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Happy Friday! Here are two quick updates from the miles, points, and reward credit card world on this busy (almost end of the school year) Friday.
- Intercontinental Hotels are changing from a model of 2,000 fixed points at international properties outside the Americas, to a standard 10 points per dollar at all 178 properties around the world beginning July 1st. In 2012 IHG Rewards announced that all InterContinental Hotels in the Americas switched from the flat 2,000 IHG Rewards Club points per stay to earning 10 points per dollar on eligible charges with no maximum, and now two years later they are making that the global standard. Given that many Intercontinental Hotel are on the pricey side, this is a positive change overall. It would take just $201 in eligible charges for someone to do better off earning 10 points per dollar than a flat 2,000 points per stay. Their press release from the 2012 change indicated most travelers would earn 3x points under the 10 points per dollar system compared to the flat 2,000 points system, so good news that this is now a universal change.
- On today and all Fridays until August 8th, Visa Signature cardholders can buy one get one free movie ticket from Fandango! This is open for legal residents of the 50 states + DC who have a valid U.S. issued Visa Signature. Select two or more movie tickets via www.fandango.com/visasignature for any film currently on sale for a Friday showing and receive the lowest price ticket in the order for free! This is valid for a ticket up to $19.50 (including Fandango fees). There is a limit of one free ticket, per Visa Signature card, per 30 days following the date of purchase. Of course, many of us probably have more than one Visa Signature card in our collections so this ‘limit’ probably isn’t very limiting. Some of the popular travel cards that come as Visa Signature cards include: the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Freedom, British Airways Visa, Southwest Premier Card, United MileagePlus Explorer Card, Capital One Venture Card, Barclaycard Extra Points Visa, Citi HHonors Visa Signature, US Bank FlexPerks, and many more. If you are lucky enough to sneak off to the movies – now you can save some money to tip the babysitter so they come back again next time!