It’s Saturday morning and I’m sitting here amazed at the happenings with this Delta multi-partner bonus the last few days.
Somebody finds a promotion online, the word spreads, and we all try to take advantage of the quirks in the promotion to benefit our frugal travel. I see nothing wrong with that.
We register for a promo based on the terms and conditions as provided and go about our business of using the promo as we see fit. Delta duped us this time by adding wording about having the right to change the rules and partners at anytime without warning. And then it appears, they did that.
Each and every frugal traveller has to make their own decisions on how to take advantage of these offers, what to buy, what to transfer, and when to give up and get out. I chose to get out for the time being.
When I spend and hour on the phone and can’t get answers to my questions, when I can no longer register for a program that is supposed to run through December, when I have no idea if my registration even took, then I’ve had enough. At least as far as this promo goes.
For some of you, this promo offered a great opportunity to load up on Delta miles for your dream come true trip. It may still work out that way. If you registered before the site went down, and printed your transfer information for points you may have moved, I think from a public relations standpoint, You’ve got a good case to get what you originally bargained for. For me, I got in this promo for another reason.
I was looking for the big kill so to speak. For me the transfer of my SPG points was not my “big kill” but a necessary evil to reach the 150% threshold. I personally would never trade my SPG for Delta at the the 2.5 for 1 ratio, unless, I had an immediate use for the Delta miles. That is not to say it is a bad transfer. But for me, I always need hotel rooms. I have more airline miles and vouchers than I can reasonably use in the next three years.
For me the promo offered the opportunity to find that niche, that odd ball redemption that would have really offered a fantastic value on DL miles. Maybe it was giving magazines to our troops, renting cars for 12,500 miles per day or maybe getting myself gift certificates that I can then resell on Ebay for close enough to face value that I am accumulating Delta miles for free.
I had not found that quirk yet. I will start over again when they fix the screwed up mess they have at Delta Domestic Promotions. I still cannot get back to the registration page today.
My 10,047 SPG point transfer was reversed yesterday by SPG. If you call and they say no, politely hang up and call back to speak to another SPG agent. Explain what has happened and you’ll find somebody that will reverse it. Or, hang in their and fight for your rights. You have every right to believe you should get what you bargained for based on the original terms and conditions.
IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
- Annual Fee: $49 fee waived for the first year
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Hotel
The IHG Rewards Club Visa is often cited as one of the most underrated hotel credit cards, with good reason. The official offer is for 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within three months, with the first year’s fee waived. The card comes with an annual free night certificate that can be used at any IHG property, including Intercontinental hotels - making this certificate worth upwards of 50,000 points. This is far more generous than some other hotel cards, which limit the categories in which free night certificates can be redeemed.
Cardholders earn 5 points per dollar at IHG hotels; 2 points per dollar at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants; 1 point per dollar everywhere else. Moreover, you’ll get a 10% rebate on award redemptions, up to 100,000 points per year. The card also comes with Platinum status, though that doesn’t get you much with IHG. Still, this is a fantastic card to have in your wallet, with benefits that far outweigh the already low $49 annual fee.
- Earn 70,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months of account opening
- Enjoy a free night of card membership at over 4,700 hotels worldwide
- Earn 5 points for each $1 spent at our hotels
- Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants
- Bonus points redeemable at hotels such as Intercontinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts and Holiday Inn®
- Automatic platinum elite status, as long as you remain a cardmember
- $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49