The Pain Of Qualifying For Free Status

Elite status is quite important to many travelers. It is the special little recognition that allows for upgrades within their preferred program, priority treatment, different phone numbers to access representatives quicker, and the little sense of relief that you have something to show for all the travel it took to earn that status. Qualifying For Elite Status Of course, if you never use the status, it does nothing for you but to give you one more luggage tag to put on your bag. Elite status is meant to be used so if you are not using it then you should probably not chase it! The funny thing about elite status is that it is actually easier to get elite status today than it was several years ago. In fact, it is completely possible to “earn” high elite status on Delta without ever stepping on an airplane! (see Frequent Miler’s post about that here). Between credit cards that give you status, credit cards that allow you to spend for status, status that can... ...

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Start Planning Your 2015 Boston Marathon Trip – Hyatt Edition

Now you know if you are going to be toeing the line of the 2015 Boston Marathon! Now you can get serious about planning your travel to get there, and to do it with minimal cash outlay. I know there is a lot of time until the race itself so here is something you can do with your time – start planing your Boston Marathon trip! Here is a post focused on Hyatt hotels in the Boston area that would serve you well in your Boston trip. Time to get ready! Start Planning Your Boston Marathon Trip Hyatt Hotels in Boston Hyatt Regency Boston One Avenue de Lafayette, Boston, MA This is a 4-star hotel It is located 1 mile from the finish line The cost is $385 + tax per night It is a category 4 so requires 15,000 Gold Passport Points for a free night For Points + Cash, you will need to use 7,500 points and $100 trip advisor reviews hotel website Point value – 2.5 cents per... ...

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Did You Win the Canon Camera?

Many thanks to all who entered the giveaway for the Canon camera! It is always fun to read through the responses (this giveaway seemed to have the word “turtles” used more than any other word!). I really wish I had about a dozen cameras to give away after reading through some of those responses. Especially when it comes to taking photos of family – great use for cameras! Fortunately, I do not have to worry too much about not having pictures of our kids since my wife is a photographer. ...

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Delays Continue In Chicago – Could Last Until The Chicago Marathon?

If you have seen any of the news over the weekend, you know that there was a terrible act of vandalism committed in setting a fire at a FCC air traffic control center. This caused hundreds of cancellations and delays over the weekend at Chicago’s O’Hare airport. They are working to get them back on schedule, but there are still many stranded passengers. To help with the ATC overload, they are transferring employees from the affected Aurora facility (where the fire was) to the other ATC centers around the area. Officials are saying that it will be until October 13 before the damage is repaired and delays in the area could last until that time. That is a problem for a lot of travelers/commuters for sure, but it could also really snarl up a lot of people who are flying into Chicago for the Chicago Marathon (which takes place on October 12). The Chicago Marathon is hard enough to get into anyway (a packed lottery) and to have to miss it... ...

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IHG PointBreaks For Travel Through November 30 Now Live

Here it is – the next edition of PointBreaks for the next two months! This list is valid for stays from September 29 – November 30. These hotels are bookable for only 5,000 points per night and they are easily the best award value in hotel programs today.  IHG PointBreaks List The following hotels are bookable now for stays from today (September 29th) through November 30th. Obviously, the better value hotels are going to go first, so get booking! Just remember that each member is limited to two reservations per property, so don’t be squatting!  Getting the points There are a variety of ways to get the points necessary for PointBreak hotels. The one thing that I would only do as a last resort is to use Ultimate Rewards. Yes, these hotels are a fantastic value, but 5,000 Ultimate Reward points can be worth, at the minimum, $62. For many of us, we can find common value closer to $75 – $85 for Ultimate Reward points when transferred to partners like... ...

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Credit Card Currency Mismatches Online

Many foreign travel and event transactions can be purchased online which allows us to use credit cards for those purchases. That makes things a lot simpler than before when it required different payment instruments to get the transaction done. There are a couple of things that you want to remember, though, before you pick up that credit card for payment. No Foreign Transaction Fees! Make sure you use a credit card that has no foreign transaction fees. Because the payment is being processed abroad, using a card with a foreign transaction fee will add a few percent onto your total cost. It is easy enough to use a card that waives that fee as most Chase cards waive it as well as a few American Express cards and Barclay cards. If you are unsure, check with your issuer before using the card. Sure, 3% might not seem like too much on a little purchase, but it means you are effectively buying points for more than anyone would ever consider the... ...

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Sunday Summary

Welcome back to our Sunday Summary Series where we review the posts that were covered throughout the past week. The last two weeks have been two of my slowest (posting) weeks in the last several months. I had a lot going on, plus a bit of travel that took more of my posting time than I would have liked. But, back to it this week! Thanks for reading along and hope you have been able to pick up something this week! When No News Is NOT Good News There are times when it comes to travel that no news is certainly not good news. I had one of those classic experiences this past week on my way home. Hey, just a little update would be great! Why I Turned Down A $1,200 Voucher A $1,200 flight voucher is a lot of money! It can be used to accrue a lot of miles (in fact, I could have picked up 44,000 miles with that money all in one trip!), but I turned down that offer.... ...

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New World Record!

Don’t forget to enter the Canon camera giveaway! You can enter at this post here. World records take a lot more than just desire to set one. It takes a lot of personal discipline, a fantastic training program, great training partners, near perfect weather, a fast course, and an X factor. Today, Dennis Kimetto had all of that in his corner as he ran the Berlin Marathon and set a new world record for the marathon with a time of 2:02:57 (a pace of 4:42 per mile). ...

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