First Bubonic Plague, Now This? And This One Could Happen To Any Of Us…

Not long ago, I wrote about a couple that had died of bubonic plague after eating an infected animal. This resulted in several tourists from the U.S. and other countries who were in the town where the couple fell ill to be under quarantine while over 100 others were under close supervision. (By the way, I’ve updated that link to include the aftermath of the event).

Now that’s done, apparently we had another travel-related death. This time it’s rabies and honestly, it’s the kind of situation that could happen to any of us.

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Is Citi Delaying Prestige Fourth Night Free Credits On Purpose?

One of the best benefits of the Citi Prestige card is its Fourth Night Free benefit for hotel stays. For stays of 4 nights or longer, you’ll receive a credit for the average room rate price during your stay. That is, until September 2019 when two major changes to this benefit take effect:

  1. You can only use the Fourth Night Free benefit twice a calendar year
  2. All bookings must be made on the Citi ThankYou website or by calling 800-THANKYOU. All bookings will be prepaid, either with cash or by using your ThankYou points.

I’m not happy about these changes but I was glad Citi gave almost an entire year notice before the changes took effect. Any bookings made before September 1, 2019, are still under the current rules. That means you can book through the Citi Concierge instead of through the ThankYou portal. Concierge bookings allow you to use any publically available discounts (Loyalty Member Rate, AAA Member), which can save a bunch of money over a four-night stay. Using the concierge also allows you to book a rate where you can pay at the hotel and still receive your loyalty benefits and credit for your stay. ThankYou bookings don’t receive either of those benefits.

So I’m using the Fourth Night Free benefit as much as I can before September and trying to lock in as many reservations I can for next year.


In February 2019, we completed a stay booked through the Citi Concierge and noticed a big change between how I received my credit now and the last time I used the benefit.

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Get Summer Concert Tickets With Your Hilton Honors Points

For the second year in a row, Hilton is back with a promotion letting you redeem your Hilton Honors points for concert tickets. The “Lawn Days” promotion is offering two lawn seats for concerts in nearly 30 cities nationwide.

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How Can You Make A Disney Vacation Cheaper?

Visiting Disneyland or Walt Disney World is expensive. More and more people say it’s too expensive. However there are ways you can have a Disney vacation and not necessarily break the bank…or at least not break it too badly. Here are some suggestions…

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Save 20% To 25% On Award Stays Using This Method

You spend a bunch of time and effort earning points in hotel loyalty programs, whether it’s by actually staying at hotels or by signing up for credit cards with high sign-up bonuses. It makes sense that you’ll want to get your money’s worth when redeeming those points for free hotel nights. You need to do some homework to know what your points are worth so you don’t waste them on an inexpensive room or overpriced redemption.

There’s also an easy way to save up to 25% on hotel point redemptions. It’s simple to use and works at inexpensive and luxury hotels of three different hotel chains.  Continue reading “Save 20% To 25% On Award Stays Using This Method”