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“World’s Best” Round the World Trip w/ Points

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Sometimes an idea gets stuck in my head and I can't shake it until I've fleshed it out.  A week ago, I published "The Best Points-Bookable Hotels in the World" based on Travel &...

Marriott fans the rumor flames

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Marriott is fanning the flames of the rumor mill this week as they unveiling new offers on their credit cards that include a newly-established 85K free night certificate on the Brilliant card. On this...

Bonvoy Brilliant: Grab the awesome bonus now or wait for better?

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Are the rumored Bonvoy Brilliant changes real?  Yesterday Marriott and Amex may have tipped their hand when they unveiled limited time enhanced welcome bonuses for their Bonvoy cards.  In particular, the Bonvoy Brilliant welcome...
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Marriott Mena House, Cairo: Amazing Pyramid Views! Bottom Line Review

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Just before Greg and Nick went gallivanting on their Passing The GUC trip, my wife and I went on our own international adventure to Dubai, Egypt and Jordan as a surprise trip for her...

Ways to save on sea plane transfers in the Maldives

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One question that we received a lot of times both during and after our recent trip the Le Meridien Maldives was "How much did the sea plane transfer cost?" and "Is there any way...

Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa: Guide & Review

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Marriott's Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa opened September 1st 2021.  Just 10 days later, Nick and I visited the resort for a brief 3 night stay.  It was fantastic!  We didn't experience any...

Re-Bilt: rent rewards card makes big improvements

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Update: For those interested in the Bilt Rewards Mastercard, you can skip the waitlist with code FM4BILT. See this post for more details. Bilt is a relatively new credit card that launched earlier this year with...

Chase “Pay Yourself Back”

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In May 2020, Chase introduced a fantastic new benefit for select cardholders: "Pay Yourself Back".  The basic idea is that you can exchange your Chase Ultimate Rewards points for statement credits against certain categories...

The Best Points-Bookable Hotels in the World

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Travel & Leisure recently published The Top 100 Hotels in the World for 2021.  It's fun to peruse the list and dream about visiting some of these amazing destinations.  It's even more fun, in my...

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...

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