I recently celebrated a milestone birthday, and decided to treat myself (and the family) with a cruise. Rather than slog all the way to Florida, we decided to sail out of Galveston. Though I love … [Read more...] about Review: Four Points by Sheraton Galveston
I've been anticipating this milestone for a long time, and I finally made it over the hump. Lifetime Platinum status with Starwood Preferred Guest. I already have a lifetime status with an airline, … [Read more...] about Finally: Lifetime Platinum with Starwood Preferred Guest
Anyone who travels frequently knows about hotel "resort" fees. The fees, unfortunately, expanded to the point that they're hard to avoid in some markets. Largely leisure destinations such as Miami … [Read more...] about Hotel “Urban Destination Charge” Fees Are Spreading, Costing Travelers Big
Recently, the blogosphere exploded with the news that SWISS appeared to release First Class award space to Star Alliance partners. Usually, SWISS guards its First Class space closely, releasing award … [Read more...] about Aeroplan-Swiss Fiasco Illustrates Risk of Credit Card Points Transfers
The bulk of my travel is for business, which makes me fortunate to not have to pay out-of-pocket very often. I'm done with business trips for the year, and easily requalified for American Airlines … [Read more...] about Why I’m Mattress Running for Hotel Status
Since 2015 Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) and Uber have partnered to provide riders with Starwood points for each dollar spent on rides. The partnership has been a great way for Uber riders to earn … [Read more...] about SPG and Uber Terminate Partnership
Back in August, I relayed my issues with my SPG Amex bonus. Even though I hit my minimum spend in May, my bonus still hadn't posted. Well, the "quick fix" promised to me by Amex never came. Days … [Read more...] about UPDATE: SPG Amex Bonus Still Missing? Try @AskAmex
Marriott Rewards has been offering various promotions offering free rewards points for activity on social media. More details of these offers are covered by Caroline in her post from a few weeks ago. … [Read more...] about Is Marriott No Longer Offering 50 Rewards Points per Tweet?
Marriott MegaBonus Unlock More has finally been revealed and we are seeing a semi generous offer from Marriott. The Marriott Rewards MegaBonus “unlock more” initially seemed like a poorly executed … [Read more...] about What is Marriott’s Megabonus Unlock More?
While I typically bring my own shampoo and other products when traveling, I do occasionally use what the hotel provides if it is something I like. Strangely some of my more popular posts discuss when … [Read more...] about New Bath and Shower Amenities at Sheraton Hotels: Le Grand Bain