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About Shelli

Shelli Stein is a health and fitness entrepreneur who travels the world in search of culture, food, and fun! Besides contributing to Travel with Grant, you can find her at Joy in Movement.

Hilton, Hyatt, IHG and AAdvantage Points Sale–Expiring Starting Tomorrow!

Seems to me hotel and airline loyalty program points fall into a few different categories. Some points you know you’ll put to great use, and some points you’ll likely use and even have a general travel plan for. And some hotel and airline points you scratch your head and wonder how the heck you’ll use them! Whether or not to buy hotel and airline points when promotions are running depends on which of these three categories the loyalty program falls into. When it comes to Hyatt points, Hilton points, and IHG points, I always have a plan for them!

We have a few hotel points sales going on right now with Hyatt, Hilton, and IHG. The sales expire soon, so take a look if you’re planning some hotel stays and can use these points at a discount. We also have an American Airlines AAdvantage sale going on right now, as well. It’s not the best offer ever. But if you’re tapped out of AA miles like I am after using a huge stash of my miles for my trip to Spain, and need some AA miles for trips you’re planning, a discount, even a small one, is better than paying full price when you need to top off your account. Continue reading

10% Rebate on Redeemed Hyatt Points (Promotion Ends September 30)

Got Hyatt hotel nights booked? Are they now through the end of September? If so, make sure you’re registered for this promo and get 10% of your redeemed points back! Doesn’t matter whether you’re using all points or points and cash. It’s been a while since this promo was offered by Hyatt. Last time it ran, the night before the promo started I had just checked out of a Hyatt hotel stay……bummer. And wouldn’t you know it, even though I’ve already stayed over 90 nights at Hyatt properties this year, right now I don’t have a single Hyatt stay planned for September. But if YOU DO, make sure to get in on this deal. And if you need some points to top off your Hyatt account for those points rebate nights, right now you can buy Hyatt points with up to a 40% bonus right now.

Big News in the World of Beer!

Big news in the world of beer! It’s time to grin and beer it :) Guinness is famous for making stout beer, and this week, the Irish company opened a new brewery in Maryland. It’s the first time Guinness has had a brewery in the U.S. in more than 60 years. But…….Guinness will NOT be brewing its famous stout in America. You can read all about it here.

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Southwest Airlines to Hawaii…….YES Please!

Aloha! Ready for that cup of Kona coffee, or that authentic poke bowl? All year long whenever I’ve flown Southwest Airlines, I always ask the SWA employees if they’ve heard anything new about when Southwest will be flying to Hawaii. They’ve never given me any insider information, so we laugh when I tell them it’s likely the day after my SWA Companion Pass expires Southwest will commence flights to Hawaii!

Yesterday we got some news.

Southwest held a meeting in Honolulu and revealed approximate dates Southwest flights will go on sale and start flying to Hawaii. SWA also announced that their two free checked bags and free flight change policies will remain intact for flights to Hawaii. Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer Andy Watterson told the press that the announcement of flights will come by October at the latest, and service would “begin possibly just weeks thereafter.”

Destinations

Southwest will serve the following Hawaiian destinations:

  • Lihue, Kauai (LIH)
  • Honolulu, Oahu (HNL)
  • Kahului, Maui (OGG)
  • Kona, Island of Hawaii (KOA)

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Business Travelers: What Do You Look for in a Hotel?

As much as I travel, and as great as my own gusto for travel is, I’m always impressed by the stamina of business travelers. You know, those travelers who week after week head out either to the same location or various locations due to living in one place and conducting business in another. I don’t actually have many friends who spend their weeks living this life, but recently I sat down and talked with my friend Rachel who has been a business traveler for a few years now and travels three weeks out of every month. I was curious about what she looks for in a hotel and how she makes accommodation choices.

Rachel’s Story

Due to a change in business travel locations, about two years ago Rachel switched from Marriott Rewards loyalty to Hilton Honors loyalty. She was pleased with Marriott, so the switch was based purely on Hilton property locations that worked better for her business location. She’s enjoying Hilton properties and has quite a huge accumulation of Hilton points now! For her, hotel location being close to her business is always more important than being close to an airport. Rachel easily maintains Hilton Honors Gold Elite Status. Continue reading