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Hyatt Carmel Highlands Timeshare Vacation Package ($299 for 4 Days / 3 Nights + 10,000 Hyatt Points)

Updated 3:45pm PT on 5/1/2018: I booked the timeshare vacation package and paid the $200 down payment.  Scroll to the bottom of the post to see more details.

Good afternoon everyone, I seem to be the king of getting timeshare vacation package offers (Westin and Wyndham).  I just got this offer from Hyatt for 4 days / 3 nights at the Hyatt Residence Club Carmel Highlands Inn.  I love Carmel and Monterey Bay, so this offer grabbed my attention instantly.  The cost is only $299 and includes 10,000 Hyatt points (worth ~$150 to me), so this offer seems like a no brainer.  There is no unique offer code, so anyone can call in and get this offer.  You must purchase by May 15 (2 weeks from now), but you have 12 months to complete your stay.  You must also attend a 90-120 minute timeshare presentation, but don’t let that discourage you.  Timeshare presentations are simple, just don’t buy anything.

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American Express Hilton Aspire $250 Airline Fee Credits Post Quickly

Good morning everyone.  A few weeks ago, I received my American Express Hilton Honors Aspire Credit Card and I have been busy meeting the $4,000 minimum spend requirement and taking advantage of all the card benefits.  This credit card includes a $250 airline fee credit very similar to the American Express Platinum Charge Cards.  You select your airline of choice, make qualifying purchases, and get reimbursed up to $250 every calendar year.  I decided to test this out and see how quickly the airline fee credits post.  Result: these airline fee credits post incredibly quickly!  Scroll down to learn more about the $250 airline fee credit.

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My IHG Rewards Club Account was Hacked, Here’s what I Did Next…

Good morning everyone, I hope you had a great weekend. I am happy to report that I avoided a potentially very bad weekend because I found out that my IHG Rewards Club account was hacked on Friday! This is not the first time IHG accounts were hacked. Travel Codex covered a similar story where 2/3 of his IHG points were stolen from his account and IHG would not help him. I will show you how I found out that my IHG account was hacked and what I did next to protect my account. It all started on Friday afternoon around 2:30pm PT when I received these 2 emails from IHG.  Wait a second… I didn’t cancel an IHG hotel reservation or update my email address.  Uhh oh…

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15 Elite Nights Credit from Ritz Carlton Conversion & 15 Elite Nights from Marriott Business Credit Card

Updated 9pm PT on 5/1: The reader who asked me this question sent me the following email.  It looks like the 15 Elite Nights Credit posts very quickly (in just a few days)!

Hey Grant! Just checked my Marriott account and I now have the additional 15 nights. Not sure if it just takes a few business days, or if they update on a certain day of the week, etc. That said, downgrading for the elite nights looks to work just fine!

Updated 5pm PT on 5/8: I just received a response from Marriott regarding my email that I sent on 4/29:

Dear Grant Thomas, Thank you for contacting Marriott Rewards. It appears the 30 Elite nights were credited for your two Marriott Rewards credit cards from Chase. You received 15 Elite nights for your Marriott Rewards Premier credit card from Chase on January 8, 2018, and 15 Elite nights for your Marriott Rewards Premier Business credit card from Chase on April 18, 2018If I can be of further assistance, I invite you to reply to this email. Thank you for choosing Marriott.


Good afternoon everyone, I hope your weekend is going well.  I received an email from a reader asking about Marriott Rewards Elite Nights Credit.  I am not sure if this is useful or helpful to others, but thought I would share anyways.  Here is his question:

My question is simply whether or not you received the 15 elite night credits that the Marriott card provides, at or near the time that you did the downgrade. Right now I am at a point where those credits would push me up a tier of status in Marriott once the new loyalty program is implemented, but I have gotten conflicting answers from Chase when asking them if a product change would give me the night credits in the same way that a new application would.

This reader is referring to my post in early January regarding converting my JPMorgan Chase Ritz Carlton Credit Card to a Chase Marriott Rewards Visa Signature Credit Card.  I downgraded / converted / product changed to the Chase Marriott Rewards Visa Signature Credit Card in January.  I also received my new Chase Marriott Rewards Business Credit Card a few weeks ago.  I haven’t stayed at Marriott this year, but when I logged into my Marriott account, it shows 30 Elite Night Credits.  I tried to dig a little deeper to see when the Elite Night Credits posted, but that is not easy to find out.

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Westin Rancho Mirage Timeshare Deal Upgrade & Wyndham Timeshare Deals for $149-$199

Good morning everyone, happy Friday!  A few days ago, I wrote Westin Mission Hills Resort & Villas Palm Springs Timeshare Vacation Package ($389 for 5 Days / 4 Nights + Freebies).  In the comments section of that post, reader PJ mentioned that if you pay the $200 down payment, and wait a few weeks or months to lock down your vacation package dates, you may get a discounted offer.  PJ said that he received an offer for $29 to confirm his travel package dates.  A few days after paying the $200 down payment, I received this email from Westin Vacations.  For only $99, I can lock down my vacation package dates between June 1 and September 30.  Let me remind you, that this property is in Palm Springs, and it will easily be 100+ degrees during those days.  I decided to pass on this deal since I wanted to go in the fall when it would be less than 100 degrees.  If you were offered this option, would you stay during those scorching summer months?

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