30K UA miles, 2 SWU, 13 e-500s, and $2,550 voucher
95K AA miles(I owe a friend 25K of those), 16-500 mile stickers, and recently added $1,300 in vouchers and gift cards for my assault on the Platinum Challenge, the 2 Million lifetime mark, and Lifetime Platinum Status
50K Marriott Points
135K Hilton Points
60K Priority Club Points
This is the first time in a long time I have been heavy on hotel points and it feels good.
The New Zealand trip in December is taken care of as far as the flights and 16 of the 16 nights are paid for.
Hawaii in December for the Big Island and Kauai is also paid off with the flights, the upgrades already confirmed, and the hotels booked and covered.
My recent addition of Hawaii again in April at $280 round-trip each is booked, upgrades accounted for, and 7 nights at the Marriott Kauai booked and taken care of.
So I’m ahead of the travel game for another year. I’ll rack up the airline miles for a spring trip to Eastern Europe in April and May 2010 and certainly have the hotel points covered already.
And Miss Katy already has 80K in AA miles with another 30K coming from a recent application.
We have the correct status in airlines and hotels through all of 2010 and up to March 1 2011, except we are 3 nights short of Marriott stays to maintain Gold by year end.
Is it possible we are looking ahead to 2011 travel already? I sure hope so.
It feels like we are starting all over after the Around the World adventure. That will be a tough one to top. But I am still ooking hunting and scrounging for more deals, points and miles.
Thanks for letting me take my inventory. It always feels better to put it down on paper.
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