How to Get Big Value from the Starwood Amex Sign-Up Bonuses

The longer-term future for the SPG program and the SPG co-branded Amex credit cards is not yet clear given the acquisition of Starwood by Marriott, but in the here and now, I believe SPG points to be the most valuable type of mile or point out there. The SPG program is one of my favorites as high-quality stays can be had for a reasonable number of points. In fact, I’m 95% sure I will be mattress running for Platinum SPG status…

Continue Reading »

Kimpton Karma Rewards to Become a Part of IHG Rewards in Early 2018

Almost three years ago I shared the news that the IHG program was improving with the acquisition of Kimpton. Now, almost three years later, we have movement on the amazing Kimpton properties and their Karma Rewards program actually rolling into the IHG Rewards umbrella. This probably isn’t great news for Kimpton Karma members, but by taking three years to roll the two programs into one, it does seem like IHG has given some thought to protecting some of what makes Kimpton special, though it…

Continue Reading »

Inside Two Ocean View Rooms at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in the Bahamas

We spent a long weekend in October at the newly opened Grand Hyatt Baha Mar and had an absolutely fantastic time. The hotel and larger Baha Mar complex had many delays on its path to opening, and it may still have a couple kinks as it rolls towards a full opening, but there should be nothing holding you back at this point from enjoying everything it has to offer. You can read more about our Bahamas miles and points fueled trip…

Continue Reading »

Open to All California Residents: Southwest Companion Pass With One Purchase on New Card!

I’m officially green with envy if you live in California as the insane offer to earn a Southwest Companion Pass valid through the end of 2018 with just one purchase on your new Southwest card is reportedly now open to all California residents instead of just those who were lucky enough to be targeted the first time around. With this crazy offer, not only do you get the Companion Pass until the end of 2018 with card approval and just one…

Continue Reading »

Surprise, Surprise, I May Be Mattress Running for SPG Platinum Status

I really thought my hardcore mattress running days were behind me. With shifting travel patterns and Hyatt moving to elite qualification on nights instead of being able to qualify on stays or nights, we just seemed to be beyond the days of checking into a hotel just for the stay credit. While that was fun at times, overall I was not sad in the slightest that the mattress running phase of my life was probably over as it always felt…

Continue Reading »

Discounted Flights to Hawaii Available from the Middle of the Country

Hawaii fare sales from the West Coast happen with some regularity, but once you head East of Nevada the chance to score a good fare to Hawaii becomes about as likely as hitting a royal flush on video poker. I’ve done both, but only very, very rarely. However, for those looking to fly on Alaska or Virgin America to Hawaii, today could be the day you put together a trip to Hawaii for a very good price. Using a flexible date…

Continue Reading »

Try Again to Make Reservations at United’s Classified Restaurant

A couple months ago United opened up an exclusive invitation-only 36 seat restaurant called Classified in Newark’s Terminal C. The sent out invitations to a “classified” list of United flyers informing them of the new restaurant and inviting them to make a reservation. I was not on that list. Of course not being invited only makes you want to go more, so I was at least a little bummed when I tried to make a reservation on their website on a…

Continue Reading »

Over 150 Cities on January American Reduced Mileage Awards List!

A very valuable discount that is available to those who hold one of the American Airlines Citi or Barclaycard co-branded credit cards is a discount of up to 7,500 miles on saver award flights to/from select cities each month via the Reduced Mileage Awards list. I write about these discounts a few times a year, and I’m excited to share that the January 2018 list of reduced mileage awards is much longer than normal at well over 150 eligible cities!  These discounts are…

Continue Reading »

Oasis Home Rentals Through Hyatt + Potential Targeted Bonus Points

A week or two ago I received an email from Hyatt announcing that their Unbound Collection of properties was beginning to offer home rentals through Oasis, a serviced home rental accommodation company who offers “handpicked homes in over 20 destinations worldwide” including New York, Austin, London, Los Angeles, Paris, Miami, and more. They say they offer the comfort and authenticity of home rentals with the service and amenities of a hotel – including in-person check-in and check-out, fresh linens and toiletries, and on-demand…

Continue Reading »

How To Use 30% Membership Rewards Transfer Bonus to Virgin Atlantic

If you can time your flexible point transfers with periodic transfer bonuses then you can basically create more points out of thin air. Right now through November 30, 2017, there is a 30% transfer bonus from Amex Membership Rewards to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club. This means that 1,000 Amex Membership Reward points will equal 1,300 Flying Club Miles for a limited time. This also means that you can fly from some points in the US to the UK in economy from…

Continue Reading »