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Save Money on Hotel Stays With Two New Amex Promos (Targeted)

I know that most of us prefer to use hotel points to cover hotel stays whenever possible, but sometimes paying out of pocket is the best way to get what you need when you need it. When that happens, you want to be sure to leverage any available bonuses or discounts to minimize expenses while earning as many points as possible. Right now there are two new hotel promos available to some American Express cardholders that could save you money…

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Summary of the 2018 Marriott Rewards Category Changes

Earlier today I shared a rundown of the Starwood Preferred Guest 2018 award chart changes that families need to know, and (unfortunately) now it is time to do the same with the Marriott Rewards side of things. Just like with Starwood, on March 6, 2018, the Marriott Rewards annual category changes will take effect. They are not changing the number of points required per category, but they are moving a bunch of properties around within those categories. This year, 74%…

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Preview 30+ IHG Properties on the Revamped PointBreaks List

Yesterday we learned some big news about IHG PointBreaks that might be a positive change, depending on the execution. The big announcement was that IHG PointBreaks would no longer be a flat 5,000 points per night, and would instead be 5,000, 10,000, or 15,000 points per night. Along with the new pricing structure, IHG promised there would be double the number of properties available and that they would include some of the “best IHG properties around the world”, including upscale…

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Experience Home Alone 2 at The Plaza Hotel in NYC

If you watched Home Alone 2 as a child and dreamed of one day living like Kevin did at The Plaza Hotel in New York City you can now make your dreams come to life with real packages that include the in-room ice cream sundae cart! Or, if that $895+ rate is a bit out of your budget, you can experience a little bit of The Plaza for as little as $10 and still make a bit of the movie come to life…

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Earn at Least 30,000 Bonus IHG Points With New Accelerate Promo

I’m a big fan of the IHG Accelerate promotions even though I rarely actually use them myself. These individualized promotions can be pretty lucrative if you have some travel you can book with IHG and also get a little lucky with a good personalized offer. The next IHG Accelerate promotion will run from January 1 – April 30, 2018, and I love that they have already announced the promo and valid dates so folks can make their early 2018 travel…

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Earning SPG Platinum Status on the Cheap and Easy

It’s been a good long while since I went out of my way to earn elite status. I mean, elite status comes into play when making some of my travel decisions, but rarely is it the only consideration in making a booking. However, for every rule there are exceptions, and when Starwood targeted me for a double stay credit promo, the fact that I only had 4 of the needed 25 annual stays to earn SPG Platinum status with less…

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