Tag: Hotel Elite Status

Stay – A Review of The Guild, Tribute Portfolio in San Diego

The Guild is a new Category 6 Tribute Portfolio Hotel in downtown San Diego. Formerly an Army-Navy YMCA building built in the 1920s, a major renovation project was completed to modernize the building as a luxury boutique hotel while preserving elements of the past. The hotel has 8 floors, 162 rooms that range from 185-1808…
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January 17, 2020 0
Jason and Maxine at the Lava Lava Beach Club on the Big Island of Hawaii

We Leave Today: The 2019 Recap

It’s been another busy year for us; working full-time while maximizing all the travel opportunities that present themselves and also seeking them out. It is always a challenge for us to balance visiting all the places we are interested in but also to visit the places where the return on investment for miles and points…
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January 3, 2020 2
Ocean Front Room at the Waikiki Marriott: view of the double rainbow in the morning

Stay: A Review of the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

Last Updated: October 8, 2019 The Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is a massive 1,310 room property just across the street from Waikiki/Kuhio Beach. It is 1 of the 11 Bonvoy properties on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu and 1 of 8 properties in the Waikiki area. In this post, we share a detailed…
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September 18, 2019 1
King room on the 7th floor

Stay – Review of the Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel

The Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel is conveniently located within the YYC – Calgary International Airport between the international and domestic terminals. With full amenities such as a spa, meeting and event space, indoor pool and hot tub, M Club lounge, and a full restaurant and bar, it combines the amenities you expect from a…
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March 14, 2019 1

Hilton Honours Status Match – Is it worth it?

The Hilton Honours Status Match is accepting applications for a fast-track to either Gold or Diamond status with the hotel brand’s loyalty program through to March 2020. We suspect this is partly due to the SPG/Marriott merger that has not gone well and has some looking to switch loyalty programs. In this post, we share…
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March 9, 2019 0
Map of our trip

How We Use Points for Hotels and Flights – Our Trip to the UAE, Maldives, Qatar, and Indonesia

If we’re lucky, once a year we get to go away for up to 3 weeks in the fall based on our work schedules and the times we can take time-off. In the last few years, we’ve been really lucky with our trips that often include numerous stops on the same itinerary to maximize time,…
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March 6, 2019 4
Check-in desk/lobby/bar

Review: Moxy Seattle Downtown

Updated: January 8, 2019 Moxy Hotels is a new brand in Marriott’s portfolio that was launched in 2014. Geared towards millennials, they’re shifting away from the cookie cutter chain hotel experience to provide an experience that’s fun, modern, and surprising to say the least. As two people who are considered millennial by age but not…
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November 29, 2018 3
Fresh flowers in the lobby at the Park Hyatt Saigon

World of Hyatt Cash and Points Devaluation Starting November 1, 2018

Recently, Hyatt announced changes to the World of Hyatt program with regards to points + cash redemptions starting November 1, 2018. If you are unfamiliar with points + cash, it was a great way to redeem points while paying for a hotel to preserve the amount of points you have and reduce your out of…
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October 26, 2018 1

Tips to Maximize Hotel and Airline Points for Travel

When we talk about airline and hotel points, we often think back to our first around the world trip in 2010 when we traveled for 3 months through 10 countries and pretty much stayed at hotels 4* and above the entire time with top-tier elite status in a major hotel rewards program which meant room…
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August 26, 2018 5
We Leave Today Trip Route Map: 19,143 miles over 10 segments

How We Use Points for Hotels and Flights – Our Trip to Vietnam, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka

We often get asked how we travel so much, use points, and score such great deals. As a precursor to our blog post about tips to maximize points redemptions, we will share all the details about our annual extended vacation last October/November 2017 to give you an idea of the amount of planning it takes…
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July 10, 2018 2