$25 Free for Travelers. The Revolution Money Exchange is a new competitor to Paypal. It is an excellent way to move money around over the internet between yourself and friends and family members while your travelling. They are offering a FREE $25 Sign Up Bonus for new members. My sons have joined so I can get money to them wherever they are or I am. If you would like a referral drop me an email at and I’ll send you one. I get $10 for the referral. This free bonus has just been extended one month.
New Elites Today Although most major airlines count elite qualifying miles on a calendar year basis, the actual period for enjoying airline elite status runs until the end of February. Today there are a lot less elite flyers than yesterday, as the the two month overlap period is over. Your chances for a upgrade to first class get much better today.
“Anatomy of a Trade, or Why am I Renting all These Cars”
My third Budget car rental starts today and I pick up my fourth one tomorrow for a one way to Jacksonville. Only one to go to get my original goal of 5 one days rentals. It is not a big pain, but I have to keep in mind the return time so I don’t get charges for going over 24 hours. I ask myself, why I am I doing this. In moments of clarity I remember.
5 rentals offering 5K miles apiece is costing me $100 a few minutes of time. My immediate reward is 25K Delta Airlines miles. My ultimate reward is being able to trade that Delta award “even up” with someone for a United Airlines System-wide Upgrade. I’ll use that upgrade to travel in Business Class on a lay-flat bed instead of a coach seat, to lets say Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Australia. I can tell you that, flights of more than 4 hours in coach, even if in the exit row, a tough on this old guys body. So if I have a chance to go somewhere half way around the world in comfort instead of agony, that has tremendous value for me. Now I remember why I’m doing this. Thank you for listening to me. I feel much better now. You are very therapeutic.
Let’s see.. I have 3 days per weekend at the cheap rental rates until the promo ends, so that’s 12 more rentals as March has as extra weekend. 12+4 equals 16 divided by 5 equals Three System-wide Upgrades.
Well now, Katy has to get one upgrade for herself and I get one day off. Sounds good to me.
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