Timeshare. Just saying the word evokes an image of a swarthy salesperson who’s going to try to get you to buy part of a hotel building that you can stay at for the rest of your life, and pay yearly dues for that privilege. I’ve actively avoided staying at any timeshare during our trips because I didn’t want the uncomfortable dance to avoid the sales pitch. Full disclosure: we own a part of Disney Vacation Club, a Disney timeshare. It’s one of the least sleazy and most respectable ones out there. If you go for a tour, there’s no high pressure sales pitch. In fact, here’s Mommy Points description of when she went for a DVC tour just to get a Disney gift card and some extra FastPasses.
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?
Here are the posts we saw last week, written by other travel bloggers, that we learned from, made us think or maybe chuckle a little bit. We hope you enjoy them, too!
- Prince Harry and his fiancé, Meghan Markle, flew coach on British Airways. Honestly, even we won’t do that.
- Waldorf=Astoria is offering continental breakfast for its Gold and Diamond members. We will be able to take advantage of this soon.
- Iphone users can get battery replacements for $29 for all of 2018. I consider this travel related because my iPhone is an indispensable tool when I travel.
- Costco Visa is eliminating foreign transaction fees. As many cards don’t honor category bonuses outside the U.S., this may be a good card to use; it earns 3% back on restaurant and travel purchases worldwide.
- Marriott pays you cash when their employees don’t follow policies. (This post was controversial and the two sides duke it out in the comments)
- Ed from Pizza in Motion found a way that American Express is trolling Chase on Google.
- Free ticket to Hong Kong Disneyland? If you are flying on Cathay Pacific and have a stopover in Hong Kong, they’ll spring for the entertainment.
- AMEX improves Hilton Transfer Ratio. I’m not sure if I’d transfer AMEX Membership rewards to Hilton Honors, but the increase in value is always welcome.
- I’ve already told of my love for the IHG card; apparently I’m not alone. Read this!
- The 1.4 Million Alitaila redemption that wasn’t.
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Happy Saturday-before-Christmas, friends! If you need a break from last-minute holiday happenings, here’s a quick recap of the posts we wrote this week:
This week Joe wrote about:
• How planning for intra-Europe flights was an OCD nightmare come true.
• What to do if you get sick while at Universal Orlando.
• When we stayed up the road from an active volcano.
• The bonus points system Hilton Hotels will have in early 2018.
• Why you need to diversify your miles and points portfolio.
Sharon wrote about:
• Google Maps’ latest enhancement, a public toilet indicator app.
• An airline doing good in a time of travel tragedy.
• The new water park that’s coming to Central Florida.
• The TSA’s recommendations for flying during the holidays – and it’s FUNNY!
• Her report on Bagrider: the carry-on bag that doubles as a baby stroller.
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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.
‘Tis the season. Not the holiday season silly, it’s the season where hotels are announcing their promotions for the start of 2018. Hilton’s Double Up promotion is still running through December 31, 2017 but that hasn’t kept them from launching their new promotion, called Points Unlimited, that starts with stays on and after January 1, 2018.
Las Vegas was the one place on our Southwest trip that I had the most problems in planning. There’s so much do to there and so many hotel choices that it was dizzying. I wrote a whole article about my decision making process and why I ended up booking a room at the Delano with AMEX Fine Hotel and Resorts program.
I had every intention of checking our the rooftop bar during our stay.
So why did I throw all of those plans away and change hotels at the last minute?