Category Archives for Hotels.

Comparing Suites at Hyatt Regency Maui and Andaz Maui


Our most recent trip to Maui was an absolute blast, and I think it is fair to say we may even have a touch of Hawaiian fever as all we want to do is return! I’ve covered many aspects of our trip already as outlined below, but since we were lucky enough to stay in a suite at both the Hyatt Regency Maui and the Andaz Maui, I wanted to share a bit about both of those base level suites. Eating in…

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Which is Better? Hyatt Regency Maui or Andaz Maui


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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Save By Staying at These 8 Hotels Without Resort Fees

Four Seasons Maui

One thing that pretty much all travelers can agree on is their unified disdain for resort fees. Only occasionally does the resort fee actually include something useful that you wouldn’t have expected to simply be a part of you nightly hotel rate. Most of the time it is just a clear money-grab to charge you for things that either should be included by virtue of paying to stay at the hotel, or that you aren’t going to make use of…

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Six Types of Hotel Points That Count Towards the Southwest Companion Pass


The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the best deals out there for family travelers as it permits a designated traveler to fly with the pass holder on all Southwest flights whether the pass holder booked with points or cash. The companion just has to pay the taxes/fees for their seat. The Companion Pass is good the rest of the calendar year in which it was earned, and then all of the following calendar year. This means that the earlier in the year you…

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Get Last Minute Points Deals on Houston Super Bowl Hotels


As you may well know, the Super Bowl is just two days away here in Houston. We didn’t end up having to make any “tough” decisions about splurging on tickets or not since my husband’s team didn’t make it past the second round of the playoffs, but since I’m always fascinated by what miles and points can do when rates are really high I took a peek at hotel rooms in Houston for this upcoming weekend. Given that I’ve heard…

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Hilton Eliminating Hotel Categories Can’t Possibly Be Good

Hilton Honors

Yesterday afternoon Hilton announced some coming updates to their program ranging from dropping the extra “H” in HHonors to allowing free pooling of points between up to ten people. I wasn’t one of those folks who talked to Hilton directly about the coming changes, but it seemed to me that intentionally or otherwise the true lede of the story was buried a bit here between things like using points for Amazon purchases and the streamlined new Hilton Honors name. The real…

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Earn 2,000 Bonus Hilton Points on Every Hotel Night!


As you plan out some of your upcoming travel, I wanted to make sure you know that Hilton HHonors will launch a pretty solid promotion beginning on February 1, 2017. Their 2k Every Day promotion is simple and straight-forward, but that is why I like it. With the Hilton 2K Every Day Promotion, you will earn 2,000 Hilton HHonors points on every day of every eligible stay from February 1 – April 30, 2017. There is no minimum stay length,…

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Las Vegas, the City Where Things Used to be Free


Ahhhh, Las Vegas. Bright Light City. The city where anything is feels possible. The city where parking, even valet parking, is was free. The city where the free drinks flow used to flow. The city where virtually free food and rooms are available for those who gamble even a little. The city where resort fees of up to $39 per night can cost now more than a nightly room charge. A couple of years ago when I wrote a break-up note…

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Five Free Kids Clubs at Points Friendly Hotels!


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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The Mystery Hotel Was…


Yesterday I was curious to see if others could identify a hotel chain better than I was able to on a recent stay, and I’m a little relieved that it wasn’t just me that had a hard time with this one. I generally know what to expect from a Hyatt Place, a Westin, a Hyatt Regency, etc. but I was a bit off the mark with what to expect from this specific hotel chain. From the infinity edge pool, to…

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