Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.
One of the credit cards I have for the ongoing benefits is the World of Hyatt Visa card from Chase. While it has regularly offered a sign-up bonus worth enough points for several nights at all but the highest tier hotels, that’s no reason to keep the card. I’m not going to keep it because of the low-tier Discoverist status that it gives me either. All that’s worth is premium internet and a bottle of water daily.
The perk that keeps me paying the $95 annual fee every year is the free night certificate good at any category 1-4 Hyatt hotel that you get after your account anniversary date. While a category 1-4 hotel with Hilton or Marriott won’t get you much more than a roadside hotel, with Hyatt you can still stay at some nice places with that certificate.
Chase does have a restriction in place which helps them keep people from gaming the system.
Not too long ago I had to make a decision, upgrade Sharon’s old SPG American Express card to the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant for 100,000 points, or sign up for the CNB Crystal Visa card at a branch in New York.
As I wrote at the time, I decided to go with the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express card. As it turned out, I timed it perfectly!
What do I mean? Let me explain.
Back in 1973, shortly after the opening of Disney World in Orlando, four high rise hotels opened on Disney property. These weren’t highly themed Disney hotels like the Polynesian or Contemporary. Instead, these were regular hotels run by well-known chains at the time such as TraveLodge and Howard Johnson’s.
The Howard Johnson’s was eventually bought by Marriott and run as a Courtyard property until 2003. In a case of the worst/best timing of buying a hotel, it was sold and turned into a Holiday Inn in December of that year, only to be massively damaged by Hurricane Charley in August of 2004. It didn’t reopen until 2010 after a $35 million dollar renovation. It just went through another renovation in 2018.
The Holiday Inn is now one of the Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels. While they are not run by Disney, they are still on Disney property. The benefits afforded to these hotels is the reason we booked a night here on the opening weekend of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Disney Hollywood Studios.
American Express is currently the only bank offering co-branded cards with Hilton Honors. They have a diverse card line of cards with options ranging from one with no-annual-fee to a premium card with a $450 annual fee. When I wrote about how I’m stuck at Hilton Gold status, I mentioned that I could just sign up for the Hilton Aspire AMEX and I’d automatically have Diamond status. One comment to the post asked why I just didn’t sign up for the card. Good question. Here’s a look at what the card offers and if it’s worth the annual feel for the benefits it provides.
If you decide that you want to sign up for the Hilton Aspire card, or any of the Hilton credit cards (or any AMEX card for that matter), we’d appreciate if you use our link. We receive a bonus for each referral and that helps us keep Your Mileage May Vary HQ going strong.