How and Why to Redeem SPG Suite Night Awards

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I just returned from a weekend vacation in San Diego, which was significant in that it was my first trip all year with Megan alone and not our parents. For a few days the only people who could annoy us were each other. ;) When booking the hotel I made a point to look at Starwood properties because I am behind on my elite requalification requirements for SPG Platinum status this year. I would like to do 50 nights again in order to get the 10 … [Continue]

Nomad Series – Travel tips for globetrotters – Part 2 – On the Road

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As I mentioned in the first installment, I've been on the road continuously for the past 12 months, visiting about 36 countries, living in four and logging about 120,000 miles so far across pretty much every mode of transport imaginable. Rather than give you the USA Today version of … [Continue]

I Wish My Math Class Took Field Trips to Atlanta

LoungeBuddy shared a pretty awesome article from Wired this morning on Twitter. The question: Could you observe the curvature of the Earth in Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport?  Atlanta has one of the most "efficient" terminal layouts I've ever seen, with multiple … [Continue]

Nomad Series – 12 months out of a suitcase – Tips for Points and Miles Globetrotters

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While it’s cute that Lucky is living a full year in hotels, some of us don’t have the cash flow to be paying nightly rates and it still hurts to burn 40,000 star points for 5 nights at a Category 4 Sheraton, even if you’re a savvy points and miles traveler and you recognize the value in … [Continue]

I Got It! It’s Chase Ultimate Rewards Points That Are Awful!


From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... This week we finish up our three-part series on the downsides of the major flexible miles currencies -- Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Starpoints. The wonderful features of these … [Continue]

Up to 60% off Alaska Award Flights and 40% Extra Miles!

Alaska Fall Award Sale

Alaska Airlines' Mileage Plan is putting a bunch of their award flights on sale for travel between August 30 and October 31. (You can book these awards starting today.) Some of the awards are as low as 5,000 miles one-way and represent a 60% discount off the normal 12,500-mile price for a … [Continue]