Category Archives: Miles and Points Trip Ideas

3 Wonders of the World for Under 85,000 Miles: Machu Picchu, Easter Island, and Iguazu Falls

Yesterday I spent quite a few hours writing singing praises to the wonderful AAdvantage miles. And I promised to build up on that because, well, when you are talking about the best frequent flyer currency in the world, one post is never enough. So I began working on this one, and then I realized: in orderContinue Reading

How Far Can You Stretch Your AAdvantage Miles Value?

  I’ve been thinking about it lately, and I believe we don’t fully realize what an awesome program AAdvantage is. And let’s forget business and first class for a moment, shall we? I’ve been researching Galapagos for another blog I write for, and I’m still in awe how freakishly easy it is to get there on anContinue Reading

Delta’s Devaluation—A Contrarian Approach

  Everyone has gone ballistic on their latest shenanigans. What makes most people fuming is one paragraph from the new Delta announcement: Award Price Changes We know your miles are important, so we want to provide the most notice possible regarding Award price changes. For travel on or after June 1, 2016, the number ofContinue Reading

How I’ve Burned All My Club Carlson Points

  Tomorrow, May31, most probably will be the last day when you can still get two Club Carlson nights for the price of one at the old reward levels. The language is a little confusing as it says “can’t be booked after June 1″ which might suggest that June 1 is the actual final day, butContinue Reading

A Deeper Look at Wyndham Rewards Points Revolution, Part 2: Best Redemptions!

My Previous Post is here: A Deeper Look at Wyndham Rewards Revolution: Game Changer or a Dud? I did a lot of work to prepare this post, boys and girls. A lot of tedious, menial, time-consuming work. And I loved every minute of it! Something’s gotta be seriously wrong with me, and no, this is not a joke!Continue Reading

Marriott 2015 Changes Hit on 03.19 — Is There a Silver Lining?

This Marriott 3rd (or is it 4th?) massive devaluation in a row is a disaster! 69% of Marriott properties remain unchanged, 75% are moving up, and 25% are moving down! Nice! Only a company that doesn’t give a flying duck about the loyalty of their members can screw them over, year after year with such brazenContinue Reading

Hyatt Place Miami Airport-West/Doral — Review

  Here is my first Miami post: Hilton Bentley South Beach Review — Is It a Good Free Weekend Redemption? I wasn’t planning for a 5-day break between these posts, but life intervened. The SPG changes were about to be introduced, so I felt it was more important, because the review of Hyatt Doral couldContinue Reading

SPG 2015 Changes Are in Effect Tomorrow — A Deeper Look into Good Changes: the Americas

If you haven’t read my previous posts, please find them here, if only to understand my philosophy about redeeming points for SPG hotels (I know, say what???) Here is the first two parts: SPG 2015 Changes Are in Effect in Two Days — A Deeper Look into Good Changes: EUROPE SPG 2015 Changes Are inContinue Reading

SPG 2015 Changes Are in Effect in Two Days — A Deeper Look into Good Changes: Asia, Africa and the Middle East

If you haven’t read my previous post, please find it here, if only to understand my philosophy about redeeming points for SPG hotels (I know, say what???) Here is the first part: SPG 2015 Changes Are in Effect in Two Days — A Deeper Look into Good Changes: EUROPE Just a reminder! The ideal lengthContinue Reading

Put Your Parents on a First Class Flight, Part Two

If you haven’t read the first part, read it here: Put Your Parents on a First Class Flight, Part One. I am not trying to round up all possible redemptions for first- and business class travel, and I am trying to keep it simple. I am going to presume that you don’t have millions of miles; otherwise the worldContinue Reading

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