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Hyatt’s Miraval Berkshires Wellness Resort: Bottom Line Review

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Recently, I spent 3 nights with my wife, mom, and uncle at the almost all-inclusive, Miraval Berkshires Wellness Resort in 3 separate rooms.  While my uncle used his own points, I used my Hyatt...

How to select seats on partner bookings

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It's common to book a trip through one airline that includes segments flown by other airlines.  For example, a trip booked through American Airlines might include segments flown by Alaska Airlines, British Airways, Qatar,...

Marriott Rules for extending free nights (update: rules are squishier than I previously thought)

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Yesterday, I had a great experience calling Marriott Bonvoy.  Whaaat?  Lately, most news about Marriott's loyalty program has been bad.  They seem to Bonvoy us every chance they get (like when they recently decided...
Singapore Airlines Krisflyer Spontaneous Escapes

Singapore Spontaneous Escapes: premium economy to Europe and Singapore on sale from the US

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Singapore Airlines is out with its latest "Spontaneous Escapes" discounts, with this month's deals available to book until 8/31/22 for travel between 9/1/22 to 9/30/22 (though note that the US to Frankfurt route is...

Want to see Hyatt’s full footprint? There’s a map.

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I learned something new today thanks to a prolific poster in our Frequent Miler Insiders group named Brant. I have long known that Hyatt has a page that lists its properties by category and...

Virgin Red: Caribbean or Mediterranean cruise for 2 people for 110k-120K pts

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Virgin Red is the points program that combines all of the different spheres of Virgin's travel companies. Using Virgin Red, you can earn and spend Virgin points when staying at Virgin Hotels, flying with...

The road not taken: Greg’s abandoned plans for 3 Cards 3, Continents

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Here's a piece of hard-earned advice: If an ANA rep tells you that they don't need your credit card security code to finalize an award, the wrong response is "Oh, OK."  On August 3rd,...

Hilton Honors Complete Guide

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Hilton Honors is the loyalty program for Hilton hotels & resorts and their many brands worldwide. While Hilton has gotten a bit of a bad rap in the frequent traveler community over the past...

Award spotlight: Rancho Santana, Nicaragua

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Rancho Santana is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts and is bookable with Choice Privileges points.  I stumbled upon this place when researching options for my 3 Cards 3 Continents trip, and even...

(EXPIRED) Business class Delta One space for 4+ from New York to Berlin in...

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If you've been looking for flat bed business class across the pond for a family of four in summer 2023, you may be in luck. A couple of days ago, a member of our...

“Special Offers” can make IHG worth another look

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Between now and Sunday, I will be buying IHG points; the only question is how many will I buy? In my case, I am buying IHG One Rewards points in part because of our...

Rolling the dice on Round the World award space

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In order to improve my Round the World award plans, I took a chance... I cancelled an award with the hopes that available award seats would re-appear on certain segments.  I lost that bet,...

20% Transfer Bonus from Capital One to British Airways Avios

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In addition to the Flying Blue transfer bonus that we wrote about earlier, Capital One is also offering a 20% bonus when transferring Capital One Miles to British Airways Avios (and thus potentially to...

25% transfer bonus from Citi ThankYou to Avianca LifeMiles

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Avianca LifeMiles is offering a 25% transfer bonus when you transfer Citi ThankYou points to Avianca LifeMiles. If you have Citi ThankYou points, this can make some of Avianca's already sweet spots downright indulgent. The...

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