A number of you have expressed interest in the Marriott Platinum Challenge and how I completed it for under $500 net. The specific question I’ve been asked multiple times is abou..
A few weeks ago I shared my thoughts on the Marriott Platinum Challenge. I decided that even though I was tossing most status aside in the new year that the value
I’m not one for clickbait headlines. If I tell you that my experience with Gift Card Mall was an absolute nightmare I mean it. I’m not going to tell you
Every once in a while someone mentions the Barclaycard Travel Community and how you can earn points by posting your trip reports. What I’ve never seen anyone post is how
The Centara Grand Hua Hin, my single favorite hotel stay- and one you’ll miss because of the status trap.Do you have one hotel that stays with you no matter where
We’re not even out of February and I’m reverting to a bad habit. However, I’ve done the math and I think it makes sense. I’d love to hear your thoughts about the
One of the many hidden alcove pools at the Ritz-Carlton Tenerife, now bookable via both Starwood and Marriott points.The only constant in travel hacking is change. In the hotel p..
I’m taking a break from remodeling to think about our Camp Mom coming up this summer. We’re visiting South America in July and will fly into and out of Santiago. We
It’s New Year’s: the traditional time to ditch bad habits and improve yourself. I’m sure you’ve seen all the FitBit and organization store ads. I’ve even told you about the
I knew the moment I saw the email subject line: “Announcing a better, more flexible eBay Bucks!” In an all too familiar pattern, eBay Bucks 2017 program features major “enhanceme..
This will be the last post I write about whether or not I’m chasing Hyatt status. Maybe.
Because, well, it’s complicated.And that’s the problem. Status decisions should be pretty..
I began FT4RL with a quick “state of The Hobby” chat in order to drive home the fact that everything changes but nothing changes at the same time. The “nothing changes” refers
Our 2 bedroom unit at Wyndham owned Kona Coast Resort, which cost $279/week.
I’m doing a session next week at FT4RL DFW about hotel alternatives. Between the Hyatt program chang..
The frequent travel community lost its mind when Wyndham announced, then abruptly pulled, a promotion that offered to quadruple SPG* points and match status if y..
Sometimes you just need a safe place to lay your head. Photo via CNN.
I’ve had Wyndham Rewards on the brain lately. Wyndham hotels often live in the background until one day when
BlueBay Beach Club, Gran Canaria, where our two bedroom condo was $88/night.
The Deal Kids start school this week which means it’s time to dream about next summer (what, you don’t
After a recent stay in Cannes it felt like a good idea to review the two hotels I visited: the Grand Hyatt Martinez and the Holiday Inn. I understand that
Next week I’m headed to the French and Italian Riveras. I’ll enjoy happy hour with my $2500/Night suite in Cannes and sunbathe on the only private beach in Monte Carl..
After close to a month at Disney World in the last year (and ten Disney World Resorts stays) I’ve come to appreciate staying on site. Between extra magic hours, extravagant themi..
I’ve been doing a fair amount of tinkering with my Provence on Points* trip this summer and wanted to share my lessons learned with you. 4,500 Thank You Points and dropping a de..
Happy June! Summer’s start seems a good time to evaluate my travel strategy for the year. As I look back and forward, one thing is clear: whether I planned it
Choice Points are one of the least talked about hotel reward programs out there, but I find them to be really useful. Besides the the Hotel Bolivar in Rome and the
I’m just back from my 2nd trip to the Canary Islands and I’ll cut right to the chase: Why haven’t you been yet? I could do a listicle of all the