Comparing Hotel Elite Status in 2014

HotelStatus_UpperTiers2014_v6

I've finally found time to finish creating my comparison tables of hotel elite status in 2014. These things always get ripped to shreds in the first draft, so I won't do much analysis in this post; I'll wait until later this week. But do feel free to comment. I will try to get a corrected … [Read more...]

1,000 Bonus Miles from PointsHound for 3-Night Stay

PointsHound concierge promo

PointsHound is offering new and existing customers an extra 1,000 airline miles or points when they book a three-night stay by April 1. They want customers to try out their premium concierge service -- I've written about it before -- which helps create a smoother check-in experience by … [Read more...]

How Much Does It Cost to Earn a Free Night?

Hyatt SPG Weighted Average

I'm in the process of updating my hotel elite status comparison chart, and as part of that process I need to collect information on the different award tiers and the points earned with each stay. That allows me to do what I consider a very useful analysis of the relative cost of earning an … [Read more...]

Rocketmiles Offering 1,000 Bonus Miles in Washington, DC

Rocketmiles DC Offer

Rocketmiles is one of two companies that have really pushed to change how travelers earn miles when booking hotels. The other is Pointshound, which I prefer for various reasons, including the ability to book almost any hotel, but Rocketmiles tends to offer more miles. However, Rocketmiles … [Read more...]

Review: Returning to the Hyatt Regency Vancouver

HR Vancouver 3

It’s been over two years since my first stay as a Diamond member with Hyatt Gold Passport. I signed up for a Diamond trial because I had several stays coming up, including a visit to friends in New York and proposing to my wife in Hawaii. You need 12 nights in 60 days to complete the … [Read more...]

Hyatt 48 Hour Sale (with Participating Properties)

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Special thanks to @FLYGVA for alerting me to Hyatt's most recent 48 Hour Sale (as always) and to @HyattTweets for providing a list of participating properties (as always). I should put those two on speed dial ;) Because the sale started yesterday you must book by 11:59 PM Central … [Read more...]