24 Hours In Iceland

If you are going to a city, you obviously want to maximize the time that you have and see everything you can. If you are taking the long trip, you probably want to stay longer than 24 hours. But if you are like me and you hit and run a lot of places, 24 hours might be the timeframe you are working with. Here are some of the things I saw in Iceland last year in 24 hours. 24 Hours In Iceland Iceland is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. Even in my short time, I was able to squeeze quite a few of the tourist spots into my schedule before the Reykjavik Marathon (which takes place this Saturday, August 23). The Blue Lagoon The Blue Lagoon is a great place to stop at on your way from the airport. It is a geothermal spa that gets a lot of attention for its beauty. I was in a rush so I stopped here to simply see... ...

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Earning Up To 165,000 Hilton Points – With the Virgin Atlantic Card

Virgin Atlantic sent out e-mail offers yesterday for their increased bonus offering on their Flying Club credit card. It is advertised as being up to 90,000 miles, so we will break it down to see what you can realistically expect and why you may want to apply for this card. Also, we will look at why the best offer might just be to transfer these Flying Club miles to Hilton. Virgin Atlantic Credit Card Offer Disclaimer: I do not receive a commission for this card. This 90,000 mile offer is a little complicated when it comes to how it actually pays out the miles. In fact, you cannot even get all 90,000 miles until you have held the card for one full year! Here is the breakdown: 20,000 miles after your first purchase 50,000 miles after spending $12,000 in the first 6 months 5,000 miles when you add authorized users to your account 15,000 miles after your first cardmember anniversary if you have spent $25,000 (7,500 miles when you spend... ...

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Review: Park Hyatt Seoul

On my recent, one-night trip through Seoul on my way back to the US, it did not take me long to decide to spend that night at the Park Hyatt Seoul. I had heard and read many things about this hotel and I was eager to try it out for myself. Park Hyatt Seoul Location One of the knocks that people had against the Park Hyatt Seoul was its location. It is not a bad location at all, it is just that it is not the best suited location for the tourist who wants to be in the thick of it. It is located in the Gangnam financial district so is best located for those in Seoul on business. However, given the public transportation system, I feel it is still in a decent place for the tourist. Besides, given what it offers, I think it would be the perfect place to retreat to at the end of a long day of touring. Not only that, being the top offering by Hyatt... ...

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Marriott 70,000 Point Offer Still Going Strong

I know that many people had pointed to the offer for the Marriott 70,000 point card that it was to have expired yesterday. However, banks have various offers and channels through which they extend offers and even though the offer that expired yesterday is indeed over, there are other Marriott 70,000 point offers! Marriott 70,000 Point Offer Still Here The one I first wrote about last month has an expiration date of September 15th, so if you have not applied yet, you still have plenty of time to get that done. Not only that, but there are two versions of the offer. They both have the same main points: 70,000 points 1 free certificate for category 1 – 4 after account is opened 1 annual certificate for category 1 – 5 The biggest differences between the offers is that one requires $2,000 spending in 3 months and the other requires $1,000 in 3 months. Digging deeper, another difference is that the $2,000 spending offer allows you to get the 70,000 points... ...

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6 Of The Smallest Hotel Rooms In the World

Let me say this right up front – this list is not about capsule hotels, for they would most certainly win! If you are not familiar with capsule hotels, they are these “tube” type hotel rooms that are very popular in Asia and Europe where you are staying in a small capsule. Many of them look like slightly larger torpedo tubes. While being small does not guarantee they are cheap, if you ever find one that is convenient for you and a good price, you should try it out! 6 Of The Smallest Hotel Rooms in the World If you ever walked into your room and got disappointed/frustrated/upset/angry about the size of the room, you may just need to take a step back and look at these rooms to gain a little perspective! Getting a nice suite as an upgrade at your hotel can be a really nice thing, but sometimes it is nice just to have a roof over your head. However, just getting a little roof over your... ...

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Great Free Rental Promo From National

HT: One Mile at a Time If you have read any of my posts on rental cars, you know that my (current) favorite when it comes to rental car loyalty programs is the National Emerald Club. They have some great perks (including additional drivers at no charge), with the best being the selection of cars that you get from the Aisle (better range of cars depending on your elite status). Now, they have launched their One Two Free program. This program allows you to receive one free rental day for every two qualifying rentals. To be a qualifying rental, you must rent a mid-size (or larger car) for at least two days. So, if you rent a car for two days twice, you will receive a free rental day for use anywhere else. Details Registration Link You must register before your first rental and the rentals must take place between August 20 and January 31. You will have until June 15, 2015 to use the free rentals. The way it actually works is that... ...

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Good Deal on A Canon Camera With Lots of Points

The Camera The Canon Powershot SX170 IS has received some pretty decent reviews, enough that it would make for a great camera for personal use or for travel. It has a nice zoom – 16X optical – with 16 megapixels and optical image stabilization. The camera can shoot 720p video and has a nice, wide 28mm lens to allow for all kinds of shots. If you are interested in reading some of the reviews, here are some: Cnet, Digital Camera Review, and Photography Blog. To see a full list of the features, check out this page. The Deal This camera retails for $179 but is available everywhere (including Amazon) for $149. That is including Sears, which is also giving $67.45 in points with the Shop Your Way Rewards program towards future purchases! To be combined with that are coupons that you can load onto your SYWR account and get an additional $10 or $15 worth of points loaded on. Of course, this deal is made sweeter by going through your favorite shopping... ...

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Hyatt’s Consolation Promotion

No sooner had I pushed “publish” on the last post about the 50,000 Hyatt point promo than I (rather my wife) received a targeted promotion of her own. While this one is not nearly as lucrative as the other, it actually fits our circumstances quite a bit better. The promotion is to stay one night between September 1 – November 30 and receive 2,000 Hyatt points. That’s it! There will be no additional points given for any stays past that one, but that is still a pretty nice offer! Our family occasionally stays at the local Hyatt here with points since there are some nice things for the kids, but I generally book it out of my account since I am the Diamond and want the points (when booked with the Points+Cash option). However, with an offer like this, we will just book the next room from her account instead and basically get almost all of our points back on the stay! Not a bad offer! So, keep an eye... ...

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Did You Get Targeted For the 50,000 Hyatt Point Promo?

This is a promo that seems to have no rhyme or reason for who it has targeted (kind of like many promos!). That has angered many Hyatt loyalists that spend half of their year in Hyatt hotels. I can see Hyatt wanting to encourage those who do not already give them that kind of business to stay with them for bonus points, but many of those people (Hyatt members with only one or two stays) have not been targeted either. Up To 50,000 Hyatt Point Promo Hyatt Registration Link The promotion, which has been sent out in e-mail to some, is that you can earn up to 50,000 bonus Hyatt points based on the amount of nights you stay at Hyatts. The bare mininum is 5,000 points for 5 nights. From there, it increases based on 5 night increments all the way up to 50,000 bonus points for 20 nights. That is a pretty good deal, if you already have the nights planned. The promotional period in which you must... ...

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