It’s tax time again and while gathering all the documents for the accountants I came across the 1099 forms from the sale of the Frugal Travel Guy Handbook in tax year 2012. I’m pleased to announce that your purchases of the little handbook mean another year’s donation to the Wounded Warriors Project of $3,270 for 2012. It may not seem like a huge sum, but every penny counts, and all of you that purchased the handbook have helped in your own way make life just a bit easier for one of our own. I hope the handbook got you started with some basics in this fascinating hobby and made the entry just a bit easier on all of you.
In Case You Haven’t Noticed
We have two more authors contributing to the Frugal Travel Guy blog. Christine Krzyszton, from my hometown of Traverse City, Michigan, has written her tales of adventure titled How to See the World in a Weekend which chronicles her adventures around the globe on short duration hops to exotic lands using her tips and tricks in this hobby. You have got to read her China toilet adventure. Katybug can so relate and I laughed out loud.
And Andy Shuman has a book titled The Lazy Travelers Handbook which passes on his methods of earning and using frequent flyer miles and hotel points for free travel. The shorter pieces are called Hilton Secrets Revealed and Fly Me to Atlantis which cover those specific topics in greater detail and require a smaller investment of time and money. If Atlantis in the Bahamas is your goal or Hilton is your hotel chain, give those two short subjects a read.
For the last couple of months, we’ve also had the Mile High Canuck writing. He’s been a great addition to the blog too.
Between myself, Howie, Bryce and these great new additions, rest assured we’ll keep you abreast of the latest trends and deals so you can see the world at prices you can afford.
You can do this. We have.
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