Is Christopher Elliott Right About Airline Alliances?


From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... This might be the most challenging column I've written to date. I'm taking on a Herculean task that may very well prove impossible. I'm going to argue a position that's more controversial and may cause more reader angst than any stance I've taken to date... Today I'm going to attempt to prove that Christopher Elliott is right. No, not about hating loyalty programs. I have no idea why Chris, as a … [Continue]

Participating Properties for the Hyatt 48 Hour Sale Ending TONIGHT!

September Adventure Sale

Hyatt has another 48 Hour Sale that ends tonight, offering discounts of up to 30%, and as usual I held out posting about it until I could get some more information about which hotels are participating. Without this list, sometimes it's a shot in the dark. It's great to get a discount if … [Continue]

Marriott’s Tip Envelopes Are Tacky

Marriott Envelope

Marriott announced new tip envelopes for its housekeeping staff this week, and the response was covered well in an NPR story on Tuesday. I think it was a bad idea, and I certainly won't be using them on any future stays. They create a bad name for the brand. I also think they may … [Continue]

FTU Advanced Is SOLD OUT! Want a Second Chance?

This morning I shared details on the latest FTU Advanced -- a smaller, more experienced version of Frequent Traveler University. Tickets went fast because the audience is kept small -- I think the first two had only ~100 people. And after only three hours I have to tell you that the third … [Continue]

Buy IHG Rewards Points for 0.58 Cents Each!

100 bonus IHG Rewards points

IHG Rewards is throwing its hat into the ring with a 50% or 100% bonus on purchased points/miles. Now through September 22, you can get more IHG Rewards points when you buy them through Because these are purchased through a third party, they do not qualify as hotel spend for … [Continue]

FTU Advanced Heading to San Diego in March!

FTU Advanced San Diego

I'm excited to announce another FTU Advanced is coming on March 6! Hyatt is back as the host hotel, and we'll all be heading to the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay in San Diego. From March 6-8, I'll be up on stage with four other great bloggers plus the legendary Randy Petersen and Jeff Zidell … [Continue]