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Category: Hotel points

Nov 06

Marriott Rewards Deep Dive: Part 1 of 3

Given the increased interest in hotel programs and their complementary nature with hotel programs, I decided to do a deep-dive on Marriott, similar to the one I did on Delta starting here.  I will use the same structure, with Part I about earning points, Part II focusing on redeeming points and Part III discussing elite …

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Nov 01

Hotel and airfare bonuses and a sad day for the Boston-NYC Delta shuttle

Hmm, a rainy Saturday is always a good day to do a little digging.  Let’s see what’s out there. Rocketmiles, an online travel agent that gives you frequent flyer points for booking hotel rooms through them, is offering a nice special on Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards points.  Book a hotel and get 1,000-5,000 Rapid Rewards …

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Oct 30

A few mileage tidbits and earning opportunities…

Hyatt is one of my two favorite hotel programs, along with Starwood, and they’ve thrown in a little sweetener for those booking hotels before the end of the year.  Book a room between now and 12/31 on your mobile phone or their mobile website and you’ll get an extra 1,000 points per stay.  Free nights …

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Oct 23

Foreign transaction fees and how to avoid them

Good news!  I was reunited with my trusty laptop today.  Bad news: They ended up charging me shipping fees, even though they said they wouldn’t.  Another reason to keep an eye on your computer. I was asked the other day about foreign transaction fees on credit cards.  Personally, I consider them one of the most …

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Oct 20

Kimpton: The best hotel you’ve never heard of

Very few hotel chains do “boutique” properties well.  A boutique property is an individualized, usually smaller, hotel that often reflects the characteristics of the city or neighborhood.  They’re generally a little more upscale, but they don’t have to be.  A large chain, such as Hilton or Marriott, may do one or two hotels well, but …

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Oct 09

Club Carlson, and the case of the non-participating hotels

Among the hotel programs, Club Carlson ranks as one of the underrated ones, possibly because of a name that makes it sound like a golf course.  Still, it has what I consider to be the best hotel rewards perk, brands you’ve at least heard of (including Radisson and Country Inn & Suites) and a nice …

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Sep 28

Delta: What you need to know about earning miles

It quickly became apparent to me that trying to do one post with everything that you need to know about Delta is too much for one post, so I’m going to split it up a bit.  Since earning and redeeming miles are what most people are interested in, we’ll start there. With 2014 almost over, …

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Sep 17

Double-dipping with Hilton (corrected version)

(I have corrected information below regarding the Citi American Express Hilton credit card.  In the original post, I meant to write that you get Diamond status once you spend $40,000.)   I spent last night at the Concorde Opera Paris, the newest Hilton property in the city (Insert Paris Hilton joke here.).  And while that sounds …

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Sep 09

Starwood Stay Promotion, Southwest Airlines new look

Starwood Hotels just announced its fourth quarter promotion, called More For You.  For stays of two or more nights, you will earn double base SPG points, and if that stay includes a Friday or Saturday night, (Thursday or Friday in the Middle East), you will get triple base points.  You must register here.  The promo runs …

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Sep 04

Intercontinental Hotels “Into the Night” Promo; great for infrequent guests

Of all the major hotel programs, Intercontinental Hotels’s (IHG), which includes Intercontinental, Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza, among others, is my least favorite.  It’s not particularly hard to earn points, with the earn rate at 5-10 points per dollar spent, depending on the hotel.  But redemptions are expensive, the quality of hotels is not great …

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