Category Archives: Booking Travel Award Tickets

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

Is Earning the Southwest Companion Pass Worth It?

Though many people who have been in the miles and points hobby for a while now know A LOT about travel related topics, there is ALWAYS something to learn. Especially since this year I’ve had the Southwest Airlines Companion Pass and book fares like a $177 one way non-stop fare from Newark to San Diego for TWO, I’m fielding questions about everything Southwest and particularly the Companion Pass.

It is for sure one of the best deals in travel. With the Companion Pass, you can bring a companion on any flight the Companion Pass holder chooses. It works for flights booked on points or paid for with cash. The companion only has to pay taxes each way. You can also change your companion up to three times per year. A Companion Pass is good from the time you earn it through the end of the next calendar year. The Companion Pass is also relatively easy to achieve with Chase Southwest Credit Cards because both spend and the initial welcome bonuses count toward the requirements to earning the pass. The Companion Pass can potentially save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Continue reading

American Express Business Platinum 100K Offer Ends Tomorrow!

American Express has a limited time offer on the Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN. New cardholders earn up to 100,000 Membership Rewards Points.

If you’ve never had the small business version of the Amex Platinum Card and business is going well, this is a great offer. The card is available not just to formal business owners but also sole proprietors and even those who do consulting or freelance work on the side. This offer ends August 8, 2018.

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Buy Points Promos: Up to 50% Bonus on JetBlue Points & 30% Discount on Southwest Airlines Points

Good evening everyone, I hope your week is off to a great start.  Earlier today, I got an email from JetBlue and Southwest Airlines reminding me that each loyalty program has a buy points promo that is ending soon (8/8 for JetBlue and 8/13 for Southwest Airlines).  I don’t recommending buying miles and points unless you have an immediate use for the miles and points.  Always check the match before pulling the trigger, but if you need to buy miles or points for an award redemption, I recommend buying them when they are on sale.

Depending on the number of JetBlue points you purchase, you can get a 20-50% bonus.  This promo ends on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, so you have a few more days to decide if you need more JetBlue points.

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6 Easy Ways to Save on Hotel Bookings

Are you interested in the easiest ways to save on hotel bookings? Here’s another question for you. Hotels or airfare: which do you spend more of your money on? I’m much more concerned about saving money on hotels than I am about saving on air travel. Most, if not all, of my long haul flights are booked on award miles. This means that this year, as has been the case for many years now, I spent way more on hotels than I did on airline tickets. And I also spent way more time in hotels than in the air! Most years I spend over 80 nights in just Hyatt properties alone. When I add in the other hotel nights in other properties, well that’s a lot of money. No matter how many nights YOU spend in hotels, finding some way to save on hotel spending would be nice, don’t you think? Continue reading