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West Palm Beach quietly becomes cool

For my sister-in-law’s birthday, I booked four of us with the West Palm Beach Food Tour.  Despite positive reviews, I wasn’t expecting much.  My perception of the area, from past visits, was not great.  On the west side you had CityPlace (now Rosemary Square) which is basically an over-the-top outdoor shopping mall.  Boring. The rest of the town, my memory told me, was run down and not at all a place I’d choose to go. …

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$320 RT to China from Dallas on Air Canada

Anyone who has been reading the news the past few days is likely aware of the coronavirus outbreak in China. With Chinese New Year approaching this week, that will surely impact short-term travel plans for many (and minutes after publishing this deal, I saw that Thrifty Traveler had a post on the virus outbreak noting that the city of Wuhan is being quarantined, with flights and transportation to or from the city shut down). However,…

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Marriott expands BRG to Design Hotels

This morning, Stephen posted about his recent successes with Marriott’s best rate guarantee program. There’s some good news on that front: Design Hotels, one of the myriad of Marriott brands, is once again eligible for Best Rate Guarantee claims.You can’t make claims against the rates at designhotels.com or on the hotel-specific sites (though the good news is that you can book via those channels and still earn Marriott rewards points). In late 2018, Marriott had…

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2 More Best Rate Guarantee Successes (Sort Of) – This Time With Marriott

Mardi Gras

Other than a little fumbling around one time with IHG, I was a Best Rate Guarantee virgin until recently. That changed when I made two successful claims with Hyatt and I gained a little more experience the other week with Marriott. Both of my Marriott Best Rate Guarantee claims were successful, but one of them didn’t work out quite as well as I’d been expecting. Here’s what the process was like and the results from…

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Round Trip Premium Economy Flights To Asia From $748 (East & West Coast For Sub $1,000)

Delta Premium Select

There are some decent deals on round trip flights in Premium Economy to Asia at the moment, many of which cost less than $1,000. These are available from cities on both the west and east coast, with some of the best deals being on flights to China. The Deal Fly round trip in Premium Economy to various cities in Asia for as low as $748. Key Terms Various cities on various dates available. Quick Thoughts…

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Nonstop New York to South Africa from ~$750 / 50K Chase Ultimate Rewards RT

South African airways is offering its new nonstop A350 service from New York (JFK) to Johannesburg, South Africa from $755 round trip via most major travel agencies (Priceline, Expedia, directly from South African Airways, etc). You can alternatively save a few bucks with cheaper online travel agencies listed at Skyscanner or fly round trip on 50,316 Ultimate Rewards points if you have the Chase Sapphire Reserve. While this is a long ~15 hour flight, the nonstop service will certainly…

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Transcon business class from 15K each way w/ American Airlines

American Airlines is offering some business class web specials with transcon flights available from just 15K miles each way according to The Points Guy. The best prices I’ve found are actually starting from 16K, but I’m posting rather than continuing to search for those 15K flights to give readers the best chance to snag these deals while you can. The Deal American Airlines is offering business/first class web specials on some transcontinental US flights, with prices from around…

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Get 25% Bonus When Transferring Citi ThankYou Points To Qantas

Citi ThankYou Qantas

Citi is offering a 25% bonus when transferring ThankYou points to Qantas. The transfer bonus is available for more than four weeks, so there’s plenty of time to decide whether to take advantage of this bonus. The Deal Receive a 25% bonus when transferring Citi ThankYou points to Qantas. Key Terms Expires February 22, 2020 at 11:59pm ET. Quick Thoughts Citi ThankYou points normally transfer on a 1:1 basis, so with this bonus you’ll receive…

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Hyatt House & Hyatt Place Chase Offers: Save 15% On Up To $300 (Targeted)

Hyatt House Chase Offer 02.15.20

It’s worth taking a look at all the Chase Offers available on your cards as there are a couple of decent offers at the moment offering discounts of 15% at Hyatt House and Hyatt Place properties. The Deal Earn 15% back when spending $100-$300 at Hyatt House or Hyatt Place hotels with targeted Chase Offers. Key Terms Expires February 15, 2020. $45 cash back maximum. Offer valid one time only. Complete payment for your stay…

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