We boarded the plane first and as the plane filled up, they announced that they had a need for three additional volunteers. We were seated toward the front of the plane so I rang the call button as the attendant walked by and asked about the offer. They again said they only needed three, but I told them if they took four, I was game. They discussed amongst themselves and said, “Gather your stuff.” By now the plane was full and we were applauded, to my daughter’s amazement, as we deplaned.
The deal was $400 each in travel vouchers and $12 each for meals as well as the next flight to Florida. The agent called another gate as there was trouble with passengers at a flight to Atlanta at 5 p.m. that we might be able to get on. We went to the gate with the agent and, after a few moments, we were not able to board the plane. But he told me we were on the next flight to Atlanta at 6 p.m. and then we were confirmed with four seats in first class from Atlanta to FLL. The girls were excited. He said we should grab a snack and see the gate agent to get our tickets.
So after all is said and done, here is where we stand:
Flight vouchers for first bump: $400 X 4 = $1,600
Food vouchers: $12 X 4 = $48 (basically enough for water in NYC)
Flight vouchers for second bump: $400 X 4 = $1,600
Food vouchers: $12 X 4 = $48 (more water, LOL!)
Hotel transportation: $15 value
Hotel: $179 value
Amount saved for room in Florida: $50 (Holiday Inn Express at the Entertainment Card rate)
Rental car saved: $50 for one day
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
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- Automatic platinum elite status, as long as you remain a cardmember
- $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49