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Best Hotel Rewards Program [InfoGraphic 2019]

Best Hotel Rewards Program [InfoGraphic 2019]

Carrie and I both wanted to redo our Hotel Rewards Program infographic and my post on the best rewards program.

The infographic does a good job of giving a visual display for the following areas:

  • Number of hotels
  • Which brands have the most 4/5 star hotels
  • Which loyalty programs earn free nights most quickly
  • Status benefits
  • Best credit cards

The rest of the post will discuss some of the things not included in the infographic and more details...

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How To Get Free Travel With Car/RV Relocation

How To Get Free Travel With Car/RV Relocation

I've recently been intrigued by the idea of car/RV rental relocation as a way to get cheap (or even free) trips.

That's right. You can get a rental of an RV with beds and your gas reimbursed for free (or $1 a day) for simply relocating the vehicle. Your only expense on such a trip would be airfare, food, and possibly paying for an RV campground night.

And while you can't choose just any route, there seems to be popular routes for vacationing and RVing. For example Salt Lake City to Vegas or LA... Which could be an amazing RV trip through Utah, as there are so many interesting, remote areas (like Canyonlands National Park).

In this post I'll list the best websites for finding...

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Best Alila Hotels To Book With Hyatt Points

Best Alila Hotels To Book With Hyatt Points

Gary Leff (of VFTW) originally broke the news on Hyatt acquiring Two Roads Hospitality... Well, he also reported that Alila Hotels Joined Hyatt Rewards.

Some of the hotels are going to get added next month (for which Gary lists the dates), but the majority are currently bookable with Hyatt points.

So I did two things.

First, I added the hotels currently bookable to the Hyatt Complete Map (you can find all hotels' complete maps on the Resource page).

Second, I wanted to show the values of the new hotels being added. Since I recently went through all Hyatt hotels redemption values where I found the...

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Best Use of Virgin Atlantic Miles [by Partner]

Best Use of Virgin Atlantic Miles [by Partner]

Like Alaska miles, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club has a unique set of mileage redemptions that varies by partner, some of which are amazing deals.

In truth, I made a note to look into their partners after OneMileAtAtime booked and posted about a first class flight on ANA for 120,000 miles... Which ended up being only 92,500 Amex MR points (due to a transfer bonus). An amazing first class deal.

But there are lots of great deals that are even better with a 30% bonus. With a 30% bonus, a oneway to New Zealand for 30,000 miles is nearly 23,000 miles. A 25,000 miles business class ticket to Africa would be 19,200. And a 10,000 mile flight to Europe would be 7,700...

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Master List Of Airlines To Bid On Business Class Upgrades

Master List Of Airlines To Bid On Business Class Upgrades

Many airlines offer last minute upgrades as an auction / bidding system, and some offer them on sale at check in, or on the app.

Below I made a list of 37 airlines (in alphabetical order) with their paid upgrade policies, and links to how to either check if you're eligible, bid, or see an explanation of the rules.

Most of these airlines are using the same system for upgrade bidding, but all with slightly different terms.

First, I'll explain a little bit about the differences of the upgrade bids that airlines generally have, and the other variations for paid upgrades.

Then, after the Master List Of Airline Bid Upgrades, I'll share some rules and thoughts.

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50 Cheapest Hotels To Earn Hyatt Points

50 Cheapest Hotels To Earn Hyatt Points

I want to be clear that this is a post about the cheapest hotels to earn Hyatt points (instead of "cheapest Hyatt hotels") because some are SLH hotels, and by far the cheapest hotels are the MGM Resorts in Las Vegas.

This examines the same data from my Data-Driven Look At Best Hyatt Hotels. It's basically the same thing I did with Cheapest IHG Hotels, which I personally found very useful as I'm constantly chasing IHG promotions. This shows me some hot spots where, if nearby (or if someone I know is nearby), it's worth paying for a few stays with the right promo.

Similarly, with Hyatt, it might be even more useful for someone chasing status.

...

Read more
Best Hotel Rewards Program [InfoGraphic 2019]

Carrie and I both wanted to redo our Hotel Rewards Program infographic and my post on the best rewards program.

The infographic does a good job of giving a visual display for the following areas:

  • Number of hotels
  • Which brands have the most 4/5 star hotels
  • Which loyalty programs earn free nights most quickly
  • Status benefits
  • Best credit cards

The rest of the post will discuss some of the things not included in the infographic and more details...

Read more
How To Get Free Travel With Car/RV Relocation

I've recently been intrigued by the idea of car/RV rental relocation as a way to get cheap (or even free) trips.

That's right. You can get a rental of an RV with beds and your gas reimbursed for free (or $1 a day) for simply relocating the vehicle. Your only expense on such a trip would be airfare, food, and possibly paying for an RV campground night.

And while you can't choose just any route, there seems to be popular routes for vacationing and RVing. For example Salt Lake City to Vegas or LA... Which could be an amazing RV trip through Utah, as there are so many interesting, remote areas (like Canyonlands National Park).

In this post I'll list the best websites for finding...

Read more
Best Alila Hotels To Book With Hyatt Points

Gary Leff (of VFTW) originally broke the news on Hyatt acquiring Two Roads Hospitality... Well, he also reported that Alila Hotels Joined Hyatt Rewards.

Some of the hotels are going to get added next month (for which Gary lists the dates), but the majority are currently bookable with Hyatt points.

So I did two things.

First, I added the hotels currently bookable to the Hyatt Complete Map (you can find all hotels' complete maps on the Resource page).

Second, I wanted to show the values of the new hotels being added. Since I recently went through all Hyatt hotels redemption values where I found the...

Read more
Best Use of Virgin Atlantic Miles [by Partner]

Like Alaska miles, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club has a unique set of mileage redemptions that varies by partner, some of which are amazing deals.

In truth, I made a note to look into their partners after OneMileAtAtime booked and posted about a first class flight on ANA for 120,000 miles... Which ended up being only 92,500 Amex MR points (due to a transfer bonus). An amazing first class deal.

But there are lots of great deals that are even better with a 30% bonus. With a 30% bonus, a oneway to New Zealand for 30,000 miles is nearly 23,000 miles. A 25,000 miles business class ticket to Africa would be 19,200. And a 10,000 mile flight to Europe would be 7,700...

Read more
Master List Of Airlines To Bid On Business Class Upgrades

Many airlines offer last minute upgrades as an auction / bidding system, and some offer them on sale at check in, or on the app.

Below I made a list of 37 airlines (in alphabetical order) with their paid upgrade policies, and links to how to either check if you're eligible, bid, or see an explanation of the rules.

Most of these airlines are using the same system for upgrade bidding, but all with slightly different terms.

First, I'll explain a little bit about the differences of the upgrade bids that airlines generally have, and the other variations for paid upgrades.

Then, after the Master List Of Airline Bid Upgrades, I'll share some rules and thoughts.

Read more
50 Cheapest Hotels To Earn Hyatt Points

I want to be clear that this is a post about the cheapest hotels to earn Hyatt points (instead of "cheapest Hyatt hotels") because some are SLH hotels, and by far the cheapest hotels are the MGM Resorts in Las Vegas.

This examines the same data from my Data-Driven Look At Best Hyatt Hotels. It's basically the same thing I did with Cheapest IHG Hotels, which I personally found very useful as I'm constantly chasing IHG promotions. This shows me some hot spots where, if nearby (or if someone I know is nearby), it's worth paying for a few stays with the right promo.

Similarly, with Hyatt, it might be even more useful for someone chasing status.

...

Read more
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