The Scum & Villainy Star Wars Themed Bar, A New IHG Offer, How To Be A Good Customer & More…

Could it be? Why, YES IT IS! Whoop whoop, it’s the weekend! And to celebrate, here’s a quick recap of the posts we wrote this week:

This week Joe wrote about:

Sharon wrote about:

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Sign Up Now For The New IHG Accelerate Promotion

IHG, the hotel group that includes Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and InterContinental, has just launched the newest version of their Accelerate promotion for hotel stays between January 1 and April 30, 2018. That’s almost a month away but you can sign in to register and see your offer right now at this link.

I’ve written before about the Accelerate offers in posts here and here. I find them to be the most “fun” of any hotel promotion, because you can try and work out the best way for you to achieve the tasks provided. It’s easy for a hotel chain to launch a promotion that will give you double points, or triple points if you stay over a weekend but that doesn’t really get me to reconsider the plans I’ve already made. However, the IHG Accelerate offer is different and I’m hooked.

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Our Disneyland Backup Plan, The Best Travel Jacket, Funny Airplane Employee Announcements + More…

Happy Saturday, friends. Sharon’s busy baking the first batch of Christmas cookies for the season, so I’m here writing the weekly recap. I’m not gonna complain because her cookies are really yummy.

This week Sharon wrote about:

Joe wrote about:

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The Credit Card I Get The Most Value From, Year After Year

I have my fair share of travel credit cards. Some of them I keep for the benefits, others I keep for their point earning potential and some I just keep because I’ve had them forever. However, there’s one card I get value from, year in and year out. I gladly pay the annual fee but the card doesn’t have many benefits and I hardly every use the card to buy anything.  I’ll tell you about the card first and then the “killer benefit” this card comes with:

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Dumb Joke Diverts Plane, Some Best Way To Use Points & Miles + More…

From IHG’s free night certificates, to Gwen Stefani’s patdown to 2 Americans getting arrested for skinny dipping at a temple in Thailand & posting it on Instagram, here are some stories we saw this week that we thought were interesting. We hope you will, too:

  • Never settle for the average. Many websites publish values what points and miles are “worth,” but this post from Loyalty Traveler looks at them a different way: what points and miles can get you if used properly. The list includes some programs often ignored like Choice, Best Western and Carlson.
  • Here’s a post from Doctor of Credit about the best uses of the IHG free night certificate from their credit card. I just used ours at the Intercontinental in Chicago and I think it’s one of the most valuable credit card benefits around.
  • I know some people think they’re such the comedian, but as View From The Wing reports, airports and airplanes (or anywhere for that matter) are not the place for “hilarious” bomb related jokes.
  • And while you’re at it, if you drop trou at a temple in Thailand, don’t post your pictures to Instagram until after leaving the country. Or even better, don’t go disrespecting Thai Temples in the first place. Thanks to Loyalty Lobby for this post.
  • Looks like someone read our review of how cool the Pan Am Experience dinner is. The Points Guy says that Chrissy Teigen just had her birthday party on board (we must have misplaced our invitation) with her husband, John Legend, and friends Kayne and Kim in attendance.
  • Keeping on the celebrity news, even they get hassled by the TSA. Here’s a video from TMZ showing Gwen Stefani getting a pat-down before her flight.
  • And one more celebrity (or at least a person with influence) story. Several posts popped up about a case of a drunk passenger making sexual comments to a passenger and the airline crew not wanting to get involved. I’m sure this happens quite often but when it happens to Mark Zuckerberg’s sister (yes, that Mark Zuckerberg’s sister), the airlines tend to notice when you publish your complaint letter on Facebook. Wandering Aramean suggested one approach of how to make this an issue the crew would have had to deal with if the plan has not left the gate, and Pizza in Motion wrote a few thoughts on what limited options airlines have once the flight is in the air.

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How to Donate Your Miles and Points to Support Hurricane Harvey Victims

I know watching the news stories about the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey can make you feel helpless. The scope of this event just causes you to feel numb and you want to do something but don’t know how you can help.

Luckily, most of the airline and hotel programs are making it easy to contribute in any way you can. Even if you don’t have cash to spare, you can donate those random points you have here and there to the recovery effort.  Face it, it’s better to donate them than redeem them for some magazines that you’ll never read. Personally, I have points with LaQuinta and Choice that I’m going to donate right now.

Here are the links to the program pages where you can make donations.

(Thanks to our reader John B. for the tip on this way that you can to contribute to the relief effort)

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Winter Hotel Promotions – Sign Up To Get Extra Points!

It’s that time when the summer hotel promotions are ending and hotels are announcing the offers for the rest of the year.

So far, both Hilton and IHG have launched websites for their upcoming offers. As always, it’s a good idea to sign up even if you aren’t sure if you’ll take advantage of the promos. Otherwise, it’s possible you’ll forget and miss out on the bonus points.

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