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Review: Conrad Makkah Executive Lounge and Al Mearaj Restaurant

Conrad Makkah Club Lounge Seating Area

While our three rooms at the Conrad Makkah were booked under two Hilton HHonors Diamond and one Gold account, all of us received executive club lounge access. In addition, we were offered breakfast at the Al Mearaj restaurant, which I think beat the… Continue Reading

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How to Book Umrah Travel With Points and Miles

Kaaba Masjid al-Haram and Clock Tower in Mecca

Back in December, I booked a trip to Mecca and Medina to perform Umrah with my family. For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, Umrah is the “lesser” pilgrimage Muslims make to Mecca. It’s much less rigorous and there are… Continue Reading

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Credit Card Spending Requirements for Top-tier Hotel Elite Status

There was a time when most of us thought top-tier hotel elite status was out of reach. After all, who stays 25-50 nights at hotels every year? Mostly business travelers. Thanks to rewards credit cards, that’s no longer the case.… Continue Reading

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Rewards Program Changes Coming in 2017

The new year is off to a shaky start, with many upcoming changes in the points and miles world. Some of them are good, while others you really have to put your rose-colored glasses on to see in a positive… Continue Reading

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World of Hyatt: Hacking Hyatt’s New Rewards Program

Say that three times fast. Yesterday, Hyatt introduced a new rewards program called World of Hyatt, which will go into effect on March 1, 2017. The changes are negative for most people, especially those who earn elite status via mattress… Continue Reading

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Which Credit Card Should I Charge $20,000 Worth of Airfare To?

I’ve been battling a cold for the past week and going to Walmart to liquidate gift cards has been really tough. I’ve been agonizing over my drop in manufactured spending until some good news came along: At least 20 of my… Continue Reading

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What Can You Do With 100,000 IHG Rewards Club Points?

Beach Bungalow at the Intercontinental Le Moana Bora Bora Resort

A few lucky folks have been getting targeted for a 100,000 point sign-up bonus from the IHG Rewards Club. The spending requirement is $1,000 higher than the normal 60,000 point offer and the 2 free night bonus, but that’s a… Continue Reading