Spirit Airlines is notorious for nickel and diming travelers. In this post, you’ll learn a few tips on how to beat Spirit at their own game and get where you need to go in the most economical fashion.Read More
Last week I wrote a post about how I transferred the 90,000 Iberia Plus Avios I “earned” through the best deal of the year over to British Airways Executive Club which expired immediately due to inactivity for 3 years. I chose to make this transfer for a few reasons, first and foremost, I hoped to extend the life of my Avios beyond December 1, 2018 (we’ll see if that works out). Second, I hate dealing with Iberia on award travel. Their website never shows the correct availability and their customer service reps make United’s CSRs look like Chick-fil-A employees....Read More
A word of caution to those who are considering moving their Iberia Plus Avios obtained through the recent 9,000 point per flight promo, over to British Airways. I checked my point balance this morning, and they’re gone. I decided to move my points over on the 28th after news broke that Iberia was no longer restricting transfers. I tend to use my One World currencies for domestic American Airlines flights, and I’ve found working with Iberia to book anything of this nature is a nightmare. I find BA Executive Club’s website shows more AA flights than Iberia’s does, so...Read More
New Orleans is a very special place, unlike anywhere else. Anyone who has visited and ventured off of Bourbon St can attest. I recently made a quick trip to the crescent city and chose the Hyatt Centric to use one of my quickly expiring free night certificates, which I got from the Hyatt credit card (It can also be booked for 15,000 points). The location of this property couldn’t be any better! Its located in the heart of the French Quarter, close to everything, yet still in a quite enough area so you can get some sleep. Check-in Getting to the hotel on a Friday evening proved to be quite challenge. Traffic getting into the quarter is a pain, but we eventually made it and dropped the car with valet for $42 per night. There are some parking garages in the vicinity, but the price difference was maybe $10 from what I saw. My first impressions of this property were much better than expected, given my experience at other Centrics, like Chicago. The front desk agent had that classic New Orleans “I do not care” attitude, gave me the room I booked and sent me on my way. Now, I don’t expect suite upgrades as an Explorist, but I thought I may at-least get a room on a higher floor, or possibly a view. Nope. When I walked in to...Read More
In honor of my wife’s recent book release, she and I are hosting a giveaway for an Amazon Fire HD Tablet + an e-book copy of the The Second Chance Brides Collection. If you need a good read for an upcoming trip, check out this collection available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon and Target. I’ll admit that this is a shameless plug, but since a tablet is always useful for travel, we thought this would be a good way to justify it on Travel Update 🙂 The Second Chance Brides Collection Summary: From the girls who lost their beaus to war, to the...Read More
Thanks to my friends at the Front Range Travel Hackers page on Facebook for pointing out that Priority Pass has just added a new restaurant at Denver International in Terminal C. The Timberline Steakhouse and Grill is giving members a credit of $28 per person toward their bill, depending on your level of Priority Pass membership. As a Denver based flyer, I plan to use this benefit on departure and arrival. Here are some details about Timberline Hours: 6am – 10pm (Sunday – Friday) 6am – 9pm (Saturday) Menu: View here Location: Airside – after Security, go to Concourse C...Read More
Given the recent loss of benefits on the Citi Prestige card (i.e. Admirals Club access, free golf, 4th night free no matter the cost, etc.), I thought I’d give them a call to see if I could get a retention offer out of them before they release any new benefits as they are rumored to do later this month (HT: DoC). Calling now would give me more leverage if needed. To give you an idea of where I’m at, I signed up for the card last July and have put about $18k in spend on it (most of that was...Read More
There are a lot of things to love about the Andaz Maui Wailea, it has the best hotel beach on Maui, in my opinion, and the pools are great as well. This is a great Hyatt award redemption if you can find the availabilityRead More
IHG is sending targeted offers for 10,000 back after purchasing Ambassador with cash or points. Combine this with other offers to get it for 13,800 points.Read More
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