is is for 75K points after 2K spent by June (3-4 months). Plus first year $175 fee waived. Any better offers before I go for it?
10k is a lot. My wife and I each spent 1000 on the amex gold and each just got 50k points. We have 100k points for only 2k spending. But that offer is no longer valid. Your offer seems more reasonable.
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