What If Your Credit Card Doesn’t Work When You’re Traveling Internationally?

What do you do when your credit card doesn’t work when you travel to a foreign country?  An odd set of circumstances happened to a friend of mine recent when he took a trip to Mexico with his wife. His reservation was with a property in Cancun that’s part of a very well-known international chain, a property I’ve actually contemplated staying at myself.  Upon check-in, his bank declined the pre-authorization on his credit card.  He tried contacting his bank and they said they could open the card for a one-time […]

It’s Still Not Too Late To Book Christmas Vacations

Regardless of whether you celebrate Christmas or not, if you have school-aged kids, the end of December is likely a target on your calendar for a possible trip somewhere, whether it’s to get to warmer weather, play in the snow or visit family. I got a bit behind in my planning this year.  I’m planning a trip to Disney this fall for our family and two others, and just got done with a whirlwind of summer travel.  Add in surgery that still severely limits my keyboard time and I didn’t […]

Hyatt Releases More Information About New All-Inclusive Properties in Mexico And Caribbean

It was just about a month ago when Hyatt announced they were forming a partnership with Playa Hotels & Resorts for 13 properties to be added to the Hyatt fold.  6 of those were to be branded with the Hyatt name and we have some clarification on what that looks like. The first two all-inclusive properties to be branded Hyatt in Q4 of this year will be THE ROYAL Cancun and Barcelo Los Cabos.  THE ROYAL will become Hyatt Zilara Cancun, go through a renovation and be focused speficically as […]

What New Places Can Your Starwood Points Take You?

I always keep an eye on this helpful thread on Milepoint for new Starwood Preferred Guest property announcements. Over the last few weeks I’ve seen some interesting additions, things that I feel definitely add value.  This review will consist mostly of cool places you can redeem your points and not on new hotels for the business traveler.  No offense, but I don’t consider the new Aloft Tulsa Downtown a good redemption option for vacation. Westin Puntacana:  Punta Cana is a small town on the Eastern tip of Dominican Republic.  I […]