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Which is Better? Hyatt Regency Maui or Andaz Maui

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If you want to use your Hyatt points to stay on Maui you have two choices, the Hyatt Regency Maui in Ka’anapali or the Andaz Maui in Wailea. These hotels are located in different parts of the island not only geographically, but they also have very different feels and offer very different getaways. Truthfully, aside from the obvious similarities of both being ocean front Hyatt properties in Maui, the two resorts have very little in common and offer very distinct experiences.…

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Hyatt Centric Park City Review and Tips

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I was lucky enough to grow up in a middle class East Texas based ski-loving family. That reality meant that as a kid we would drive all through the night once or twice a ski season to get to the mountains in Colorado or New Mexico. Obviously it was worth it, but as the one who is now the parent, I am just not super interested in driving all through the night to get to snow, though I do still want…

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Using 5,000 Points Per Night at the Intercontinental Real Santo Domingo

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One of the best deals in the miles and points world is unquestionably the quarterly IHG Point Breaks list where you can book IHG hotels around the world for just 5,000 points per night, which can cost you less than $30 per night if you purchase your IHG points during some periodic sales. You never know which properties will be on the list, and while many of the properties available via PointBreaks are usually Candlewood Suites or Holiday Inn Express type…

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Peek at the Best 15,000 Hyatt Points I’ve Spent

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My daughter and recently I snuck off without the one year old and dad to Park City for the weekend, and while it was super tough to leave home for the first time without the littlest, being here has been incredible. So incredible there hasn’t been much time for blogging…which I think is the sign of a good trip. Well, there’s that and even my fingers are beyond exhausted from serious skiing! While I will keep it short today, I wanted…

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Hyatt Lost Pines Pool Upgrade Sneak Peek

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One of my very favorite resorts, Hyatt Lost Pines, has a great pool complex complete with a lazy river, water slide, beach area, and more that we try to visit at least once a summer. Over the past several years we have had the joy of staying there more times than I can easily count, and I have even written posts like “The Secrets of Staying at Lost Pines” since I am such a big fan and repeat customer…usually on points.…

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Five Free Kids Clubs at Points Friendly Hotels!

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Family travel can create lasting shared memories and provide the platform not only for fun, but for bonds to grow even stronger, but I warn against confusing the term ‘family trip’ with ‘vacation’. Very often after a family trip you may feel like you actually really need a vacation as sleeping in and sitting back by the pool with a mai tai in hand may not happen when you are traveling with little kids. With two young girls along for the ride,…

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Inside the Historic Driskill Hotel’s Junior Suite

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We didn’t visit with any ghosts in the haunted Driskill Hotel in Austin in our most recent visit, but we did get to experience both a junior suite and a small standard room. Here’s a look at what those rooms are like as well as a peek at what elite status and booking via luxury hotel programs can get you at this historic property…

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A SPG Holiday Staycation to Remember at The Westin The Woodlands

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It’s no big secret that I love Christmas and all related winter holiday happenings just as much as Clark W. Griswold. I also love taking family trips around this time of the year to places that are a bit cold, snowy, or festive to enhance our holiday spirit since Texas can be, well, rather warm and un-Chritsmas-like, even in mid to late December. Over the past few years we have used Starwood Preferred Guest points as part of my partnership with…

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The Secrets of Staying at Hyatt Lost Pines

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The hotel I have probably stayed at the (and written about) most over the last five years is unquestionably Hyatt Lost Pines about 30 miles outside of Austin. For families looking to use points to get away, get outside, and disconnect it really can’t be beat. For those within driving distance around Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin it is even sweeter since you can feel thousands of miles away from the stressors of home by only traveling a few…

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