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Video Sneak Peek Inside the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in the Bahamas

My daughters, my mom, and I recently visited the beautiful Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in the Bahamas and overall had an absolutely fantastic time. I already shared our Bahamas trip planning process but promised to delve into more details in subsequent posts. I still have detailed posts coming soon on the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar rooms, amenities and activities, Club Lounge, food, pools, beach, and the process of heading to Atlantis for the day, however for those of you that…

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Planning a Quick Trip to The Bahamas on Miles and Points

For the first time in my memory, our local school district added a fall break this year in early October that consisted of an early release day on Friday as well as a holiday on Monday. This seemed to be the perfect opportunity for a short getaway, but I wasn’t sure what the perfect destination would be until a Delta SkyMiles Flash Sale dropped the price for awards to Nassau in the Bahamas to 27,500 miles per round trip on…

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Points Friendly Hotels Still Closed Due to Hurricane Irma

It’s pretty common for airline websites to have a travel waiver or travel advisory of some sort up for at least an airport or two around the world at any given time. However, I have never seen anything like you will find on most US airline websites right now. There isn’t one advisory/waiver, there are tons and tons of them with different city groupings and valid dates and terms, largely because of all of the damage that tropical systems have done…

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Points Friendly Hotels Damaged or Closed by Hurricane Irma

I’m from the Gulf Coast, so I’ve never much liked hurricanes, and this hurricane season has only made that healthy fear and disdain grow. In addition to the destruction caused by Harvey, it is now Irma’s turn to ravage a path through the Leeward Islands, Caribbean, and sadly now it appears onto Florida. While having to change or cancel a vacation because of a hurricane is so incredibly insignificant compared to some of the other tragic outcomes a hurricane can…

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Southwest Sale: Houston – Mexico from 6,700 Points + Taxes

As they often do, Southwest is promoting a sale right now for fall travel that absolutely has my attention. This is not one of their huge systemwide $49+ type sales (that often comes in June), but there are some really fun prices to international destinations out of Houston I wanted to point out. I know fall isn’t peak travel season for families, but if you want to have grandparents cover for you a bit while you sneak off for a few days,…

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Good Delta SkyMiles Flash Sale to the Caribbean and Florida!

It’s sometimes entertaining to make fun of Delta SkyMiles, and they absolutely can and do make no-notice changes to their non-existent award chart, but I actually kind of like them, and today I got to put the Delta miles I have earned from the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express and similar to really good use!   Delta has somewhat regular ‘flash sales’ where they discount the regular award prices for flights to certain rotating regions. If the dates and…

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Turning Two Caribbean Trips Into One for 4,000 Avios + $27.50

One of the places we have visited that really imprinted on my oldest daughter, who at the time was only four, was The Bahamas. I’ll be honest and say it wasn’t my all time favorite destination, though the beaches were postcard perfect and there were things about it that I really enjoyed. However, she really, really enjoyed it, and with things like the Atlantis water park, beautiful beaches, and this small but apparently impactful play area at the airport, how can I…

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New Opening Date for Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in The Bahamas Set!

The much anticipated and much delayed Baha Mar project in The Bahamas looks like it is finally opening! The Grand Hyatt Baha Mar has announced on their Facebook page that they will begin accepting reservations tomorrow, April 21st, for stays beginning May 29, 2017! For those looking to use Hyatt points, the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is listed as a Category 5 property that will be 20,000 points per night. We won’t know what paid rates will look like until they…

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Details on Westin Grand Cayman Renovations and Award Pricing

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!

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…

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