For the last couple years, I have been sending your inquiries for referral and extra miles on the Bank Direct American Airlines checking account to my friend Col. (Retired) Wes for processing. He has efficiently processed your referrals and picked up the 1000 miles as the referrer for his own account. It was the least I could do for the sacrifices he made on my behalf.
Now Bank Direct has cut him off and is re-instituting their maximum 10 referrals per account policy. It makes no sense to me, as a referral is a referral, but never the less we need Veterans or Active Duty service personnel with Bank Direct accounts to receive and process reader requests for new bank accounts.
If you or a family member or friend are a Veteran or Active Duty, currently have a Bank Direct American Airlines checking account, and would be willing to process referrals for 10 of your fellow frugal travelers, please drop me an email. You’ll receive 1000 AA miles for each referral with a maximum of 10 referrals.
Our current referrer is Ida, a combat veteran herself, who will receive the bonus miles for getting you referred. Thank you, Ida, for your service to our country. If you are looking for a referral to the Bank Direct AA miles checking account program, you’ll find more info and Ida’s email address in Rick’s Top Eight Travel Deals on the top of the blog.
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