Back at the end of 2010, Acura teamed up with W hotels to offer Starwood points for test driving a car.
It wasn’t as lucrative as the 10,000 British Airways points for test-driving a Jaguar back in 2003 — especially because BA offers family accounts, lots of people could test drive (or just get a form signed at teh dealership) and then pool their miles towards a single award. It was put most succinctly at the time by the world-famous Pudding Guy (who was memorialized in the Adam Sandler film Punch Drunk Love) as “Test Drive a Jaguar, Fly to Europe!”
But it was still pretty good!
This evening, Mike left a confusing comment on my post from 2010.
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…
And I was about to write back something like, “Umm.. this post is two years old!”
But boy wouldn’t I have felt silly… so I clicked on the link from that post to the Acura Rewards website and found that the promotion was live again!
You get an Acura Rewards card at a W Hotel, and then bring it to an Acura dealer for a code (that you’re supposed to get after completing a test drive, though my hunch is that salesmen would be happy to just give you the code if you aren’t a serious buyer rather than waste their time taking you on the road… at least that was my experience with the 2003 Jaguar promotion).
Then you enter that code on the Acura Rewards page, and select your reward — 2000 Starwood Starpoints or a $50 American Express gift card — plus you’ll be entered to win a trip to the 2013 Sundance film festival.
The offer is open to US residents 21 years old and above only, and runs through October 15.
There’s a limit of one set of Starpoints or gift card per person and per household. They promise fulfillment within six weeks but I’d advise keeping copies of everything, two years ago there were complaints about having to follow up to get points.