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Hyatt Place Chicago Downtown The Loop Hotel Review

Hotel lobby of Hyatt Place Chicago Downtown The Loop

The Hyatt Place Chicago Downtown The Loop is probably the best value hotel you can book on points in Chicago. Last October, I visited Chicago for a few days while attending the annual Chicago Seminars. My younger sister was with… Continue Reading

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Is This the Worst Chase Hyatt Visa Sign-up Bonus Ever?

Chase Hyatt Visa targeted credit card sign-up bonus for 40000 points

The Chase Hyatt Visa has been around for a long time and traditionally offered a sign-up bonus of two free nights after $2,000 spent in three months. They’ve periodically targeted people for sign-up bonuses in the form of points rather… 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, which requires $2,000 worth of spend within 3 months. I’m one of those people, after months of getting a 60,000 point… Continue Reading

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How to Book Virgin America Flights With Virgin Atlantic Miles

Redeem Virgin Atlantic miles for travel on Virgin America

Virgin Atlantic miles aren’t the most celebrated airline currency, mainly because of the fuel surcharges imposed on most award flights. That being said, they can still come in handy, especially for partner flights. Normally, booking Virgin America flights with Virgin… Continue Reading

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Hyatt Regency Paris Charles de Gaulle Hotel Review

My stay at the Hyatt Regency Paris Charles De Gaulle wasn’t planned but turned out to be just what I needed. After a hellish few days, I ended up at Charles De Gaulle Airport, which is perhaps the worst airport… Continue Reading

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Review: Aegean Airlines Economy Class Thessaloniki to Paris

Flying over Thessaloniki on a Aegean Airlines flight to Paris

After a few days in Thessaloniki, I decided to head to Calais to volunteer with Help Refugees. Things were unorganized in Thessaloniki and I felt like I wasn’t getting to do what I came there for. You can read about… Continue Reading

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Marriott Hotel + Air Awards vs. Starwood Nights & Flights: Which Provides More Value?

Airplane Flying Over Eiffel Tower Paris

The Marriott takeover of Starwood is off to a great start, with generous status match offers and a 1:3 transfer ratio for SPG point transfers to Marriott and Ritz Carlton. I’ve already covered how much value members can get by… Continue Reading

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Why You Need to Load Up on SPG Points AND Transfer Them to Marriott

Transfer SPG to Marriott to book Domes Noruz Chania Resort

The first steps in the Starwood-Marriott merger were taken last week, when reciprocal benefits were announced for members for both programs. This was a positive step, with generous elite status matches and the 1:3 transfer ratio for SPG to Marriott… Continue Reading

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3 Positive Developments in the Marriott-Starwood Merger

Starwood Marriott Merger Reciprocal Benefits

Remember when the Marriott-Ritz Carlton takeover of Starwood hotels was announced last year and I wrote about how the news wasn’t so bad? Well, my point of view has been validated today, because all three programs have taken the first… Continue Reading

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Earn Airline Miles AND Save on Hotel Bookings With Agoda PointsMAX

Cheap hotel rates with Agoda PointsMAX

Most of you are familiar with Agoda, an OTA booking site for hotel and flight bookings. Earlier this year, Agoda launched PointsMAX, which enables members to earn frequent flyer miles on hotel bookings. I was recently asked by Agoda to… Continue Reading