Where Can You Stay Near Universal Orlando With Points?

The Universal Orlando Resort has become its own vacation destination, with three theme parks (well, two theme parks and a water park), a shopping and dining district and a slew of on (and slightly off) property hotels. If you’re a Harry Potter fan or are totally into Halloween Horror Nights, finding the closest hotel to Universal Orlando might be crucial to your vacation plans.

Here’s a list of places you’re able to stay near Universal Orlando using your hotel program points (or free night certificates) to pay for the room:

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Hotel CEO In Hot Water, Airline Saves The Day, Resort Fees Are GOOD Things?, & More!

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.

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Changes For JetBlue, Amex & Hilton, Kids Are FREE Into Shows, Chase Says They Won’t Close Account, But…, & More

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.

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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”

Hotel Review: Hampton Inn Ft. Lauderdale-Commercial Blvd – Tamarac, FL

Finding a hotel in Ft. Lauderdale is so frustrating for me. It only takes us about three hours to drive there so we’ll sometimes plan a quick getaway weekend. It’s just far enough away that driving there and back for the day is a pain (especially if we stay late for something), but it’s still close enough to home that we don’t want to spend a bunch of money for a hotel room for one night.

All of the hotels near downtown charge extraordinarily high rates and some of them even charge an additional resort fee as well as mandatory valet parking. I learned this when a free night at a Hilton ended up costing me over $65.

As this was going to be a truly quick trip, I had a few main requirements. The room would preferably be free and relatively close to Ft. Lauderdale. After looking with IHG, Hilton, Marriott and Hyatt there were no good options to redeem points. Even the base hotels were costing a tremendous amount of points in relation to the cash price. Since it looked like I was going to need to pay for the room, I focused on Hilton since Sharon needed a stay to keep her account active. I found a decently priced hotel and booked it for the night, and figured out a way to get it for free, while I was at it.

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