Good morning everyone, I hope you had a great Labor Day Weekend. I just received this great timeshare vacation package deal from Wyndham Rewards. You can get a 3 day / 2 night vacation package for only 7,500 Wyndham Rewards Points. That’s 7,500 points total, not per night. You must book through this special link by October 15, complete your stay by November 24, and attend a 2 hour timeshare presentation. Keep reading to see the 6 cities / resorts participating in this timeshare vacation package deal.
Good morning everyone, I hope your week is going well. These are very uncertain times and I have difficulty finding motivation to write about anything travel related. Therefore, I decided to share my feelings in a series of Work from Home Diary posts. Feel free to share your work from home feelings in the comments section below.
First of all, I am very fortunate that I work for a company where we have the ability to work from home. My heart goes out to everyone affected in the retail industry, travel/hospitality industry, restaurant/bar industry and many other industries that are affected by the coronavirus.
Last week, my company gave us the option to work from home or go into the office. I decided to work from home the entire week. I’m used to working from home a few days a week, but working from home 5 days in a row takes a toll (both mentally and physically). In my next diary post, I will share how I am doing in week 2.
Laura and I were supposed to fly to Ireland last Friday (March 13) for a week for her spring break (she is an assistant principal). On Wednesday evening (March 11), the Europe travel ban was announced and we decided to cancel our Ireland trip. I cancelled our Aer Lingus flights booked with British Airways Avios, hotel awards booked at Hyatt and Radisson Blu, Hertz rental car, and a few Expedia activities. Canceling everything online only took a few minutes and thankfully everything resulted in a full refund, with the exception of the $55 cancellation fees per person charged by British Airways (I called to see if they could be waived, but it was not possible). Continue reading
Reposted on 3/17/20 at 7:30am
Updated 3pm PT on 3/14/20: I was planning on going to Kauai in March but have rescheduled my trip to Kauai for June. I have cancelled / rescheduled all the reservations below.
Good afternoon everyone, I hope your Friday is going well. As a sequel to yesterday’s post (I Cancelled My Trip to Ireland), we decided to go to Kauai instead for Laura’s spring break (we went to Kauai 2 years ago for Laura’s spring break as well). I checked flights from the Bay Area to Hawaii and flights were in the $100-$130 price range each way to all the Hawaiian Islands. Prices were so cheap that it was a better deal to pay for flights than to book award tickets.
Laura had ~52K Southwest Airlines Points in her account, so we booked 2 roundtrip tickets from Oakland (OAK) to Lihue, Kauai (LIH) using 50,292 SWA points and $22.40 in taxes/fees ($5.60 per person per flight). About an hour later, I checked the flight prices and saw a price drop. I immediately rebooked the SWA flight for free and saved 8,174 SWA points. This morning, I checked the flights again and saw more price drops. I quickly and easily rebooked those flights using the SWA app. After the dust settled, our SWA flights now cost a total of 35,087 SWA points (a savings of 15,205 SWA points in ~12 hours). I kind of feel bad that the prices keep dropping so dramatically (but I will keep checking the flight prices to see if they get any cheaper).
Good afternoon everyone. In the conclusion of my recent post, I stated that if I had to keep only 5 credit cards with annual fees, I would sadly have to close my hotel credit cards. After I wrote that post, I decided that I would rather downgrade my hotel credit cards to no annual fee credit cards like the Marriott Bold or American Express Hilton. I was curious if every hotel chain had a no annual fee credit card, so I decided to create this table showing the hotel brand, no annual fee credit card and the annual fee credit card. Some hotel brands have several credit cards with different annual fees, so I chose to show credit cards with annual fees in the $75-$95 range. A few things stood out to me… Hyatt was missing a no annual fee credit card.
|Hotel Brand||No Annual Fee Credit Card||Annual Fee Credit Card|
|Choice||Barclays Choice Privileges Visa Signature Credit Card||N/A|
|Hilton||American Express Hilton Honors Credit Card||American Express Hilton Honors Surpass Credit Card ($95)|
|Hyatt||N/A||Chase World of Hyatt Credit Card ($95)|
|IHG||Chase IHG Rewards Club Traveler Credit Card||Chase IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card ($89)|
|Marriott||Chase Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card||Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card ($95)|
|Radisson||US Bank Radisson Rewards Visa Credit Card||US Bank Radisson Rewards Premier Visa Signature Credit Card ($75)|
|Wyndham||Barclays Wyndham Rewards Visa Credit Card||Barclays Wyndham Rewards Visa Credit Card ($75)|
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 in the next week. Up first, American Airlines is offering up to a 26% discount, depending on the number of American Airlines AAdvantage Miles you purchase. This offer expires on January 12.