SUPER Cheap Fares To Europe, Wyndham’s New Elite Program And How Not To Take Sex Toys Through Airport Security

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.

Is Hyatt Buying Starwood?

There are solid rumors out there that Hyatt is in advanced talks to buy Starwood Hotels.  I first learned of it this morning when Gary Leff tweeted about a CNBC article noting the advanced talks. As a side note, it’s stories like these that keep a healthy backlog of posts for me to finish, including my Greece trip this summer. At first blush, I don’t see a lot of downside here.  I’m going to spend some time later comparing the footprints of the two chains, but both are on the […]

My Presentations From Frequent Traveler University

I wanted to say a big thanks to everyone who took the time to come and hear me speak at Frequent Traveler University in Washington, DC this weekend.  It’s very rewarding for me to help educate others given all the help I’ve received over the years from folks who helped make me better at the miles and points game.  If you missed writing down some part of my presentations, decided to attend a different one or even couldn’t make it to DC, I’ve gone ahead and put all four of […]

Hilton HHonors Gifting Diamond Status To AAdvantage Executive Platinum Members

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 […]