Award Booking

El Capitan Hotel Merced California: Bottom Line Review

Last week, I tagged along with my wife to Merced where she had been invited to deliver a talk at the University of California Merced.  We spent three nights at Hyatt's El Capitan Hotel...

Lap infant sweet spot: Turkish charges 10% of the miles for a lap infant

In researching options for a couple of anticipated family trips over the next year, I recently stumbled on a lap infant sweet spot that I hadn't previously known about: Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles...

Kids in business class: Saving miles on child award tickets

The baby in business class debate always stirs the pot, and I've written in the past about why I travel with my kids, so I don't intend to rehash any of that discussion. Rather,...

Finding Qatar availability and booking it without moving Avios

On the Frequent Miler on the Air podcast this past weekend, the Question of the Week was about finding Qatar Airways award availability. Greg relayed a reader tip about how to find availability without...

A new way to find Singapore award availability

Greg wrote this post about Singapore award availability over two years ago, right before the pandemic started, and it didn't get quite the attention it deserved...from me anyway. I stumbled across this again a...

Wow! IHG to offer real elite benefits. Watch out Marriott.

IHG has finally released details of their new rewards program.  The new program borrows liberally from Hyatt and, in my opinion, competes very well with Marriott.  Confirmed suite upgrades, free lounge access, and free...

World of Hyatt Complete Guide

World of Hyatt is, by far, my favorite hotel loyalty program.  Points are easy to earn (largely through their partnership with Chase), and Hyatt's generous award chart makes it possible to get huge value...

My IHG Free Night Strategy [On Greg’s Mind]

I’m a fan of IHG’s revamped  Premier card and its new business card twin. For only $99 per year, both cards offer Platinum Elite status, up to $50 per year in United Airlines TravelBank credit, 4th...

Park Hyatt NYC: Bottom Line Review

I recently went to New York City for one night to attend an event celebrating the official launch of the Bilt card.  I also had a category 1-7 Hyatt free night certificate that was...
5 is greater than 10

Booking 10+ Night Marriott Stay? Booking 5 Nights At A Time Could Save You...

The loyalty programs for IHG, Hilton and Marriott all offer free nights on longer award stays, with each program's feature having its own unique quirks. Hilton gives every 5th night free, but only for people...

Zemi Beach House LXR, Anguilla: Bottom Line Review

Before I begin, fair warning: I'm going to gush. And I don't often gush. My wife and I have been wanting to visit Anguilla for years, but the combination of on-and-off flights from the...
Air France

(EXPIRED) Air France/KLM Flying Blue Promo Rewards: 25% off US – Europe

The Flying Blue Promo Awards are out for April and several US routes to Europe are on sale: economy tickets to Europe from Atlanta, Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles are now available for...

(EXPIRED) 25% Transfer Bonus from AMEX Membership Rewards to Marriott Bonvoy

American Express is offering card members a 25% bonus when transferring from Membership Rewards to Marriott Bonvoy. With the 25% bonus, 1,000 Membership Rewards points will result in 1,250 Marriott Bonvoy points. The Deal 25%...
Air France Flying Blue

(EXPIRED) 25% Transfer Bonus from Chase Ultimate Rewards to Air France/KLM Flying Blue

Chase is offering a limited-time 25% bonus when transferring Ultimate Rewards to Flying Blue (Air France/KLM). With the bonus, the transfer rate is 1 UR - 1.25 Flying Blue Miles.  There are some very...

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