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St. Pancras Renaissance Junior Suite. Wow!

I recently stayed with my wife and son at the St. Pancras Renaissance London in a gorgeous Junior Suite.  Suites are located in the elegant Chambers wing of the hotel, which is a huge step up from the modern Barlow wing.  And, all Chambers wing rooms have access to the awesome Chambers Club lounge (which I reviewed previously, here). Chambers Suites usually cost at least 500 GBP per night (over $600, depending upon the current…

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The awesome St. Pancras Renaissance Chambers Club

St Pancras is a gorgeous London building that hosts a hotel (St. Pancras Renaissance, which is a Marriott property), residences, and a major train station (this is the home of the Eurostar, for example).  The hotel consists of two separate wings: the modern Barlow wing and the opulent Chambers wing.  The Chambers Club is a lounge within the Chambers wing. Access: Platinum, but not Gold All guests staying in the Chambers wing get free access…

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Borrowing Hyatt top tier status: Experimenting with two approaches

My wife, son, and I recently returned from a four night stay at the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht hotel.  It was great.  It’s a great hotel in a fantastic location.  We had to book two rooms for our stay.  Regular rooms only accommodate two people and there were no regular suites available that could be booked with points or with upgrade instruments.  And the suites that were available were far more expensive than two regular rooms. …

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Is the end near for manufacturing Delta Diamond status?

Delta One Suite

For a number of years now, I’ve been using Delta credit cards to manufacture elite status for my wife and me.  I used to to get my wife to top tier Diamond status while I was satisfied with near-top-tier Platinum status. In recent years, though, Delta has added valuable benefits to their Diamond tier and so I stepped up my ms game to get both of us to Diamond.  For background, please see: Pushing the…

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Match to Mosaic

Last week, JetBlue announced a great promotion: if you have elite status on another airline, JetBlue will grant you a match to Mosaic status for the remainder of 2017. If you then earn 3,750 base TrueBlue points within 90 days of your match, you will receive Mosaic status throughout 2018. The Deal Match status from Delta, United, American, Southwest, Virgin, or Alaska to JetBlue’s Mosaic status for the remainder of 2017 Automatically register for a status challenge…

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Best use of Hyatt free night certs?

If you recently made a move to sign up for the Hyatt credit card before the “2 free night” version of the sign up bonus ended and you find yourself in possession of two free night certificates, there is a new option at which to redeem those certs for a ton of value: Miraval Resort. Great use of free night certificates As you may have read, Miraval Resort recently joined World of Hyatt. Travel Codex reports…

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[Expired] Fast-track to A-list [Targeted?]

I received an interesting email today from Southwest Airlines with what I assume is a targeted offer for double points and fast-tracked A-List status. If you’re looking for A-List status, keep an eye on your email — this offer is pretty good! The Deal 2X points on flights you book and complete between June 19th, 2017 and September 30, 2017 You can also earn A-List status through 2017 or 2018 based on first registering and then booking and completing the…

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Bye bye Fairmont card. I hardly knew ya…

Chase has begun sending letters to Fairmont credit card holders stating that the Fairmont card will be replaced with a Chase Sapphire Preferred card on August 15th.  My wife and I got the card in January of this year when some of the application links for the card stopped working.  I know that many readers did the same when I posted “The other Chase card you should consider today.”  The remaining working application links died…

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Fine Hotels & Resorts + Points

As part of our son’s high school graduation trip, my family of three spent the first two nights of Memorial Day weekend in San Diego at the US Grant, a Starwood’s Luxury Collection Hotel.  We booked two rooms: we booked the first night through American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts, and the second night with SPG points (12,000 points per night, per room). Fine Hotels & Resorts (FH&R) is a booking site exclusively for American…

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