A member at Milepoint, “jbcarioca,” has offered to match new loans to Kiva.org, made Milepoint members, in the month of April. Basically, for every dollar made in new loans, jbcarioca will make loans that match that amount up to $15,000. His offer is in post #444 of this thread.
Kiva.org makes mini loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries worldwide. I currently am a member of the Kiva Flyertalk team and have concentrated my efforts there as they were trying to become a top 50 team. This match puts a whole new light on that. I’ll get some lending in credited to the Milepoint team as well.
For more information on Kiva, go to Kiva.org You can make zero interest loans with as little as $25 and my payback rate has been outstanding. These folks appreciate our support.
Thanks, jbcarioca. You are our Frugal Travel Guy of the Day!
A Guest Blogger Opportunity
I have not tried this method of securing hotel or rental cars, but many of you are suggesting AA miles as the solution to my lack of hotel points problem. Do we have a reader who would like to be a blogger for a day and teach us all about redeeming American Airlines miles for hotel nights and possibly rental cars? I know I would be interested in the process, fees, past successes, value in cents per mile received, and any other tips or pitfalls you have found in the redemption process.
The winning entry will receive a $100 Marriott gift card and our gratitude for a job well done. Experienced bloggers need not apply. Let’s give the Rookies a chance. Send your entries to by Monday morning. Mark the email subject line “Guest Blog” and we will post the winning entry next week,
Don’t be shy. Give blogging a try. We all need more frugal hotel nights!
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