Good afternoon everyone, happy Friday. From June 1 through August 31, American Express Hilton Aspire Credit Card members can now use their $250 resort credit toward restaurant purchases. To test this out, I made a small restaurant purchase at Panera Bread (through their app) on June 1. On June 4, the statement credit posted as HILTON RESORT CREDIT. A 3 day turnaround time for statement credits is pretty standard for American Express. The one downside with the $250 Hilton Resort Credit is that there is no tracker that shows how much you have spent or redeemed toward the $250 cap.
Good morning everyone. A long time ago (February 2020), I purchased 2 American Airlines award tickets to fly from LaGuardia, New York (LGA) to Dallas, Texas (DFW) to Orange County, California (SNA). Laura and I were going to be in NYC in early July and then fly to Orange County for Fourth of July weekend. I picked this route because I wanted to check out the American Express Centurion Lounges at LGA and DFW. I used 20,000 American Airlines miles per ticket (40k total), paid the taxes with my Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card, and paid for upgraded seat assignments with my American Express Gold Card and JPMorgan Chase Ritz Carlton Visa Infinite. Then the Coronavirus Pandemic hit and we cancelled our entire NYC trip.
This was my first time cancelling an American Airlines award ticket, so I didn’t know what to expect in terms of refunds and redeposited miles. In this post, I will walk you through the timeline of events. I cancelled our American Airlines award tickets on May 7 and received the following Trip Cancellation email immediately. In the email, it said, “If you booked with AAdvantage miles, and your trip is eligible, we’ll automatically reinstate your miles within 48 hours.” Unfortunately, 48 hours came and went, but nothing happened…
Good afternoon everyone, I hope your week is going well. This summer, Laura and I were supposed to go to Boston and New York City for a week. Then the Coronavirus Pandemic hit. We recently cancelled our entire trip, including our JetBlue award flight from SFO-BOS, our Hilton free night stay in Boston, our Amtrak trip from Boston to NYC, our hotel stays in NYC, and our American Airlines award flight from LGA-DFW-SNA. Part of our stay in NYC was at a Hilton Grand Vacations resort with the purchase of a timeshare package (and mandatory timeshare presentation). Fun read: Profiting from 2 Timeshare Presentations in Hawaii (Secret: Attend, but do not Buy!)
Long story short, I originally bought the timeshare package in November 2018 and have extended / renewed it a few times over the years. After cancelling my NYC timeshare package, I learned about the extended expiration date and the ability to change to another Hilton resort in the US for free. More details at the bottom of the post. My original timeshare package was $286 and gave us 2 nights in NYC (choice of 4-5 properties), $100 Spend a Night on Us voucher (hopefully no headaches like last time), $100 Elevated Rewards Dollars (Hilton resort credit during our stay), and 5,000 Hilton Honors Points (worth ~$25). The original timeshare package expiration date was November 15, 2019.
Good afternoon everyone. A few weeks ago, I wrote Reconsideration Strategy for Credit Card Annual Fees During Coronavirus Pandemic. In that post, I shared all of my credit cards with annual fees that were coming due soon and my plan for retention offers. While I struck out with American Express regarding my American Express Gold Card and American Express Hilton Aspire Credit Card, I did score a sweet retention offer on my Chase Marriott Bonvoy Premier Plus Business Credit Card.
I don’t believe this credit card is still available for new applications, but if you have another Chase Marriott business credit card, you should be able to product change to this card. According to the card benefits, there is really nothing very special about this credit card except for the fact that you get a free night certificate every year that is valid at Marriott properties that cost up to 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. If you spend $60,000 on this credit card, you will earn a second free night certificate. The credit card has a $99 annual fee. The annual fee just posted to my account, so I decided to call Chase to see what kind of retention offers were available.
Good morning everyone, I hope you had a great weekend. I started sharing my thoughts regarding working from home in a series of Work from Home Diary posts. Feel free to share your work from home feelings in the comments section below. For today’s update, I wanted to let you know that Travel with Grant (the blog) turned 7 years old today! Wow, I can’t believe it’s been 7 years since I started blogging in May 2013. Back then, I talked about Award Wallet, ITA Matrix, Credit Karma / Credit Sesame, using BA Avios to fly to Hawaii, converting Hawaiian Airlines miles to Hilton points, $500 Visa Gift Cards at Office Depot, and much more.
I thought about sharing my 7 favorite blog posts or top 7 most read blog posts, but thought I would share my thoughts on blogging and my continued goals as a blogger. Back when I started my blog, I was a ferocious reader of Frequent Miler (still am), Million Miles Secrets, The Points Guy, Frugal Travel Guy, Mile Value, and Travel Blogger Buzz (love you George). These were blogs that I looked up to and admired for their content and entertainment. I’m not a full time blogger (and never have been), but the dream of working on a secluded beach with a laptop on my lap and big floppy hat on my head always made me smile. Continue reading