Good morning everyone. As we wrap up Q1, the targeted credit card offers for Q2 are just now arriving. Here are 3 offers that I have received in the last 2 days and I will share my logic with you on whether or not they are worth pursuing. Up first, I have the Chase Hyatt Credit Card with 4,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 between April 1 and June 30. 4,000 Hyatt Points is worth $60-$80 to me, but I am not excited to spend $4,000 to get up to $80 in return (2% bonus). I could get 4,000 Hyatt Points by generating 4,000 Chase Ultimate Reward Points on my Chase Ink Plus. That would only require $800 of 5x spending and I can do that in 1 day with gift card purchases from PayPal Digital Gifts on eBay. I am going to pass on this offer.
Good morning everyone, I hope you all had a great weekend. A few months ago, I registered for IHG’s Accelerate promo where I had to complete a few requirements between January 1 and April 15 to complete the promo. The requirements differ from person to person as well as the number of bonus points offered. Here are my requirements:
- 3,000 IHG Points – Complete 1 stay
- 10,000 IHG Points – Complete 5 nights
- 2,000 IHG Points – Book 1 stay with Points + Cash
- 1,500 IHG Points – Use your Chase IHG Rewards Credit Card to pay for a stay
If I completed at least 3 out of 4 requirements, I would get 23,500 bonus IHG Points, on top of the bonus points earned above. I’m happy to say that I recently completed my third requirement and the bonus points posted. I think I could have technically booked 1 stay, paid with Points + Cash, and used my Chase IHG Rewards Credit Card to complete 3 requirements with only 1 night.
Good morning everyone, I have another quick deal that might interest you if you have plans to visit Orlando, Florida in the next few months. I just received an email from Holiday Inn Club Vacations (the timeshare division of IHG) for an offer of 4 days / 3 nights at the Orange Lake Resort for $349 + tax. If you want an extra night, book by March 10, 2017 and pay an extra $100.
Good morning everyone, I am back from my week-long trip around South America. I was going to write about my experience during the trip, but I accidentally left my laptop charger on my flight to Bogota, Colombia, so I had no way to charge my laptop during the trip. With that said, here is a tentative list of blog posts that I will write about my trip. Here are my 4 hotel reviews:
- Aloft Bogota Airport Hotel (3,000 SPG Points / Night)
- Holiday Inn Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport Hotel (20,000 IHG Points / Night)
- Sheraton Iguazú Resort & Spa (Iguazu Falls, Argentina) (12,000 SPG Points / Night)
- Sheraton Libertador Hotel (Buenos Aires, Argentina) (7,000 SPG Points / Night)
Along with those hotel reviews, I am going to share my experience with these trip reports:
- How Cheap is Bogota, Colombia?
- Should you Visit the Argentine or Brazilian Side of Iguazu Falls?
- Buenos Aires Centurion Lounge (Access with US AMEX Platinum Card)
There are also a few upcoming posts from Shelli about her interview with a full time Uber driver and her next stop on her coffee world tour. Whitney just got back from her trip to Spain, so she will have several posts about her trip. I’m not sure what Tonei and Will the Tactical Traveler are working on, but I am sure they have some interesting posts in the pipeline.
If you have any questions about any of my upcoming hotel reviews or trip reports, please leave a comment below. Have a great day everyone!
P.S. Here is a sneak peak of our trip to Iguazu Falls, full of rainbows and big water falls.
Good morning everyone, I’m sorry for the delay, but I have been diligently thinking about my 2017 travel predictions. I am going to channel my inner Nostradamus to come up with some outrageous travel predictions for 2017. Doctor of Credit has a good resource for all other 2017 travel predictions.
Disclaimer: I have made some travel predictions in previous years and I am more often wrong than right, but that losing streak has not dampered my prediction spirit. To see how bad I am at making predictions, please read A Look Back at my 2016 Predictions (Airlines, Hotels, Credit Cards & MS). I consider myself an optimistic pessimist (I prepare for the worst, but hope for the best), so these travel predictions will sound depressing.
- Southwest seems bent on making the Companion Pass very difficult to get unless you fly Southwest every week. I believe credit card signup bonuses will no longer count toward the Companion Pass and Southwest might kill the whole concept of the Companion Pass entirely or switch to a certificate program similar to the Alaska Airlines companion fare or Virgin America companion ticket.
- Other airline credit cards will adopt the Alaska Airlines companion fare (you pay full price and your companion pays up to $120) or the Virgin America companion ticket (you pay full price and your companion pays full price minus $150).