My Choice Hotel Points Were Stolen

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In trying to tie up some loose ends on our 2017 travel plans, I logged into my Choice Privileges account today, and to my surprise I only had 2,000 points left. I’ll admit Choice points are not the points I keep track of the closest, but that small amount did not seem right. At first I thought I had messed up with their expiration rules that used to expire points at the end of the calendar year based on when they…

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Book Now: American Saver Business Class Awards to Australia!

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Update: I’ve seen some reports that most (or all?) of these seats are now gone and the system is now acting glitchy catching up making it look like phantom award space. Congrats if you scored seats in time! Getting multiple premium cabin saver level award tickets from the United States to Australia is very, very hard and requires a good amount of luck, flexibility, creative routing, etc. It can be done – heck I’ve done it (before I canceled it),…

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Travel Planning Tip for Families with School Aged Kids

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If nothing else, I like this site to serve as the calendar pop-up reminder that you never had to program when it comes to travel and miles and points related actions. I know some of you don’t need those sort of reminders that you can now book flight awards through Thanksgiving or hotels through spring break, but for others life can get busy and it is easy to miss something like that. Along those lines, here is a reminder that…

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We Decided to Say Aloha to Hawaii


A few weeks ago I posted about my indecision regarding whether or not to go forward with a planned spring break trip to Maui, or (again) decide that we bit off more than we want to chew, and scale our trip back to something much closer and easier to get to with our two girls. Most of my hesitation came from taking a hard look at our very long itinerary to get there (that had been made worse with an airline…

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The Priority Pass Select Membership That Includes Free Guests!


One way to make travel easier, or at least more comfortable, is to have access to airport lounges where you can usually get complimentary snacks, drinks, places to sit, clean(er) restroom, decent internet, and if you are super lucky, even a family room. I’ve sat on the floor in a corner of a crowded gate area with my phone plugged into a outlet that looks like it was left over from the Walking Dead, and I’m sure I will find…

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All the Details on American’s New Lowest Basic Economy Fares


We knew that American and United planned to introduce “basic economy fares” early in 2017, and we now know a little bit more about what it will look like from American. These fares may be spun at times by American as being available in order to save you money and let you choose the fare rules/perks you need when you need them, but make no mistake about it, these new basic fares are designed to make the airline more money…not…

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Last Week: Up to 100,000 Point Amex Sign-Up Bonus Ending!

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Last fall I think lots of us were lulled into almost believing that 100,000 point sign-up bonuses were “the new black” since both the Chase Sapphire Reserve and The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN sign-up bonuses were both temporarily at the 100,000 point level after meeting the spending requirements. Of course we really know that 100,000 point bonuses are too good to last forever, and the online Chase Sapphire Reserve bonus has already dropped to half that level, and next…

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New Amex Offers to Save at Hilton, Hampton Inn, and Neiman Marcus

Save Big With New Amex Offers

While there were tons of great Amex Offers during the holiday shopping season, in the last few weeks things have dried up significantly on that front. However, there are now a few new Amex Offers starting to appear in some Amex accounts that are worth a mention in case they can help you save on upcoming trips and purchases. How Amex Offers Work: For those not familiar, Amex Offers are available on your various American Express cards, even on cards…

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Uber Promo Code for $25 Off $25 UberBLACK Ride in NYC

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Uber has apparently made some updates to UberBLACK, and as part of that they are also awarding $25 off an UberBLACK ride of $25 or more in New York City if you add the code AMEXBLACK to the promotions tab in your Uber app before requesting an UberBLACK ride. In other words, add the code now just in case you need it before the code potentially runs out! The UberBLACK ride must originate in one of the five NYC boroughs by 1/31/17,…

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The Best Reason to Mattress Run for Hyatt Globalist Status!

Enjoy suite upgrades with Globalist status

Right after Hyatt Gold Passport announced their big changes for the program that kick in on March 1, 2017 with the introduction of the new “World of Hyatt” program, I outlined a way to earn top tier Hyatt Globalist status until February 2019 if you complete 25 eligible stays in January and February 2017 before the new rules take effect. Depending on how inexpensively you can get the stays you need, and how much value you will get out of…

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