How Did You Spend Your Labor Day Weekend?

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay view from the pier

I just returned from a little road trip to the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. It was a relatively low key weekend - a drive, a few Walmart stops along the way and mainly relaxing by the beach and the pool. I won't be writing a full review of the hotel, but we redeemed 20,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points a night for two nights at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay. The hotel gets fully booked for the busy weekend so prices there are not cheap. Overall, it was a nice way to spend a few days, but I can't say I was overly impressed by the hotel or the value. Compared to the Park Hyatt Vienna at … [Read more...]

Ending In Days! United and Delta Increased 50,000 Mile Offers

Neuchwanstein Castle

The United Airlines and Delta Airlines co-branded credit cards currently have increased sign-up bonuses of 50,000 miles and a $50 statement credit. These are both much higher than each of the usual online public sign-up bonuses for these cards, but they'll both be ending in the coming days. The United offer from Chase will be ending this coming Tuesday on September 2, while the Delta offer from American Express will be ending 6 days after that on Monday, September 8. So if either of these cards could be useful, now would be the time to take advantage. I always say, however, that we should … [Read more...]

Did You Win a $100 Hyatt Gift Card?


Earlier this week, I announced I would be running a giveaway for two $100 Hyatt gift cards. There were two ways to win. One by commenting on the blog posts and another by sending a Tweet letting me know where you'd use the gift card. Now it's time to announce the winners! Test Winner #1 Earlier in the week, we had a scare that British Airways may devalue when Iberia published its award chart online. The good news was no devaluation is happening (at least now right now), but I still wanted to celebrate and discuss it. There were 231 entries in total. The first winner was comment … [Read more...]

Want Great Airfare Deals? Follow The Flight Deal

A Deal to Barbados from The Flight Deal

Do you know about The Flight Deal? If not, you should! To give a quick overview, The Flight Deal is a crew of very capable individuals who are extremely talented at finding low fares to various destinations. They post these fares regularly on their website, which makes it a great resource for finding which airlines and destinations are publishing good fares. Sometimes the fares they find are extremely low - so low that they inspire some of us to book a vacation we didn't otherwise plan to take. If you have a destination in mind (Europe/Caribbean/etc), their website breaks down the deals by … [Read more...]

Two Jet Blue 20% Off Fall Promotions (But Must Book Soon)

Jet Blue Promotion FALL2014

Jet Blue has a few opportunities to get 20% off fall flights going right now. They just announced a 20% off fall sale for travel September 3, 2014 to December 18, 2014 by simply entering a promo code when you book. The catch is there isn't a lot of time to book and the code expires tomorrow August 27! For a slightly longer booking period but for travel only until October 20, there's a way to get a code by buying a few things at Dunkin Donuts. I'll discuss both below. Promotion 1: Use Promo Code FALL2014 Read the Promotion Details Here This is the simpler of the two promotios as you just … [Read more...]

British Airways Not Devaluing? Let’s Have a $100 Hyatt Celebration Giveaway!

I know it's been a stressful start to the week for everyone not knowing what was going to happen to the British Airways award chart and it looks like things will be fine for now and no devaluation is coming. I know many people have trips booked or things to say. Let's all discuss it here and, to lift our spirits, have a $100 Hyatt Gift Card Giveaway. It's also a long weekend coming up and what better way to prepare than to have an early celebration? I am going to be giving away two $100 Hyatt gift checks, one to each of to two lucky winners. One of these is sponsored by me and one by my … [Read more...]

British Airways Scare: What’s The State and Is There a Silver Lining?

Renaissance St. Croix Carambola

Last night, a breaking announcement across the internet of a possibly imminent British Airways devaluation caused many people to worry and go into a booking frenzy. Today, the award chart is still intact and some more facts and analysis have been brought to light. Apparently, some people were never worried and Matthew at eloquently explained why he wasn't (thank you reader Kent C for alerting me to this post). When nothing changed this morning and it wasn't clear if something was in the works, there were two facts working for us. In 2011, when British Airways did have a complete … [Read more...]

Is British Airways About to Gut Its Short-Haul 4,500 Avios Awards???

Using Iberia miles on oneworld awards

I just read some breaking new on View from the Wing about potential changes to the British Airways award chart. He learned it from one of our Twitter friends @saianel. What's happened is that Iberia airlines, which has the exact same award chart as British Airways, has completely changed its award chart. As Gary points out, given that Iberia Avios and British Airways Avios are essentially transferable between each other, it would make no sense for them to have completely different award charts. So the expectation is that British Airways is likely to follow this change as well. Since Gary … [Read more...]