United Airlines changed schedules for my September 3rd mileage run. Originally I’d planned for TVC-ORD-SFO-DEN-SFO-ORD-TVC. I now had a negative 3 minute connection in Denver. They did not suggest another itinerary so it was up to me to fix it the way I wanted. The problem came up when the early morning flight from TVC (6AM) was pulled from the schedule and the earliest departure is now 8:51PM.
I checked the schedule to San Fran and couldn’t make a connection that would give me the miles all the way to the west coast then back to Denver then back to the West Coast. So I switched my west coast connection city to Seattle and made the connections work back to Denver and departing Denver back to San Francisco to hook up with my original SFO-ORD-TVC completion. There were no questions by the agent, she was very helpful and polite and I kept my mileage high and price the same.
The reason I bring this story up is it brings to light your opportunity to choose new flights that benefit you and your bump possibilities or “bumpertunities” as my buddy Rene has named them. If you can find flights to substitute on your changed itinerary that are close to oversold, go for it. The agents don’t care and you may score a voucher or two thanks to the schedule change.
Seatcounter is Dead and Gone
This site was one of my primary sources of flight loads and now appears dead and gone. Something to do with the technology? The choices now seem to be ExpertFlyer (paid service but very reasonable) or the soon to be available awardnexus site.
The Doubletree Resort on the Greek Island of Kos
Win brought this up during the Ann Arbor DO as a great award redemption. I did some checking and the prices are so low, it may actually be worth paying for it if you are heading to the Greek Isles. Breakfast is included in the rate so the rate changes based on occupancy, but definitely worth a look.
Soldiers from Northern Maine
Bill H sent me several Delta Sklyclub passes and Continental drink coupons to distribute to blog readers. He asked me to say thank you for the sacrifice and service you have made on behalf of our country. Although I may not find a soldier from Northern Maine next time in the airport, be assured I’ll pass them out to your brethren wherever they are from. And my thanks as well for all you do.
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