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Reader Question: Can You Give Away The Free Nights You Earn With The New World Of Hyatt Program?

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There will be lots of first-time questions as folks get used to the new World of Hyatt programs. Here’s one from a reader on the free nights all top-tier members are expecting to receive in the next few days.

My Hotel Elite Status: Recap of 2016 And Looking Forward To 2017

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I knew that my January was going to be brutal on the road.  It performed as advertised and I’m exhausted.  There’s still 10 days left and I still have another business trip.  Sandwiched in between I’ll need to find time to build two Pinewood Derby cars and help plan a birthday party for my soon-to-be 6-year old son.  Here’s hoping February slows down a bit. To that end, I’m running way behind on laying out hotel and airline elite status plans for 2017.  I’m still working on my flight activity […]

Cheap Flights Where You Can See 2 Cool Destinations And A Review Of “All You Can Fly” Service

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The Best of the Rest is my effort to summarize all the travel/miles & points stories that interested me on a daily basis but didn’t have time to write about  in length.  Culled from over 100 blogs/authors I follow, some are passed along without comment, while I add my analysis to others.   This is your shortcut to find out what’s going on in the travel world without having to read dozens of travel blogs to get all the best info.

Last Day For Discounted United International Awards And Hyatt Diamond Upgrades

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United Airlines has had a combination of a software glitch and fare sale on international partner awards going on for a while now, and after acknowledging in publicly, they’ve said that it will end tonight.  I was pretty disappointed when these award price increases were announced.  It was painful to consider that it would cost 140,000 miles to fly Lufthansa business class roundtrip to Europe, which is a much better product than United. I’m a value junkie, and when the “price” of these awards went from 100,000 roundtrip to 140K, […]

Hotels: 2014 Year In Review

While 2014 was still a busy year for travel, it was a bit slower than 2013.  It certainly didn’t feel like it at times!  I set out with a goal to requalify for Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond status, the hotel status I value most highly.  My secondary goal was to requalify for Starwood Preferred Guest Platinum status.  I was 99% certain I could achieve these goals.  My third, and more lofty goal to achieve was to accrue 100 room nights with SPG to retain my Ambassador. I had a rough […]

Hilton HHonors Gifting Diamond Status To AAdvantage Executive Platinum Members

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I really do need to pay better attention to my airline marketing e-mails.  Apparently, American Airlines is partnering with Hilton HHonors to target AAdvantage members for status.  I received an e-mail back at the end of September offering me instant Hilton HHonors Diamond status, their top tier: Usually this requires 30 stays, 60 nights or 120,000 base points, but I’m getting it for free until March, 2016.  I’m not sure why I was targeted for it but I wasn’t the only, which is the only reason I ended up figuring […]