First and foremost, please be safe on the roads this weekend and watch out for drivers that are new to your neighborhood. And take extra caution if you are in an area you are not familiar with. We’ve got places to see and people to meet around the world in the weeks, months and years to come.
Katy and I are home for the holidays, but have three trips planned before the year end. We are off to Aruba, Las Vegas, and Australia in weeks to come, so the time at home will be appreciated as we rest up for our busy travel schedule. Drop me an email if you’ll be in any of those locations this next month. Coffee is on me.
I’ve spent the last couple days thinking about my Flyertalk family and all we have been through over the years. The growth has been enormous, the controversies and diversity of opinions many, but still all in all we are all striving for the same thing. We all have travel lust and the desire to see the world. What a great common denominator. I can remember it seems like just weeks ago when our membership crossed the 400,000 level. We’ve just crossed 440,000 members and are on a rapid pace to reach One Half Million Members in the next year. There is no other group of travelers anywhere on earth with that kind of clout, influence and travel experience. Can you imagine any other group that buys and flies as many flights in a year as Flyertalker?
As for my little blog, I’m thrilled to report that readership is still growing weekly. We have a great mix of veterans and a growing flock of rookies anxiously awaiting the next deal or idea that you all have to share. Keep those Deal of the Day tips coming. We need a few more Success Stories lately so share what you’ve accomplished and you may find yourself offered a part time writing job.
By nature, I am not a corporate guy, and was initially concerned how I would fit in with the Internet Brands gang. I can tell you now after almost a full year , they gang at IB is as interested in our hobby as we are. They sometimes deal at a corporate pace, which is strange to me,but they all care about our space, hobby and passion. Brent, Jeremy, Paul, Cadence, Joanne and all the others I’ve met and worked with, thank you for making me feel so welcome
The Flyertalk moderators, SkiAdcock, as Talkboard VP and SanDiego1k as Community Director, have been extremely helpful in helping me fit in. When I’m lost moving around the FT site, they are as helpful as most of the regular members here. I’m grateful for their help and just realizing how little I knew of Flyertalk’s capabilities for information gathering and review.
We have a vibrant, diverse, opinionated and extremely intelligent membership. I’m honored to be a part of Flyertalk, the largest frequent flyer community in theworld , and sharing my travel life with you.
Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow FT members!
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