Reminder to Enter to Win My Starwood Starpoints Giveaway

Just a reminder that I’m giving away 60,000 Starwood points — 30,000 points apiece to two lucky readers. Enter by Tuesday August 14 at 5pm Eastern (and you can enter once every 24 hours).

American Express offered the points to help you “stretch your summer” with a last-minute getaway.

Click to enter to win the Starpoints here.

Now, for all of the folks entering and trying to be cute saying they’d love to “stretch their summer” with a stay at the St. Regis Llasa, let me just suggest that unless you’re a group of 5 or more coming in from Nepal or a citizen of the UK, Norway, Korea, Austria, the Philippines or Vietnam, good luck getting a Tibetan Visa for end of summer. Just sayin’.

(Note that the links to the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card and Starwood Preferred Guest Business American Express card offer a referral credit to me, they also represent the best currently-available offer. I appreciate your applying through those links very much.)

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  1. The full page on the win points post won’t load for me anymore. Guess the page just became too huge with entries or something. Loads to somewhere in the 1580s on comments and then gives me white space until the disclaimer language. Oh well. If I could I’d be wanting to go to the Nines in Portland Oregon.

  2. Try again? Folks seem to be loading it and commenting just fine, and I’ve had as many as 19,000 entries in a contest this way before.

  3. Not trying to enter any kind of political arguments, but there is no such thing as a “Tibet visa”. You don’t apply for a visa to go to Hawaii, do you?

    You do need to get a Chinese visa, and a “Travel Permit to Tibet”, according to US Department of State ( ) and the Chinese Consulate ( ).

    In other words, if it’s a visa, this is all you need to enter a country; which isn’t the case here. You need a Chinese visa to enter China, and a special permit to enter a sensitive region of China. So the wording can be misleading in some senses.

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