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    We love Hyatt points. I don’t think that statement surprises any of you, right? We are always trying to earn more and more of them to stay at Hyatt hotels because they offer such oversized value. Our primary method of earning more Hyatt points is opening Hyatt cards for the points or opening cards that […]

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    One of our favorite airlines is Singapore Airlines. I’ve flown them on my dream flight in Singapore Suites, Alex flew it in business class, and Jess flew it in business and economy. Jess compared the two seats, and of course, business class was tops, but she says it is a GREAT economy class product too! […]

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    I love Greece. It is a beautiful country of white sand, crystal clear turquoise waters, and gorgeous sunsets. Who wouldn’t want to go there as a family? While any international trip will cost more than a domestic trip, Greece is certainly doable. Let’s check out our Friday Family Vacation to Greece today! Our flights will […]

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    We love Ultimate Rewards and it is fairly easy to get them. Today we wanted to give you some ideas on how to use 90K Ultimate Rewards for hotels (you can certainly use theses ideas if you have fewer points too.)  We previously wrote about how to use those points for flights so check that […]

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    I just completed a stay at two Mr. and Mrs. Smith hotels in Queenstown, New Zealand. I have long wanted to try them out and see if we should recommend them. You can book these hotels with IHG points, but they are not branded by IHG. Mr. and Mrs. Smith hotels are boutique and luxury hotels […]

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    My husband and I just finished a 23-day points and miles trip to three different countries – Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. As you can imagine, we learned a lot about travel on this trip. Here are my successes and failures of a points/miles trip.   Success – Costs I figured out my costs for […]

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    We are the first to admit that we love a nice luxury hotel on credit card points and miles. But that’s not always the case when we are doing family travel. They usually won’t fit an entire family, cost a lot of points, and having to pay for breakfast for an entire family is just […]

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    I recently completed a fantastic trip to Sydney, Australia. I thoroughly enjoyed it but can you believe that I stayed in one city, four hotels on points? Call me crazy, but I like to hotel hop, check out different brands, and use different points. My husband wasn’t too sure about this, but he agreed it […]

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    My sister and I have a huge trip booked for this fall. It starts in New York City, then on to London, then to Dublin, on to Florence, Italy, and finishes with Cinque Terre. While I’ve traveled to all of these cities before, except Dublin, they are first-time visits for my sister. It will be […]

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    Who doesn’t need a vacation with sand, sun, and ocean waves every year? 🙋🏻‍♀️ I love them so much that I book several a year. There is nothing like a relaxing getaway with a good book, cold drinks, and food by the pool! Today we are talking about booking a beach resort on the cheap—How […]

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    Every year Hyatt changes their award chart. They increase the categories for some hotels and decrease others. Unfortunately, the Hyatt award chart changes are never good news because our favorite destinations usually get devalued (category increases). These changes goes into effect on March 28th, though.  This is what Hyatt has to say about the changes: […]

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    Let’s check out the best limited-time credit card bonuses that are available now. We will look at each of these offers and see why they are valuable. Evaluating and comparing before deciding what to apply for is always good. Nothing is worse than finally being ready to pull the plug on an offer, and it’s […]

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    When I started researching hotels for my New Zealand trip, little did I think I would stay at a 5-star hotel in Queenstown with points.  I was looking at using my Hyatt points, and the Carlin Hotel in Queenstown had availability for two nights. It is part of the Small Luxury Hotels brand that collaborates […]

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    When planning a points and miles trip to Sydney, Australia, I knew I needed to stay at the Park Hyatt Sydney. No other place would do for that part of my stay. I used 40,000 Hyatt points per night for a room that runs over $1000/night in cash. That is a good redemption in my […]

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    Sun, beach, and waves? Can you beat that? Only if you can do it on points and miles AND you take your family to create some lasting memories. I still remember fondly being a child in San Diego with my parents and siblings! Such fun times that I thought it was surely the best vacation […]

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    I just completed a stay at the Kimpton Margot Sydney, and it confirmed to me that Kimpton Hotels are my favorite IHG brand. Let me tell you why:   Boutique Feel Kimpton Hotels have a very boutique feel. They are all different, and many were built on historical sites. They have 75+ boutique hotels in […]

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    I LOVE a good luxury hotel! It is one of the reasons that I travel hack – to stay at hotels that I normally couldn’t afford to. In contrast, that is great when you are traveling with a spouse or on a girl’s trip, which usually doesn’t work for family trips. I would run through […]

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    When I decided to go to Australia with points and miles, I knew I would also add on a trip to New Zealand. I always hesitated to go to both places due to the distance involved. Fast forward to many LONG trips taken, like to the Maldives, Thailand, Vietnam, Dubai, etc., and Australia and New […]

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      Family Vacation to Paris This trip is often requested by our readers and is quite doable. In these simple guides, I won’t go over every flight or hotel option but will pick one option for each, thereby decreasing that analysis paralysis we all run into. The hardest part of this plan is deciding what […]

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    I have long wanted to go to Australia and New Zealand as my London-based daughter and her husband have raved about both. I knew that their summer happens during my cold, snowy Colorado winters, so I started planning. Knowing that ANA business class to Australia was a great deal, I began my search there!  It […]

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    Here is my Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills Review. I had initially planned to stay at the Park Hyatt in Tokyo but started researching the best accommodations on points and miles and changed my mind. Many people felt the Park Hyatt was outdated, so I decided to try the Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills. I was not […]

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