What to Eat and Avoid at the Park Hyatt St. Kitts

Our long weekend at the Park Hyatt St. Kitts wasn’t expensive in terms of getting or staying there thanks to airline miles and hotel points, but our time on the ground was a somewhat different story as activities and food on St. Kitts can add up quickly. On the plus side, much of what we ate was enjoyable, though there were a few misses along the way that I’ll share so you can focus your money and calories where it is…

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Targeted Amex Platinum 100,000 Point Offer Returns!

The first credit card I obtained that had an annual fee of more than $100 was the Amex Platinum several years ago. The annual fee was a little lower back then than it is now, but still, the idea of paying hundreds of dollars for a rewards card took some getting used to. However, the math was solid as the 100,000 transferable Membership Reward points I received as a welcome bonus after hitting the spending requirement were worth at least $1,500…

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How Much Extra is a Nonstop Flight Worth?

Very soon I’m taking off on an annual(ish) trip with just my oldest daughter. We are going to ski, order room service, watch movies, swim, and spend time together the way we did before our lovely second daughter joined the family. Worry not for the littlest, she will be getting some good one on one time with Dad and my parents…AKA she will be spoiled to high heaven. To book our flights to Colorado at the lowest saver award level, we…

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Why You Should Match Hyatt Elite Status to M Life Before March 1st

World of Hyatt elite status tiers expire very soon on February 28, 2018, unless of course you requalified for the next year. If you are used to having Hyatt elite perks on your travels such as lounge access, late check-out, and more, this can be a real blow. However, there might be a way to protect some of your Hyatt elite status perks by leveraging the Hyatt and M life reciprocal elite status program, if you act quickly. Before we…

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Is Intercontinental Ambassador Status Worth It?

How does it sound to score a guaranteed room upgrade, guaranteed 4 PM late check-out, fresh water and fruit on arrival, a welcome gift, an annual second weekend night free when the first night is paid, and IHG elite status? All of this and more can be yours with Intercontinental Ambassador status. This status doesn’t require a certain number of nights spent with the hotel program, but rather it is available with ‘just’ a $200 payment. Recently I received an email…

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Earn Points + Access $0 Balance Transfer Fees and 0% Intro APR

Around here we usually focus on rewards-earning credit cards for the rewards or built-in perks that they offer, but every now and then it is worth at least mentioning some of the actual credit that these cards can provide. Note that if you are racking up a balance and paying interest on a rewards credit card you will most likely not come out on the winning side of that equation as the interest payments will very quickly eat away at…

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How Should Airlines Handle an Out of Control Young Child

You may have recently seen, or at least heard, about the video of a young child who reportedly had an eight-hour tantrum on a Lufthansa flight from Germany to Newark. I watched the video, and have had a hard time figuring out how to address it here in a constructive and ethical way. I feel absolutely terrible for the child, his parents, and everyone else around them on that flight. I’m not going to link to the video as it…

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Earn 25,000 Bonus Hyatt Points With New Promotion

Happy days are here again as a Hyatt bonus points promotion has returned! We haven’t had a Hyatt promotion since the end of 2017 when there was a double points promo that ran for about seven weeks. That all changes today as a brand new Hyatt More Bonus Points. Night After Night promotion begins today and runs all the way through May 15, 2018. With this new Hyatt promo, you can earn up to 25,000 bonus World of Hyatt points in the…

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Ten Cheap Flights You Can Book Today

Airline miles can open up the world, but sometimes you don’t need miles and award availability to get away, you just need a few dollars. To round out this Valentine’s Day of travel-related things that I love, I want to share then cheap, real, bookable fares that I love and that are available today…just in case you want some inspiration to spend less than you think to explore somewhere new. All of these cheap flights were found by playing around…

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