We bring you SPG Exclusives, a few articles about hotel loyalty, more on gift card arbitrage, earn more bank bonuses, visit Hyatt Zilara in Cancun and the Four Points by Sheraton in Havana and lots more.
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Thanks for the kind comments on my son’s Hong Kong trip post. By the way, he is in his second year at the University of Michigan studying Computer Science in the College of Engineering. 3.8 GPA and good all around hard working kid so far. He is looking for a spring/summer internship and his interests are software engineering and web technology/applications. Looking to learn and contribute. Let me know if you know of anyone interested, maybe it is you!
If you are going to use Airbnb (email me for a referral if you need one) and want to earn some miles, even if they are Delta Skymiles, click HERE. Why not, never say no to freeeeeee miles!
Try your luck to see if you get any SPG exclusive offers. I always get nada, good luck!
Looks like the Chase Ink Preferred Signup Bonus will increase to 100,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points. Darn you Chase for messing up all our routines in obtaining travel rewards cards. Maybe with my slowdown across the board….maybe I can snag one of these 100k cards one day #dreaming So, hold off if you were planning to go for it!
Many are going to Cuba so if you wanted to see what the Four Points Sheraton in Havana is like, here is a review.
I see an interest in this lately, so here is a review of the restaurants in the Hyatt Zilara in Cancun.
Some interesting commentary from 8 top execs telling us where hotel loyalty is headed next. Mostly BS but some good nuggets of information in there, such as, going on record that Accor will incorporate the Fairmont Presidents Club into its own program (yes I am crying). I also think Wyndham betting on simplicity may be up to something as many of these points schemes are appearing more and more to be, well, schemes! And the BS from the Hilton guy was so much you needed two shovels, wow!
Another one on hotel loyalty: Hotel loyalty programs get more hospitable. Finally, calling out the Amazon “enhancement” in the new Hilton program for what it is, a horrendous use of points! The Wyndham guy is back on the simplicity thing and the Hilton guy is now in shovel #3.
All the ads that ran during the Superbowl. I did not think this year’s ads were that great.
I am sure you saw it but just in case you missed it, here is Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer in SNL. I never liked her as an actress but, wow, she nailed this role.You know we really appreciate humor here at TBB.
When someone tries to sell you a Buffer Annuity product,
walk run away!
Hey ladies and gents, this site can not afford private jets and stuff like that. But sometimes I wish I was in Russia where I can have a TU-144 in my backyard!
This also went viral, just in case you missed it. The Girl And Her Dog Saving Mom Goat and her baby in a raging snowstorm. Hey, inspiration is part of the blog mission statement too! I just hope it is not a photo shop fraud lol.
This section is for advanced level hobbyists and veteran blog readers.
For the Detroit based reader going to France this summer who recently got the Hilton Reserve card, read this post: Is Hilton Diamond Force for Award Stays Still a Thing?. Good info on how the 2 free nights work in general and more…
As the credit card restrictions have settled in our space the past few years, the bank bonuses are becoming more popular among us addicts looking for the next
crack score! Here are two posts on the subject:
My 2016 Roundup of Bank Account Bonuses by Travel With Grant
My latest travel hacking score:
One night in the Fairmont Grand Del Mar (google it, awesome place!)
In the Prado Suite. Got lost in it and had a hard time deciding which bathroom to use lol.
Superbowl All You Can Eat party buffet for $40 (wings, nachos, amazing burgers, hot dogs, salads, chili, fries, etc etc) Yes I made several trips!
Two cocktails and a diet Coke
Full Breakfast ordered off the menu including at least 6 cup of coffee
Rode one BMW bike and crashed it (just scratches thankfully, it could have been a lot worse, phew!)
6 bars of soap, yes I always take them I haven’t bought soap in years!
They did not get me a Platinum welcome amenity. I did not complain (I forgot!)
At checkout I was asked if I want $0.83 to go on the credit card on file. I said, no here is $1. I got 17 cents in change.
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