Eric sent this info on new technology along that may save our road warriors some money.
I wish I could give you a “techie computer review” but as most of you know, I’m lucky to get the darn thing turned on properly. Here is Eric’s email to all of us:
This is a little different than the usual air/hotel/car info, but I wanted to share a possible savings idea with you and the other readers.
Several wireless carriers have a new device available called the “MiFi”, which is a portable, rechargeable high-speed WiFi hotspot for your computer that runs off the cellular network. It costs $60/month for 5GB/month of usage, although there are cheaper plans for casual users.
With internet access still running $10-$15 a day in many hotels and airports, it may be a good option for some road warriors. The other great thing is you get up to 5 simultaneous, untethered connections, so if you have a travel buddy in a place without wireless, you both can share the MiFi signal up to 30-40 feet.
It’s also great for car travel if you have kids who play video games over the internet, and iPod Touch users will understand the great benefit in having one. I believe the units cost about $100, but anyone with a good discount on personal phones at work should see them for $49, or even free.
I hope at least a few people find value in this suggestion.
Thanks again Eric. We can all use all the help we can get.
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