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World of Hyatt Announces Oasis, Blurring Lines Between Home & Hotel ($100 Off Code Expires October 31)

World of Hyatt sure is branching out lately. First they created the Try the World series of gift boxes. That’s a work in progress! Now they are luring us away from Airbnb / VRBO / Homeaway type stays with a new program called Oasis. According to this announcement, you’d be staying in a home yet receiving the amenities of a hotel-like stay. So far they’re rolling Oasis out in 22 cities around the world. We’ll also be able to earn Hyatt points and redeem them for stays.

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Giveaway: Share your Columbus Day Weekend Plans & Win a $10 Amazon eGift Card

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.

Front entrance of the Hyatt Regency Monterey. Image source: https://monterey.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html

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Purchase Hilton Honors Points at 50% Off (Expires October 5)

If you have any Hilton stays planned, or have been looking at Hilton properties and comparing hotel chain award stays, this sale will interest you! Hilton Honors promotion of 50% savings when you purchase points is ending on October 5th. To receive the 50% discount, you must purchase a minimum of 5,000 Hilton Honors points. This means $5.00 per 1,000 Hilton Honors points. Hilton members are allowed to purchase up to 80,000 Hilton Honors points a year. So if you need to add to your stash of Hilton Honors points for some planned stays, or are tapped out and need some points, this is as good a deal as Hilton offers. Your points will post to your account within 24 hours.

My favorite use of Hilton Honors points was for a 5th night free stay in Budapest where I enjoyed 5 nights for the cost of 4 nights worth of points. They have my favorite Hilton lounge! I’ve also learned a lot about how to maximize my Hilton points from reading Ric at Loyalty Traveler. He’s great at creating category charts that show the Hilton properties around the world. I particularly enjoy the value of Hilton points in Europe.  Here are some pics of the Hilton Budapest lounge:

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3 Ways to Track Citi Hilton Honors Reserve Credit Card Spending Toward Free Weekend Night Certificate & Diamond Elite Status

Good morning everyone, I hope your weekend is going well.  During my OC Travel Meetup last weekend, I learned that there are several ways to track your spending on the Citi Hilton Honors Reserve Credit Card.  I was only aware of the old school way (exporting data and opening Excel to add up the charges), so I am happy to share the much simpler and faster ways to track your spending.  There are 2 main reasons for tracking your spending on this credit card – you get a free weekend night certificate when you spend $10,000 during your cardmember year; you will earn Hilton Diamond Elite Status when you spend $40,000 during your cardmember year.  Unfortunately, American Express will be the sole issuer of Hilton credit cards starting on January 1, 2018, so it is still unknown what will happen to Citi Hilton credit cards.  If your annual fee is billed before January 1, 2018, you should still get the perks of spending on your Citi Hilton Honors Reserve Credit Card.

With all the said, let’s get started with the first and probably the easiest way to track your Citi Hilton Honors Reserve Credit Card spending.  Sign into your Citi online account and click on your Citi Hilton Honors Reserve Credit Card account.

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App-O-Rama Update: Did I Get Approved for the Barclays Wyndham Rewards Credit Card?

Good morning everyone, I hope your weekend is off to a great start.  A few days ago, I wrote My 8 Credit Card App-O-Rama Results (Mostly Bad News).  In that post, I shared the details (and denials) for most of the credit cards below.  At the end of that post, I said I would share my experience applying for the Barclays Wyndham Rewards Credit Card.

  • Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card: 30,000 AS Miles + $100 statement credit after spending $1,000 in 3 months ($75 annual fee)
  • Bank of America Virgin Atlantic Credit Card: 75,000 VA Miles after spending $12,000 in 6 months ($90 annual fee)
  • Bank of America Amtrak Rewards Credit Card: 30,000 Amtrak Points after spending $1,000 in 3 months ($79 annual fee)
  • US Bank Altitude Reserve Credit Card: 50,000 FlexPoints ($750 in travel credit) after spending $4,500 in 3 months ($400 annual fee)
  • Wells Fargo Visa Signature Credit Card: 20,000 Go Far Reward Points after spending $1,000 in 3 months ($0 annual fee)
  • First Bankcard Best Western Credit Card: 50,000 Points after spending $1,000 in 3 months ($59 annual fee, first year waived)
  • Synchrony Bank Cathay Pacific Credit Card: 50,000 CX Miles after spending $2,500 in 3 months ($95 annual fee)
  • Barclays Wyndham Rewards Credit Card: 45,000 Wyndham Points (3 free nights) after spending $2,000 in 3 months ($75 annual fee)

Even though this credit card was listed at the end of my App-O-Rama post, it was actually the first credit card I applied for during this App-O-Rama.  Unfortunately, my application went to pending and then to denied a few days later.  This credit card was going to be harder to get than I thought.  I decided to wait for the denial letter and put my reconsideration skills to the test.

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