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Middle Age Miles News & Notes 10/9/19 – AA Business Extra-IHG Business Edge promo; HIX 12% thru UPromise; Amex Offer for Caesars; Targeted 45k Wyndham Rewards Card Offer

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We have just a few quick tidbits for today’s News & Notes article – here you go:

1. AA Business Extra-IHG Business Edge Cross-Promotion for New IHG Business Edge Members

American Airlines’ Business Extra is a program that we really enjoy at Middle Age Miles. If you have a business, you can enroll in AA Business Extra, which allows you to earn extra points for all your flights. The program operates separately from the AAdvantage frequent flyer program, and you can earn Business Extra points for your flights in addition to your normal AAdvantage miles. You earn 1 Business Extra point for every $5 spent, and we give Business Extra points a baseline value of 10-12 cents per point, which means that you can earn an extra 2 to 2.4% points rebate on your AA flights (plus British Airlines and Iberia).

Business Extra has had some interesting promotions over the past few years, and the one announced this week is yet another new, creative program. Apparently (we did not know this previously), the IHG hotel chain also has a program for businesses, called IHG Business Edge. Honestly, at this point we don’t know a thing about the program other than what we’ve learned via the promotional materials for this deal, which you can read below.

Anyway, the new cross-promotion is this – New members in IHG Business Edge can earn 300 bonus Business Extra points when you:

  • Enroll your company in IHG Business Edge;
  • On or before November 30, 2019;
  • Provide your Business Extra number during enrollment; and
  • Have a company traveler book and complete a qualifying stay at an IHG property within 90 days of the company enrolling in IHG Business Edge

At our baseline value of 10-12 cents per Business Extra point, the 300 Business Extra points from this promotion would be worth about $30-36. We won’t do a full rundown of Business Extra awards for this article, but it’s worth noting that this bonus would get you almost halfway toward a 650-point domestic upgrade on AA (some restrictions apply, as they say).

We don’t know for sure whether IHG Business Edge rewards stack with points-earning with IHG Rewards Club. But, given the way the IHG Business Edge program is marketed, we believe it’s likely that the earnings would stack, just like AA Business Extra points stack with AAdvantage miles.

Here’s a link where you can enroll in IHG Business Edge and provide your AA Business Extra number for this promotion:

2. 12% Cash Back for Holiday Inn Express bookings through UPromise

The Upromise shopping portal has a great 12% cash back rate today for bookings at Holiday Inn Express properties. This is a great return if you have any Holiday Inn Express stays coming up. Book today, stay later!

We don’t know how long the 12% cash back rate will last – neither the email we received nor the UPromise site had an expiration date – so we’d recommend booking today if you’d like to take advantage of this deal.

It appears that this promotion applies only to Holiday Inn Express, and not to any other IHG-branded hotels. The UPromise rates for IHG and other IHG brands such as InterContinental are showing their regular 3% rate on UPromise.

After you click through from UPromise, these bookings will be made directly with Holiday Inn Express and will be eligible for normal IHG Rewards Club points-earning, benefits, and bonuses such as the current individualized “Accelerate” offers.

3. Amex Offers for Caesars properties in Vegas

As you can see above, the new Amex Offers for Caesars are $40 statement credit (or 4,000 Membership Rewards points) when you spend at least $200 on room rate and/or room charges at Caesars properties in Las Vegas, from now through 1/18/2020. These Offers seem to be widely available on all Amex cards other than hotel co-branded cards.

Remember that these Amex Offers will stack with other Caesars deals and promotions, such as the ones that we wrote about recently in these 2 articles:

In addition, as we’ve also written about in a very popular article, certain elite members of many hotel programs can status-match their way to Caesars Rewards Diamond elite status. Diamond status can receive, among other things, waived resort fees at Caesars properties (which dovetails nicely with the Amex Offers to reduce your stay costs!) and a once-per-year $100 celebration dinner credit. To learn more about status-matching to Caesars Rewards Diamond, please see our article here:

Finally, if you’re not already a member of Caesars Rewards, please sign-up using our referral link. After you join Caesars Rewards and visit a Caesars property to pick up your physical membership card, you and we will each get 500 Tier Credits.

4. Last 2 Days for Targeted Wyndham Rewards Visa 45,000-point Sign-Up Bonus Offer

Barclays Wyndham Rewards Visa Signature Card

We’re not sure how many people were targeted for this offer – but if you were, this is just a reminder that we’re in the last 2 days to get a 45,000-point sign-up bonus on the Barlcays Wyndham Rewards Visa card (fee version).

The sign-up offer requires $1,000 in spend within the first 90 days. The annual fee is waived first-year and is $75 thereafter, should you choose to keep the card. At our baseline value of 0.7 cents per Wyndham Rewards point (after the recent re-structuring/devaluation of the program), the sign-up bonus would be worth about $315.

This is equal to the highest-ever sign-up bonus for this card, which has a typical sign-up bonus of 30,000 points. So, if you’re targeted and interested, and if the card fits within your “5/24” strategy, it’s a good time to apply.

We’re not big Wyndham Rewards users, but we do have Diamond status with the program via status-match. And our 2 award stays through the program have both been nice – at the Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront (soon to leave Wyndham and be re-branded as Royal Sonesta Chicago Riverfront, as of 11/1/19) and the H+ Hotel in Zurich.

That’s all for Middle Age Miles “News & Notes” today. We hope everyone’s having a great week. As for us, we’ll be heading up to South Bend this weekend for Notre Dame vs USC game weekend!

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5 thoughts on “Middle Age Miles News & Notes 10/9/19 – AA Business Extra-IHG Business Edge promo; HIX 12% thru UPromise; Amex Offer for Caesars; Targeted 45k Wyndham Rewards Card Offer

  1. Stephen

    In the past I’ve been able to click through to an IHG brand that’s offering a higher cashback rate, book a different brand and still earn at that higher rate. It’s been a while since I last did that though, so I can’t guarantee it still works.

    1. Craig at Middle Age Miles Post author

      Thanks for the DP, Stephen. I really wondered about that, especially when I saw that the URL to which you’re directed for HIX bookings begins with “ihg.com”. But I didn’t want to take any chances of setting anyone’s expectations in the wrong place. It’s good to know that it might be worth a try to go through the 12% HIX link on UPromise if you have other IHG-brand bookings to make – understanding that it bears risk.

      Hope you had a blast on your #40kFaraway adventure! ~Craig

  2. Scott

    My business extra account got closed. I’m a solo contractor. They wanted some type of tax statements showing I had at least 3 employees.

    1. Craig at Middle Age Miles Post author

      Hi Scott – Thanks for the DP. I’m very sorry to hear this. Not sure if you saw the article, but I wrote recently about how Business Extra has tightened its verification process: https://www.middleagemiles.com/2019/09/06/aa-business-extra-has-a-great-new-enrollment-promo-but-it-has-tightened-the-verification-process/

      But yours is an additional and valuable DP that I didn’t have. Sounds like Biz Extra is tightening the screws even more than what I was previously aware.

      Thanks again for the Comment! But I’m sorry about the shutdown. ~Craig

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