One Good Way To Get Miles, One Bad Way

The Good

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My favorite hotel credit card is from a company whose properties I rarely stay at: The Intercontinental Rewards Club Mastercard. Intercontinental Hotels is the parent of, among others, the luxury brand after which it is named and the various Holiday Inn brands. The card comes with bonuses based on where you spend, a 10% rebate on all points you redeem (maximum 100,000 points per year to be rebated), a platinum status which is largely useless, a free night each year at any property, a free, um, wait, hang on; a free night at any property?

Yup. Unlike other hotel cards, which offer you only free nights at their lower-tiered properties, The Intercontinental card lets you stay anywhere you like, including its most luxurious properties. Want a free night every year in Paris? No problem. Bali? Enjoy your trip. If there is a reward room available, it’s yours.

I rarely, if ever, use the card itself. The Intercontinental program is not a great one, and the only time I stay at their properties is when I use my free annual night or they offer one of their outrageous promotions. I’ve got better places to spend real money.

I mention the promotion now because Intercontinental just upped the bonus to sign up for the card from 60,000 points to 70,000 points as a limited time promo, putting it in sync with other hotel programs who have been raising their promotional sign-up offers. Add an authorized user and make a purchase in the first three months and they’ll throw in another 5,000. The card has a $49 annual fee, which is waived for the first year.

And the Bad

Okay, this took place yesterday, so you probably missed it, but I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t have wanted to participate, anyway.

For those lucky enough to be attending the Vail Film Festival, Virgin America is offering you 5,000 points just to watch their entry, “Blah Airlines Flight 101.” Oh, did I mention that the film is almost six hours long and chronicles, um, the inside of an airplane on a cross-country flight? And to get your points, you have to sit through the whole thing. No word on whether popcorn, iPhones or bathroom breaks are allowed.

But if you couldn’t make it out to Colorado, you can watch the whole thing below (no points included).

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