The ads you see on the blog and now the website frugaltravelguy.com are from programs I have either used or investigated. The only exception are the Google Adsense ads, as I have little or no control over their ad placement.
I am trying to make this blog pertinent to the rookie frugal traveller and the seasoned pro as well. As I’m sure you have seen, some of the material fits you and some better fits other readers. My goal is to help as many people as possible travel as reasonably as they can. For example Tripology is a website that matches you with 3 travel agents to get you a free starting point for a trip you are planning. I personally don’t use travel agents, but the more timid among us may find the information valuable. Hotwire is another example of a worthwhile site that I seldom use. I am comfortable with the Priceline business model. as an alternative. Others may be more comfortable with the Hotwire program.
And I don’t want to limit the scope to just airplanes, hotels and rental cars. You’ll see I’ve written about Megabus and Amtrak and have ads from HomeExchange.com and VacationHomeRentals. And don’t forget the China Bus on the eastern Seaboard.
But the most intriguing thing I’ve seen in the blogs short 6 month history, is blog readers NOT taking advantage of FREE MONEY ads. The Revolution Money Exchange on the home page of the website and the Ebates rebate program on the blog provide FREE CASH for very little effort. I will only present information I would or have tried myself. Both of these have worked for me. If I at some point I get the feeling you don;’ want to know about them, I’ll quit mentioning them. And all the ads and sponsors, keep the blog and website online.
Someday, when it is a slow travel day, I’ll tell you about our App O Rama that netted us $15,000 plus this last year doing 0% balance transfers with credit cards and we loaded up on frequent flyer miles and hotel sign up bonuses.
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