Category Archives: Hotels + Points

What Did I Find Reading Through the AMEX Hilton Ascend Credit Card Welcome Letter & Cardmember Agreement?

My friend Stefan at Rapid Travel Chai likes to tell people that I read through all the small print on credit cards so the rest of us don’t have to.  99% of the info is super boring, but every now and then, I found something worth sharing.  I’ve been quietly following along with the Hilton news, but had nothing to add to the conversation at the time.  If you want to learn more about the Hilton transition from Citi to American Express, check out this website that American Express created.  A few days ago, I received an envelope from American Express with details of the transition.  I had read all about the transition on other travel blogs, mainly Frequent Miler and Doctor of Credit, but I read the small print to see if there were any diamonds in the rough.  I will share what I found below.

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Wednesday Wakeup: How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep in Hotels

Do you sleep well in hotels? Maybe that’s even too broad a question to be asking, or maybe you have a simple yes or no answer. Friends, knowing I spend a lot of nights each year in hotels, often ask if I sleep well in hotels and if I have any tips for them. It turns out, when I started talking with other travelers about this, many people don’t sleep well in hotels! That being the case, I thought I’d offer up some ideas and tips. As we all know, sleeping well, and especially when we travel, really is essential to functioning well and enjoying our travels. Hotels are unfamiliar territory and often offer us obstacles to sleeping well, so we have to be strategic and creative in order to get a good night’s sleep.

Tip #1

Many of us are hotel loyalists. And with each hotel chain, comes a certain bed type and mattress brand. Chances are you’re nodding your head and thinking about how you sleep better at a Westin on their bed versus at a Hyatt on their bed. It does take our bodies time to get accustomed to mattresses, so take this into account when looking at and booking your hotel options. You can also ask the hotel what their mattresses are made of. If you’ve ever slept on foam, for instance, you’ll know that these mattresses don’t breathe well. No matter how high you turn up your air conditioning, it’s likely you’ll still sweat and heat up. Cotton mattresses do tend to keep you cooler and this often leads to a better night’s sleep.

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Timeshare Deal at Westin Mission Hills Resort Villas in Palm Springs: 5 Days / 4 Nights + 5,000 SPG Points for $349

Good morning everyone.  Yesterday, I received an email from the Westin Vacation Club (WVC) for a timeshare presentation at the beautiful Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Palm Springs, CA.  The timeshare deal is for 5 days / 4 nights + your choice of 5,000 SPG Points or a $75 resort credit for only $349.  This offer is not supposed to be transferrable, but if you are interested, try calling the number below or filling out the form on this page.

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Do you use the Hopper App? New Feature Just Added!

Do you know about Hopper? It is an app available for both iPhones and Android phones, and it does a great job of finding low-priced fares and also of predicting if airfares will increase or decrease between when you researched fares and when you plan to travel. It’s not a website, though. It’s only an app.

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IHG PointBreaks Hotels + 100% Bonus on Purchased Points = Very Cheap Award Nights

It’s great news when the new IHG PointBreaks Hotel list comes out at the same time IHG is having a 100% bonus on points purchased! This deal on IHG points expires on November 3, though. With IHG PointBreaks, award nights at certain IHG hotels are only 5,000 IHG points. This is the best way to stretch those IHG points into many more hotel stays. You’re able to book these hotels from Monday, October 30, 2017, for stays through January 31, 2018. If you have any travel plans over the holiday season definitely check this list and see if any of these PointBreaks hotels fit your plans. And remember, the best hotels sell out very quickly!

Do any of these PointBreak deals work for you? What’s the best PointBreak award stay you’ve ever booked?