Hi everyone! Here are the articles we’ve recently seen, written by others, that we learned from, made us think or maybe made us chuckle a little bit. We hope you enjoy them!
We try to visit Bern’s Steak House in Tampa, Florida at least once a year. It’s one of our favorite places to eat, anywhere. We love going with friends and introducing them to the Bern’s experience but when we get the urge to go, we’ll make it a date and take the hour (or three hour with bad traffic) drive on I-4. Most time we’ll go earlier in the evening and then head home afterwards. For this trip, we also had to be in Tampa the following evening so we decided to make a mini-vacation out of the visit to the Florida west coast.
I knew what hotel I wanted to book. In 2013, the owners of Bern’s Steak House helped open a hotel across the street. The four story, 137 room hotel is focused around fine food and great wine. It’s the perfect place to stay if you’re eating at Bern’s because after the steak and a trip to the dessert room upstairs, all you need to do is make it across the street and fall into bed.
Remember Pitfall? It was that seemingly simple game for Atari that ended up being incredibly difficult because if you jumped at the wrong time or was a pixel to the left, you were dead, video game speaking. You then had to start all over to get to the same place and try not to make the same mistake again.
My dealing with Citi’s websites, trying to redeem Thank You points for an upcoming hotel stay, has felt much like this process over the last several days. Every time I got past one obstacle, another one appeared that was just as difficult to accomplish as the last one.
I offer my guidance, much like a cheat guide, to let you know where the traps lie and how to avoid them or what to do if you get caught by one.
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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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.
Another week, another weekend! Here’s a quick review of what we posted this week:
Joe wrote about:
- What to do when your Uber charge is higher than expected.
- His review of the Hyatt Residence Club Sedona, Piñon Pointe, in Sedona, AZ.
- How we got a last-minute upgrade on our Delta flight.
- Where you’ll probably stay with your Marriott free night certificate.
- Wondering what the big deal was with metal credit cards.
Sharon wrote about:
- The contest co-sponsored by LEGO and Airbnb where you can win a trip to the LEGO House in Denmark.
- Some of the most awesome airport pickup signs ever.
- Southwest Airlines’ plan to start service to Hawaii in 2018.
- Her newly-found 2005 video footage of Nara Dreamland, a Disneyland-knockoff theme park in Japan.
- Their visit to Grand Canyon Caverns.
Like this post? We have plenty more just like it and would love if you decided to hang around and clicked the button on the top of this page to follow our blog and get emailed notifications of when we post (it’s usually just once or twice a day). Whether you’ve read our posts before or this is the first time you’re stopping by, we’re really glad you’re here and hope you come back to visit again!
In June of 2016, we signed up for the Marriott Rewards® Premier Business credit card that, at the time, was offering the “highest ever” sign up bonus – 100,000 points. When the $99 annual fee was due, it was time to decide if we would keep the card for another year. The main benefits of keeping this card are:
- You’ll receive a Free Night Stay in a Category 1-5 hotel each year after your account anniversary.
- Enjoy Marriott Rewards Gold Elite benefits when you spend $50,000 on purchases each account year.
- You’ll receive 15 Elite credits after account opening and every year after your account anniversary, giving you guaranteed Silver Elite status every year.
- Every $3,000 you spend on purchases earns you 1 additional credit toward Elite status – with no limit to the number of credits you can earn.