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Hotel Review: Malibu Beach Inn Carbon Beach 2017

During a recent trip to Malibu I was lucky enough to stay at the newly renovated Malibu Beach Inn hotel located in the heart of Malibu California. The hotel recently reopened after a $10 million dollar renovation and has been attracting quite a lot of attention. Recently, Conde Naste Traveler added the newly reopened Malibu…
Earn Bonus AAdvantage Miles During SPG Stays

I love double dipping. It’s fantastic when I earn two points currencies from a single activity. Most loyalty programs call this activity a crossover rewards. For example, when I stay take Uber rides I earn the 3X points from my Chase Sapphire Reserve card, but I also earn SPG Starpoints. When I stay at SPG…
American Express Platinum Benefits: Hotel Elite Status

If you haven’t heard already, the new and improved metal American Express Platinum card is absolutely incredible. American Express increased the annual fee to $550 a year, but after Uber credits and airline of choice credits ($200 each) the effective annual fee is just $150. That’s the same effective annual fee as the Chase Sapphire…
No I Don’t Want A Gym In My Hotel Room

Generally I use this blog to inform you the reader (Mom and Dad) about travel related things I like or am interested in. This typically means I write about credit cards I like, enjoyable trips, travel plans, etc. But occasionally I read something about travel that I simply totally disagree with and need to write…
Why I’ll Never Close The Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card

It’s always funny when a friend or colleague learns of my credit card collecting hobby. Just the other day a friend of mine with just one or two credit cards asked how many cards I have. When I replied that I currently have 7 open accounts they seemed confused and frankly concerned. Although 7 credit cards…
Review: Indianapolis Marriott North

There’s not shortage of Marriott properties in the Indianapolis area. In fact, according to Marriott’s website there are 30 Marriott properties in Indianapolis. With that many choices it’s hard to decide which property to stay. During my recent trip to Indianapolis, for my friends’ wedding (congratulations if you’re reading this), we decided to stay at the Indianapolis…
Register Now For the 2017 Marriott Megabonus!

It’s Marriott Megabonus season again! Marriott recently introduced this year’s Megabonus promotion. This year Marriott Rewards members who register by August 30, 2017 will earn 2,000 bonus points per stay starting with the second stay. Additionally, registered members will earn 2,000 bonus points per Marriott brand starting with the second brand. The 2017 Marriott Megabonus…
Review: Le Metropolitan, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Paris

After navigating our way through the Paris metro system we finally found our way to our hotel for the week, Le Metropolitan Hotel in Paris. I decided to book the hotel for several reasons, but most importantly, price. At the time of booking I paid a pre-paid rate of €213.00 a night. Also important, the rate…
Major Updates To The Hilton Honors Program

No the title is not a typo, Hilton is dropping an “H” from the Hilton Honors program. According to multiple reports Hilton will officially change the name of the Honors loyalty program tomorrow. In addition, Hilton is making some fairly significant changes to the Hilton Honors program. Unlike many of the recent changes or “enhancements”…
Hotel Review: Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel The Depot

Traveling for work often means spending time in discount hotels,  but on a recent trip to Minneapolis I was lucky enough to find a very affordable rate at the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel The Depot. I love Renaissance properties and whenever I have the opportunity because for the most part the hotels seem to have slightly…