Random News: IHG Set Your Sights Promo, 40% Transfer Bonus to British Airways, and AMEX Offers for Virgin America, Carters, and Healthy Back Store

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Random News: IHG Set Your Sights Promo, 40% Transfer Bonus to British Airways, and AMEX Offers for Virgin America, Carters, and Healthy Back Store

Good afternoon everyone!  I love waking up in the morning and having a ton of new travel promos and offers to talk about, it makes my job a little easier.  The first offer I want to talk about is IHG’s new promo called Into the Nights Set Your Sights (link) (hat tip to Loyalty Traveler).  It is very similar in structure to the Into the Nights promo.  Here are my offers:

  • Book 5 nights at any IHG property
  • Book a Mini-Vacation Package (see image below)
  • Book and pay with a Chase IHG Rewards Credit Card
  • Book a stay with a Bonus Points Package

I must complete 3 out of 4 offers to get 33,100 bonus IHG points.

IHG Set Your Sights Offers

The problem (or possible opportunity) with booking the Mini-Vacation Package is that it is actually a timeshare presentation, not a mini vacation.  Usually when I think of a mini vacation, I do not think of sitting in a sales presentation for 1-2 hours, but that is just me.  IHG is trying to make your mini vacation / timeshare presentation as enticing as possible by offering you a 4 day / 3 night stay at one of their 6 vacation properties (Orlando, Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, Gatlinburg, Cape Canaveral, and Williamsburg) for only $199 + tax, with a $100 night credit or 20,000 IHG points (link).  Assuming you live/travel to an area with one of the 6 vacation properties, you might do pretty well.  Since you are required to attend the sales presentation, you must visit the property, you cannot call the front desk and tell them to virtually check you in.  I like your thinking though…

Holiday Inn Mini Vacation Package Timeshare

In other news, American Express Membership Rewards has a 40% bonus on transfers to British Airways (hat tip to Miles4More).  Normally transfers are 1:1, so anytime there is a huge transfer bonus from Membership Rewards, it is time to take note.  The transfer bonus should be good through January 31, 2015, but there is no guarantee that the transfer bonus will last that long (remember the American Airlines Cadillac promo?).

MR British Airways 40 Percent Transfer Bonus

I was checking my Mercedes Benz Platinum and Premier Rewards Gold cards and I have 32,553 Membership Reward Points.  What should I do?  Transfer some?  Transfer all?  Transfer none?

MB Plat and PRG MR Points

I first looked at the Membership Rewards transfer partners (link) and cross referenced those airlines with SPG transfer partners (link).  It might surprise you that 13 out of 17 airlines are on both lists.

I would seriously consider moving all my Membership Reward points to British Airways, unless I had plans to transfer Membership Reward Points to El Al, Frontier, Iberia Plus (British Airways workaround) or JetBlue.  If you did not have plans to transfer to those 4 airlines, you can always transfer SPG points to the other airlines (assuming you had a large stash of SPG points).

If you plan on moving some Membership Reward points to British Airways, read this post.

All MR Transfer Partners

Here is the complete list of SPG airline transfer partners (Membership Reward airline partners are in red):

SPG Airline Transfer Partners

Random question, does anyone know how I can combine Blue Cash Preferred dollars and Old Blue Cash dollars?  I’m not sure why there are separate.  Thank you for the help.

BCP and OBC Dollars

Last but not least, here are 3 new AMEX Offers that showed up in my account this morning.

Virgin America AMEX Offer Carter's AMEX Offer Healthy Back Store AMEX Offer

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.  Have a great day everyone!

11 thoughts on “Random News: IHG Set Your Sights Promo, 40% Transfer Bonus to British Airways, and AMEX Offers for Virgin America, Carters, and Healthy Back Store

  1. chrisflyer

    You might consider transferring your MR points to Singapore Airlines. Since you are moving to a United Hub, it might be good to have points on a star alliance partner. I believe Singapore Airlines miles are pretty good to use on United.

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  2. Michelle

    I think I will move what MR points we have into BA but I’m going to risk waiting until after the 1st. My thoughts are if BA was making any big changes, they might do it then? Who knows. :)

    Today at my Safeway grocery store, the cashier said she could not let me buy visa gift cards with a credit card. She said they had been told that any card with a fee had to be cash. I feel confident she did not know what she was talking about but I did not want to tie up the line. Bought my groceries & left but did not like what she said for sure. This crazy game…

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    1. Grant

      British Airways could make some changes anytime, not sure they would wait until January 1 though. I’m sorry your Safeway store would not let you buy Visa gift cards. I would have asked for a manager to “clarify” the new gift card policy. I always say something along the lines of “I bought a gift card here a few days ago, did the gift card policy change since then?” Try back again next time and you should have better luck :)

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  3. Michelle

    I will go back in tomorrow morning when they are not so busy & try again. I’m sure this lady was confused. Hope all is well in your new city!!

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  5. alex

    Have 200k + MR still sitting there in my account …. (from signup bonuses last year …. have never touched a single MR yet ….) Debating if I should cash some of em in? 40% bonus sounds pretty good …. no idea when I will ever book a BA avios flight though…!! But seems promising ….

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    1. Grant

      Alex, what is your home airport? I’m sure I could give you a couple of good suggestions. Even if your home airport does not have any decent routes, BA Avios are great for getting around Europe (British Airways, Air Berlin, Niki, Finnair, and Iberia), South American (LAN), Australia (Qantas) and Asia (Cathay Pacific). So many possibility!

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