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Clean Up Orphaned Hotel Points. 25% Bonus When You Transfer To American Airlines AAdvantage Miles

American Airlines is offering a 25% bonus when you transfer hotel points to AAdvantage miles. This is a good opportunity to get some value out of those orphaned hotel points, but I wouldn’t convert large balances unless you’re trying to top up for a specific reward.

SPG Announces First Promo Of 2014, Underwhelms

Starwood Preferred Guest has announced it’s 1st quarter 2014 promo, Bring On The Nights:     The promo calls for a 2,500 point bonus for every 5 nights up to a total of 25 nights. If you hit 25 nights, SPG will award you an extra 5,000 Starpoints. SPG is one of my favorite hotel programs, but the value of recent promos certainly doesn’t take my admiration to a higher level.  This is clearly worse than the current promo they’re running, Take Two.  Take Two awarded double points on all […]

The Other Shoe Drops On Hyatt Program Changes. It’s A Good Shoe This Time

I wish I knew where Gary gets all his good info from.  We knew there was another announcement coming from Hyatt (and likely a good one) after they announced their devaluation recently.  I wouldn’t call the good stuff a home run, but it’s a solid double.  Here’s a link to the changes, as well as the highlights below: As an elite member, you’ll now have access to a lower paid “elite” rate, subject to availability.  The rate will be 20% off the Hyatt Daily Rate.  I’m guessing this will be […]

To Panama! Boats, Canals & Beaches! Westin Playa Bonita Review, Part 1 (Guest Rooms & Suites)

Previous posts: Booking A Trip To Panama Getting There: Copa Airlines and Rental Car Fun In my search for the right hotel for our Panama trip most of what I discovered fell into two distinct categories.  The city of Panama is a busy financial center housing plenty of comfortable accommodations similar to what you might find in major US cities like Chicago and New York.   That wasn’t quite the right fit for a week-long vacation with two young children enjoying spring break.  I also discovered resort properties that showcased beautiful […]

Don’t Forget To Register For Hyatt’s New Fall Promo

Registration officially opened yesterday for Hyatt’s fall promo, New Possibilities. You need to register here.  It’s always a good idea to register for promos even if you don’t think you’ll have a stay during the promo period.  It’s so easy to forget later on when travel plans change, and it’s free to register.  Hyatt is offering up to 50,000 bonus points for this promo.   You can read my full post on the promo here. And, you can review my breakdown on a bunch of the major hotel promotions out […]

A Breakdown Of The Fall 2013 Hotel Promotions

Hotel promotions represent a decent bonus on trips you already have planned.  As the economy has gotten better, the promos have gotten worse (no surprise).  But, they still represent solid value, especially when you consider these points are available to you for business you already planned to give hotel chains. Here’s a breakdown of what some of the major chains are offering this fall.  As always, I think it’s a safe bet to register for as many of these as possible since you never know when plans change.  It’s free, […]

Things I Find Interesting: Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 Edition

Hyatt purchased the Peabody Hotel in Orlando.  I’ve stayed at the Peabody in Memphis, where they share the tradition with the Orlando property of the ducks in the lobby fountain.  It’s a cool tradition they practice daily.  The Peabody in Orlando is a massive convention hotel, some 1600 rooms.  I’ve heard the property is in great shape and I’m sure I would consider it if I was in Orlando for a convention.  But, I enjoyed my stay at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress which is right around the corner from Disney […]

Is Hyatt Union Square The New Go To Hyatt In NYC?

I love New York.  That sounds a bit kitschy, I know.  But, I grew up there and never miss an opportunity to go back.  We wanted to take the kids to a Yankees game at the new stadium, so a trip to Manhattan was in order.  There are plenty of rooms in Manhattan but it’s not the easiest city to find family-friendly lodging in.  When we travel with our kids we usually get two connecting rooms.  We can afford this luxury because of our collection of hotel points (something I […]

Hotel Review: Hyatt Place LAX/El Segundo

LAX is a pretty major airport as far as travel goes.  Not only do you have the huge population of Southern California but LAX is a major jumping off point for trips to Hawaii and Asia.  I’ve stayed in the airport area a handful of times over the years and never really found a property that was a “go-to” place near the airport.  I’ve stayed a handful of times at the Sheraton LAX Gateway, which is probably the best I had experienced until recently.  I can’t say it was anything […]

Are Hotels Charging Too Many Fees? Not Really

Many a word has been written about the relentless march of airline fees, and not too many have been complementary (well, except those ones by the airlines themselves in reference to increased profits).  Heck, Southwest has made a multi-year marketing campaign out of airline fees.  Bags fly free!  No change fees!  Good stuff. So, what about the hotel industry?  Are they charging you more fees?  This piece by Joe Sharkey of the New York Times would lead you to believe that’s the case. And, he’s wrong.  Quoting from his article: […]