Category Archives: Promotions + Deals

World-of-Hyatt-Explorist-or-Globalist-Long-Logo

Dear Hyatt, I am a World of Hyatt Globalist, not an Explorist

Is this new Hyatt loyalty program confusing or what? Back in October, Hyatt changed the name of its loyalty program, as well as the terms and conditions, and it launches on March 1.  This week we’ve all been getting those emails letting us know what tier we’ll be on next year. I got an email that said, “Welcome to the World of Hyatt, You’re An Explorist”.  Only one thing wrong. It should have said, “You’re a Globalist” because according to me, I had made Diamond again for next year. Uh oh!

World of Hyatt Tiers

I started to check my own records and then thought to myself, call Hyatt and let them work through this with me. Could I possibly have been mistaken? I would not have been a happy camper if that was the case. I do keep good records but I’ll admit to booking and canceling stays, and some of my stays can be quite confusing in the way I set them up. And sometimes I use suite upgrades, and hotels often record these as two rooms which can also confuse the numbers.

Continue reading

expressvpn-long-logo

ExpressVPN lets you Browse the Internet Securely & Anonymously + Free 30 Day Trial (Desktop/Laptop/Mobile App)

Good morning everyone, happy Presidents Day!  I am writing this post from beautiful, sunny Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and I hope you have the day off as well to explore the world.  When I travel, staying connected is always a huge priority to me, so finding free, reliable Wifi is important.  Unfortunately, public Wifi in hotels, restaurants, and public spaces is fraught with danger.  You never know who is connected to the Wifi network and if they are intercepting your data and personal information.

Several months ago, my friend Stefan at Rapid Travel Chai recommended ExpressVPN (referral link). VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and it is a service that encrypts all of your incoming and outgoing data.  I have used ExpressVPN at home, on the road, and on my iPhone for the last 3 months and have nothing but good things to say about the service.  Here are the highlights of the service that I cut and pasted from their website:

  • Videos from anywhere – Watch the content you want from anywhere on Earth at blazing fast speeds.
  • Online privacy – Encrypt your internet traffic and hide your IP address from hackers and spies.
  • Unblock websites – Access any website or app without censorship.
  • Easy-to-use VPN service for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Routers, and Linux – Setup is easy, whether you’re using a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Our user-friendly apps let you secure your connection and unblock websites in one click. Just sign up, install, and connect.
  • Ultra secure and ultra fast – Our network is SSL secured with 256-bit encryption, and we’re constantly optimizing our network to provide unlimited bandwidth and speed, so you can stream your favorite movies and TV shows in high definition. ExpressVPN runs seamlessly in the background so you can use the internet without interruptions.
  • 5-star customer support – Our world-class support team is at your service. We offer round-the-clock customer support by live chat and email. Get instant help from a knowledgeable support agent when you use our live chat feature.
  • 145+ VPN locations… and counting! – You can choose from 145 cities in 94 countries. With unlimited speeds and unlimited server switches, you can connect from anywhere in the world.
  • 30-day money-back guarantee – We’re confident that you’ll be happy with our product and services. We also want you to be confident in your purchase, which is why we have a hassle-free 30-day money-back guarantee.

Here are screenshots of the ExpressVPN software running on my laptop (left side shows not connected and right side shows connected to VPN):

Continue reading

new-meetup-long-logo

Reminder: SF Travel Hacker Meetup @ Super Duper Burgers (Saturday February 11 from 12-2pm)

Good morning everyone, I hope your weekend is off to a great start.  I just wanted to remind those of you in the Bay Area about my meetup scheduled for this afternoon at Super Duper Burgers.  As a reminder, this location is on Market Street between Montgomery and Powell Street BART stations.

  • Where: Super Duper Burgers, 721 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Google Maps)
  • When: Saturday, February 11 @ 12-2pm

Super Duper Burgers Yelp

No need to RSVP, just show up and be ready to eat and talk travel.  Have a great weekend everyone!

ftu-advanced-logo

Grant is Coming to a Travel Conference Near You (Maybe)

Good afternoon everyone, with the announcement of FTU (Frequent Traveler University) Advanced Minneapolis a few days ago, I thought it would be fun to share my next 3 travel conferences:

Tickets are sold out for FTU Advanced Seattle, but if you are persistent, you can usually find last minute tickets for sale the days before the conference starts.  Tickets for FTU Advanced Minneapolis just went on sale, so there should be plenty of tickets available.  Lastly, tickets to the Chicago Seminars are not available yet, but the date has been set.  I will be at all 3 events *proudly* wearing my Travel with Grant shirt.

I have never been to a Family Travel for Real Life (FT4RL) conference, but I am eagerly waiting for them to come out to the West Coast.  I just started gift card reselling, so I am considering attending a ResellingDO event sometime in the future.  Are there any other travel conferences you recommend attending?

Grant and Ray Chicago Seminars 2014

Ray (the original credit card churner) and I at Chicago Seminars, 2014

Continue reading

new-meetup-long-logo

SF Travel Hacker Meetup @ Super Duper Burgers (Saturday February 11 from 12-2pm)

Good morning everyone, happy rainy Tuesday from San Francisco.  It’s been months since my last SF travel hackers meetup so I have decided to take my (burger-eating) talents back to Super Duper Burgers this Saturday afternoon.  If you are free this Saturday, please join me and other Bay Area travel hackers for burgers, fries, miles, points, MS, and more.  As a reminder, this location is on Market Street between Montgomery and Powell Street BART stations.

  • Where: Super Duper Burgers, 721 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Google Maps)
  • When: Saturday, February 11 @ 12-2pm

Super Duper Burgers Yelp

No need to RSVP, just show up on time (rain or shine) and be ready to eat and talk.  Have a great week everyone!