2000 Starwood Points for Test Driving an Acura

W Hotels have Acura Rewards certificates, pick one up and take it to an Acura dealer and you can choose between 2000 Starwood Starpoints or a $50 Bliss gift certificate for taking a test drive.

The dealer will give you a validation code to enter on the Acura Rewards website to choose your redemption preference.

Certificates must be picked up by December 26, and validation codes obtained and entered on the website by January 2.

Now, dealers like to make their potential customers happy. You may be able to get the validation code without picking up a certificate. But personally I’d pick up the certificate, that’ll help explain what you’re looking for.

Back when Jaguar was giving away 10,000 British Airways miles for a test drive I went down to the Jaguar dealer and was upfront about not actually planning to buy the car, and not wanting to waste the salesman’s time. He happily validated my certificate for the miles (and the certificates of the other 3 members of my BA household account…) without spending the time to drive the car. Some folks would like to drive the car to be sure, I was happy to save the time. I earned 40,000 miles for not test driving a Jaguar…

The offer also includes a sweepstakes for a trip to the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and you can enter that by mail even without visiting a W and test driving an Acura.

TO ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES WITHOUT REDEEMING A REWARD: During the Offer Period write your name, address, birth date, email address and telephone number on a 3×5 card and mail to: Acura Rewards, 2525 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA. 90404 and postmarked no later than 12/27/10. Limit one sweepstakes entry per person/email address.

(Via Frugal Travel Guy)

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  1. In order to get a certificate, does one have to stay at a W? Or can I just walk in and request one from the front desk? (Or even easier, get it online?)

  2. I just spoke with the front desk at the W Times Square, In NY. They said there’d been some confusion, that they’d checked the fine print, and that you have to take part in the “Acura Experience”, which is a chauffeured car you pay for (I’m surmising that even then it’s only for guests of the hotel…I could be wrong). After you’ve had your Acura Experience, you will get the certificate from your driver, which you then take to an Acura dealer to take your test drive, and finally get your validation code.

  3. I just took it to a dealership acura in tustin, ca and was told they did not have all the stuff yet for the promotion and were not able to offer it yet. They are going to call me once they are ready so they say…

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