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Inside Two Ocean View Rooms at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in the Bahamas

We spent a long weekend in October at the newly opened Grand Hyatt Baha Mar and had an absolutely fantastic time. The hotel and larger Baha Mar complex had many delays on its path to opening, and it may still have a couple kinks as it rolls towards a full opening, but there should be nothing holding you back at this point from enjoying everything it has to offer. You can read more about our Bahamas miles and points fueled trip…

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Hotel Sleeping Arrangements With a Family of Four

One of the most important things to me whether we are at home or on the road is sleep. I don’t know if it is because I never really recovered from having two very poorly sleeping infants where I almost lost my mind from sleep deprivation, or whether I was just born this way, but a good chunk of my decisions revolves around getting enough sleep. I’ve missed out on numerous fun nighttime outings that were passed my bedtime, left…

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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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How to Detect Bed Bugs for About $11

I don’t write very frequently about my various travel related fears largely because I don’t usually let those fears stop me from just using common sense and pressing forward, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have them. Not only do I get nervous on planes from time to time, but I occasionally worry about inadvertently bringing home bed bugs from hotels we visit along the way. I am extremely sensitive to bug bites of all shapes and sizes, so…

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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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Hotels With Discounted Hurricane Harvey Evacuation Rates

Disasters bring out the best and worst in individuals and businesses, and I’m sure the Texas coast’s tussle with Hurricane Harvey this weekend will be no exception. Many, like us, have had to cancel planned travel due to the storm, so some hotels that thought they would be playing host to a crop of late summer travelers instead probably saw some of those leisure travelers cancel their plans as the storm drew near. At the same time, many areas in Texas…

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How to Swim in the Park Hyatt New York Pool for Less

Here in East Texas we almost take for granted the relatively easy access to swimming pools we enjoy since they are almost standard issue in many nicer homes and even neighborhood associations. Even if you don’t have one, you may know someone with access to one, or you can always go to a local YMCA or city pool for a pretty low price. We don’t have our own pool, but we still manage to swim several times per week during the…

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Win a $250 Hotel Credit + Free Club1Hotels 30 Day Trials

There are an untold number of websites available for making your hotel reservations, and most of them claim to have the best rates. As I’m sure you know, there is no one best site to use for all stays. However, there are some sites that are worth a look when you are shopping around for the cheapest paid hotel rate. Often times I book directly with the hotel chain in order to maximize discounts while still earning hotel points, elite…

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How to Use Hotel Points to Stay in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

There may be just shy of a million points friendly hotel options in cities like Houston, Los Angeles, Orlando, or even Honolulu, but the same is not always true when you venture a bit more off the trail. When your travels take you into some smaller towns, or even just ones that simply have a ton of character and a bit of an issue with big nationwide chain hotels, your options and strategies change a bit. In those cases you will find your options…

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Great Value and Location at SpringHill Suites Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole is not only a destination unto itself, but it is also a gateway to many outdoor adventures including easy access to national parks such as Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. It’s gorgeous, it’s fun, it’s very well located, the people are friendly, it has great weather, and hotels can be quite expensive. When we unexpectedly got the chance for a short visit this week we jumped at it. Our flight on a private plane there might…

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