Some recent BRG success stories

Some recent BRG success stories

As you might have read we have started to help folks find BRGs recently. I wanted to share some recent success stories and learnings. – BRG rates can compete well with corporate rates – in order to file a BRG the hotel must have rooms available on the brand website, otherwise no claim will be […]

Posted on February 21, 2013 by in Travel Deals

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My 2013 hotel strategy based on the recent devaluations

My 2013 hotel strategy based on the recent devaluations

Christian Steen The last 4 weeks have been crazy with Intercontinental, Starwood, Hilton, Marriott (notable exception of the major chains is Hyatt so far) changing their award charts for the worse. Here are my reflections on my hotel strategy in 2013 so far. Marriott I did like the Megabonus promotion and had 6 stays last […]

Posted on February 21, 2013 by in Starwood Hotels

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Hiltons answer to Marriott, IHG and Starwood

Hiltons answer to Marriott, IHG and Starwood

Mrs. Gemstone Now that Priority Club, Starwood and Marriott have gotten the bad news out the door Hilton did not want to stand back. And being Hilton they managed to disappoint the last hopeful holdout! Reward Categories – We will be expanding to ten hotel reward categories to account for all of the new hotels […]

Posted on February 19, 2013 by in Hilton Honor

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How to file a Marriott Best Rate Guarantee claim (Look No Further claim)

How to file a Marriott Best Rate Guarantee claim (Look No Further claim)

This is the third post in our series about understanding BRGs. Now Marriott calls its version the Look No Further Guarantee but it's just the same thing. Marriott's BRG strength are it's rather flexible terms and it's speedy, no-nonsense processing. Here are the marriott.com BRG claim properly: 1) Identify Marriott hotels in the location you'd […]

Posted on February 18, 2013 by in Best Rate Guarantee, Marriott Rewards Points

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Thank you all for following!

Thank you all for following!

A big 'Thank You' to the person who just gave me the 1,000th Facebook Like! A big 'Thank You' to all 533 Twitter followers. And a big 'Thank You' to all 697 people who added me to their Google circles. Thanks a bunch for taking this journey with me!

Posted on February 16, 2013 by in Uncategorized

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The winner for the 10,000 American Express points is here

The winner for the 10,000 American Express points is here

jmoneyyyyyyy We have a winner! Thank you very much for participating in the 10,000 American Express giveaway! Almost 300 entries have been made into the giveaway. Lucky number 34 was selected by random.org True Random Number Generator. Congratulations Deb – you have left comment number 34 and your are the lucky winner of our giveaway. […]

Posted on February 16, 2013 by in Travel Deals

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Using LANPASS for flights in South America

Using LANPASS for flights in South America

Hector Garcia That LANPASS is a good award program for short awards is no secret but I finally got it to work for me yesterday. My itinerary is Buenos Aires – El Calafate Roundtrip (just to see the Perito Moreno Glacier) and a one-way trip from Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls. These flights, though rather […]

Posted on February 16, 2013 by in Travel Deals

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Great Business Class Deals to South America incl. Easter Island on AA/LAN

Great Business Class Deals to South America incl. Easter Island on AA/LAN

TheFlightDeal reports about the South America fare sale in business class for $1,009 – reportedly cheaper than the coach ticket. Valid for travel from April 1st – June 12th for Monday through Thursday departures. Matrix by ITA Software is not pricing this fare correctly. However, if you go on AA.COM and use the booking instructions […]

Posted on February 16, 2013 by in Uncategorized

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How to hack your way to cheap tickets in Argentina

How to hack your way to cheap tickets in Argentina

Argentina is an odd country. Hotels and food are very competitively priced with almost Bangkok-like offerings. However it's a tightly regulated economy in other sectors. So are airline tickets. My search in the last couple of days came up with some interesting anomalies. So here are your options for flights to Iguazu Falls, El Calafate, […]

Posted on February 15, 2013 by in Delta Skymiles

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Lifemiles e-Store Deal miles are posting

Lifemiles e-Store Deal miles are posting

Good news for everyone participating in the Lifemiles e-Store deal back in October – the first shoppers got their full miles today. Kudos to Avianca and the e-Store team for coming through with their promise! Nothing posted for me yet but I'll keep sending emails every day until I get a response!

Posted on February 15, 2013 by in Lifemiles

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My most embarrassing phone calls

My most embarrassing phone calls

Moyan_Brenn This hobby, which we all cherish, tens to put you into a number of awkward situations. Calling credit card companies, where you usually pretend to be an average customer, but often do know about the company's policies than the company's employees itself. This can create some odd situations – two calls stand out for […]

Posted on February 14, 2013 by in Travel Deals

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My Experience on Easter Island – Isla de Pascua

My Experience on Easter Island – Isla de Pascua

Up until late 2011 the British Airways Executive Club imposed very few routing and stopover rules. You were able to book as many stopovers as you wished and a route that needed to be somewhat logical between your point of origin and return. The best way to take advantage of this was to book an […]

Posted on February 13, 2013 by in Travel Deals

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My Top 10 favorite airline awards

My Top 10 favorite airline awards

Here's my list of my favorite airline awards. 1) Fly from Alaska (even the remote Barrow, AK or Adak, AK) to Lima, Peru for 30,000 American Advantage miles One-Way in Business with a free stop-over in SFO/ LAX 2) Lufthansa & others from the US to Asia with a stop-over in Europe in First Class […]

Posted on February 12, 2013 by in United Mileage Plus

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My Top 10 Club Carlson redemptions

My Top 10 Club Carlson redemptions

I bet you all participated in the Club Carlson promotions in 2011/2012. While points do not expire they are forfeited after 2 years of no account activity – so if you rarely use Radisson for regular stays make sure you use your points before they expire. Here are my personal top 10: 1) Radisson Royal […]

Posted on February 10, 2013 by in Club Carlson / Radisson

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$49 all in for San Francisco (SFO) to Los Angeles (LAX) one-way

$49 all in for San Francisco (SFO) to Los Angeles (LAX) one-way

There are some really good fares currently for the Los Angeles – San Francisco and return route offered by Virgin and American. Many dates are available. VALID FOR TRAVEL COMMENCING ON EACH TRIP ON/AFTER 03APR 13. TRAVEL ON THIS FARE COMPONENT MUST COMMENCE BY MIDNIGHT ON 08JUN 13. Now this is not mileage run material […]

Posted on February 8, 2013 by in Uncategorized

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How to earn 3x bonus Membership Rewards points on Amazon, Paypal and Bestbuy purchases

How to earn 3x bonus Membership Rewards points on Amazon, Paypal and Bestbuy purchases

American Express used to have a 'shopping mall' that allowed you to earn extra points when going through their shopping portal. Ultimate Rewards modeled it's portal to look much like AMEX's when it launched. It was VERY interesting for certain merchants like Apple which delivered up to 4x for purchases with an eligible participating card. […]

Posted on February 7, 2013 by in Travel Deals

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The Alaska Boardroom at Los Angeles Airport (LAX) Review

The Alaska Boardroom at Los Angeles Airport (LAX) Review

Courtesy of Lounge Club I was able to spend 90 minutes in the realms of the Alaska Boardroom at LAX yesterday. Believe it or not but I haven't been to an Alaska Boardroom before 🙂 The lounge setup is rather small with a lounge chairs, a work area and a full bar. The lounge became […]

Posted on February 7, 2013 by in Uncategorized

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The new Lounge Club at San Jose Airport (SJC) Review

The new Lounge Club at San Jose Airport (SJC) Review

My quick trip to Los Angeles yesterday gave me a chance to stop by the new Lounge Club at SJC. Lounge Club is similar to Priority Pass and usually allows its members access to existing airport lounges. Lounge Club offers a generous 2 visits free when you sign up using the code CHASEINK. MilesMomma has […]

Posted on February 7, 2013 by in Travel Deals

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An update on my hotel theft case

An update on my hotel theft case

Michael Gwyther-Jones A quick update on my pending case. The GM called this morning and he was polite but unapologetic. He gave me a quick pep talk along the lines 'Since I'm in this hotel no theft has ever happened. If an item gets lost it's always the guest who misplaces it and sometimes calls […]

Posted on February 5, 2013 by in World of Hyatt

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How to file a Best Rate Guarantee claim with Starwood

How to file a Best Rate Guarantee claim with Starwood

Starwood's BRG program is one of my favorite BRGs because it's easy to use and generally implements consumer friendly policies. Agents are kind and do their job with a lot of common sense. Terms & Conditions are here http://www.starwoodhotels.com/bestrate/terms.html. If a BRG claim at Starwood is approved you will receive: – the price as provided […]

Posted on February 2, 2013 by in Best Rate Guarantee, Starwood Hotels

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