Did You Win The Destination Lottery? (a.k.a.: IHG Announces The Next Group of PointBreak Hotels)

I’m a fan of IHG hotels and often find oversized value in the IHG Rewards Club program. IHG has a large number of hotels at various price points so everyone can be involved in the Rewards Club program and feel like they are getting something out of it. That may be a free night at a Holiday Inn Express just off the interstate or a stay at the InterContinental in Tokyo.

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One of IHG’s ongoing promotions is the PointBreak program. Every three months, IHG releases a list of hotels where you can redeem award nights at a significantly reduced rate. This used to be set at 5,000 points for all hotels on the list but in January they changed the program so rooms can now cost from 5,000 to 15,000 points a night. When they made these changes, my hope was that some of the nicer hotels that were missing from recent lists would start showing up again. Finding a hidden gem for a big discount was always part of the appeal of PointBreaks. When I look at this list, that doesn’t seem to be happening. The list is somewhat underwhelming and isn’t doing much to generate excitement from me about the future of PointBreak. .  Continue reading “Did You Win The Destination Lottery? (a.k.a.: IHG Announces The Next Group of PointBreak Hotels)”

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Harry Potter Event & Booze, How to Not Get Your Global Entry Revoked + More

Hi y’all! Here are some travel articles we’ve read this week that we thought you might find interesting!

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My Top Eleven Most Memorable Hotels

It’s Freaky Friday so I get to write about whatever I want. This week, instead of ranting complaining about devaluations in hotel or airline loyalty programs or commenting on how travel companies can do better, I decided to do something a little more fun. With no intent to do so, I started to reminisce about the most memorable hotels where I’ve stayed. Now, these aren’t necessarily the best hotels, the fanciest hotels or the most expensive ones I’ve ever stayed. Instead, these are the places that left the most distinct memories. Some of these places I haven’t stayed at for decades and others we just visited this year. The reasons they’re memorable vary. They could be places where I stayed during a “once in a lifetime” trip or somewhere that was so unique that it was unforgettable. I think you get the picture. It’s not always the fanciest or most expensive or most popular hotel that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Any place could end up being on the list. You just have to find out for yourself what places are special to you.

Here are, in no particular order, eleven of my most memorable hotels: Continue reading “My Top Eleven Most Memorable Hotels”

Changes To IHG Rewards Club Card Free Night Certificate (And What They Mean)

The IHG Rewards Club Select credit card from Chase was one of the first hotel credit cards I applied for. The reason I got it was to get the sign up bonus, which paid for several nights in a London hotel. I’ve kept the card ever since because of the primary benefit the card offered – a free night at any IHG hotel issued on your account anniversary when you pay the $49 annual fee. It was almost impossible not to get your money’s worth with this certificate, unless you forgot to use it. Even a stay at any Holiday Inn Express will cost you more than that. (Note: This card is no longer open for applications and has been replaced by the IHG Rewards Club Premier Card)

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So it was with much dread when I saw headlines come across my news feeds with rumors that a major devaluation to the IHG free night certificate was imminent.

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A Choice Of WDW Tickets, Shrinking Carry-On Bag Size, The Newest IHG Offers & More

Welcome to the weekend, y’all! Here are the articles we wrote this week, in one convenient place.

Joe wrote about:

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Our National Parks: A Week Of Celebration & A SUPER RARE Hotel Offer!

For one week in April, the National Park Foundation (that’s the official charity of the United States’ national parks) celebrates our country’s treasures…our national parks. This year the big event commonly known as National Park Week will be held April 21 through April 29 and to celebrate, national parks across the country will host a bunch of special events! Take a look at this awesome schedule they have scheduled!

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AAA Membership Provides More Than Roadside Assistance – They Save You Money On Travel!

AAA. It’s a name synonymous with travel. Most people associate them with the roadside assistance they provide when you have car trouble. But they also provides many other services, some travel related and others that seem to have nothing to do with automobiles.

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For me, my first knowledge of AAA was their  TripTik®  maps. When we were going on a road trip, we’d tell AAA where we were going and they’d give us a road map with a route aaa-66-loophighlighted. For an obsessive planner, this was heaven. I remember looking at these things way before I could drive.

Times change and as you know, getting a map to your destination is now as easy as looking at your car’s GPS or pulling up an app on your phone.

Even though we no longer need the maps, I still have my membership and have no intention of getting rid of it. I use my AAA card for several other purposes:

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