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Update: Hyatt Globalist fast track challenge now with landing page

Update: There is now a public landing page. See link under “The Deal” below. YMMV — you still need to work for a “qualifying company”, but there isn’t a list. It’s probably worth trying if you have a corporate email address. Apparently, Frequent Miler doesn’t count. H/T: Deals We Like Hyatt is offering some members a targeted fast-track offer to get temporary Explorist status for 90 days with paths for status through February 2021: complete 10…

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(EXPIRED) Alive again: 10% / 10x back at Marriott via Ebates

Update 4/2/19: This deal is back again today, likely for one day only again. Might be worth checking your reservations for price changes and the chance to cancel/rebook. Don’t forget to stack with the new Amex Offer good for $40 back on $200+ and double elite qualifying nights if targeted. Update 3/21/19: This deal is back on, with Ebates again offering 10% / 10x back. Note the exclusions that were added the last time around. Update:…

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15% back at Hyatt w/ new Chase / BoA offer

Check your Chase Offers or Bank of America offers as some are reporting having received an offer good for 15% back at domestic Hyatt properties until 4/30/19 up to a maximum of $38 back. That’s a nice deal if you have it. The Deal Get 15% back at Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt Place, Hyatt House, Andaz, Hyatt Centric and Park Hyatt (up to $38 back) with a new Chase Offer (which may also appear on Bank of America cards or…

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(EXPIRED) Back again: 10x AA miles for Marriott bookings

Update 3/31/19: Alive again. The American Airlines AAdvantage eShopping portal is offering 10x miles on Marriott bookings. This is likely only valid today (Sunday, March 31, 2019). If you value American miles at greater than 1 cent each, that’s a pretty good deal. The Deal Earn 10x AA miles per dollar on Marriott Bonvoy bookings Direct link to AAdvantage eShopping Key Terms Not eligible on purchases made with coupon or discount codes that are not found on this site.…

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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: Titanium, but not Platinum All guests staying in the Chambers wing get free access…

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[Expired] 10% or 10x back on IHG and Choice with Ebates

Ebates is oncer again offering 10% cash back on hotel stays (which could alternatively be 10x Membership Rewards points) — this time on IHG or Choice Privileges bookings. The Deal Earn 10% cashback / 10x Membership Rewards points through Ebates on reservations for: IHG Hotels: Holiday Inn Holiday Inn Express Crowne Plaza Candlewood Suites Staybridge Suites InterContinental Even Hotels Holiday Inn Club Vacations Hotel Indigo Choice Hotels: Ascend Collection Clarion Comfort Inn Comfort Suites Quality Inn Cambria Suites Sleep Inn…

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No, you probably shouldn’t KonMari your points

I’ll admit it: I’m not at all a minimalist. I’m a saver of things to a fault (as my wife, who provides the balance in this area, would surely tell you). The truth is, I could probably use a little KonMari magic in my life (if you’re unfamiliar with the cultural phenomenon, KonMari refers to a minimalist approach to tidying up and de-cluttering your home that has gained fame through a book or two and…

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Marriott Bonvoy Suite Night Award Success

When Marriott merged their loyalty program with SPG, they added an SPG feature: Choice Benefits.  These are benefits that you can select once you’ve completed 50 nights in a year, and again at 75 nights.  In the post “Marriott Choice Benefit Valuations. Which to pick?” I argued that the choice of 5 Suite Night Awards was the potentially most valuable choice (but I also stressed that each benefit is valuable only if you make use…

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St Regis New York. A great hotel, but I won’t return.

My wife and I recently spent a three day weekend in New York at the St Regis.  This is the St Regis that started the brand, and it happened to be our first St Regis stay, anywhere.  Hopefully it won’t be our last.  But, despite the fact that they did almost everything right, we probably won’t return to this St Regis.  But let’s be clear about this break up: St Regis New York, it’s not…

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