The flight attendant I had on my Thursday flight from Hartford to Atlanta was one of the most genuine people I’ve met. I had mentioned being hungry, and while there was no four-star meal to be served, she put together a dinner of snacks she had a available and brought it to me with a smile. I was hungry, potentially cranky, and a simple gesture from Vicky made my day. And yes, I thanked her, and I wrote a note to Delta thanking her for going above and beyond. Not to mention my glass of Cabernet was never empty.
My story to remember was meeting a fellow travel junkie — twice! On my flight out Tuesday morning and home Thursday night my seatmate was Sherry. A fellow Delta flyer, Sherry told me of a trip she’s got planned this month out to Vegas. The best thing about her trip is that she’s staying in Vegas for four hours and flying home right after. Sounds like a mileage run to me. We spoke about credit cards, diversifying your points across multiple programs, and how points were currency, just like the US dollar. On the Thursday flight we continued our conversation from Tuesday, but with some fresh stories over the past two days.
Meeting people, making friends, sharing stories, and learning from one another makes travel exciting for me. What is the thrill for you?
Travel Tip: Autoslash.com — USE IT!
I hadn’t used this site before, but had heard of it several times and had seen Jonathan speak at the Chicago DO in 2010. Autoslash is a site where you can book rental cars and if the price drops they cancel and rebook you at the lower price. Genius! This week I booked a rental for my mother and another for my brother. Mom saved $15 overnight and my brother $100. Need a free car seat for your rental?
Packing Tip: Pack your toiletries as soon as you return
I’ve started doing this and will never look back. Running out of shampoo, shaving cream, or other needed toiletries stinks whether you’re at home or on the road. By spending five minutes to replenish my travel bag when I get home, I save the hassle and time when I pack to head out again.
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