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The Astros Bring Smiles to Houston…and Even to a Yankee

I have a hard time keeping up with 162 regular season baseball games, but once the postseason hits, it is literally a whole new ballgame. Going to a regular season baseball game is fun, but it is often a laid back type of fun. Going to a big postseason baseball game is a participatory sport where the fans in the stands are an influential element of the game. Home field advantage can be a very real thing and my oldest daughter, parents,…

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Best Hotel for the World Series is Now Available on Points!

The Houston Astros head back to their home turf to play Games 3, 4, and (Lord willing) 5 of the 2017 World Series this weekend, and the best hotel to stay at when heading to an Astros game is absolutely the Westin Houston Downtown.   However, while the hotel would be perfect for those heading to the World Series in Houston, rooms for the nights of those games are selling for $899+ per night and points rooms were blacked out…

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Best Hotel for an Astros Game is Westin Houston Downtown

My oldest daughter, my parents, and I spent Friday night rooting as hard as we could for the home team at Minute Maid Stadium in downtown Houston. The Houston Astros had left for New York days earlier up 2-0 in a best of 7 series against the Yankees, and they came home down in the series 3-2 and facing elimination after getting beat three nights straight in the Bronx. It was not pleasant watching them get spanked by the Yankees…

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Good, Bad, and Strange News for World Series Tickets Using Points

Starwood has updated their SPG Moments offerings this morning with some World Series ticket packages, and I have related good news, bad news, and sort of strange news.   Good News First, the good news is that there are many MLB World Series packages now available ranging from a pair of tickets to one of the World Series games to even throwing out the ceremonial first pitch in games 4 or 7. Remember when Dan’s Deals won that auction last year…

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Good People and Social Media Are Stronger Than Hurricanes

Time here has essentially stood still since Harvey made his unwelcome arrival on Friday, August 25, 2017. Nobody knows what day of the week it is, what time it is, and most of the anchors to normal schedules and routines such as work, school, and our kids’ activities have temporarily stopped. It is unbelievable how quickly the things that essentially ran your world are no longer a part of it. You quickly are reminded how much of a gift the things you…

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Houston Airports Re-Open, But Flights Still Largely Grounded

The Houston airports are now officially re-opened, but sadly that doesn’t mean that most flights are making it in or out. Being officially re-opened is a huge step in the right direction, but it is just one of many steps that have to be taken before things even resemble normal around here. Let’s talk about Hobby first. Hobby is officially open as of 4PM on Wednesday, but its main airline, Southwest, says they won’t be operating flights in or out…

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Helping and Hurting One Drop at a Time

I have lived in Texas near the Gulf Coast for most of my adult life, and I have seen hurricanes, floods, and tornados. I remember a very bad flood in 1994 that took out entire neighborhoods in my town with feet and feet and feet of water. I remember being off of school for a week and having to get a tetanus shot from volunteering in the flood water when that happened, because that is the sort of thing you remember as…

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New and Expanded Airline Travel Waivers for Hurricane Harvey

They told us Hurricane Harvey was going to be devastating for the Houston area. No one wanted to believe the worst case scenarios with rain measured in feet and thousands and thousands of flooded homes and businesses, but it happened. It is still happening. I live north of Houston and still can’t believe everything that is happening. Houses are flooding to the second level in my city as they release water from the dam today.   So, I’m scattered, but…

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Houston Miles and Points Meet-Up This Weekend

Once upon a time I somewhat regularly coordinated some meet-ups in the Houston area with fellow miles, points, and travel fans. And then I had a second kid…and it sadly hasn’t happened since, or at least I should say I haven’t been involved with one since. I really miss getting together with others in the area who share the love of traveling more for less, so I was thrilled that Richard of Award Travel 101 fame is putting together a meet-up…

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Fly Houston – New York for Just $60 on United!

An airline route I keep a close eye on is Houston – New York City, and right now United is offering tickets about as cheap as they ever get starting at $60 one-way for flights beginning later this summer and stretching all the way into mid-February! To avoid Basic Economy you have to spend $80 (or a little less if you are eligible for this discount), but even that is still a very good price for that market.   I’m not…

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