@AARPTeri Is there any possibility that redemption limits will be raised in the future? Three redemptions per month seem a little confining. It makes it hard to decide what and when to use one's points. If a member earns the points, he/she should have the opportunity to use them. As it stands, there is little motivation to accumulate/stockpile a large number of points.
Yes, let's get back to the topic at hand, which is redemption limits, not taxes. I'd like to know if the 1/month limit (per vendor) is set by AARP or by HelloWorld. If it comes from HelloWorld, then I doubt AARP would have much say in changing it. Also, a lot of people were talking about the monthly limits as they relate to points-only gift cards. The monthly limit has been placed on all gift cards, as far as I can tell, including members-only gift cards, some of which don't even require points. I suspect this is a limit set by the gift card vendor, not AARP, but I'm curious to know if that's right or not.
@AARPCaroline, thanks for the reply. I see that AARPTeri posted the details of the limits, but what I asked was, who is repsonsible for setting those limits, AARP or HelloWorld? I see that the gift card limits haven't changed. It's still 1/month. For the large number of people on here who purchase the Carnival gift cards, most of us buy more than one at a time. Limiting them to only 1/month practically defeats the purpose of buying the Carnival cards. You see, we use them to pay off cruises and buy a multitude of things that go along with said cruises. A majority of us need more than 1/month to do what we use them for. I'm convinced that AARP changed the Carnival cards to members-only because they are well aware of just how in-demand the Carnival cards have been. If they want to take advantage of the popularity of those gift cards, why set such a ridiculous limit on them?
It may be one of the taxation tricks used by many that donate on someone's behalf. The one doing the actual donating to the AARP Foundation would be AARP in this case. AARP gets to do the tax deduction, not the poor person at the bottom of the chain.
I may be wrong on this, so it would be better to confirm with an IRS advocate.
Yes it is impossible to predict what might be offered for points. I am glad to see points only offers, but, I find the limit of 3 per month as too limiting also. I hope you guys can bump it up to 5 per month; that would be great considering there is now a daily deal. @AARPTeri I hope you guys will consider our request.