The Easiest Way You’ll Ever Earn 1,500 Points

Joe is really the points and miles person in our family. He’s the one who will research credit cards, apply for them, and figure out which ones I need to use for which purchases so we can maximize how many hotel points or frequent flyer we’ll get. Personally, I’d rather just use my green Amex (that I’ve had for 25 and have the number memorized) for everything…but apparently that card is worth diddlysquat in the points & miles world, so I know if I want the occasional free flight or hotel room, I have to play by the rules of my beloved Points and Miles Guru.

Sometime though, I’M the one who find the points or miles deals. Like this one…

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Does British Airways Owe You Money?, Changes To Epcot’s Illuminations Show & More!

Hi everyone – I hope you’re all enjoying your Sunday!

I want to start this week by remembering the tragic death of Anthony Bourdain. Many travel writers have written about how he was an inspiration to them to get out into the world and share what a wonderful place it is. Of all the articles I read, I was particularly moved by this post from Mommy Points. I encourage you to read it, as it sums up so many feelings people have nowadays.

Getting back to the travel posts….

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It’s Time To Sign Up For Hotel Promotions

If you’re like me, there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. Because of that, I tend to put things on the back burner if they’re not due right away. So I haven’t even noticed that the hotel chains have all started their newest round of promotions. As it turns out, not all is lost as many offers are very “procrastinator friendly” this time around.  Instead of waiting until the last minute, take a few minutes right now to sign up. That’s what I’m going to do. That way you won’t forget and end up missing out on free points.

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The Saga of The Stolen IHG Points, Disneyland Event Ending, The New SkyMiles Deals & More

Happy Sunday, friends and for those who are celebrating, Happy Mother’s Day! Sharon and I have come across a lot of interesting travel-related articles this week – here are some of our favorites.

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How To Override Hotel Thermostat Settings

As we wrote a while back, modern hotel thermostats are, in a word, a pain. Well over a decade ago, we noticed the kind of thermostat where you were supposed to put your room key into a slot to keep the air conditioning (and sometimes the electricity!) running, which meant when you were out of the room, your A/C wouldn’t run and when you got back, the room would be uncomfortable. That one was easy to override because just about ANY card worked in the slot ;).

As modern technology got more advanced, they started building motion sensors into hotel thermostats, which meant that not only did you have to be in the room for the A/C to work, you had to be moving around…so if you were sleeping and woke up in the middle of the night, the room could be uncomfortable because unless they were sleepwalking, no one had moved around in several hours.

And then there are the thermostats that have upper or lower limits that you can’t bypass so the room won’t get warmer or colder than the hotel wants. Oh great, that way we can be uncomfortable in our room while we’re wide awake, too!

Fortunately, electronic-savvy travelers have made it their business to figure out how to override these nuisance thermostats so we can be in our hotel rooms more comfortably. Here are some hacks for some of the most popular brands at some of the more popular hotels:

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The Company That’s Saving Lives With Leftover Hotel Soaps

Have you ever wondered what happens to the bars of soap that get left behind after you leave your hotel room? I always figured the open bars went to the garbage dump and the wrapped bars were left for the next guest. Well, that’s not necessarily the case, and in this society of trying to replace waste with recycling, that’s a great thing! It turns out there’s a company IN MY OWN FLIPPIN’ BACKYARD that’s collecting bunches of those soaps, melting them, and turning them into new bars of soap to give to people and countries in need.

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Disney Roller Coasters, New Hotel Pet Peeve, The Great Hotel Toilet Incident & More

And just like that, BOOM!, it’s the weekend! Hooray! Here’s a quick recap of the posts we wrote this week:

This week Joe wrote about:

And Sharon wrote about:

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