Good morning everyone, happy Friday! I don’t know about you, but I have big plans this Columbus Day Weekend. I used a Hyatt Free Night Certificate and 30,000 Hyatt points to stay 3 nights at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course (15,000 Hyatt points / night or ~$200 / night). I am going with my girlfriend on a relaxing weekend trip. Monterey / Carmel holds a very special spot in my heart because my family and relatives used to drive up to Monterey from Southern California every year for Thanksgiving week. Some of my favorite childhood memories happened in Monterey / Carmel, so I am very excited about returning.
Good morning everyone, happy Friday! A few days ago, we held a giveaway to celebrate my 100th post on TWG. Many, many thanks to all of you who read that post. I appreciate the time you took to leave comments. They were so much fun to read. And they’ve given me great ideas for the next 100 posts :) Encouragement from readers means a latte a lot to me!
After Grant and I read all the comments, it was unfortunate we couldn’t choose them all. Here are the winning comments:
|Gaston||I really enjoyed your most recent post “My Citi Prestige Credit Card Saved Me $1,000+ this Year with the 4th Night Free Benefit”. As always, you combine your sharing of great travel experiences with saving us $!|
|Denise||My favorite post was learning about Slovenia. I am looking forward to hearing more about your travels.|
|Mike||I loved the series on San DIego/Coronado! Now that the Hotel Del Coronado is a Hilton property I am planning to schedule a trip there and this series couldn’t have been more perfectly timed.|
|YoLaViajera||My favorite post was one you wrote several months ago, but I saved it in my Favorites, for when I go to Vancouver. It’s titled “See, Eat & Drink: The Perfect Long Weekend in Vancouver, Canada”. I love the posts where you write not only about the hotel you’re staying at, but when you also give tips on dining and things to do. Congrats on your 100th post. Here’s to many more! :)|
|Jon W.||Oh Gd, as you know, I love many of your posts but I guess my favorite is your BEAN around the world San Francisco Part 2 because it contains my personal favorite local roaster – Verve! Looking forward for your next visit to the Bay to try our roasters on the other side of the Bay. P.S., did you publish your Vancouver post? PLan to try some coffee shops there next time I’m in town (aside from 49th parallel)|
|Leslie||I really appreciated the post on “Italian Vacation Part 1: Gelato in Venice, Park Hyatt Milan Meat Slicer and the Last Supper.” I have been dying to visit Milan and I didn’t know about La Scala Museum. I love art, history and culture so this was just up my alley. Thanks for the detailed information on eateries and the gelato! YUM!|
|rm||the post about coffee in boston was super. especially because i am a coffee aficionado. and even though i now am a caretaker and horsekeeper in talking rock, ga where my niche coffee market is all but absent…i am soon to fly to visit my sister/husband/my niece in boston. they are exclusively starbucks people. and based on your post, i plan to open their eyes (and all other senses!) to some alternatives…and to funding some local shops! thanks!|
|Liz||I enjoyed your article on how to book flights using Citi Thank You points. I have a bunch of Thank You points and I never know when to use them, so this had some great advice!|
|Joe O||You did a post interviewing an Uber driver about how much they earn I thought was really interesting… it was awhile ago, so I can’t find it now, but I swear it happened. :)|
|Bill Pisor||We really enjoyed your post on “Which IHG hotels you’d book with 100,00 points”. We don’t as yet have that many points with IHG but your article gave us a wonderful goal to shoot for and many options on which hotels to choose! Keep up the great advice!|
We will send out $10 Amazon eGift Cards to the winners via email, so check your email (and spam) folders for an email from Grant. Thanks again to everyone who left a comment and for all the readers out there, wherever you are in the world. Have a great day, and enjoy your travels!
Update: The $10 Amazon eGift Card winners are announced here.
Time flies when you’re having fun! It’s amazing to me that yesterday’s blog post was my 100th. When I starting writing here at TWG, Grant’s only instruction to me was to write what you’d like to read about. I have very broad interests, so 100 posts later, I sure have written about all kinds of different topics related to travel, miles and points.
To celebrate my 100th post, I am giving away 5 $10 Amazon eGift Cards. All you have to do is leave a comment telling me which of my 100 blog posts was your favorite. You have until Thursday, August 17 at 11:59pm PT to leave a comment. I will pick 5 winners on Friday morning and Grant will send the winners a $10 Amazon eGift Card.
Simple enough? Thank you for reading and here’s to another 100 blog posts!
Good evening everyone. A few days ago, my US Bank Cash Plus Credit Card statement closed and as I was looking through my statement, I noticed a $25 cash bonus listed in the rewards section. Similar to finding money in your back pocket, I was immediately excited. Where did this $25 come from? Why was it given to me? I tried to rack my brain, but couldn’t remember.
Amazon Prime day is here! There are thousands of deals exclusively for Amazon Prime members (my referral link), and if you’re already an Amazon Prime member, you can start shopping early at 6pm PT / 9pm ET on Monday, July 10. That’s today! New deals are announced as often as every five minutes.
Visit the official Amazon Prime Day page to find the best deals and promotions. I’m disappointed that neither of my two favorite items that I recommend and take on every trip are a Prime Day choice this year. Did you find good sale items or was it better last year? Let us know so we don’t miss out!