Earn 500 Easy Hyatt Gold Passport Points Per Stay!

Hyatt 500 points

Via a new offer, you can earn 500 bonus Hyatt Gold Passport points on “eligible rate” Hyatt reservations that you book on the Hyatt App or Hyatt Mobile Site.  The reservations and stays must be completed between August 1 – September 30, 2015. The 500 bonus points offer is only valid for one room per stay, but via @HyattConcierge it can be used multiple times within the promotional time period, so this could result in thousands of easy points if…

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Discounted Flights to Costa Rica Available

Andaz Costa Rica

I love it when an enticing destination becomes cheaper to access via temporarily lower than normal airfare.  That is happening right now for Liberia, Costa Rica – a destination that has been on my “list” ever since the Hyatt Andaz Papagayo rang in at just 15,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points per night as a Category 4 property. However, getting there (at least from Houston) has been an expensive proposition with airfare usually over $500 per person.  Sure you can use…

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Easy $10 Towards Diapers, Pet Food, and More via Amex!

Save Big With New Amex Offers

For a very tiny amount of work you can save some real money thanks to your Amex credit cards and the “Offers for You” statement credits they offer.  If you aren’t taking advantage of Amex Offers you are literally throwing money in the garbage (or at least, that’s how I think about it).  If you have always ignored these offers thinking they are “too much work” or similar, make this the day that you invest 5 minutes in learning how…

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Family Friendly Activities in Barcelona


Earlier this year my mom, five-year-old and, I went to Spain together to have fun and explore a new destination together.  We started our trip with three nights in Madrid staying at both the Westin Palace Madrid and the Radisson Blu Madrid Prado (see linked reviews). While we were in Madrid we focused on these family friendly activities, and had a blast playing in parks, eating, visiting a palace, and more. After our time in Madrid came to a close,…

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Shedding Some Light On The Midnight Sun


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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New SPG Bonus Promo for SPG Amex Cardholders

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Via a brand new promotion, from July 30 – August 30, 2015 those who have the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express or the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Amex can earn 1,000 bonus SPG points when you register for the promo and stay two or more eligible nights in SPG hotels! This is on top of the other promos available such as the “Make it Count” Summer promo that runs through August 31st and the Sheraton Free Weekend…

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VIP NFL Training Camp Experience for 10,000 United Miles


Most of the time you are best served from a value perspective using your miles and points for travel, but there are occasionally exceptions where your miles can get you access to special experiences that might otherwise be unattainable or cost prohibitive.  In the fall we used 10,000 United miles for the two of us to participate in a Houston Texan’s Field Day experience that was a ton of fun – details here. Today I saw that for 10,000 United…

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Last Day for Hyatt Challenge, New United Promo, and More…

United Transfer Promo

Baby S says, “Smile, it’s Friday!”  Here are a few quick updates from the world of miles and points… Last Day to Register for Hyatt Elite Tier Offer (for now): Via Hyatt Gold Passport Concierge on Flyertalk, today is the last day to register for the fast track “Elite Tier Offer” for Diamond status due to some “upgrades” to their system that will be taking place.  If you register by today (July 31st) you will have 60 days to complete…

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How to Earn 20x+ United Miles on Sears Purchases


Right now the United MileagePlus shopping portal is offering up to 4,000 bonus miles based on cumulative purchases you make in their portal from July 21, 2015 through August 12, 2015, but that is only half the good news.  As I mentioned here, starting today you can earn 20x+ miles per dollar at Sears for a very limited time.  These miles will be awarded on top of the bonus miles that are awarded as outlined below: 500 bonus miles for…

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Round Trip Flights on United from $75 + $39 Frontier Flights


The last few days we have really seen some tremendous fall airfare deals appearing.  As always, the easiest way to keep an eye on these deals is by following accounts such as @theflightdeal and @airfarewatchdog on Twitter, but I’m happy to share some of the ones that jump out at me here as well. Round Trips from $75 on United: One very awesome deal today are the $75 round trip flights between Chicago or Boston and Los Angeles on United. …

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