Category Archives: Hotels + Points

Interjet Launches Cheap Flights from San Francisco (SFO) to Cancun (CUN) & Guadalajara (GDL)

Hat Tip to my girlfriend, Laura, for sending me the link :)

Good evening again, I have another quick post to share.  According to, Interjet, which is a low-cost airline from Mexico, is launching cheap, non-stop flights from San Francisco (SFO) to Cancun (CUN) & Guadalajara (GDL).  According to the article, “To celebrate the launch, Interjet is offering introductory round-trip fares to Guadalajara for $249 and to Cancun for $299”.  “Flights for both destinations will operate on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays beginning March 14.”  With that, I wanted to check out the schedule and compare it to other airlines flying to Cancun.  I pulled up Google Flights to check out March 14, but I didn’t see any Interjet flights. Hmm…

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World of Hyatt Gift to Elites: 1 Suite Upgrade Award or 10,000 Hyatt Points?

Hyatt has been up to lots of good these past few months. First they settled the issues I was having with my World of Hyatt concierge, and I’m thrilled to report my new concierge is great! Then World of Hyatt announced that free nights on award stays would count towards elite status. OK, good news, indeed. And just like that, they retroactively combined my free nights from last year with my other eligible nights and gave me a gift. The announcement came one day, and then my email allowing me to actually choose came the following day. Though Hyatt gives you 90 days to make your choice, it took me about nine seconds, if that long. As a Globalist, I have plenty of suite upgrades available to me so thank you very much, I chose the 10,000 Hyatt points instead. So Hyatt starts off the year in our good graces, wouldn’t you agree? Anybody take the suite upgrade offer instead? Those suites can be really wonderful!

Hilton Free Weekend Night Certificates Posted from my Citi Hilton Reserve Credit Cards

Updated at 12:40pm PT on 2/13: My Hilton account now shows the 2 Free Weekend Night Certificates in my account.

Good morning everyone, I hope you had a great weekend.  I have a short post today on the Hilton Free Weekend Night Certificate.  I used to have 2 Citi Hilton Honors Reserve Credit Cards and spent $10,000 on each credit card before the conversion to the American Express Hilton Ascend Credit Card.  This morning, around 2am PT, I received 2 emails regarding my Free Weekend Night Certificates.  These Free Weekend Night Certificates came earlier than I was expecting and did not mention anything about spending a combined $15,000 on the Citi Hilton Honors Reserve Credit Card and American Express Hilton Ascend Credit Card.  Here is what the Free Weekend Night Certificates email looks like.  You have to make a reservation before the expiration date listed in the email.  I believe your reservation can be anytime after that though.

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Battle of the Pens: Which Hotel Pen Wins?

Sometimes you find out something about yourself in the strangest of ways. Turns out, I’m a pen snob! Thank you to Grant for pointing this out to me in a very weird way. Grant wrote about his experience aboard a flight wondering why everyone doesn’t carry a pen to fill out custom forms. The part I found most interesting was what Grant said in his comments, “Fancy hotel pens are the best. I just have 2 cheap pens from who knows where.”

I know I may be weird, but I couldn’t believe this. Cheap pens from who knows where… NO WAY. I have a great stash of pens from hotels all over the world, and even when I’m not using one of those, I definitely have my preferred pens. Pens from who knows where… NEVER. That’s when I self-identified as a pen snob.

I immediately went into my stash of pens and sent Grant a bunch. Certainly he would have his preferences, right? I was curious, and so the battle of the pens began. I asked him to write the same thing with each pen, and he did. I even sent Grant my coveted pen from the Park Hyatt Milan. Yes, I’m that nice :) I sent him pens from Sheraton, Waldorf Astoria, Hyatt, and Park Hyatt and wondered if his favorite pen would be the same as mine. I gave him no clue as to which pen I preferred.

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Andaz Papagayo Resort Part 3: The Food is Expensive, but Delicious

Good morning everyone.  Here is the final part of my Andaz Papagayo Resort review.  Part 1 had photos of the resort, part 2 had photos of my room, and today’s post will have photos of the food, menus, and a MONKEY?!  Yes, believe it or not, one of the local monkeys jumped on my table as I was eating lunch and ran off with my tortillas!  I didn’t think he was going to grab my tortillas, so I slowly reached into my pocket to take out my phone, and as I was pressing the photo button, he grabbed my tortillas and ran.

With that said, I really liked the food at the resort, but it is expensive.  In this post, I will show you my 2 breakfast meals and 2 lunch meals.  We had late breakfasts and late lunches so we wouldn’t be hungry for dinner.  I also included photos of my receipts that show how expensive each item was.  As of February 7, the exchange rate is $1 US Dollar = ~570 Costa Rican Dollars.

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