Going on an international trip is very exciting but it can also be very expensive. Using a credit card to pay for purchases when traveling internationally is often the best way to get a good exchange rate and the rate your bank gets will be better than the one you’ll get on your own if you exchange cash. Using a card also means that you don’t have to carry around a bunch of cash with you. However, many cards will add on a “foreign transaction fee” to any transactions made with anything except your home currency. Here’s an easy way to keep from paying that extra 2-3 percent on all of your purchases while away.
Nothing can be more aggravating that looking for travel deals. I’ve written about how to find a cheap car rental and how airfare pricing drives me crazy but putting together a post about how I search for hotels has been not as easy as I though it would be.
I think it comes down to numbers. To fly from point A to point B, there are only so many airlines you can fly on. When you get to your destination, there are only a limited number of rental car companies to choose from. When it comes to hotels, the options can seem endless.
Hi everybody and WOO HOO, IT’S THE WEEKEND!! Here’s a quick recap of our posts this week:
Joe wrote about:
- What medications you should bring when you travel
- Why having Global Entry and TSA Pre✓ ® have made flying so much easier
- The way to earn Starpoints when you use Uber
- Wondering what cities you would like to visit
- How logging into a website might make your hotel stay more expensive
- Your last chance to stay at a fancy-shmancy Hyatt hotel for 2 nights for free
Sharon wrote about:
- The new rules that are going to happen for those traveling to Cuba
- A great deal (3 nights for the price of 2) on Hilton’s Waldorf-Astoria, Conrad and Curio hotel brands
- A primer of how to get through X-ray or TSA Pre✓ ® quickly and easily
- Traveling from Nagoya to Hakone during their trip to Japan in 2005, as a #TBT
- What might be the most sexist hotel bar in the world
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NOTE: The offer for two free nights is no longer available. Clicking on the link will take you to the current public offer.
News started to filter out this week that Chase was going to change the sign up bonus for the Hyatt Credit Card. The current offer is:
Earn 2 free nights at any Hyatt hotel or resort worldwide after you spend $2,000 on purchases with the Hyatt Credit Card in the first 3 months from account opening.
Before applying, remember the following disclaimer:
This product is not available to either (i) current cardmembers of this credit card, or (ii) previous cardmembers of this credit card who received a new cardmember bonus for this credit card within the last 24 months.
This sign up bonus is extremely valuable because it’s good at any Hyatt. You can read posts online of how people have stayed at the Park Hyatt in Sydney (it overlooks the Sydney Opera House), or the Park Hyatt Tokyo (it was featured in the film “Lost in Translation”) or the mega-Instagrammable Park Hyatt Maldives. You know, that place with those bungalows that stretch out into the never-ending blue sea.
If you were dreaming of a trip like that, you need to act NOW!!!!
Elite benefits from hotels are nice. These are the benefits that frequent guests of the hotel chain are given as a thank-you for being good customers. While each chain has different benefits for differing levels of membership, the things you’ll usually see offered are a welcome gift, free wifi, early check in, late check out, an upgraded room and a variety of other perks.
While I’d like to think that we are traveling all the time, we actually aren’t. We stayed outside of our home for 33 nights in 2016. The breakdown of our stays looks like this:
“You can’t always get what you want” – The Rolling Stones
The lyrics of Mick Jagger were of little comfort to me for the past nine months. I’ll be the first one to admit I can get a little nerdy when talking miles and points (edit by Sharon: a LITTLE nerdy?!?!) and with that being said, even *I* think I was a little TOO excited about finally getting this card. I mean it’s just a credit card but getting it was out of my grasp until now. Let me explain why I wanted it so badly and what was keeping me from getting it.
It’s after Memorial Day! That means it’s now OK to wear white pants (except in Florida where it’s always acceptable), and the hotel chains are out with their summer hotel promotions. These offers give you bonus points for your hotel stays and you need to actively enroll for them, as they’re not automatically activated. You also really should read the fine print to make sure you don’t lose out on points because of a technicality.
I always recommend signing up for these offers even if you don’t expect to stay at any of these hotels. You never know when a last-minute hotel stay will happen. (Note: I’m already signed up for some of these but for those where I’m not, I’m doing so for each offer as I write this post.)
Here are the offers for the major hotel chains this summer: