As many of you know, I’m really not a fan of these two programs. Skymiles have little value for me other than they fly out of Hilton Head in the spring, summer, and fall. The reward chart is full of mid-tier availability (40,000) domestically. But, but , but, they do fly into my closest airport. I’m doing the Suntrust deal, but have not been actively pursuing their miles.
I have the same situation with US Airways. They fly out of Hilton Head year round. They are a Star Alliance carrier, do not block award availability on other carriers, and everyone tells me the miles are dirt cheap (the 100% bonus promo going on now).
So why don’t I fly them? No status and no way to fly for free. I don’t have any vouchers with either airline. I’d be starting from scratch. The concept of loyalty seems to be working with me. I have lifetime Platinum status with AA, but never fly them domestically or buy any tickets on the airline??? I’ve had $1000 of their gift cards for 3 years? I collected their miles only because their was a goal in front of me. Lifetime status.
Are you in the same boat? Do you fly on one airline with revenue tickets for status, and just collect miles in the others for free trips or positioning flights? Are your decisions made without taking into consideration rationale thought, like flying from your closest airport? Or the airline with the best schedule?
I got comped to Diamond status with Hyatt yet have only stayed at one Hyatt since. That, I think, is an availability issue for me. I have unused gift certificates with them as well? Crazy thinking?
Why do I do the things I do? Is there any rhyme or reason to my collecting methods? I know I should diversify for availability reasons when I need it, but is that enough?
A ticket to Reno is $456 for this April. Do I use miles? or $250 vouchers to reduce the cost and earn the miles?
Do you ever second guess what you are doing or why you are doing it that way? I need to call my mileage mentor and take a walk on the beach.
Are you ever in this spot? I’d love to hear how you work through it.
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