December 2017 archive

Helpful Hints For A Cruise

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I’m making my way back into posting for 2018, but before I do, I’m going to talk about one of my favorite methods of travel: Cruising. As far as I’m concerned, a cruise is about the best value that you can find for your vacation. We just got off a 7-day trip and have a …

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Year-End Awards: The “Frequees”

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It’s the year end and this will likely be my last post of the year. Have a happy and safe new year, and I’ll see you in 2018. Until then, let’s hand out some awards in the first annual “Frequees.” I have no particular criteria and the judges are me, news anchor Rod Remington and …

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“Quarterly” Hilton Promotion

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Yesterday, I discussed the quarterly promotions from Marriott and Starwood. Today we’re moving on to Hilton, whose promotion runs January 1 — April 30, 2018. Points Unlimited At least it has a cool name. Hilton has dumped its usual double points promotion in favor of one that’s simply not very good. You’ll earn 2,000 points …

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Quarterly Promos: Marriott And SPG

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Well, Starwood adopted one policy from Marriott awfully quickly: Lousy quarterly promos. We recently learned what they will be for the first quarter of 2018, and I’m unimpressed. For those of you new to the world of hotel points, the lodging companies tend to run a lot of promotions. They run frequent smaller promotions, but …

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Last-Minute Shopping, WestJet, Hunter Harrison

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Today’s post is dedicated to Pittsburgh Steelers fans*. We’ll see you in January. Last-Minute Shopping For those of you doing a little last-minute shopping, remember to check out the Shopping & Travel Rebates section for ideas on how to pick up extra miles or dollars. Truthfully, those sites are good year-round and will get you …

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1,000 Free Marriott Points, Atlanta Goes Dark

1,000 Free Marriott Points Marriott offers 1,000 free points at its Twitter account every Sunday by answering a football trivia question. Today’s question asks what year the current NFL replay system started. Answer by replying to the tweet and tag it #RewardsPoints to collect. There’s a subtle hint as to the correct answer in this …

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Weekend Tidbits: Marriott, Ryanair, Fees

It’s Friday, so we’ll keep today rather light. Enjoy. Can Marriott Get Luxurious? Publicly traded hotel companies have had success in virtually every segment of the market, with one segment: the luxury end. They can certainly run high-end hotels, they just can’t do it as well as the independents. Let’s face it: When you’re running …

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Delta Airlines: Your Seat Is Branded

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Every year, Delta Airlines has a meeting for Wall Street analysts to talk about their financial situation and future strategy. That meeting took place today and, as it relates to miles and flying, I thought the most interesting part was their discussion on branded fares. Branded fares Hey, a plain old ticket isn’t good enough …

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End Of Year Thoughts And A Good Marriott-Starwood Article

Don’t Let Your Points Expire As you move into the new year, it’s time to make sure that your points don’t expire. Every program has different rules about how frequently you need to have activity in your accounts, and it can be as few as three months (I’m looking at you, Spirit.). Remember, you don’t …

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JetBlue Flash Sale: 15% Off (Sort Of)

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The winter is a slower time for airlines, particularly midweek, when kids are in school. Thus, many of them take advantage of the time to throw in a fare sale. JetBlue Flash Sale* This one’s good for only two days, so hurry. Book by tomorrow night for travel 1/10-2/14 and 2/26-3/14 and you’ll get 15% …

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