A Surprisingly Nice Hotel Stay Near Times Square

For us, miles and points are a way to travel the way we want to. Sometimes that’s flying in business class to Japan and other times that’s staying in a luxury hotel in Austria. However, it also means having the ability to stay in exactly the hotel we want when we want to stay there. This review is about one of those latter type of hotel stays.

We’ve stayed in several hotels around Times Square and have our favorites. This hotel stay was different. Besides running this website, one of the things we like to do is sing.  In fact, we were fortunate to get the chance to sing at Carnegie Hall in a show with a New York-based concert production company in February. After getting the schedule, we saw that the show rehearsals were being held at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel.  There were award nights available at the hotel for the days we needed, so I went and booked a five night stay for our trip. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed our stay and I’m adding it to our list of places we’d be willing to stay again.

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We Had Access To A Hotel Club Lounge – Here’s What It Was Like

We just returned from a trip to New York City. While I have my list of hotels that we like to stay at, this trip we opted to go off our map for a few big reasons and I booked five nights at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel. I’ll be writing about our entire stay in another post (and the reasons we picked this hotel) but I wanted to share my feelings about our access to a hotel perk we usually don’t get to experience, the club lounge.


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Are Credit Card Concierge Services Worth Anything?

Many credit cards offer access to a concierge. “So What?” you might ask (I know that’s what Sharon would say) (Note from Sharon: Yup!). Well, a concierge may be able to help with your vacation plans or get tickets for shows or concerts you couldn’t get yourself. Being an obsessive planner, I never found much value added by talking to a concierge. They’ve often just cut and and pasted lists from Yelp! or TripAdvisor for me and that’s something I can do myself. But if you’re the type that’s too busy to look up good restaurants in San Francisco near your hotel, this might be a great service for you.

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Why Do Banks Make Everything So Difficult?

Over the past week, I’ve had to deal with issues from three different banks. Needless to say, it’s been a long week. I don’t understand why, when dealing with a bank, every transaction must be difficult. It’s like pulling teeth to get anything accomplished. When everything is difficult, I tend to get introspective and think, “Maybe I’m the one that’s difficult to deal with.” I’m looking for some objective opinions, is it me or is it the bank?

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Credit Card Review: Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card

I’m not someone who tends to churn credit cards. If you’re not familiar with the term ‘churning,’ it means applying for a card for the sign up bonus and cancelling it before the annual fee hits. Then you wait a while and apply for the same card again so you can earn the sign up bonus again. Rinse, repeat, spend miles, cancel card, apply……. and so on, and so on.

To fight against this practice, American Express has a policy of only offering one sign up bonus on each of their cards per “lifetime.” Since Sharon and I have both previously earned a sign up bonus for this card, we figured that we’d never be able to get one again. That was until Sharon received a mailer offering the card with a sign up bonus and there was no wording on the application saying it was limited to once in a lifetime. So she applied for the card and now we’re once again cardholders of the: Continue reading “Credit Card Review: Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card”

Why You Need To Diversify Your Miles and Points Portfolio

As you may have read, we had a blowout trip through the American Southwest this fall. For us, a fifteen night trip is an amazingly long time to be away from home. We could have stayed at the same hotel chain’s properties and worked our way towards some low level of status. However, it was much better for us to pick the best hotel for us in each location and use the most sensible form of payment, be it paying cash or using points. The same thing went for the flights which were booked with a combination of cash and airline miles.


This was possible because I had a stash of points in several hotel programs as well as having transferrable credit card points. Some of the rooms I paid for because the hotels either weren’t part of any point program or there was a promotion that made paying a much better value than using points.

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What’s The Big Deal About Metal Credit Cards?

I just don’t get the metal credit card trend. Maybe it’s because I’m not out to impress anyone with what credit card I’m using. A credit card is something I use so that I can earn miles or points to use for my travel. I couldn’t care if the cashier is impressed about the weight of the card I handed to him/her to make my purchase.

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