Frequent Flyer Friday: How To Get VIP Treatment At Hotels For Free

The easiest way to get VIP treatment at hotels is by having status, like Hilton Honors Diamond or Hyatt Globalist status. Those top tier status levels with hotel brands will earn you room upgrades, free breakfast and late check-out. But it takes a lot of hotel nights to earn those types of status.

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Hyatt Introduces Advanced Purchase Member Only Rates

These new advanced purchase member only rates will be available to Hyatt members when booking at least 14 days in advance. But for these rates, full pre-payment is required at the time of booking. And the rates are non-refundable. These rates will offer up to 15% off the best available rate, but the actual discount will vary by hotel.

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Marriott Announces New Combined Marriott Loyalty Program

Marriott Hotels acquired Starwood Hotels & Resorts in September of 2016. And that created the world's largest hotel company. Now with 30 brands of hotels and three separate reward programs, we knew a consolidated rewards program would be coming. And as of yesterday, it's official. Marriott announced a new combined Marriott loyalty program coming August 1st.

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Frequent Flyer Friday: Maximizing Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

We love Chase Ultimate Rewards Points and consider them to be one of the most valuable points and miles currencies. You can earn Chase Ultimate Rewards Points through the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, Chase Freedom ® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve ® Card and the Chase Ink Business Preferred Credit Card.

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Five Reasons You Should Use A Travel Agent

Many people think that Travel Agents are a dying breed. But that's definitely not the case. If anything, travel agents are once again becoming more relevant as they adapt to the ever-change travel industry and demand. So why should you use a travel agent? Here are several reasons you could benefit from one.

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Travel Hacking: A Mattress Run At The Super 8

We booked two separate nights at a Super 8, with no intention of actually staying (a mattress run). Both nights had rates of right around $30. We checked in, paid, dropped the keys off the in the room and left. And with a total investment of just over $60, we had enough points for a free night at ANY Wyndham hotel!

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