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Would we return to the Maldives?

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This week we recorded Frequent Miler on the Air in the air on the way home from the Passing the GUC adventure. As we flew away from the Maldives, whether or not we would return...

Le Meridien Maldives Villa Selection: Which is Best?

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The all new Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa is an incredible steal when booked with points.  It also happens to be an awesome resort regardless of price (see: Le Meridien Maldives first impressions: Wow!). ...

Luxurious ways to fly to the Maldives using miles

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Having just spent three nights in the Maldives, I can't help but think about returning to the Maldives using miles to get there in luxury and comfort. In the past, I've said that the...
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Hilton Extending Status, Rolling Over Elite Nights, Maintaining Reduced Status Requirements & More

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Hilton has come out with a very welcome announcement today advising that they'll be once again extending elite status for all of next year. That's not all though - elite nights from 2021 will...

The GUC stops here: Our incredible adventure

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While I'm writing this post, Nick and I are on the final leg of our whirlwind GUC adventure.  As a reminder, "GUC" rhymes with "buck," and stands for "Global Upgrade Certificate".  These certificates can...

Latest News from Passing the GUC: From the dog house to the delft house...

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Nothing says "welcome home" like the tiny dutch houses they give out on KLM business class flights. With these houses earning Nick 15K points and KLM itself earning him 20K points, Nick's blown the...

How Nick booked activities – and why he’d hesitate to use Viator again

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Over the past week, Greg and I have had a blast on our Passing the GUC trip and done some awesome activities. I stacked the booking of those activities to get the best deals...

Overwater villas in the Maldives, bookable with Marriott points

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I'm currently updating this post from my awesome overwater villa at Le Méridien Maldives!  This Marriott resort currently (and incredibly) costs only 35K points standard (30K off-peak, 40K peak) and offers an overwater villa...

Le Meridien Maldives first impressions: Wow!

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I plan to write a more comprehensive review soon, but first there's this: In my opinion (based on about 24 hours of experience), Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa is awesome.  Thanks to our...
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Last Chance Deals: Point Spending Offers, Best Buy Amex Offer, Hyatt Promos & More

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Welcome to our weekly list of what’s ending this week as well as a collection of some other deals that are due to end soon. There are quite a few deals ending this week, half of...

Navigating international travel during COVID and maximizing points along the way

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This week has been a wild one for Greg and I with nonstop travel and activities for the past week as we spend time on our Passing the GUC (Delta Global Upgrade Certificate) challenge....

Tips for booking “just in case” flights

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When booking travel, there are times when it makes sense to have backup plans.  Maybe, for example, you absolutely have to make it to the departure city for that expensive cruise you bought.  Or,...

Prince Suite at the Grand Hyatt Dubai: amazing use of Hyatt points

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Greg and I spent the past two nights at the Grand Hyatt Dubai. I booked the Prince Suite, a suite that was available at the standard rate for about $2,300 per night during our...

My experience applying a Ritz Club Upgrade Certificate

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Chase's Ritz-Carlton credit card is one of my favorite ultra-premium cards.  For $450 per year, the card offers an annual free night certificate good at any Marriott costing 50K points or less, $300 in...

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