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Why standard hotel stays can be better than aspirational hotel stays

I’ve been very fortunate to stay at some pretty nice hotels. A few years ago, I stayed at the Grand Wailea on Maui for a night. I was (as far as I could tell), the only traveler staying there who was either solo or not on a honeymoon. The Grand Wailea is a Hilton property, so … Continue reading »

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How I redeemed my points from the Priceless Surprises promotion

Earlier this year, I talked about the Priceless Surprises promotion. Put on by Mastercard and IHG, the company behind Holiday Inn and a bunch of other brands, this sweepstakes was ostensibly about staying at lots of hotels, but had a side gaming element where you could enter the sweepstakes by mailing in an index card. … Continue reading »

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I don’t understand European bathrooms

Having just come back from two weeks in Europe (as part of my one new country per year challenge) I had a myriad of different experiences. Most of them were positive, though a few were unfortunate and of my own making. But after having stayed in a handful of hotels and hostels, one question keeps coming to … Continue reading »

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94 index cards: My results from the Priceless Surprises promotion

  A few weeks ago, I wrote about the Priceless Surprises promotion, a way to earn hotel points and other prizes. This promotion was sponsored by MasterCard, which presumably had a vested interest in getting you to use one of their cards, and IHG, the hotel group that includes Holiday Inn. What was interesting about … Continue reading »

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Hand cramps, office supplies, and a hotel sweepstakes

  Last time, I talked about the Priceless Surprises promotion, a sweepstakes which is designed to get you to stay at IHG (Holiday Inn) properties and pay with a MasterCard. However, due to laws regarding sweepstakes, there is a way to enter the promotion without doing either of those. All you need is some office … Continue reading »

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How to potentially earn free hotel nights by filling out and mailing index cards

  I’m always on the lookout for ways to earn frequent flyer miles and hotel points without having to use credit cards. This is usually difficult. If you read travel hacking blogs, many of the articles have to do with manufactured spend, sign-up bonuses, category spend bonuses, and other tactics that apply solely to those … Continue reading »

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Travel hacking blunders: The hotel

  I’ve talked about how I’ve used travel hacking to allow me to have experiences that I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish any other way. I frequently stay in hotels for free, and have on more than one occasion managed to snag the whirlpool suite. Also, while never having paid for anything other than … Continue reading »

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Repurpose your holidays

  I woke up on Christmas morning, excited. The streets were empty, everyone ensconced in their houses or apartments. I took off out of the city, way into the suburbs, where I had a hotel room waiting for me. Was I visiting family? Hanging out with friends? No, I was off to work on my … Continue reading »

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Bookshelf: Heads in Beds

  (The Bookshelf series discusses certain books that are relevant to some of the major themes of this site. They are not meant to be viewed as traditional book reviews. If you’d like a real review, there are plenty of places that can supply those! Here’s a previous Bookshelf entry.) I love hotels. Sure, I … Continue reading »

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Anyone can get hotel elite status

  I’ve mentioned hotel elite status and its perks. It’s pretty great. But don’t take my word for it. You can get it too.

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