Tag Archives: Hotels

3 Quick NYC Hotel Reviews: West 57th Street Hilton Club, Kimpton Muse & Conrad Midtown

Good morning everyone, I hope your week is going well.  Laura and I were in New York City last week for Thanksgiving and stayed at 3 different hotels.  I wasn’t planning on doing a full, in-depth review of each hotel, but I figured I could share quick reviews of each property.  First up is the West 57th Street by Hilton Club.  This property is part of the Hilton Grand Vacation Club timeshare group and we stayed there on a 2 night timeshare package that I bought a few years ago (before the pandemic).  We both attended a 90 minute timeshare presentation, but we didn’t buy anything.  After the presentation, we were given 5,000 Hilton Points, a $100 Stay A Night On Us certificate, and $100 in dining vouchers for nearby restaurants.  Our room was very nice, but the website photos don’t really sell the property.

Continue reading

5 Buy Miles / Points Promos Ending Soon: United (30%), Spirit (60%), Radisson Americas (100%), Etihad (50%) & Hilton (50%)

Good afternoon everyone, I hope your week is going well.  I was working on my Buy Miles & Points Page and found 5 offers that end in the next week.  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 5 offers that end soon.  Up first, United Airlines is offering up to a 30% discount, depending on the number of United Airlines MileagePlus Miles you purchase.  This offer expires today – November 30.

Continue reading

Booking Vacasa Vacation Rentals with Wyndham Rewards Points is Really Easy (Just Call)

Good afternoon everyone.  A few months ago in April 2021, I wrote about My Experience Booking Vacasa Vacation Rentals with Wyndham Rewards Points.  The booking process has come a long way since April, so I wanted to provide an update and show how easy and quick it is to book a Vacasa Vacation Rental using your Wyndham Rewards Points.  Here are the steps I recommend:

  1. Start your search here: https://www.vacasa.com/search?maxbeds=1&maxrate=350&place=/usa/ (this will show all properties that have 1 bedroom and cost less than $350 / night)
  2. Enter the city or state you are interested in
  3. Enter your check in and check out dates (this will only show properties that are available for the duration of your stay)
  4. Then look at all the properties that have ratings / reviews, focusing your attention on properties that have the best / most / recent ratings
  5. Then look at the photos and read the description (some properties charge a resort fee or parking)
  6. Once you have identified your top 1-3 properties, it is time to book the reservation

For an upcoming trip to Maui, I settled on this Vacasa Vacation Rental: Hale Kai O Kihei 207 – Kihei, HI

Continue reading

My 4 Night IHG Award Reservation Dropped from 90K to 76K to 48K Points Total

Good afternoon everyone, I hope your weekend is going well.  I had a great time attending yesterday’s FTU Virtual Seminar and I enjoyed chatting with other attendees at the virtual mixer.  Last week, I wrote PSA: Keep Checking IHG Award Prices for Price Drops, Then Rebook or use Free Night Certificates.  In that post, I showed you how I kept checking award prices of the Kimpton Muse Hotel in NYC and used an IHG Free Night Certificate once the price dropped to 40,000 IHG Points and below.  In today’s post, I will show you how I rebooked a 4 night award stay twice and saved 42,000 IHG Points.

Since I have the Chase IHG Rewards Premier Credit Card, I took advantage of the fourth night free benefit where the fourth night is completely free.  I have an upcoming Crowne Plaza Hotel stay that I originally booked on October 31 for 90,000 IHG Points total.  As you can see, the first 3 nights are 30,000 IHG Points per night and the fourth night is free.  90,000 IHG Points for a 4 night stay is an average of 22,500 IHG Points per night which seemed like a good deal to me.  Fortunately, the deal was about to get much better over the coming weeks.

Continue reading

Reminder: Max Out 10% Citi ThankYou Points Rebate on Citi Rewards+ Credit Card (10K Annual Limit)

Good afternoon everyone, I hope your week is going well.  One of my favorite sock drawer credit cards is the Citi Rewards+ Credit Card.  This credit card has a pretty decent sign up bonus at the moment (20,000 Citi ThankYou Points after spending $1,500 in 3 months), but my favorite feature of this credit card is the 10% rebate on redeemed Citi ThankYou Points.  You can receive up to 10,000 Citi ThankYou Points rebated each calendar year, you just need to redeem at least 100,000 Citi ThankYou Points in a calendar year.

So why am I reminding you about this today?  The 10% rebate posts to your Citi ThankYou Points account when your statement closes.  If your statement closes on or after January 1, that will count toward your calendar year 2022 10,000 Citi ThankYou Point limit.  Therefore, you probably only have 1 or 2 more statements between now and January 1, 2022.  I will show you how to see how many rebated Citi ThankYou Points you have already received this year and suggest 2 good Citi ThankYou Point transfer partners to use.

Continue reading