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 4 offers that end this week. Up first, Marriott Hotels is offering a 30% discount, when you purchase Marriott Bonvoy Points. This offer expires on October 18.
Good morning everyone. After leaving Beijing, I spent 3 nights in Yangon, Myanmar on my 10 Day Asia Trip. Myanmar does not have many chain hotels, so I checked on TripAdvisor and the Best Western Chinatown was a top pick and was only ~$50 USD / night. A few weeks before checking in, I status matched from Hilton Diamond Elite Status to Best Western Diamond Select Elite Status. This hotel is nothing fancy, but the breakfast and dinner were excellent. The hotel also had a spa that offered 20% off massages in the afternoon and a sauna attached to the gym. I wasn’t planning on writing a hotel review about this hotel, but after I checked out, I regretted not taking more pictures of the hotel. Therefore, I am borrowing images from the Best Western website.
Good morning everyone. As part of my 10 Day Asia Trip, I spent my first night at the Hilton Beijing Capital Airport. This hotel is 5 minutes away from Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) and I took the complimentary airport shuttle to the hotel. Before I arrived in Beijing, the front desk sent me a helpful email with directions on where to meet the airport shuttle. When I originally booked this hotel a few months ago, I believe the price was roughly $190 USD, but I opted to use 40,000 Hilton Honors Points instead. A few days before my trip, I checked the hotel prices and the price was down to around $120 USD or 36,000 Hilton Honors Points. I ended up cancelling my points reservation and rebooking the paid rate. Between paying with my American Express Hilton Aspire Credit Card, my Hilton Diamond Elite Status, and various Hilton promos, I ended up earning 9,450 Hilton Honors Points, which is worth $47.25 to me (I value Hilton Honors Points at 0.5 cents per point).
I’ve stayed at a handful of airport hotels, but this hotel was different… it was really nice! The check in area was beautiful, my room was great, the lounge was refreshing, and the breakfast spread had many options.
Good morning everyone, I hope your week is going well. By the time you read this post, I will be flying Cathay Pacific business class back to San Francisco. At the beginning of the trip, I flew Air China business class from San Francisco to Beijing. For the last 10 days, I have been hopping around Asia and I visited these cities:
- Beijing, China (1 night)
- Yangon, Myanmar (3 nights)
- Dhaka, Bangladesh (1 night)
- Paro & Thimphu, Bhutan (2 nights)
- Kathmandu, Nepal (2 nights)
Good morning everyone. This is a hotel hack that I have used a few times to various degrees of success. It is definitely in the “gray area” of travel hacking (read Frequent Miler’s Blogging the Line post), but all’s fair in love, war, and award redemptions, right? I don’t want to state any specific hotel chains or specific hotels that have worked for me, but this should technically be possible everywhere, but your mileage may vary (YMMV). For this hotel hack, let me paint you a picture…
You are in the middle of planning your trip, the award flights are booked, the discounted rental car is booked, your activities are all planned out, but the hotel you have your eye on is not available on points. Bummer! Not to worry, there may be a way to book the hotel on points for the night you want.