10 Tips to Enjoy ICE at the Gaylord Resorts

The crown jewel of the Gaylord Resort’s holiday experience is their holiday-themed ICE exhibit that is kept at finger-numbing 9 degrees and features two million pounds of themed hand-carved ice sculptures, ice slides, and also houses approximately three million people at any given time. Kidding, of course, there are only two million people. Seriously though, ICE is a very popular attraction that is quite crowded and sells out during peak times. Enjoying the Gaylord ICE Experience to the fullest takes a bit of strategy, so after going earlier this season…

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Earn 6x Miles (or more) at Apple.com – Today Only!

One store where it is notoriously hard to rack up large numbers of miles even though the purchase prices are often pretty high is Apple. Apple is often at just 1 – 2 miles per dollar when other retailers can sometimes go in the 10 – 15 miles per dollar range via the various airline shopping sites. However, the mileage earning totals do spike at Apple.com on rare occasion, and today is one of those occasions, so get to ordering…

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Flights to Maui for Under $500 on United from Dallas

When airfare to Hawaii drops under $500 for a round trip from pretty much anywhere in Texas, I start dreaming of perfect weather, gorgeous sunsets, sand at my feet, amazing food, and all things Hawaii. If you do the same, then know that right now you can snag flights from Dallas to Maui on United for about $450 round trip on various dates in January through early March 2018. I like to use the Google Flights flexible date search to…

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Chase Freedom 2018 5x Bonus Categories Announced

There are two big events today for those with a Chase Freedom Card, as it is both the deadline to activate the Chase Freedom 4th quarter 5x bonus categories, and we also learn what the 1st quarter 2018 5x Chase Freedom bonuses will be! First, if you haven’t already activated the 2017 4th Quarter 5x bonuses of department stores and Walmart, you can do that now. The 5x bonus points will be retroactive to October 1st as long as you activate…

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Flash Sale: Discounted Delta Business Class Awards to Europe Available Now

I’ve become a Delta SkyMiles fan over the past year or two, not because they are perfect (they very much aren’t), but because SkyMiles can be far more valuable for award travel than I thought. Multiple times in the past year they have beat what the other programs can offer in terms of how many miles it takes to get where we want to be on a reasonable itinerary. In other words, they are now a very solid tool in my…

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United Starting New Nonstop Service to Tahiti in 2018!

United started teasing us a bit yesterday on social media that they had a big new international route announcement coming today out of San Francisco using the Dreamliner. It was hoped by some that this would be a nonstop flight to Tahiti…and it was! This seasonal new route will start up on October 30, 2018, and the roughly eight-hour flight to Papeete, Tahiti, will be flown three days per week using the 788 Dreamliner. French Polynesia has been a pretty…

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Hours Left to Lock in Hyatt Properties at Current Rates and Thoughts on Lack of Direct Notice

Historically, the Hyatt program was very good about disclosing upcoming loyalty program changes and giving members sufficient advance notice of the changes so that could plan accordingly. When I got an email from their corporate communications department yesterday morning about upcoming award chart changes, I was thankful for the notice so I could put a post together for you guys, but I assumed that direct communication would also be going out to World of Hyatt members as it typically does. Presumably,…

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The Best Credit Card to Pay for SPG and Marriott Hotel Stays

I recently covered some of the announced changes to the SPG/Marriott credit card line-up that are to come in 2018, and provided a rundown of what Marriott and SPG cards and bonuses are currently available as of today. While the good news is that we know some new Starwood and Marriott cards are to come in 2018, the flipside of that is that it is very likely that some of the currently available products will stop being available for new…

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JetBlue Discount Code Saves 15% For Two Days Only

If you want to shop for airfare instead of holiday sweaters and wrapping paper, know that you can score a 15% discount off base fare on all JetBlue operated flights if you book with the promo code RECESS at this link by 12/13/2017. Eligible travel dates include 1/10 – 2/14 & 2/26 – 3/14/18, excluding travel on Friday and Sunday. For those of us with early spring breaks, these promo dates might even cover the first part of spring break!   If…

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Use Points to Stay at These Hyatt Resorts With Lazy Rivers

Sometimes a hotel is just a place to lay your head at night between adventures and sometimes the hotel resort is the destination all by itself. When you are looking to piece together a fun-filled family vacation fueled by points it can be very handy when the resort you are staying at has an amazing water complex that can keep everyone busy and happy for hours, if not days, especially since you typically don’t have to pay to play in the…

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