Last week we had a bunch of hotel gift cards go to readers. I forgot to post Friday’s winner along with an additional winner from the week. Our winner from Friday’s contest is Arlyce M. whose home airport is MSP (Minneapolis, MN). Her tip was “If your hotel curtains won’t stay closed, use a pants hanger from the closet to clip them closed” and her topic suggestion was “A tutorial on using SPG’s Cash & Points to get the best lodging deals”. Our final winner is from Wednesday; Janet C from LAS (Las Vegas, NV). Her tip was “a great tip is calling ahead to the property you are staying at. talk to the gm or conceirge (someone in charge!) …remind them of birthdays, anniversaries etc. we’ve always received a room upgrade or a little treat in the room” and her topic suggestion was “a tutorial please on how to use ana aeroplan to book tix using chase rewards”. Arlyce and Janet please email email@example.com to get your vouchers.
To Arlyce, Janet, and everyone that left comments thank you again. We had a great participation from everyone; expect some more giveaways soon. Over 300 tips and suggestions; I’m working with Howie to get these all organized and shared with everyone.
On to the deals …
From Aug. 25 through Sep. 29 Disney is offering a free dining plan on vacations of 5 nights or more. The free dining plan can save a family a lot of money as the food at Disney can get quite expensive.
TripAlertz has the Morgan Bay Beach resort in St. Lucia for $129/night per person. The resort is all-inclusive, which also includes drinks.
Win a Chance to Cheer on Team USA in London with Hilton.
US Airways is offering 50% more miles when converting hotel points into their Dividend Miles program.
American has announced its elite rewards for flying more than the minimum threshold for elite qualification.
Looks like the Discover America promotion will be coming back this year. Lots of points for little money!
Looking to travel with an infant in first class internationally? Dan over at Dan’s Deals has a great post about saving a lot of money by using the British Airways Avios or Air Canada Aeroplan programs instead of domestic carriers.
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