YMMV Travel Deals: Tuesday., Jan. 22, 2019

When we see travel deals, we always want to spread the word. So as we see them, we make sure to let you know. They run the gamut from hotels to flights to points to miles to car rentals and even stuff you need while you’ll traveling, like equipment, Uber discounts, theme park tickets, food for when you’re on the road, etc.

Heads up that some of these deals might be really limited in time or amount, or some could go on for days or longer. Some deals might be good for some people and not so much for others. There may be better deals out there and we just don’t know about them. We take no responsibility for any transaction you may or may not do; we’re just telling you what’s we’ve seen that’s out there at that very moment and it’s up to you to decide if it’s something useful, beneficial and worth it for you, and if you can take advantage of it before it’s too late.

Here’s what’s out there right now:

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The World’s First Entirely Vegan Hotel Suite Is Now Taking Reservations – And You Can Use Points!

You can find niche hotels just about anywhere. The Stadhaus Hotel is run by people with physical, mental or intellectual challenges. Cabin is a “hotel on wheels” of sorts, wherein you can fall asleep in one city and wake up in another. Gayhotels.com helps members of the LGBTQ+ community find hotels that are gay or “accredited” gay friendly places to stay. So it’s really no surprise that vegan hotels, usually identified as simply without meat or fish on their restaurants’ menus, have popped up all around the world in recent years.

But for travelers who are looking for a place to stay that uses vegan friendly materials,  there’s now an entire vegan suite available that not only has the thumbs up from The Vegan Society, but is even bookable by points because it’s owned by an international hotel company!

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Why I Choose To Earn Fewer​ Points On My Cell​ Phone Bill Each Month

Earning points on recurring charges, like your cell phone bill, is an easy way to build your balances without much effort. All you need to do is set up a monthly payment with the card you have that earns the biggest bonus for that category and you’re set. I have a card that earns 5x points on telecommunication charges, so why would I willingly choose to pay my bill each month with a card that earns less?

When making decisions like this, I rarely just pick the card that earns the most points. While that’s a major factor in my decision, there are several other things that can influence me to use another card. As I’ve written before, I’m generally a risk-averse person and if I have to give up a few miles here and there for a little piece of security, that’s a choice I’ll usually make.

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Experiencing “Dark” Disney & Universal Attractions With The Lights On

Some attractions at Disneyland (DL), Walt Disney World (WDW) and the Universal parks are nearly 100% outdoors – DL’s Grizzly Peak, WDW’s Slinky Dog Dash Roller Coaster and UO’s One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish all come to mind. Other attractions (DL’s Radiator Springs Racers, WDW’s Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Roller Coasters and Uni’s Jurassic Park, for examples) are partially outdoors and partially indoors, which gives the parks the opportunity to control more aspects of the ride experience. Still other attractions are nearly 100% indoors – i.e. The Haunted Mansion and Soarin’ at the Disney parks, or Harry Potter & The Forbidden Journey or Despicable Me at Uni – besides even more control over the experience, it also protects guests from the weather (which is more of an issue at the Florida-based parks that have to deal with more rain, thunder, lightning and extreme heat and humidity than their California-based counterparts).

Many of the partially and completely indoor rides are considered to be “dark” rides, which means the rooms you go through are dark, either to make it seem scarier (i.e. Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, E.T. Adventure) or to get the riders to focus on whatever the “lit up” scene they’re up to (i.e. DL’s Monsters, Inc., WDW’s Journey Into Imagination, Universal’s Revenge of The Mummy).

There are occasional opportunities to see “dark rides” with the lights on – Disney Cast Members are sometimes allowed to experience the attractions that way, and there are occasional behind-the-scenes tours at the various theme parks for guests to have the experience. When something goes wrong on a dark ride, the emergency lights sometimes go on, which is also a way to see these usually “dark” rides in a whole new way. Several videos of these “special” experiences have been captured on video, and we gathered a bunch of them. Enjoy!

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Why You Should Keep Your Sapphire Preferred Card

The $95 annual fee was due for Sharon’s Chase Sapphire Preferred card. That’s the time each year when I think about the card’s benefits vs. the cost and if I should keep, downgrade or cancel it. After giving it some thought, I decided that we’d keep the card but that didn’t mean I wouldn’t try to get a retention offer from Chase.

I had Sharon call (she hates these calls so I try to not to make her do them often) and she was told by a representative that there were no offers available for us right now. As per the notes I gave Sharon, she thanked them for looking and said that we could keep the card for now.

Chase Sapphire Preferred

The Sapphire Preferred is a good card for $95 but we hardly use it anymore now that I have the Sapphire Reserve. I was updating the annual fee spreadsheet and gave one more look at deciding if I wanted to keep the card or not. Continue reading “Why You Should Keep Your Sapphire Preferred Card”