Best Hyatt Points Values for Cat. 1-4 International Hotels Including Suites: Part 3 — Category 3

  There is a strong presence of Hyatt category 3 hotels in Europe, but also in Canada, Mexico and some very desirable destinations in Asia. My previous posts are here: Best Hyatt Points Values for Cat. 1-4 International Hotels Including Suites: Part 1 — Category 1 Best Hyatt Points Values for Cat. 1-4 International HotelsContinue Reading

You Can Stay at a Spectacular Conrad Koh Samui Villa for 63,000 Hilton Points

  On Saturday, this piece from Loyalty Lobby caught my eye. They found rates for Conrad Koh Samui villas to be as low as $250 plus taxes and fees. All Conrad Koh Samui villas feature private pools and breathtaking ocean views. Gold and Diamond members get an awesome free buffet breakfast, although I don’t knowContinue Reading

Best in Miles, Points, Credit Cards, Travel and More: Around the Web Sep 19 — Sep 25 2021

    Here are some topics: A new no-fly list? AA relentless race to the bottom Hotel Basic Economy Increased welcome bonuses National Emerald status And more To access publications hidden behind the paywall, I have three words for you: Firefox. Bypass. Paywalls (no relation 🙂 ). The most important news of the week! USContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Best Hyatt Points Values for Cat. 1-4 International Hotels Including Suites: Part 2 — Category 2

My previous post is here: Best Hyatt Points Values for Cat. 1-4 International Hotels Including Suites: Part 1 — Category 1 Please note This is not about the best Hyatt hotels ever — it’s more about the value of using World of Hyatt points versus cash. You might not find cities and places I’ve pickedContinue Reading

Best Hyatt Points Values for Cat. 1-4 International Hotels Including Suites: Part 1 — Category 1

  OK, look, Hyatt points best value is like Hilton points best value or Marriott points best value — always in the eye of the beholder. However, and I think most people will agree, the overall value of Hyatt points is higher than Hilton’s or Marriott’s or IHG’s for that matter. Hyatt has become thatContinue Reading

When Meeting Credit Card Minimum Spending Requirements Is Not a Good Deal

Most welcome bonuses are and have always been contingent on meeting credit card minimum spending requirements. We all know that. But hitting these minimum spending requirements with a regular spend is getting harder and harder, reaching the point when you might be foregoing other, more lucrative opportunities. A couple weeks ago I wrote about theContinue Reading

Best in Miles, Points, Credit Cards, Travel and More: Around the Web Sep 12 — Sep 18 2021

  To access publications hidden behind the paywall, I have three words for you: Firefox. Bypass. Paywalls. Planes This is a story about someone who booked a United award flight via the Chase portal, then his flight got rescheduled and the new scheduling didn’t work for him, then he canceled the flight, then United refundedContinue Reading

Hyatt’s Gild Hall A Thompson Hotel in NYC: My King Suite Review

  Last week we stayed at Gild Hall A Thompson Hotel, a Hyatt property in Lower Manhattan, to celebrate my wife’s birthday. I wanted to book a suite for the occasion, and a Gild Hall King suite was what I thought the nicest standard suite I’ve seen, even if you count hotels that cost muchContinue Reading

Best in Miles, Points, Credit Cards, Travel and More: Around the Web Sep 5 — Sep 11 2021

  Here are some interesting points, miles, credit cards and other travel-related articles and posts from around the blogosphere. Planes An interesting Miles to Memories idea on how to transfer AmEx points to United. As a reminder, United is not an AmEx transfer partner, so a direct transfer is not in the cards, but youContinue Reading

Fuel Surcharge Showdown: Turkish miles vs. ANA miles

    These pesky fuel surcharges are my favorite pet peeve. Not unlike so-called hotel “resort charges,” there is nothing real about them. These so-called “surcharges” are merely a legalized scam, an accounting trick, a profit center that allows airlines to screw travel agencies out of commissions and extract money from their loyalty program membersContinue Reading

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