We are truly blessed to be where we are in life. We have food, clothing, shelter, our health and friends and family that surround us with their love and support. Some are not quite that fortunate.
As part of the Chicago Seminar DO we arranged a charity raffle to benefit four Chicagoland charities for those in need and Kiva.org (my personal choice) to help budding entrepreneurs from around the world. I am pleased to announce this Thanksgiving day we have made donations totaling $1400 to those trying to expand their businesses in Cambodia, Philippines, Ecuador, Peru, Nicaragua and the Republic of the Congo. We made a total of 56-$25 donations around the world to help fund their projects.
You, the readers of the Frugal Travel Guy blog and Flyertalk have made this effort possible. The Flyertalk-Kiva Lending team has made in excess of $60,000 in interest free loans to those in need.
Today, Katy and I are grateful we had the opportunity to contribute to these worthwhile causes worldwide.
Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving.
And Here is $25 for You Amex Card Holders
If you register your Amex card at this link before Saturday and spend at least $25 at small merchants this Saturday, Amex will give you a $25 statement credit.
Support Small Business Saturday Thank you Thomas and Win for the link
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