Up to 65,000 Bonus Hyatt Points This Summer (Targeted Promotion)

Hyatt summer 2015 promotion

Hyatt Gold Passport emailed some customers yesterday with a targeted summer promotion that offers up to 65,000 bonus points for staying up to 25 qualifying nights (HT: One Mile at a Time). 30,000 bonus points after 15 nights 15,000 additional points after 20 total nights 20,000 additional points after 25 total nights Others on FlyerTalk received different offers, such as 20,000 … [Read more...]

When Are Hotel Loyalty Programs Worth the Extra Cost?

hotel loyalty programs

From the desk of the Devil's Advocate… A few months ago at the #WestCoastDO (which I wrote about here) I got to spend some time chatting with Grant Thomas, founder, owner, and non-executive chairman of the blog Travel With Grant. I'm a fan of Grant's blog and I especially enjoyed meeting Grant himself. He is what people my age refer to as "a good kid." Note that I mean this as a total compliment, … [Read more...]

Find the Best Airline or Hotel Transfer Partner


For the infrequent traveler -- and even some of the most frequent travelers -- it makes sense to accumulate points with a generic bank rewards program rather than a specific loyalty program affiliated with an airline or hotel. What I'm referring to are programs like Chase Ultimate Rewards, Amex Membership Rewards, and Citi ThankYou Rewards. Yes, they do say that you can redeem them for any flight … [Read more...]

The Best Hotel Policies for Free Internet Access

Free WiFi Cover

In my comparison of the best hotel loyalty programs earlier this morning, I explained that I no longer included Internet access among the list of benefits. Why? It's no longer a differentiating factor. Nearly ever hotel offers free WiFi, and so it's difficult to distinguish between them when all I have is a small space in a large table. But there are important distinctions in how this benefit … [Read more...]

Should You Use Avios for Hotel Bookings?

Avios Hotel 2

I got this question a few weeks ago, and my sister has long used Avios for booking hotels. (I didn't say I approved, only that she does it. You try telling my sister what to do.) But in light of the recent Avios devaluation, Ann's question is more relevant: I read many of the blogs and wonder why no one ever talks about using airline miles to book hotels in Europe?  Specifically, I have BA … [Read more...]

Get 1,000 Bonus Miles for Referring a Friend to PointsHound

PointsHound winter refer-a-friend

If you still haven't booked your hotel for this year's winter break, consider trying PointsHound. It's a site I've written about many times before that makes it easy to earn airline miles or other types of reward points when you book. Now through December 31, encourage a friend to create an account with PointsHound, and you and your friend will each earn 1,000 bonus miles. The miles won't post … [Read more...]

IHG Acquires Kimpton, and Hopefully They Won’t Screw It Up

Seattle Alexis 3

Some of my favorite hotels have no associated loyalty program. Others, like Kimpton, do have a loyalty program but not one that uses a traditional rewards currency. That unique, boutiquey attitude is exactly what I like about it and what led me to stay there several times over the last two years. Megan and I even hosted our wedding party at Seattle's Alexis Hotel. News broke last night that … [Read more...]