One of my favorite hotel chains in which to earn and use points is Hyatt.  They have very solid properties that we enjoy, there are various ways to earn Hyatt Gold Passport points pretty easily (such as via Chase Ultimate Rewards), and their award chart is both pretty stable and reasonable.  The biggest complaint I usually hear and experience with Hyatt is that there simply aren’t enough Hyatt Hotels.  The properties they do have we usually really enjoy, but their footprint is certainly smaller than some other hotel programs. Well,… Read the Rest.

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As you may know, many traditional US carriers open their booking schedules roughly 11 months in advance for bookings of both revenue and award flights.  Quick math will show that roughly 11 months from now is the 2015 holiday season, and a time when many families take to the skies to get together and celebrate the season.  If you want to save some money on traveling to those holiday gatherings, now is the time to start looking for award flights using your miles and points.  United has their schedule open… Read the Rest.

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Last week Choice Privileges introduced Points + Cash awards for for their properties that go for more than 10,000 points per night.  While I really like points + cash awards with various programs as it allows you to essentially “buy back” some of your points as sometimes favorable prices, I don’t frequently use Choice Privileges, so I wasn’t overly excited with this news specifically.  However, after digging into it a bit more today, I can seem some good uses, especially for those who are running low on points. The good… Read the Rest.

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I know this is not at all travel related, but since many of us who like travel deals also like other deals (and I’m hungry), I thought I’d share anyway…. If you go to Chipotle today in the US or Canada and order their new Sofrita, you can save your receipt and bring it back from January 27 – February 28 to get a free burrito, bowl, salad, or tacos.  This basically makes today a BOGO day at Chipotle, in a round about way – just hold onto your receipt…. Read the Rest.

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Over the weekend I chatted with a fellow traveler on Twitter who was trying to use British Airways Avios to book a US Airways operated flight from DCA – Syracuse.  The nonstop US Airways award availability was there at the saver level, as was shown by cross-checking on American Airlines’ website, so it should have been bookable via British Airways Avios.  This route is actually a great use of Avios as it would cost 12,500 American Airlines miles, but since it is under 650 miles in distance, it costs just… Read the Rest.

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Great news, Chase Ultimate Rewards point transfers to Korean Air are back up again as of today!  This means that those of us here in the US who have cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card or Ink Plus Business Card, or even the Chase Freedom® (if you or your partner have one of the other previously mentioned cards), can again take advantage of some very nice Korean Air award charts and rules using your Ultimate Reward points. Korean Air Charts Very Good for Domestic US Travel: As I wrote… Read the Rest.

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It is reported by multiple sources (here and here, for example) that that Korean Air will again by a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner beginning tomorrow (January 25th). They went offline with Chase as a transfer partner back in November and while we were told it was going to be a temporary glitch, it remained impossible to transfer points for longer than some hoped. The good news is, the functionality should be back tomorrow, and Korean Air is a program you really want to know about if Hawaii is on… Read the Rest.

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The other day I got a question from a reader that I thought might be of interest to some of you, too.  This reader likes to fly United, and wanted to know what credit card programs they should focus on next since they already had the United card, as well as various cards that earn Chase Ultimate Rewards (that transfer into United 1:1). I can totally relate to flying United awards more frequently than the others, not just because of my United hub location in Houston, but because their award… Read the Rest.

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Recently I read a story on Flyertalk that I have heard many times before.  The premise is that a family checks a car seat with an airline so that they have it to use for their little one when they land, only to find that it is broken or damaged when they pick it up from baggage claim.  The next part that can be a surprise is that the airlines usually have some clause written somewhere that they aren’t responsible for damage to car seats (and strollers for that matter). … Read the Rest.

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During our around the world celebration for my husband’s 40th birthday we met up with a few friends in Amsterdam for a 36 hour celebration.  We met up with a couple we flew in for the event using LifeMiles (oh boy was that process fun) and another friend who was already in Europe for the week.  All things considered, I think we made pretty good use of our limited time in Amsterdam.  While we didn’t actually go in any museums or historical sites on this trip, we did get a… Read the Rest.

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Here are a few miles and points updates to keep you in the loop without taking much of your time! Double miles for new Rocketmiles customers today only to celebrate their doubling the number of airline partners they have to offer (my link).  This means could be racking in thousands of airline miles per night for your hotel booking!  I would only recommend this for longer stays, or stays where you will be earning at least 5,000 bonus miles, as there are often better new customer bonuses for shorter stays. … Read the Rest.

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