Random News: Hilton Grand Vacations Carlsbad, California and New Chime Card Offers

Hilton Grand Vacations

Random News: Hilton Grand Vacations Carlsbad, California and New Chime Card Offers

Good morning everyone, TGI Friday!  I have 2 quick deals to share with you this morning.  The first is another Hilton Grand Vacations timeshare presentation at the Carlsbad, CA HGV property.  For $249, you can stay 3 days / 2 nights and you will receive a $100 Spend a Night on Us Certificate (my experience using the certificate) and 2 tickets to your choice of Legoland, SeaWorld, or the San Diego Zoo (choose this one).  If you are interested in this offer, you must call 877-868-4482 before December 31, 2014 and use offer code WEBDEC14 (link).

A few days ago, I posted 2 Hilton Grand Vacations Timeshare Offers for Hawaii (Honolulu and Waikoloa) (link) and details of IHG Vacation Club Timeshare (now part of Set Your Sights promotion) (link).

Hilton Grand Vacations Carlsbad CA Offer

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Vanilla Reload Card. The Girl. The Story.

VRC with Hair

Vanilla Reload Card.  The Girl.  The Story.

Yesterday afternoon, American Express sent out emails to all Bluebird and Serve Card members alerting them to changes in the way you can load Bluebird and Serve in the future.  In both emails, we learned that Vanilla Reload Cards (VRC) would no longer be available for purchase (and subsequent loading to Bluebird or Serve) beginning on April 1, 2015.  Here are the emails I received:

Serve Card VRC Message

Bluebird Card VRC Message

I thought it would be fun to have an analogy to the Vanilla Reload Cards, to make it her more lifelike and relatable.  This is her story…   Continue reading

PayPal My Cash Card Warning Email and Explanation

PayPal Cash Card Logo

PayPal My Cash Card Warning Email and Explanation

Good morning everyone, I finally got a few answers as to why my personal and premier (business) PayPal accounts both received the dreaded PayPal My Cash Card (PPMCC) warning email.  For those unfamiliar with the email, this is what it looks like (generic email with no specific details as to what PayPal is accusing me of doing):

PayPal Warning PPMCC

Here is what a typical month looks like for me:

  • My premier PayPal account is linked to my Ebay account, has primary and authorized user PayPal Business Debit Cards (PPBDC), and a PayPal Extras MasterCard (PPEMC).
  • I use my PPBDC for online Serve reloads ($200/day, $1,000/month) and my authorized user PPBDC for online Serve Reloads to my dad’s Serve Card ($200/day, $1,000/month).
  • I always max out the $4,000 monthly limit of PPMCCs to fund my premier PayPal account.
  • I also have a personal PayPal account that does not have a PPBDC or a PPEMC.
  • I usually max out the $4,000 month loads of PPMCCs to fund my personal PayPal account.
  • I normally move funds from my personal PayPal account to my premier PayPal account.
  • I occasionally load my Serve Card at Walmart with my PPBDC to move funds from PayPal to Serve.
  • Lastly, I usually pay my PPEMC with my PayPal balance which was mostly funded with PPMCCs.

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Chase Ritz-Carlton 140,000 Point Sign Up Bonus and Reconsideration Call Details

Chase Ritz-Carlton Credit Card

Chase Ritz-Carlton 140,000 Point Sign Up Bonus and Reconsideration Call Details

(Hat Tip to Doctor of Credit)

This morning, Chase increased the sign up bonus on the Chase Ritz-Carlton Credit Card (direct credit card link).  I just applied for the Chase Ritz-Carlton Credit Card this afternoon and wanted to share some information if you were thinking of applying as well.

  • Sign Up Bonus: 140,000 Ritz-Carlton points after spending $3,000 in 3 months.  Ritz-Carlton points can be redeemed at Ritz-Carlton and Marriott properties (more info below).
  • Annual Fee: $395, not waived (high price, but worth it, see perks below)
  • Perks:
    • 3 upgrade certificates on paid Ritz-Carlton stays
    • 10% bonus on points earned with the Chase Ritz-Carlton Credit Card
    • $100 hotel credit for paid stays
    • $300 annual travel credit
    • Priority Pass membership (free access for cardholder and one guest)
    • Gold Elite Status (first year) and every year you spend $10,000 with the credit card
    • Platinum Elite Status every year you spend $75,000 with the credit card

Chase Ritz-Carlton Credit Card Offer Details

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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

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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

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