Category Archives for Hotels.

Hyatt’s Worst Idea Yet: Eliminating Free Breakfast at Some Hyatt Place Hotels

Via what may be their worst idea to date, Hyatt is testing the elimination of free, hot breakfast at some Hyatt Place properties in the United States. At these properties, there is now a $10 ‘test’ charge to enjoy the assortment of hot and cold breakfast items. Here’s how to tell if the Hyatt Place in your travel plans is impacted…

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When a Favorite Loyalty Program Makes Everything Too Hard

Those who are not ‘into’ miles, points, credit card rewards, and loyalty programs often are not in the game not because they don’t want to travel more for less, but because they have the perception or experience that either it is all too complicated and time-consuming, or it is basically one big load of pooey where you can never really redeem what you want when you want. While we all know this isn’t always true, I hate when a program…

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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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