Good morning everyone. In a few weeks, Laura and I will be doing a roadtrip around Ireland (more Ireland posts to come soon) and I was making a few last minute hotel reservations for our trip. Before researching hotels in Ireland, I did not know that Ireland and Northern Ireland (part of the UK) had so many Radisson Blu hotels (9 as of today). Since I was sitting on a large stash of Radisson Rewards points (and we had a great time at the beautiful Radisson Blu Beach Resort in Milatos, Crete), I decided to use them to book 5 different Radisson Blu hotels around Ireland & Northern Ireland. The only problem… I was 1,500 Radisson Rewards points short of my redemption goal.
Good afternoon everyone. I was working on my Buy Miles & Points Page and found a few offers ending soon. Always check the math to make sure that buying miles & points makes sense for you. Do not buy miles & points speculatively unless you have a use in mind. With that said, here are 8 offers that end this month. Up first, Hilton is offering a 100% bonus, when you purchase at least 10,000 Hilton Honors Points. This offer expires today – February 19.
If you’ve been in the market for a new credit card, chances are you’ve stumbled across some information about the famed Chase Sapphire Reserve (CSR). In fact, this credit card has lately been catching a little more attention than usual due to a few changes in its benefit structure, but we’ll get to that a little later.
I manage a collection of 30+ credit cards and they’re all beneficial to me in some way (otherwise there’s no point in keeping them) but I never leave home without my trusty CSR in tow. I’ve always liked the overall Chase awards structure, but that combined with the CSR earning potential and slew of benefits really bumps this card up to the next level. Here are some of the reasons why I love my Chase Sapphire Reserve.
The Earning Potential
The CSR functions as a basic 3X card for the categories that CSR is built for: travel and dining. Every other purchase will earn 1X points. Are there other credit cards that are better suited for earning points? Definitely. However, my largest purchases generally fall into the travel and dining categories anyway, and Chase is pretty lenient with their definitions of “travel” and “dining” purchases.
For example, travel purchases include anything that could possibly fall under the umbrella of travel. This includes several different modes of transportation and accommodations including hotels, hostels, homestays, and Airbnbs. Continue reading
Good afternoon everyone. I apologize for not blogging much the last 2 weeks. My real job (day job that pays the bills) has been really busy the last 2 weeks and I haven’t had the energy to write on my blog. Laura and I are going to a wedding next weekend, so we don’t have anything special planned this weekend. I’m very excited to spend Valentine’s Day with my wife (our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple) and we are going out to dinner tonight (Thursday) to avoid the craziness of Friday.
With that said, I wanted to hear what my readers are up to for Valentine’s Day and President’s Day this weekend. If you have any special plans or just spending a relaxing weekend at home, I would love to hear about it. Share your thoughts in the comments section. Happy Valentine’s Day from the Thomas’ and have a great weekend everyone!
Good morning everyone. This past weekend, Laura and I did a mini road trip from the San Francisco Bay Area down to Carmel / Monterey. If you fly into San Francisco (SFO), Oakland (OAK), or San Jose (SJC), it is a 1.5 to 2 hour drive, depending on traffic. Alternatively, you can fly directly into Monterey (MRY), but that airport has a smaller route network and more expensive flights. I have been visiting Carmel / Monterey for 25+ years. Every year for Thanksgiving week, my extended family would drive up from Southern California to Carmel / Monterey and I would spend time with my grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles. As far as I can tell, not much has changed during that time in Carmel / Monterey. Here are some of my favorite places to stay, eat and visit.
Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course
Laura and I stayed at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel twice in the last 3 years. This hotel is a category 4 Hyatt which costs 15,000 World of Hyatt Points or you can use your Free Night Certificate from the Chase World of Hyatt Credit Card. As of January 2020, there is minor construction on the main entrance road and outside the hotel lobby. They are also refreshing the hotel rooms and we stayed in one of the refreshed rooms. The hotel has plenty of parking (all free) and no resort charges. It is very easy to get to various parts of Carmel / Monterey within a 10-15 minute drive. I highly recommend this hotel and plan to come back next year after the construction and room renovations are complete.