Quick Reminder: 50 Transactions On Your World of Hyatt Card By Tomorrow

If you’re a World of Hyatt credit card holder and you registered for the February promotion to earn up to 5,000 bonus points you have until tomorrow to get your 50 transactions. There’s not a whole lot of restrictions on what the transactions can be. They do need to be at least $1 each, but in theory could be multiple transactions at the same store if you’re really close to one of these point thresholds.  Because the Hyatt award chart doesn’t stretch nearly as high as Hilton or Marriott 5,000 […]

Whoa: American Airlines Is Treating Executive Platinum Members Like It’s 2007

What a long, strange trip it’s been.  American Airlines is treating some of their best customers like they did a long time ago.  The airline industry has been through so much the past 20 years.  I traveled a bit here and there for work in the 90s.  I never really traveled enough to earn elite status until 2000, and then started chasing status in earnest in the wake of 9/11 as business travel returned. Leading up to 9/11 my father was a road warrior who traveled almost exclusively with TWA.  […]

Great For Families! Hyatt Residence Club Adding 9 Properties

Most hotels that are good for families are also good for other types of travelers.  With the exception of people looking for a secluded, romantic getaway at a boutique hotel, most hotels in vacation destinations meet the needs of most travelers.  Families usually have unique needs such as extra space, multiple bathrooms and connecting rooms.  That’s where properties like Hyatt Residence Clubs come in. Hyatt Residence Club is a small collection of vacation ownership (timeshare) properties.  What’s fairly unique is that these properties can also be booked using Hyatt points.  […]

Hyatt Announces Their Spring Promo Featuring Bonus Points And Free Nights

Hyatt has announced a spring promotion that should be rewarding to those folks who are traveling.  While it may be a bit early for business travel, this promotion can even serve as a rebate on leisure travel when redeeming your points. Hyatt Bonus Journeys Promotion Details Here are the details on the promotion: From February 23 through May 15, 2021, all members can register to earn 2,000 Bonus Points every two qualifying nights from March 1 through June 15, 2021. Nights do not have to be consecutive and can include stays across 1,000+ locations worldwide, […]

Reader Question: Which Credit Card Should I Keep?

Credit cards can be an incredible way to earn miles and points for vacations.  In many cases, people earn more miles and points from credit card spending than actual travel.  But, the ability to earn miles and points comes with some caveats.  Those credit cards can carry higher annual fees than a cash back credit card.  That’s why you’ll hear me say frequently that you should be evaluating the credit cards you carry.  Are they paying for themselves?  If not, they need to go.  We talk about this all the […]

Help Us Plan Our Summer Trip AND Do Some Good At The Same Time!

I’ve got $500 burning a hole in my pocket.  Can you help me with that? I was planning to write up an article asking folks to send suggestions for our summer vacation, but a friend of mine popped an idea in my mind for a little twist. In case you missed it, our family bought an RV last summer.  While we love to travel to far away places the COVID-19 pandemic definitely got in the way of that.  We started out by renting RVs, which I highly recommend before buying.  […]

DEAL! Business Class To Brazil From $475 Roundtrip!

It’s been a while now since I covered a deal fare.  That’s due to the pandemic.  Even when some folks started traveling, I just didn’t have the wanderlust back yet.  While I’m still getting my groove back our family has started thinking about travel again in a meaningful way.  So, when I woke up this morning to a travel deal, it actually felt right to write about it.  I was excited, energized in a way I haven’t been for a while.  But, enough about me, let’s talk about the deal! […]

A First-Hand Look Inside Canada’s Travel Quarantine Hotels Paints A Dismal Picture

Throughout the pandemic different countries have had drastically different reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The countries playing it safest (such as New Zealand) virtually locked down their country.  In the specific case of New Zealand, I can recall seeing pictures of a sporting event there a number of months ago where the stands were packed and nobody wore masks.  They were able to do so because there were literally no COVID-19 cases in the country at that time. The United States has consistently been on the opposite end of the […]

I’m Making A Little Magic

As 2021 gets under way I have a bit of good news for folks who aren’t big Disney fans and some great news for folks who are big Disney fans.  I’ve been working on a project for what seems like forever.  A pandemic has a way of stretching time like nothing I’ve ever experienced.  We’re just about ready to launch that project and I wanted to give you guys a sneak peek.  For those of you who don’t like Disney and would rather I didn’t write about it…..good news!  The […]

American Airlines’ AAdvantage Tailwind Is….Interesting

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the travel industry on its head.  Airlines and hotel chains have had to recreate their business on almost a daily basis to survive.  As the pandemic has stretched on, these travel brands have started looking to the future.  In the case of airlines, their loyalty program will likely be a significant part of a new path forward.  That’s why a recent promotion by American Airlines is so interesting. One Mile at a Time wrote about a new promotion AAdvantage launched recently, Tailwind.  The particulars of […]