Sales On Flights AND Hotels Rates – It’s A Good Week!

A bunch of airlines have some sales this week and to add to that mix, we’ve heard of a hotel chain that’s offering some 20% off their rates, as well. Take a look:

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This Hotel Has A Serious Identity Problem

Ever since hotel chains started offering multiple brands with different personalities, there have been times where several hotels from the same parent company have shared the same development. The first one I ever saw was when the Marriott Village opened just outside Walt Disney World in 2000. At this property, Marriott built three separate hotels around a central plaza.

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While this was an innovative idea 20 years ago, it’s now a very common practice. The Hilton Garden Inn I stayed at in Tampa had a Homewood Suites and Hampton Inn in the same complex. We just finished a stay in New York where a Courtyard and Residence Inn were in the same skyscraper, with Courtyard rooms on the lower floors and Residence Inn rooms on the upper levels. In this case, the front desk shared duties for both hotels.

So when I noticed that the Hilton Garden Inn I was booked into for my first business trip ever shared an address with a Homewood Suites, it wasn’t even worth a shrug. Until I got to the hotel.

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Why You Need To Diversify Your Miles and Points Portfolio

As you may have read, we had a blowout trip through the American Southwest in 2017. 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 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.

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This was possible because I had a stash of points in several hotel programs as well as had 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 with cash a much better value than using points.

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TWA Hotel Taking Reservations, New Points Calculator, Demolition of Popular Hyatt & 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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Why Do Banks Make Everything So Difficult?

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Over the course of one week, I dealt with issues from three different banks. Needless to say, that was one 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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