Our winner from yesterday’s contest is Lisa T whose home airport is LAX (Los Angeles, CA). Her tip was “If possible, exchange currency (if traveling internationally) before you leave home. Sometimes it is cheaper here than there.” and her topic suggestion was “I would like to read more about seat upgrades. I am in the process of during this and it is giving me a headache :)”. Don’t forget to enter in today’s for another $50 at TheHotelCard.com. Lisa please email email@example.com to get your voucher.
To Lisa and everyone that left comments thank you and keep entering for another change to win. Expect to see some of these topics written about in the near future. I found another one of these vouchers … Sunday we’ll give away an extra one randomly from all of the comments posted!
Capital One Double Miles Card Offer went live today. Not quite as good as last year but still not a bad offer if you have a big spend on a consumer card last year this offer will Double Your Spend based on last years statement on a competing consumer (not business) card. If you spent $50K for example on your personal SPG card in 2011 you’d fax them a copy of your year-end statement and then give you 100K in Capital One points. I did all of my big spends on business cards last year so I’m out. Keep in mind, Capital One will pull from all three credit agencies; make sure your scores are solid across the board.
1,000 Free SPG Points for filling out a survey. Make sure you put in your Name, Email, and SPG number in the last box on the page prior to submitting. Looks like they ended it early.
Southwest has a number of bonuses centering around its dining program. You can earn 300 bonus points just for signing up, 500 points if you review a restaurant once your point balance reaches 1,500, and 300 bonus points for every 1,000 that you earn (after the first 1,000). You can learn all about them and sign up for the program. You’ll also earn 2 points for every dollar you spend.
Here is this week’s Top 20 from TravelZoo
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