There is a very interesting thread on Flyertalk where people weigh in on their favorite travel blogs. I’m glad to take the positives offered about my blog and I have big enough shoulders to take the negatives as well. Instead of posting to the thread, I’ll chime in with my own favorites here.
#1 The PointsGuy: When Brian started blogging full time, everybody in this hobby became a big winner. He is young, in touch, very detailed and writes magnificently. His blog is clean, and his categories section will be an encyclopedia of knowledge in the future. I told my friend Brian several months ago that I expect he will be the main blogger and future of travel blogging.
I read these three guys every single day and consider each of them friends as well as compatriots. There is no animosity among any of us and very seldom a feeling of competitiveness. You’ll note that each and every one of these guys is on the program of speakers who will appear at the Chicago Seminar this October. They are the new faces of travel blogging and will be around for years to come.
Telling it like it is — that’s my responsibility as a blogger. Although I do get referrals from the card companies, I have no problem calling them like I see them. (Last week’s Explorer card is an example: It was a lousy offer for a new card.) And I don’t have any problem emailing a card issuer behind the scenes and telling them what my readers and I think of their business practices.
My policy concerning comments on my blog:
Just to make things clear, I do edit comments. Every comment that regards my daughter’s sexuality is deleted. Period. I have two or three readers who don’t like her posts, and they say so in the most negative way in their comments. They have been heard, but I won’t allow them to attack her personally. Likewise, comments calling me a fat ____ are also deleted. They provide nothing to the conversation. As far as editing other comments that disagree with me: Why not re-post the comment in a civilized manner? If you do, you’ll find it on the blog. I rarely delete comments and try to do so only if it’s absolutely necessary.
I’m 60. I’m set in my ways. And the guys listed above better fit the demographic of the majority of the audience. I’m a three-star kind of guy, I’m happy flying business rather than first class, and I don’t care about a limo ride to my flight or a massage at the airport lounge. Get me from A to B in comfort and on time — that’s what I’m looking for in a flight. As for hotels, I want them clean, well located, and safe, and I want free wi-fi and a complimentary breakfast. All the jazz and glitter means nothing to me.
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