|Helping ‘Hands’ photo by Andrew Ingersoll|
Latest Application Results: I called yesterday after my application on the pended United Explorer personal and business applications. I was approved for the personal card by dropping my Continental One Pass card to a $5000 limit from $15K. They gave me $10K on the Explorer card. The original offer was to cut my Priority Club limit, but I’ve got big expenses end of the month on that card at the Chicago Seminars.
The Explorer Business card took more time as the original rep told me they denied it because I had applied for a card within the last six months. That’s BS and I got it approved on the phone for $15K.
My application day was perfect with all approvals. Now we wait for the Katybug and her pending approvals.
A couple of striking yet simple examples of the value of this community have happened to me in the last couple weeks. It’s time they get a mention in hopes that others will follow the lead.
I’m new to this US Airways Grand Slam deal and, quite frankly, it seemed a big project for me at first with somewhat minimal return. But with the help of my friends, the larger bonuses are coming my way.
About 10 days ago I sent a comment into the Mommy Points blog about the hotel stays requirements. I questioned her understanding of the rules. I was flat out wrong and she graciously pointed me back on the right track. My gain: another four “hits.” She took the time to straighten out the old guy, and I appreciate it.
A reader also showed me I was interpreting the car rental rules incorrectly. I thought I was stuck at two when, in actuality, six were within easy reach. Add four more “hits” to my game total.
Another reader actually offered to get me the E-miles “hit” if I gave him my Dividend miles number. Now I couldn’t do that for security reasons, but I believe he honestly would have.
And Gary from the View From The Wing blog posted a week ago about the Sharebuilder “hit,” I had actually attempted to score this hit but when the screen posted that I already had an account, I gave up without continuing on to complete the process. Gary’s direction and encouragement led me to try again and hopefully my free “hit” will post.
This is a great group of caring, sharing people, readers and fellow bloggers alike. On behalf of Mommy Points, Gary, and all my helpful readers, I’m donating another $100 to Kiva.org today to help someone in a developing nation less fortunate than all of us. So I received 10 extra “hits” with your help and somebody may get the “leg up” they need to improve their life and that of their family with my Kiva donation.
Thank you all. Keep Sharing and Keeping Caring!
First Year Fee Waived: 50,000 Points Transferable to Hyatt, Marriott, Priority Club, Continental and British Airways
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