Katy and I would like to thank all of you for supporting the blog this past year. And in the spirit of the holidays we will be awarding a United Airlines Premier Associate status for 2009 to our lucky contest winner.
Our lucky winner will receive Katy’s Premier Associate nomination for the 2009 year. We are in hopes that it will be won by a United Airlines flyer and not traded away. You of course can win it for your spouse, kid, or any other special person in your life, maybe a serviceman you know?
If you were to buy Premier Associate status from United it would go for about $350-$395. It provides the holder with UA E+ seating which is an extra 4 inches of legroom. Katy will get a bonus of 5% of the actual miles flown by the winner so we hope it will be used actively. There are other benefits that can be found on UA.com. Here are the terms and conditions of the nomination:
Premier Associate nominee must be a current general Mileage Plus member at time of nomination (nominee can not be an existing Premier Associate, Premier, Premier Executive, 1K or Global Services member) and join Mileage Plus by February 15, 2009, to be eligible for this offer. Nominated Premier Associate status benefits are valid through February 2009 if qualifying member’s reward selection and nomination process is completed on or before June 30, 2008; if nomination to Premier associate status is completed between July 1, 2008 and February 15th, 2009, then the respective benefits are valid through January 2010. A member who nominates another member to Premier Associate status will receive a one-time bonus posted to their Mileage Plus account in the amount of five percent (5%) of the actual paid flight miles flown by his/her nominee on United, United Express, Ted and Star Alliance between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008 and posted to the nominee’s Mileage Plus account on/before January 14, 2009. Miles credit will be posted to the member’s account between January 15, 2009 and February 28, 2009, and the maximum credit that can be earned is 10,000 miles. Nominee’s nominated status is for Premier Associate only, and cannot be used to give someone Premier, Premier Executive or 1K status.
The contest is a simple one and will be posted tomorrow at high noon. One catch is I don’t really know what time high noon is? Here is what I mean: When I post it is done the night before and I set the post to go off automatically at 4:30 AM, but I’m never up early enough to tell when that really is. You’ll have to figure that out.
The answer to the mystery question will be found in past blog entries and you will also have to make a simple guess to be the ultimate winner. Of course the winner will be the first one to answer correctly by submitting the answer to my email address at
Again thank you for all your support this year. We have truly enjoyed talking to each and every one of you by email (the heck with blog comments, too impersonal for me). You have taught us a lot, and hopefully we made your travel just a bit more frugal.
If my fellow bloggers were interested in another giveaway, I’d be interested in trying my luck with your promo??? Just trying to sweeten the pot for everybody here
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