I had a chance to sit down with a fellow frugal traveler this weekend from Traverse City, MI. She is just starting out but open to improving her travel skills and we were able to bat around a few ideas that will help in her quest.
I got a email reply yesterday that made my day and confirmed the reason this blog exists. It seems our self described newbie wants to start the college kids on the road to frugal travel and was considering the American Airlines Citi AAdvantage card with 25,000 free AA miles, no first year annual fee, but with a $750 initial spend requirement. I never think about spend requirements, as I can easily meet any spend requirement in the allotted time.
But in this case, the cards were for college age kids, that would not meet the spend requirement on their own.
And my fellow Traverse City frugal traveler came up with buying the $1 coins from the US mint to meet the minimum spend. It seems simple now, but it took thinking “outside the box” to make that happen for those kids and we should all congratulate Mom for the idea of combining to possible deals into one nice benefit.
Remember, you can only buy two boxes of each president for each address. Katy and I tried ordering two for me and two for her by adding apartment #1 to our address and the order was rejected for three of the 5 presidents ordered. Two were approved and are on the way. Go figure??? And when you place your order the shipping cost will disappear.
As of today, only the Andrew Jackson coin is available, but they all come back available from time to time.
The credit card can be found by clicking the ad below and then click through to the Citicards and the Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage World Mastercard.
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