As many of you know I am a frugal kinda guy. I watch my pennies but also have my standards, particularly when it comes to safety. My buddy Brian got me started with the Uber Car Service and I tried it out before making this recommendation.
While at the Chicago Seminars, way out in Elk Grove Village, my bride the Katybug wanted to go to a museum in downtown Chicago. She was not up for the hotel shuttle to the airport to catch the blue line to then get a cab to the museum. Brian used his Uber account to have a private car sent to Katy at the hotel for door to door service to the museum. On the way back a quick blast on the Uber iPhone app had a car pick her up and deliver her back to the hotel safe and sound. I like that service and safety and tried it out myself in both Los Angeles and Seattle recently. Using my iPhone app I summoned a private car which arrived in less than 4 minutes in LA and less than 3 minutes in Seattle. The price is slightly higher than a comparable taxi, but the vehicle was immaculate, driver well dressed and English speaking. You register a credit card on sign up with Uber and your in car transaction is all cashless. Tip extra if you’d like but it is supposedly included in your transaction charge. You’ll get a receipt as well by email.
I’m now hooked on Uber. If you sign up using my link you get a $10 credit on your first trip and I get a $10 referral as well.
Safety, convenience and a ride in your own private car for just a few dollars more. I’ll spend the few extra bucks.
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