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How to Decide When to Redeem Miles vs. Pay for Travel

Woman carries luggage at the airport terminal

One thing I get asked about most often by newbies is how I decide when to redeem miles and when to pay for travel. After all, points and miles are precious. Whether you’re earning them from credit card sign-up bonuses… Continue Reading

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Is It Worth Spending $20,000 on the British Airways Visa to Earn 100,000 Avios?

Mile Earning Credit Cards

Last week I wrote about how to spend the 100k sign-up bonus from the British Airways Visa. While there are still lots of great ways to redeem 100,000 Avios, unfortunately the bonus isn’t quite  as good as it was before… Continue Reading

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My Stay at the Conrad Dubai During New Year’s Eve 2016

Conrad Dubai Hotel Lobby Christmas Tree

After a great stay at the Conrad Makkah, I chose the Conrad Dubai for our stay over New Year’s. The Conrad Dubai is a gorgeous hotel located on Sheikh Zayed Road, close to public transportation. So it was a bit disappointing when it… Continue Reading

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Earning Points and Elite Night Credit For Multiple Hotel Rooms

Hilton Munich Airport Suite Upgrade

One of the great things about hotel loyalty programs is that unlike airlines, they allow you to earn points for other people’s travels. Whether your friends or family members are tagging along with you or heading off on their own… Continue Reading

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Retaining Top-Tier Elite Benefits Without Hyatt Globalist Status

Hyatt Centric Chicago Downtown The Loop Lobby Front Desk

On March 1, something unthinkable will happen: For the first time in four years, I won’t have top-tier Hyatt elite status….and I’m totally fine with it. If I’m being perfectly honest, being a Hyatt Diamond member isn’t all its cracked… Continue Reading

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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