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Details on Westin Grand Cayman Renovations and Award Pricing

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Yesterday I shared the good news that for some mysterious reason the Westin Grand Cayman was pricing as a Category 5 SPG property instead of a Category 6 property as it has been for the last year. This is pretty big news first because the resort is located on an insane spot on Seven Mile Beach, and Grand Cayman is pretty easy to get to for many of us at less than 500 miles from Miami. It is also big…

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Westin Grand Cayman Unexpectedly Costing Fewer Points!

Can't wait to use our SPG points to go to Grand Cayman!

If The Westin Grand Cayman is in your travel plans in the next 18 months, you may want to act quickly and lock in an award reservation now as it has unexpectedly dropped from a SPG Category 6 property pricing at 20,000 – 25,000 points per night to a Category 5 pricing as low as 12,000 points per night or 6,000 points per night + $110 on a cash and points rate. We had a 5 night award stay for…

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Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in Bahamas May Finally Actually Open?

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar has a potential new opening date

A few years ago lots of us were pretty excited that Hyatt was going to have a large resort hotel in the Bahamas as part of the massive Baha Mar resort complex. For a while you could even book rooms for just 15,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points per night! However, lots of problems with the larger complex occurred before the doors ever opened including bankruptcy and more. The opening date was pushed back, and then stalled progress altogether in about 2015. Since…

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New Destination: Use 4,320 Southwest Points to Fly to Grand Cayman!

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The Southwest Companion Pass is getting both more tempting and more valuable for those who like to vacation in the Caribbean as Southwest now has another popular destination for sale using dollars or Southwest Rapid Reward points! Use Southwest Points to Fly to Grand Cayman! Seats are now for sale from Fort Lauderdale to Grand Cayman for Southwest flights beginning June 4, 2017! Grand Cayman is 100% on my short list of places to hopefully visit with my family soon! As you probably…

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New Opening Date for Park Hyatt St. Kitts

Park Hyatt St. Kitts

Construction and grand opening delays are seemingly the norm for big hotel projects, and if you add a remote island location to the mix, delays seem to be all but guaranteed. It comes as little to no surprise that the much anticipated Park Hyatt St. Kitts has suffered another opening delay from spring 2017 to potentially summer 2017. The first date they are taking reservations is now very late June 2017. You can make reservations using Hyatt Gold Passport points or…

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Delta Flash Sale: Fly to The Caribbean for Just 11,000 SkyMiles

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Today and tomorrow (August 16 and 17th), the Delta SkyMiles program has issued a “flash sale” where you book award flights to the Caribbean and Mexico for 35% fewer miles than the “regular award prices” for travel from September 6 – November 16, 2016. This means that you can book awards to beautiful places like Saint Maarten, St. Lucia, Grand Cayman, Aruba, and more for just 11,000 miles each way (+ taxes/fees)! Similar awards with other programs often cost 15,000 – 17,500 miles each way.…

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Utilizing a New Sweet Spot on the AAdvantage Award Chart

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When the American Airlines AAdvantage made award chart changes earlier this year, most of the changes increased prices for awards. However, there were some changes that dropped the prices of select awards as I outlined here. One award price drop that I think is very useful for vacationing families is the price from the lower 48 to the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America.   Before the March 2016 changes, awards to the Caribbean, and islands I am eyeing like St. Kitts,…

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Save Huge on Airfare Even When You Don’t Have Enough Miles

Transfer to Hyatt and stay at all-inclusive resort on the beach

One of the tougher things about a blog like this is that it is an ongoing dialogue that is read by those entirely new to miles and points, those who probably know way more than I do on many miles and points related topics, and many who are in-between those two categories. While there is a Beginner’s Guide, there is no practical way to read the last five years worth of posts to “catch up” to where the dialogue is at…

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Two Story Pyramid Suite at the Hyatt Ziva Cancun

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After we arrived and completed the check-in process at the all-inclusive Hyatt Ziva Cancun Resort, we happily headed towards our two-story 1,300 square foot Pyramid Suite. Suites are always nice, but once you have a couple of kids along for the ride, they take on a whole new level of “nice”. This is especially true when the kids are young and need naps or don’t sleep well at night. That “extra” space becomes very important and very well utilized in…

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Radisson Aruba to Become Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort

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For months there has been buzz about the potential sale of the Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino, and Spa.  This was not good news to fans of the Club Carlson program like myself since the hotel was only 50,000 Club Carlson points per night and Club Carlson co-branded credit card holders could get the last award night free (until all that changed on June 1st).  Beginning June 1st, the hotel was no longer such a great deal on points once it…

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