Our flights last Friday were to be TVC-ORD-SFO-RNO. Unfortunately, while I was waiting waiting for flight #1, I got the dreaded “flight cancellation” call on my phone. The cancellation was for “air traffic control.” I immediately called the 1K United phone line and explained what had happened.
With Katy out of town and both of us boys planning on a golf weekend, I regretfully agreed to Vegas. It meant my prepaid hotel reservation was gone, my golf reservation was gone, my Priceline car rental was gone, and I had no idea what would happen to my Marriott timeshare stay. Would I be able to recoup those points? It was destined to be a financial disaster. But this was the 1K desk. If anybody could help me, they could. The agent instructed me to head back to the ticket counter at Traverse City to “un-check” us in so she could continue processing our new tickets to Las Vegas.
The ticket agent at the counter was Joe, a baggage handler by trade now who is now tired of dealing with the public and working at a United Express station. I told Joe my story about needing to be unchecked going to Reno so the 1K agent on hold could reissue tickets to Las Vegas. He did un-check us on the Reno destined flights, but did not hand me my Las Vegas boarding passes. His response instead was, “Let me try a few things.”
Joe spent 20 minutes on that computer. Then he ran down to the Delta ticket counter and suddenly we were going to Reno after all! We were booked DL from TVC to MSP and United MSP-DEN then United DEN-RNO.
Joe had saved the day and saved me a few hundreds bucks. We arrived in Reno shortly after our originally scheduled time. I tried to slip something in Joe’s pocket for the effort, but he refused and asked me to write the home office about the station in Traverse City instead. I already have.
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