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Preview The First Two Weeks Of Daily Getaways (Vacations For Real People)

Daily Getaways are travel discounts for normal people. Some deals represent a modest savings while others can save you significant amounts of money on your next vacation. Truly awesome deals are harder to find than they used to be, so plan ahead and research the packages you’re considering.

My Presentations From The DFW Frequent Traveler University

I’m happy to share all of my slides from Frequent Traveler University, including detailed information about American Airlines AAdvantage, Club Carlson, Hyatt Gold Passport, IHG Rewards, Hilton HHonors, Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest. I’m happy to answer any questions you have!

Breaking Down The First Week Of Daily Getaways

Daily Getaways are back and they start today. In case you’re not familiar, Daily Getaways are daily deals sponsored by the US Travel Association.  Some are better than others, so you need to think about whether you can take full advantage of the offer before buying. For the more popular offers, they will sell out quickly, which means being around right when they go on sale each day at 1:00 pm EDT.  Some offers will sell out in hours, some in minutes.  It’s also important to be patient.  If you click […]

Sizing Up The First Hotel Promotions Of 2015

After a family vacation and a whirlwind week at CES, I haven’t had the time to catch up some things I’ve wanted to.  The first hotel promotions of 2015 are out and I was interested to spend a few minutes on each evaluating where the best value was.  Here’s a breakdown of promotions from IHG, Hyatt, Marriott and Starwood: IHG Rewards: Registration Link. This promotion follows in the tracks of some other variable promotions IHG has had in the past year or so, like The Big Win.  While I’m a […]

More Odds And Ends On A Quiet Sunday, June 8, 2014

Some more items of note on a quite Sunday: John at Loyalty Lobby is reporting that some folks are having their IHG accounts closed because they registered for promotions that weren’t targeted for.  There may be more to this story, as John also brings up people who were managing multiple IHG accounts and getting targeted for closure.  That strikes me as much more significant that registering for a promo you weren’t targeted for.  I also think it’s unlikely that your account will be closed if you register for one promo […]

Daily Getaways Breakdown For Thursday, June 5th: IHG Rewards Back Again

Today’s Daily Getaway is a complete repeat of something from week 1, IHG Rewards points for sale.  I’ve copied that post over below in case you missed it.  If you’re looking for the cliff notes version, the IHG packages are a good deal if you have a specific redemption in mind, but I wouldn’t load up speculatively.  Read on if you need more info… In case you’re not familiar, Daily Getaways are daily deals sponsored by the US Travel Association.  Some are better than others, so you need to think […]

Is Starwood Hotels Buying IHG?

There was a bunch of chatter last night about a possible takeover bid for Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) and that Starwood Hotels & Resorts was a possible (likely?) suitor. Reuters had it. Chris McGinnis covered it. Is it true?  The short answer is I just don’t see it happening. The longer answer is that I think this is likely a case of mistaken identity combined with excited possibilities of a mega hotel company the likes we don’t see very often.  Barry Sternlicht was the long-time CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, […]