The generosity of blog readers and their desire to help one another see the world at prices we can all afford is nothing short of inspiring.
Here is the latest offer:
Howie, the guy building the credit card database for us, is a road warrior. He spends hours in the air for his job and as such accumulated a top tier status with Delta Airlines in 2009. As a reward for that loyalty, he received the ability to nominate somebody for Silver status for 2010. Howie wants to pay it forward to someone here on the blog, so here is how we’ll do just that.
Tomorrow on January 24th at 4PM Eastern time I will open my email accountand pick the first respondent to the offer with the time stamp of 4:00PM or later.
(Due to the blog size, I anticipate that the winner will be right at 4PM or within a couple minutes of 4PM. Anywhere past that time, I won’t be able to respond to those emails)
By making a commitment to buy a meal for a couple of active duty servicemen or women in an American airport and sending us a photo of “you all” (oops my Southern is comin’ out) Howie will submit your name for the Silver status. You’ll get bonus miles on your Delta flights, I think free baggage and the ability to join the upgrade lottery from Delta for the remainder of your 2010 flights.
We have 11,000 of our active military currently helping in Haiti and of course, others of our young men and women around the world representing us. This is Howie’s way of saying thank you for their efforts and your commitment to them as well.
You will need to email Howie with your full name and Delta account number, but that information will never be disclosed here on the blog.
Good Luck to all of you and finally, I remembered to make it late enough in the day (4PM Eastern) to get our West Coast readers involved.
Sorry you guys. It is nothing personal, I just forget to think sometimes.
So for today and tomorrow, Howie is the Frugal Travel Guy of the Day
Thanks Howie for your contributions to the blog and to all of you that have payed it forward in one way or another.
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