Booking Award Travel

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We often get asked this question, “Do we use points/miles for ALL travel?” The answer is no. While credit card points and miles cover most of our travel, it does not cover all of it. If you are trying to cover every single expense for your own travel, you might end up frustrated. Or, at […]

Business class seats on airplane

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What is a waitlisted flight, and is it a viable option? Recently, I had an experience with one on Singapore Airlines. Alex, Jess, and I decided to book a trip to Singapore, and Jess did an outstanding job of convincing us that the Premium Economy on Singapore would be “just fine.” There was this incredible […]

woman and young girl walking on Japanese street

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With the recent Hyatt award chart changes, the Hyatt Place Kyoto is one of the hotels making a rare downgrade in a category. It was previously a Category 3 Hyatt hotel, but as of March 26, 2024, it is a Category 2. This makes standard nights only 8k points per night! While traveling during the […]

Aerial view of city with red tower in middle

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Tokyo was the last city we visited on our 2.5 week family trip to South Korea and Japan. There are so many hotels in Tokyo that it was difficult to narrow down where our family of 5 would stay for our three nights. Pam and Jess had previously stayed at the Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills […]

Boat on a beach

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On my recent trip to Roatan, Honduras, I had pizza at Pizzarama. This restaurant is located at Bananarama, a Dive and Beach Resort less than half a mile from the Kimpton Roatan, where I was staying. While the pizza was good, the resort was not somewhere that I would ever want to stay. Once again, […]

Asian shrine near water

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Seoul, South Korea was the first stop of our family of five’s 2.5 week trip to South Korea and Japan. I originally booked two rooms at the Holiday Inn Express Seoul Hongdae with IHG points. However, after realizing we would want more comfort for our first few nights in Asia while we adjust to the […]

Sandy beach with loungers

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Earlier this year, Hyatt announced the end of its partnership with Small Luxury Hotels of the World as of May 15, 2024 (😢). They also announced their partnership with Mr. and Mrs. Smith Hotels, which just went live. Let’s talk about Hyatt and Mr. and Mrs. Smith Hotels for those unfamiliar with this brand.   […]

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Generally, hotels attached to airport terminals don’t excite me. There are a few exceptions. One is the Westin at Denver International and, more recently, the Grand Hyatt at SFO. I was pleasantly surprised by my recent stay at the Grand Hyatt at SFO. Alex, Jess, and I arrived at SFO too late to continue to our […]

Large tower on bank of river

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I love Air France/KLM for getting to Europe on points and miles. One reason is the Flying Blue Promo Rewards that come out on the first day of every month. Check out my post detailing the four reasons I love Air France. These are such good deals, so I will update this post monthly to […]

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Finally! The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card has a public sign-up bonus increase! 🎉 We’ve been waiting for this! The Chase Sapphire Preferred is our absolute favorite card for beginners to start with for so many reasons: Great transfer partners Redeem points for 1.25 cents/point in the travel portal 5x points on travel purchased through Chase 2x […]

Hotel room in grey and white colors

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Getting a hotel room upgrade is easier than you think. Sometimes, all you need to do is ask. Of course, it helps if you are celebrating a special occasion too. Honeymoons, birthdays, and anniversaries are all things that can help your cause. However, writing a nice letter asking for an upgrade or letting the general […]

White blossoms on trees of city

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Like most of our readers, I usually pick our next trip destination and then plan and book everything for our family. I’m lucky that my husband is always up for whatever big plans I have for us, but I still occasionally ask if he has any ideas or requests. When I asked him what his […]

Colorful gold statue near grey mountain

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When we planned our trip to Singapore, we decided to country-hop to Kuala Lumpur on points & miles, too. Kuala Lumpur is Malaysia’s capital city and is known for its iconic Petronas Twin Towers, bustling street markets, and delicious street food. We had heard great things about it – what were our thoughts?   Flights […]

Large city with towers near waters edge

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Somehow, I got roped into flying Singapore Airlines in premium economy to Singapore—a long 17-hour flight. It all started when an unbelievable deal was available on Singapore Airlines thanks to a global redemption sale they were having with 25% off economy and premium economy seats. Instead of redeeming 75K miles each way in premium economy […]

Hotel with three towers

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Singapore has long been on my radar to visit. When Singapore Airlines had a recent sale on Premium Economy seats, Jess convinced Alex and me to make a trip. You can read about how I survived Premium Economy later this week. Did Singapore on points and miles live up to the hype that I had […]

Grey building with geometric design

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When we decided to go to Singapore, we knew that we wanted to stay at the Andaz Singapore. Standard rooms are available for 25K Hyatt points/night as it is a Category 6 hotel. We could have fit the three of us in a standard room, but we redeemed a Suite Upgrade Award for an Andaz […]

Woman sitting in airplane suite

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We often hear that people are interested in using credit card points and miles for cheap travel, but worry about the learning curve, the organization, and the time it takes to master everything. If this grandma of 21 can do it, you can, too! Let me take you on a month of my travels and […]

Sunset water view with palm trees.

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I’ve used credit card points to stay at two amazing beach resorts within the last year. The Kimpton Roatán vs. the Kimpton Seafire is on tap today. Who will emerge victorious in this battle of the Kimptons?  Head to Head: Kimpton Roatán or Kimpton Seafire—which comes out on top?   How to Book Both of […]

White hotel near ocean

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I just completed my first stay at the Kimpton Grand Roatán in Honduras. What were my thoughts? Would I return? Stay tuned as I tell you all about it.   Flights to Honduras My United flight to Honduras included an overnight stay in Houston. This flight was bookable for 40K United miles round-trip (20K United […]

United Airplane

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Big news for those who fly United Airlines—United now allows miles pooling! This is especially beneficial if you are traveling with someone with elite status who can book a better seat. For instance, I am Platinum Elite on United. My daughters and I are planning a trip this summer to Portugal. There is a very […]

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Virgin Red is Virgin’s group-wide rewards club while Flying Club is Virgin Atlantic’s frequent flyer club. While they’re technically two separate programs, you can link your accounts and share points between both. American Express, Chase, and Citi all transfer to Virgin Atlantic. Capital One transfers to Virgin Red, but by linking your accounts, you can […]

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