What a great 8 days we had in Hawaii. But now back to another island, Hilton Head, and time to move into our new pad. Moving day is the 15th and 16th, my buddy Jeff shows up from Michigan on the 23rd for Christmas and we head off to New Zealand on the 28th. It is a busy time around the Frugal Guy house.
Tonight’s flights are straighter lines then coming out. It is LIH-LAX-ORD-SAV leaving at 9:55 PM. With a First Class seat and an Ambien I’ll sleep until LAX, stagger to the O’hare flight and probably gain consciousness on my way to Savannah, just in time to go to sleep on Eastern time.
I don’t anticipate any bumps, in fact, other than first class, the flights are showing 9′s across the board. Tourism reports show traffic down 11% on Kauai from a year ago and every other island is down as well. Not quite as much, but still down.
BTW I picked up a rental car for two days here for $17 per day or $53 all in from Priceline. Advertised rate was $53 per day, so the car rentals are hurtin’ as well.
And Sally, Thanks again for the room upgrade. Mucho appreciated.
Howie, get ready for a refresher course on Google Docs with me, as we’ll be putting together all the travel cards and sign up bonuses on one page, along with ideas on how to move your business around and diversify, diversify, diversify.
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