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Any way to earn Identity points remotely?

Discussion in 'Identity - Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas' started by Kingpasty, Aug 21, 2018.

  1. undathesea

    undathesea Silver

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    Ah... damn.
     
  2. Mr2BOBCATS

    Mr2BOBCATS Gold

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    Prior to our trip last May we were just under Gold and since we were bringing a friend along we figured it would be worthwhile getting to Gold beforehand so she could use the companion nights. She and my wife were going to the spa anyway so we bought a $900 gift card in March to receive the 4500 tier points needed for Gold.

    Side-note: It's possible for Canadians to purchase the GC remotely - it's just a bit of a pain. But concierge walked us through it and were fantastic. The physical gift card was ready for pickup at concierge when we arrived, months after purchasing it.

    During the trip we charged everything to our room, and at checkout I went down to pay off the room charges with the gift card first. Then, apply resort credit to some more, and lastly pay off the rest with our credit card. The room charges included the ladies' spa treatment and several meals including a big one at Beauty & Essex. When I look at the "my recent activity" page even now - a few weeks after the trip - I see the 4500 tier points from the gift card purchase, plus another 3000 from the spa ($600), plus more from Wicked Spoon, Overlook Grill, The Henry, Beauty & Essex, etc. The only tier points that were taken away were the ones that the resort credit was applied towards (and those have shown since the day after we left).

    If that changes down the road I'll update this thread, but just an FYI about our case. Hopefully this post doesn't tip somebody off as I know Cosmo employees read these threads :) But still, this is an absolute no-brainer IMO - especially if you've got a sense for how much you plan to spend on the spa / dining / cabanas you might as well pre-pay via a gift card purchase, and the worst-case scenario is that the double-dip doesn't happen but it's a nice bonus if it does.
     
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  3. Mr2BOBCATS

    Mr2BOBCATS Gold

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    See my last post above. Basically concierge will send a PDF to be used as a credit card pre-authorization request which will need completed & signed, then after a few other emails back-and-forth you'll get a receipt that you can send over to the identity desk. I can't recall if the GC has to be picked up on-site or not, but if you're going there anyway I'm not sure why it would need to be shipped.
     
  4. Marilynfan

    Marilynfan Bronze

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    Thanks for updated experiences with this. I had to cancel my June trip due to health issue and I'm still heartbroken for missing Gaga and losing my first ever gold nights since my status has dropped now

    Anyway, I need to get back to Gold because I have a group trip planned for our anniversary next June. I'll need the gold nights back and want the companion nights for my parents.

    Plan to go solo in October so will not have a chance with just gambling or spend on myself. Might get crazy and buy an obcene amount of gift cards to get the points on that trip. I figure with a group going next year maybe I can organize a cabana day or a group meal at wicked spoon to spend some of it on. Not sure if I'll be able to reserve that stuff in advance with the gift cards though. Sure wish I could use it on hotel costs since I want to upgrade to a suite.
     
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    Marilynfan Bronze

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    How long ago was this accomplished? I just tried and conceige said it can not be done over phone or via email for a pickup later. Online or in person only to get gift cards.
     
    #45 Marilynfan, Jun 30, 2019
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  6. Mr2BOBCATS

    Mr2BOBCATS Gold

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    We bought them in March for our trip in May. I'm planning to do it again for our late Sep / earl Oct trip so I'll try to update this thread once that's done - we plan to buy another GC sometime in late July.
     
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    Ok. Let me know if your successful again. I'm only $42 in spend short of Sterling!
     
  8. Mr2BOBCATS

    Mr2BOBCATS Gold

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    I sent in my request to concierge today and to the actual person at concierge who processed our last transaction. I got an out-of-office reply from the specific person, but received a regular reply from a different person at concierge who also stated online for US residents or in-person only. I'm not going to give up though - I've reminded this new person of the exact process we went through a mere 4 months ago and asked that if something has changed that it would be great to know when and what the rationale is - because I can't seem to figure out why that policy makes any sense at all.

    I'm hoping to buy now instead of in September because the exchange rate is decent right now and who knows where it'll be in a couple months. Will post back here with any updates...
     
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