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Vacasa success: Entire cabin booked for 15K Wyndham points per night (transferred from Capital...

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Vacasa Vacation Rentals is my new favorite use for Capital One miles. I haven't checked in for my first stay with them yet, but this week I successfully made my first booking and I'm...

Hyatt Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas. Bottom Line Review.

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After falling in love with the Alila Ventana Big Sur, I was excited to try out another of the three Alila hotels in the U.S. (the third is Alila Napa Valley).  Alila Marea is...

Huge if true: Convert Capital One cash back to miles by moving rewards

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In response to my post this morning about the ascending value of Capital One's rewards program, a reader commented to note a couple of fascinating data points indicating that cash back rewards earned on the...
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Transferable Points Programs: Amex vs Chase vs Citi vs Capital One vs Brex

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This Report Card for Transferable Points Programs post has been updated to account for Capital One adding a new 1 to 1 transfer tier and additional partners.  Nick recently posted his preferences, and so...

A new transferable currency hierarchy (on Nick’s mind)

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Before this week, I think that most points and miles enthusiasts would have easily placed Amex Membership Rewards points and Chase Ultimate Rewards points indisputably at the top of the transferable currency world (we...

A second look at Radisson – did it actually get much better?

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Yesterday, we reported on the unveiling of the new Radisson Hotels Americas program and award chart. My first reaction upon reading the details and skimming the award chart was downright negative (See: Bad news:...

Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain Tucson. Bottom Line Review.

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Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain is a small full-service resort nestled in the mountains northwest of Tucson, Arizona.  I booked our stay with a 7-night Marriott category 6 travel package certificate, bought years ago when...

Capital One “Miles” no longer make me mad (on my mind)

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Big news today from Capital One!  As Nick detailed earlier today, Capital One "miles" now transfer 1 to 1 to several airline and hotel programs.  They've also added a few new transfer partners including...

Capital One ups their game, adds Turkish and some 1:1 partners, airport lounges

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After all these years, it turns out mom and dad were right all along. Despite my advice, my parents have long insisted that they only needed a single Capital One credit card that earns 2...

New IHG Sweet Spot: Dynamic Pricing + 4th Night Free For Huge Savings

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Update 4/18/21: Seeing as IHG has been playing games with dynamic pricing recently (see this post and this subsequent update), I thought it'd be worth resurfacing this post which shows how to take advantage...

The revised Platinum card coming soon (like it or not)

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Are you ready to pay $695 a year to hold a shiny credit card? Are other issuers going to follow suit? What is the deal with this incredible annual fee creep on the ultra-premium...

Nick cancelled a Turkish award ticket to Hawaii today; here’s how it went

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I was so excited last fall when I found three saver business class seats on the nonstop United flight from Newark to Honolulu -- and on a (convenient) Sunday morning! I was quick to get it...

Turkish Miles & Smiles Complete Guide

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A few years ago, we were the first blog to uncover the killer story with Turkish Miles & Smiles that you can fly one-way within the United States -- including to/from Alaska and Hawaii...

Surviving the car rental apocalypse by stepping outside the box

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A few weeks ago, we published a post highlighting what is being dubbed by some as a car rental apocalypse. Over the past few months, we have seen more and more reports from travelers...

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