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Old 09-03-2012, 06:46 PM   #1
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So I have 10 pts I can't use before my year is up in Oct. I had to cancel a week a while back and I ended up with 10 points I couldn't bank (not sure why).. Any idea what I can do with them? I hate to just lose them. I'm happy to give them away if that's possible.. just not sure how to go about it..
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:21 PM   #2
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So I have 10 pts I can't use before my year is up in Oct. I had to cancel a week a while back and I ended up with 10 points I couldn't bank (not sure why).. Any idea what I can do with them? I hate to just lose them. I'm happy to give them away if that's possible.. just not sure how to go about it..
I'm not really sure about the policy on giving away points. I know any rental of points must go through the rental boards. I hope someone else can help you. Too bad I had to borrow ten points from next year for my upcoming trip (planning to bank all the rest for 2014) or I would take them off your hands . I'd be in the same boat as you as I can't return those ten borrowed points.
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:21 PM   #3
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:07 AM   #4
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If the points are enough for a studio for a night, I would call Give The Kids the World and offer to book a room for a volunteer of their choosing for a night. That's what I did when I had some points left over.

This is not for a donation IRS credit. People here are always happy to jump in and give reasons why it's not an IRS deduction. I did it because I think that's a great organization, and they do have dedicated volunteers who are local, and we did receive a very nice thank you from the people we gifted.

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PS. You are probably beyond the banking deadline, even if those are current year points. There is a "one time secret exception" if those were current year points and you missed the deadline. If they were banked or borrowed points they can't be banked, again, I have no idea if they make an exception to that rule, but I do not think they do.
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Old 09-05-2012, 12:12 PM   #5
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So I have 10 pts I can't use before my year is up in Oct. I had to cancel a week a while back and I ended up with 10 points I couldn't bank (not sure why).. Any idea what I can do with them? I hate to just lose them. I'm happy to give them away if that's possible.. just not sure how to go about it..
Besides the nondeductible donation, you might be able to rent them or even have a member use them linked with an existing reservation in return for a future use of a few points or a transfer. You might also investigate whether you can rearrange any existing reservations to get bankable points.
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Old 09-05-2012, 12:37 PM   #6
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I just had to change a reservation from a studio to one bedroom. Long story short, I have 11 points in holding that must be used by Nov 30th. I'd love to donate them rather than see them expire. I've never heard of this. How would I donate?

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I just had to change a reservation from a studio to one bedroom. Long story short, I have 11 points in holding that must be used by Nov 30th. I'd love to donate them rather than see them expire. I've never heard of this. How would I donate?

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There is no mechanism to donate points themselves to GKTW, but you can make a reservation using your points and give the reservation to the organization to use (they would need to provide the name of the guest who would use the reservation). Usually, these rooms are offered to staff/volunteers of the organization and they are greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-06-2012, 04:16 PM   #8
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Good for you, if you decide to make a donation.

Since the holding points don't expire until Nov 30th, renting the points (for one night in a studio) is still an option available to you.
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:41 PM   #9
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Love the idea of donation. I will definitely remember that for the future for those odd few points.
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