40% Bonus when you Buy Alaska Airline Miles (Expires October 28)

We all have our favorite airlines and miles programs. Maybe I’m biased because I usually start my travels from the West Coast, but I’m a big fan of Alaska Airlines and can never have too many Alaska miles. If your Alaska miles account is short on miles, Alaska has a 40% offer on purchased miles expiring on October 28. This brings the cost to 2.1 cents per mile.

Alaska Miles 40% bonus

I recently wrote about the best uses for Alaska miles. Alaska miles have great value for me. Why? I like that Alaska isn’t a part of an airline alliance, but rather that they have a long list of airline partners that offer incredible business and first class products. My two favorite Alaska Airlines partners are Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines. I recently flew Cathay Pacific Business Class to Asia. My first time flying Cathay Pacific was back in 2012, and even after all these years and having flown many different airlines, I’m still a huge Cathay Pacific fan. I have a Japan Airlines flight booked using Alaska miles, so I’m really looking forward to experiencing their current product.

Alaska Airline Partners

Alaska miles shine in yet another way, too. Alaska allows you to book a stopover on award tickets. That’s true even on a one-way award ticket! For example, say you were going from the US to Bangkok. You could use your Alaska miles on their partner Cathay Pacific and stopover in Hong Kong for a couple of days and then head on to Bangkok. This is just one example. Why not enjoy more destinations for the same award price, right?

Bottom Line

I’d never recommend buying points speculatively, but price it out and see if the math makes sense for you. You need to buy a minimum of 20k miles to receive the 40% bonus. Though this bonus is only 40% instead of the 50% bonus offered last month, if you are only buying between 20,000 and 40,000 miles, this promotion is actually better since the old one was tiered and only offered 35% at this purchase level.

Unlike other airlines, Alaska does not limit the total amount of miles you can purchase, only the total you can buy at one time. The 40% bonus offer ends on October 28, 2018. If you’re interested in purchasing Alaska miles, you can go here for your 40% bonus. Where’s your next Alaska Airlines mileage award ticket taking you? Let me know!

Hyatt Hotel Promos: Take Advantage of These Two

World of Hyatt is offering 1,000 bonus American Airlines miles

If you’ve got Hyatt Place and Hyatt House stays coming up, this promo is for you. Heck, this promo runs through the end of January and you never know, so might as well register for it now just in case. I haven’t had a Hyatt Place stay in a while since I had that strange episode of lobby music.

World of Hyatt is offering 1,000 bonus American Airlines miles on every stay at either of these brands. Even award stays count towards the bonus. That always sweetens the deal on these promotions. Registration is required, so here’s the link.

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Roys: Great Offer Through November 25

Roy’s has a great deal right now, and I’m definitely taking advantage of it. One of my all-time favorite desserts, which is also my favorite Roy’s classic, is on sale. If you’ve never had Roy’s Souffle, you must! One restaurant for me that always gets it right is Roy’s. I’ve been a fan of Roy’s for many years now. No matter which Roy’s I go to, it’s always a wonderful experience. I’ve even hosted big birthday celebrations at Roy’s and if I do say so myself, they’ve become events that are talked about for years. I’m shifting my Roy’s nights to Sunday, for sure!

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Bean Around The World: Copenhagen, Denmark

I guess it’s time for a true confession. I’m a coffee snob. And when I travel, I have a passion for supporting local roasters and coffee houses. Let’s just say I’ve BEAN Around the World and I’m feeling like now is the time to start sharing the love… and caffeine, one city at a time. Recently, I had a wonderful holiday in Copenhagen, Denmark. And though it was hard to tear myself away from the sites and all that delicious herring, I did explore the coffee houses, and I’m glad I did. I drank plenty of coffee, talked with baristas, and I’ve got lots to share with you. Let’s open the TWG cafe society doors and talk coffee, Copenhagen style.

I’ll say right up front that Scandinavia gets a lot of buzz for having the current “happening” coffee scene. Part of planning this trip was actually based on wanting to experience the scene myself and see what all the hoopla was about. My impressions run the gamut from being thrilled to being totally disappointed. Continue reading

Come Say Hi to Me at the Chicago Seminars (Friday-Sunday October 19-21)

Good morning everyone. I am heading to Chicago this weekend for the Chicago Seminars travel conference. Registration is still open if you can get to Chicago this weekend. I’ve gone to the Chicago Seminars several times over the last few years and it is my favorite travel conference (shhh, don’t tell FTU). I’ll be there wearing my Travel with Grant shirt, so feel free to stop me and say hello. I love meeting readers and putting faces to names. Here are a few of my friends who I’ve met at previous Chicago Seminars:

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Have a great day everyone!