Award Booking

By Deal or Destination? How do you travel?

When planning a vacation, do you decide your destination and then look for travel deals? Or, does the travel deal determine your destination?  This question has been on my mind lately as I've been...

Park Hyatt Zanzibar Royal Residence for 30K points per night

Following my post "Most exciting Hyatt premium suites bookable with points in the US," I've been researching the most exciting bookable-with-points premium suites outside the US.  While I'm wrapping up that research I thought...
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World of Hyatt Complete Guide

World of Hyatt is, by far, my favorite hotel loyalty program.  Points are easy to earn (largely through their partnership with Chase), and Hyatt's generous award chart makes it possible to get huge value...

Most exciting Hyatt premium suites bookable with points in the US

Last week we learned that it is now possible to use points to book Hyatt suites online.  This makes it easier than ever before to find the most exciting Hyatt premium suites bookable with...

Marriott Homes & Villas. A great path to elite status?

I recently posted the fact that many people are closer than ever to earning meaningful Marriott Elite status (Platinum status or higher) thanks to pandemic inspired bonus elite nights that have been deposited into...

American & JetBlue partner up (no word on award booking)

American Airlines and JetBlue today announced a partnership. This could get interesting if it leads to reciprocal award redemption, though at the moment we only know for sure about plans to code share. American announced...

(EXPIRED) Australia in business class: decent April 2021 availability

At this point, it's anyone's guess as to when Australia will reopen its borders to foreign tourists and even more uncertain whether Americans will be among those welcome to visit when they do. However,...

Hyatt allows booking suites online with points!

Hyatt has long allowed booking standard suites with points, but only by calling or messaging with Hyatt.  More recently Hyatt expanded beyond just standard suites and added the ability to book premium suites with...

(EXPIRED) Amtrak offering 25% off awards

Amtrak is offering 25% off on point redemptions booked between July 14 and 16, 2020. Amtrak awards are already fairly reasonably priced; with these savings they can certainly be a good deal for those comfortable...

On my mind: Hyatt’s awesome promo

A couple of days ago Hyatt announced an excellent new promo offering up to 25% back on awards, free parking, and triple points for Hyatt dining.  The 25% rebate, in particular, has me intrigued. ...

Hilton Honors Complete Guide

Hilton Honors is the loyalty program for Hilton hotels & resorts and their many brands worldwide. While Hilton has gotten a bit of a bad rap in the frequent traveler community over the past...

2 credit card guide: A European vacation with two welcome bonuses

While travel to Europe in the near term is highly unlikely for most Americans, many of us are likely thinking ahead to 2021 and beyond in terms of travel preparation. In future years, Europe...

SeatSpy: An awesome tool for finding BA, Virgin, Air France, and KLM award flights

SeatSpy is an awesome tool for finding award space on select airlines.  At the time of this writing, SeatSpy offers the ability to search for awards on the following airlines: Air France British Airways ...

What are IHG points worth now that they have dynamic pricing?

For years we have listed IHG points as being worth 0.57 cents each.  This was based on the average redemption value reported in 2017 by a company that no longer exists (Pointimize).  For details about...

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