Free Nights Each Year from Three Hotel Credit Cards

Indoor pool at Radisson Blu Madrid

Hotel credit cards are the often quiet, but very powerful workhorses of the miles and points world.  Maybe it’s just me, but I see and hear much more about airline credit cards than hotel cards, even though I don’t think hotel points are any less valuable for most of us than airline miles. One of my favorite things about hotel credit cards (in addition of course to the big sign-up bonuses) are the annual perks that so many of them…

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Flying in Coach After Three Years Up Front


I have to acknowledge up-front that I feel totally silly and petty writing about the merits and drawbacks of my recent economy flights to Spain given the devastating events of Germanwings Flight 9525 that left Barcelona the same morning we did.  I’m writing about our flights as I normally would, because this is what I do, and fixating on the Germanwings Flight doesn’t seem appropriate either given that I have virtually nothing to add to that discussion other than my…

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New Club Carlson Bonus Points Promotion

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The lucrative Club Carlson promo that awards 30,000 point for stays of three nights or longer ends on March 29th, but they have announced a new promo that will begin for stays effective April 17th. If you book an eligible stay at a Radisson or Country Inn & Suites property by April 7th you can earn 5,000 bonus Gold Points per night from April 17th through June 27th.  This offer is limited to participating hotels in the U.S., Canada and…

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Hours Left to Book Awards via US Airways Award Chart

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This is officially the last call for the US Airways Dividend Miles award chart.  As of 11:59 CDT tonight (March 25th) Dividend Miles redemptions will be disabled.  The US Airways award chart will be no more. On March 28th, they will begin moving Dividend Miles members into the AAdvantage program. This transition will take several days, and they need to halt redemptions prior to starting the process of moving over miles and account information. You need to ticket any awards you…

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Fear and Uncertainty When Your Family is Flying at the Time of a Crash


I don’t usually post about airline disasters, not to downplay or ignore them, but simply because I don’t have anything useful to add.  While I don’t have anything useful to add about yesterday’s Germanwings incident itself, we did have the experience of being close to the event having been on a flight out of the same airport within minutes of that flight.  Our loved ones, most of them not knowing our exact itinerary, had to go through the roller coaster…

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Departing Barcelona Minutes Apart from a Flight with a Different Fate

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Yesterday my daughter, mom, and I woke up pre-dawn in an overcast and dreary Barcelona to head to the airport in order to start our long journey home after spending six great days in Spain. We checked out of the hotel, took a cab to the Barcelona airport, waited in the normal security and immigration lines with other travelers, grumbled about the lack of decent food in the part of the airport our flight was departing from, and uneventfully boarded…

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How to Get Free Hotel Breakfast, Upgrades, and More with Visa Signature

Family friendly fun at the Grand Hyatt Kauai, which is in the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection

If you read this site you probably already know that top tier hotel elite status can get you things like upgrades, free breakfast, late-check out, and more.  However, unless you travel quite a bit per year, or are able to put large amounts of spending on some co-branded hotel credit cards, the upper tier hotel elite status levels that get you those really good perks are probably out of reach for most of us. However, you can still get free…

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Using the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite PIN Feature in Europe!

Barclaycard Arrival

One of the big issues that travelers from the United States have historically had to face when they travel to Europe is that our credit cards were swipe and sign, but chip and PIN credit cards were predominately used in Europe.  Then in recent years many of the US credit cards that we know and love added a chip feature that made them easier to use in Europe, but that still left some situations where pins were required and most…

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Daily Getaways Week 1 Overview: Club Carlson, Hilton, IHG Points, and More!

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Today marks the start of five weeks of Daily Getaway deals with a new deal going on sale each weekday at 1PM Eastern through April 22nd.  The deals are all travel related, and will vary daily from blocks of points, to car rental certificates, to hotel packages, to theme park tickets, and more.  The quantity on some offerings is very limited (6 – 50 packages), while other offers have thousands of packages available.  I highly recommend you pay particular attention…

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Catching a Chance to Visit the Wave


My dad, Buddy, AKA “Grandpa Points” has a love for travel as fierce as mine, yet our travel patterns are distinctly different. He and my mom are now in their mid-60’s, are (mostly) retired, and are ticking off “bucket list” destinations quicker than they ever thought possible thanks to miles, points, and travel deals.  They have an intense love of this country, of its National Parks and treasures, and have no problem with a clean budget hotel room and an…

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