My Thank You Point Balance just crossed 180,000 and they start to expire in March of 2009. That won’t be a problem, as I’ll remember to use 90K of them in the proper manner (Business Class ticket, fixed flight option) by then. But when I use them, then the corresponding ticket is only good for one year. I still have $2,200 of UA vouchers that start to expire in May of 2009. This is a position I never thought I’d be in. I have too many $$$$ in available airline tickets. And Katy is about to cross 90K on her Thank You Point Account.
Help. I need to move some of that inventory, and more importantly, do I switch out to other credit cards?
A guy could have worse problems couldn’t he?
So do I go to Starwood, the old standby for 1 point per $? $3,000 spend for one night’s hotel stay? Rack up American Airlines miles and get closer to lifetime Platinum? I can’t choose a Hilton Amex card as I have not found their redemption’s to be that good overseas. I’m going to apply for two Bank of America US Airways cards but don’t care about adding miles to that account. Chase Choice points is offering 30K per card for both Business and personal cards, but I’ve tapped Chase fairly hard the last couple months.
Enough for now. It’s time for bed.
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