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SPG Best Rate Guarantee Changes

Posted by on 10:00 am in FFP update, Starwood | 0 comments

Most major hotel chains have some sort of Best Rate Guarantee (BRG) policy which says that if you find a better rate elsewhere, they will match the rate and give you a discount. Currently one of the best policies is at Hyatt which offers a 25% discount on the lowest rate. In this case, you do not have to book the hotel before requesting the BRG. Starwood, up until this point, had an underwhelming offer of 10% off or 2,000 points. Starwood has now changed their policy to offer a more reasonable 20% or 2,000 points. This makes the case for the...

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SPG 2015 Q1 Promo

Posted by on 12:53 pm in Promotions, Starwood | 0 comments

Starwood’s promotion for Q1 of 2015 is Double Play.  With this promotion you get double points on eligible nights at participating properties for stays of 2 nights or more.  Even though this promotion isn’t incredibly generous, the good thing is the small number of exclusions.  Generally the exclusion list for SPG promos is quite long.  You can view the full terms and conditions of the promo here. The promotion runs from January 5, 2015 to April 15, 2015.  You must register by March 31, 2015 to have your nights count.  This...

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Hilton HHonors Hotel Category Adjustments

Posted by on 10:00 am in FFP update, Hilton | 0 comments

Hilton now changes their hotel categories on a quarterly basis.  The latest changes can always be found here. There are 12 hotels increasing in category, 7 of which are in the US. There are 5 decreasing in category, 4 of which are in the US. The website also lists 62 new hotels that were opened or branded as of 9/17/14.  Overall, considering the number of hotels Hilton has, these changes are pretty...

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Chase Freedom 2015 Quarter 1 Categories

Posted by on 11:03 am in Chase, Credit Cards, Promotions, Ultimate Rewards | 0 comments

Every quarter the Chase Freedom card has category bonuses which offer 5x the points for shopping at certain places.  The 2015 calender is up on their website and the quarter 1 bonuses are as follows: Movie Theathers Starbucks Grocery Stores For the grocery stores you can find a listing of the eligible merchants here.  Some notables ones are Walmart, Target, warehouse stores, and drugstores.  For the most part these would not be classified as grocery stores anyway.  Remember that the cap for earning 5x points is $1,500 every quarter for a...

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Hong Kong 2014: HKG – DFW

Posted by on 10:00 am in American Airlines, Trip Reports | 0 comments

Introduction American Airlines Coach Newark to Dallas & DFW Admiral’s Club American Airlines Coach Dallas to Hong Kong Regal Airport Hotel HKG The Wing Business Class Lounge American Airlines Business Hong Kong to Dallas American Airlines First Dallas to Newark ___________________________________________ The American Airlines 777-300ER has some great business class seats as far as American carriers are concerned.  The seats are very private and have plenty of room to stretch and put your stuff.  Each seat had a little compartment...

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Hong Kong 2014: The Wing Business Class Lounge

Posted by on 10:00 am in Lounges, Trip Reports | 0 comments

Introduction American Airlines Coach Newark to Dallas & DFW Admiral’s Club American Airlines Coach Dallas to Hong Kong Regal Airport Hotel HKG The Wing Business Class Lounge American Airlines Business Hong Kong to Dallas American Airlines First Dallas to Newark ___________________________________________ Since I was staying at a hotel at the airport, I figured I would just leave early and check out the lounges.  First I stopped by The Wing business class lounge which I had access to by being a business class passenger, a Marco Polo...

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Hong Kong 2014: Regal Airport Hotel

Posted by on 11:29 am in Trip Reports | 0 comments

Introduction American Airlines Coach Newark to Dallas & DFW Admiral’s Club American Airlines Coach Dallas to Hong Kong Regal Airport Hotel HKG The Wing Business Class Lounge American Airlines Business Hong Kong to Dallas American Airlines First Dallas to Newark ___________________________________________ I arrived in Hong Kong a little after 7:00 and made my way to the Regal Airport Hotel.  I was looking for a hotel at the airport since I was only on the ground for about 18 hours.  The hotel is connected to the airport so its very...

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Hong Kong 2014: DFW – HKG

Posted by on 10:00 am in American Airlines, Trip Reports | 0 comments

Introduction American Airlines Coach Newark to Dallas & DFW Admiral’s Club American Airlines Coach Dallas to Hong Kong Regal Airport Hotel HKG The Wing Business Class Lounge American Airlines Business Hong Kong to Dallas American Airlines First Dallas to Newark ___________________________________________ I left the lounge just a few minutes before the boarding for my flight to Hong Kong began.  I was able to board fairly early because I have Oneworld Sapphire status because of my status with US Airways.  The plane was pretty...

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Hong Kong 2014: EWR – DFW

Posted by on 12:27 pm in American Airlines, Lounges, Trip Reports | 0 comments

Introduction American Airlines Coach Newark to Dallas & DFW Admiral’s Club American Airlines Coach Dallas to Hong Kong Regal Airport Hotel HKG The Wing Business Class Lounge American Airlines Business Hong Kong to Dallas American Airlines First Dallas to Newark ___________________________________________ I wanted to fly AA’s fairly new Boeing 777-300ER which flies from DFW to HKG.  I also wanted to fly out of EWR instead of JFK or LGA because it is much closer for me.  Luckily I was able to get a very good flight from EWR to...

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Current Amex Offers

Posted by on 10:00 am in American Express | 0 comments

I last wrote about Amex offers in July so I’m a little behind but I’m going to try to post about Amex offers more often.  As a reminder, Amex offers can be added to eligible cards by syncing your card through twitter, Facebook, or they can be directly selected and added from the American Express website under your account.  All offers may not be available through all channels.  Here are some of the ones I found useful. Walmart.com – Spend $15 or more, get $5 back – Expires 12/30/14 Godiva – Spend $50 or more, get...

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