About Scott Mackenzie

Scott created Hack My Trip while traveling on a budget during graduate school and continues to share his thoughts on better travel. He maintains elite status with American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Hyatt, and Starwood.
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Does the Orbitz Rewards Visa Card Shift the Competitive Landscape?

Orbitz Visa

I provided a detailed comparison of OTA loyalty programs a few months ago, concluding that Hotels.com Welcome Rewards is the most valuable for many customers assuming you are willing to forgo earning credit for flights (Hotels.com only sells hotels). Orbtiz Rewards provided the best … [Read more...]

PointsHound Acquired by Points.com

PointsHound acquisition

PointsHound is one of my favorite services for booking hotel rooms online. I generally recommend booking directly through a hotel's website in order to ensure you earn points and elite qualifying credit. Most online travel agencies (OTAs) are third-parties and specifically excluded as … [Read more...]

Double Points at Hilton through July 31

Hilton Double Your HHonors

Hilton announced its summer promotion yesterday -- Double Your HHonors -- which offers double base points for stays between May 1 and July 31. Many people have Hilton Gold elite status. You'll normally get up to 17.5 points per dollar: 10 base points, 2.5 points from a 25% elite bonus, and … [Read more...]

Which Is the Best Hotel Loyalty Program?

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This month I've been updating my comparison tables of hotel loyalty programs, and a big thanks is due to everyone who has helped point out corrections. (A few more than usual this year....) I started creating these tables for airlines and hotels in 2013 as a sort of "cheat sheet" to help … [Read more...]

Buy SPG Starpoints at 25% Discount

Starpoints discount promo

Starwood Preferred Guest runs semi-regular promotions when purchasing Starpoints -- typically 25% off for a limited period twice a year. I bought some points last year to redeem for my honeymoon at the St. Regis Bali and don't regret it. This is likely one of the lowest prices you will … [Read more...]

PGA Grand Slam Sweepstakes from National Car Rental

National PGA sweepstakes

National Car Rental is an official sponsor of the Professional Golfer's Association Grand Slam tournament in Bermuda and is running a sweepstakes that includes a free trip to the event. You can enter every day through August 15 on their Facebook page. One winner will receive a VIP package … [Read more...]