With 3 1/2 months to go, we are moving close to a sellout for the largest gathering of travel crazies on the planet. As of yesterday there were less than 75 tickets left for the Chicago Seminars October 12-14 in Elk Grove, Illinois.
In fact, two of the seminar time slots are already sold out.
Session #6 Saturday 3-5PM Beginner Award Booking with Ben Schlappig SOLD OUT
Session #8 Saturday 6-7:30PM Advanced Q &A Mileage Runs and Award Booking with Ben and the Points Guy Brian Kelly SOLD OUT
This is your chance to mingle and network with oldtimers and rookies alike. Come meet the likes of Pudding Guy and Randy Petersen, Mommy Points and Daraius from Million Mile Secrets along with numerous other bloggers and experts in their fields of expertise. If you haven’t heard Beaubo speak, you are missing an opportunity to hear one of the guys that goes to any lengths and has done it all to acquire miles and points. This is the collection of the best of the best in our hobby. Come meet them all.
This is an all volunteer, non-profit event put on by our gang, for our gang with the hopes of spreading the knowledge we all have accumulated. Any left over funds will be donated to charity. There will be door prizes and gifts by our sponsors listed on the registration page. SkiAdcock will put on another value packed Charity Auction. And I imagine a cold beer or two will be had by all.
I look forward to seeing many of you again from previous years and hope to shake hands and say hi to the new guys and gals in the game as well.
See you in Chicago.
P.S.: I’ll be posting for volunteers in early August. Our pressing need right now is somebody with Audio/Visual experience (and maybe a projector) to help Cliff out with that Herculean task. If you are our number two AV guy, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Deal of the Day
For today’s Deal of the Day we have TripAlertz who is donating $50 in Trip Cash for the best overall travel deal submitted. A great mileage run, mistake fare, partner promo, new card sign-up offer, or the special twist you figured out on a deal today. Add it to the comments section of this post (make sure to include your first name, last inital, and home airport) or this afternoon’s Deal of the Day post to be eligible to win.
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