Sunny southern California was just what my pale skin needed in dreary February and to get to spend the time with my mom made the trip extra-special! The area around Santa Barbara was just beautiful– no wonder the celebrities flock here! Perfect weather, gorgeous beaches and delicious restaurants… what’s not to love? Plus, there’s such a variety of things to see and do — from old Spanish missions to presidential libraries to restaurants on the pier — there’s plenty to keep you busy for days.
After leaving San Diego behind us, we headed up the coast on Highway 101 and drove about two hours to the San Juan Capistrano Mission. [...]
Many credit cards offer perks and benefits just for using the card such as extended warranties, automatic rental car insurance, travel insurance etc… Most of these are pretty basic for credit cards these days but some offer enhanced benefits that may or may not be published such as access to airport lounges, free Boingo access, reimbursed Global Entry fees, etc…
While I was browsing through the benefits of the credit cards that I hold, I discovered a hidden gem for my American Airlines Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard: free enrollment in Avis First.
Full Avis World Elite Benefits:Save up to 20% on each rental Enjoy [...]
On a recent trip to Nashville, we booked a night at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown. The location was fantastic for walking around and exploring and its proximity to Broadway – the place to be at nighttime – was one of its selling points. Although we were only there for a night, we had no complaints about our stay and thoroughly enjoyed our time at the hotel.
The hotel recently went through a $25 million renovation, completed in April 2014. Along with updates to the guest rooms, the lobby looks brand new and the wine bar was looking pretty fancy, too. The lobby was large and open, very spacious with many sitting areas. The bones of the hotel looked to be an Embassy [...]
The IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks list has been updated through July 31, 2015 (list source: Flyertalk). Below is a list of all of the hotels that IHG is offering for just 5,000 points a night. Don’t forget that you can buy 5,000 points for just $35, which basically allows you to book any of the rooms below for just $35/night:
Check our tutorial on how to book rooms for $35 / night
When you’re ready to book (note: booking has started– 9am Tuesday, May 26): Click here to go to the PointBreaks booking site
Link to map: IHG Point Breaks Hotels Summer 2015
Full list available [...]
One of the perks of the Chase Hyatt credit card is the free night certificate that is delivered annually. Usable for Category 1 – 4 Hyatt properties worldwide, an obvious questions is: what are the best Category 4 Hyatt properties?
Criteria:Must be a Category 4 Hyatt hotel Relatively expensive in $ to other Cat 4 properties (based upon 2 sample bookings with price averaged together) Minimum of 4.5 TripAdvisor rating Well reviewed or recommended as a good Category 4 property here
Ways to stay for free:Use a free night certificate from the Chase Hyatt credit card Spend 15,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for a free night Spend 7,500 HGP points + $100 for a [...]
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Source: The Points Guy – Amazing Deal Alert: AA and United to Beijing from $660
Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book [...]
We organized a day-long tour of Inle Lake using the only transportation possible: a boat. Although they say you can get a boat tour leaving from Nyaung-shwe for around $20 total, we decided to go on a private boat scheduled by our hotel for about $45 total – this way, we avoided the $20+ taxi ride to Nyaung-shwe AND (hopefully) our hotel bases their reputation and (more importantly) Trip Advisor stars on making sure our boat captain is top notch.
We were ready to go around 7:30am and walked to the end of the hotel dock to meet our captain. As you might have guessed by now, this guy was extra friendly, especially with not knowing a lick of English. Our motor boat was long with [...]