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by Hilary Stockton on 9/26/2016
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Square_earn_more_spg_starpoints_with_marriott_visa_bonuses
9/25/2016
  Now that you can Link Your SPG and Marriott Accounts and Transfer Points, it's a good time to earn more Starpoints with Marriott visa signup bonuses. Specifcally, if you qualify for both cards, and add an authorized user to the...
Square_review-vdnkh_moscow-fountains
9/24/2016
  This Review of the Space Museum and VDNKh Exhibtion Center in Moscow is part of a new Russia trip report that includes St. Petersburg and Moscow. Visiting Russia? See all of our posts tagged Russia. VDNKh stands for Vystavka Dostizheniy Narodnogo Khozyaystva...
Square_link_spg_and_marriott_accounts
9/23/2016
  You can now link your SPG and Marriott accounts and transfer points: 1000 SPG Starpoints = 3000 Marriott Rewards points, and 1000 Marriott points = 333 Starpoints. This is a better ratio than I expected, so credit is due...
Square_spg_amex_with_2_free_nights_at_category_1-5_hotels-not_worth_it
9/22/2016
  There's an SPG AMEX 2 Free Night offer, which is frankly disappointing, compared to the usual 35K SPG AMEX offer that typically appears around this time in September. Here are the offer details, and then I'll describe why I...
Square_which_four_seasons_hotels_have_the_new_four_seasons_bed
9/21/2016
  The New Four Seasons bed, with its customizable mattress topper, was introduced back in 2014, and all newly built Four Seasons hotels offer the new bed. But existing Four Seasons hotels are in the process of phasing in the...
Square_etihad_chauffeur_eliminated_for_aadvantage_award_tickets
9/20/2016
  Etihad Eliminated Etihad Chauffeur service for Etihad First Class and Business Class AAdvantage award tickets ticketed August 10, 2016 and later (HT: HMPS on Flyertalk). But what about AAdvantage award tickets issued before August 10, 2016--is Etihad Chauffeur still available for these...
Square_review-st_regis_moscow_nikolskaya-swimming_pool
9/19/2016
  This Review of St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya is part of a new Russia trip report that includes St. Petersburg. Visiting Russia? See all of our posts tagged Russia. Prior posts include: Review: Hotel Astoria St. Petersburg, Russia Review: Astoria Cafe, St....
Square_best_luxury_hotel_cities
9/18/2016
  What are the best luxury hotel cities? While there are plenty of cities that have one fantastic luxury hotel, such as the Four Seasons St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Russia, or countries such as the Maldives that have a...
Square_activate_chase_freedom_5x_for_q4_drug_stores-costco-department_stores
9/17/2016
  Activate your Chase Freedom 5X for Q4, 2016 for the following categories: Drug Stores (including CVS, Walgreens, Duane Reade, Long's Drugs, Rite Aid) Wholesale Clubs (including Costco, BJ's, Sam's Club, Texas Jasmine) Department Stores (Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale's Nordstrom, Macy's,...
Square_moscow_in_summer-alice_in_wonderland_seating
9/16/2016
  Summer in Moscow, Russia is full of flowers and a festive atmosphere. If you only get your impressions of Russia from newspapers and Hollywood films, you'd be excused for thinking that the Russian capital is grim, grey and dangerous....
Square_40k_korean_air_skypass_visa_bonus_offer
9/15/2016
  A 40,000 Korean Air SKYPASS Visa bonus offer is targeted to some people; I recently received this targeted offer in the mail. U.S. Bank issues the card, so if you're in a rut and have already gotten all the...
Square_500_hyatt_gold_passport_points_for_hyatt_app_booking
9/14/2016
  Earn 500 Hyatt Gold Passport Points for a Hyatt App Booking and Stay Until November 30, 2016.  While 500 Gold Passport points isn't enough to switch stays for, it's a nice little bonus if you have an upcoming stay...
Square_spg_10k_bonus_offer_for_starwood_business_amex
9/13/2016
  A 10K SPG Bonus Offer is Targeted to some Starwood Preferred Guest Business Card AMEX members. To see if you're eligible, go to this link. Here are the offer details: Earn an additional 5,000 Starpoints after you spend $5,000...
Square_amex_cruise_privileges_benefits_or_3x_points_with_chase_sapphire_reserve
9/12/2016
  Luxury Cruise: AMEX Cruise Privileges Benefits or Earn 3X Points with the Chase Sapphire Reserve? A TravelSort Client and cruiser asks "Should I pay for my cruise with my AMEX Platinum to enjoy the AMEX Cruise Privileges benefits such...
Square_private_dining-anatoly_komm_for_raff_house_review
9/11/2016
  This Review of Anatoly Komm by Raff House is part of a new Russia trip report on Moscow and St. Petersburg. Anatoly Komm is the only Russian chef to have had a restaurant listed in the Michelin Guide (the former Green,...
Square_7x_thankyou_points_posted-citi_prestige_retention_bonus
9/10/2016
7X ThankYou points have posted for my Citi Prestige retention bonus, so I can report that you do indeed receive an additional 4X ThankYou points for airfare and hotel spend, in addition to the usual 3X ThankYou points, for a...
Square_four_seasons_hualalai_4th_night_free_for_prime_ocean_view_rooms
9/9/2016
Four Seasons Hualalai 4th Night Free offers are incredibly rare, which isn’t surprising considering how popular the resort is. It’s not even possible to book during Festive (Christmas-New Year’s) unless you’re a loyal guest who has been coming there every...
Square_ararat_park_hyatt_moscow_review-sunset_from_conservatory_lounge_terrace
9/8/2016
  This Review of the Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow Hotel is part of a new Russia trip report that includes St. Petersburg. Visiting Russia? See all of our posts tagged Russia. Prior posts include: Review: Hotel Astoria St. Petersburg, Russia Review: Astoria...
Square_singapore_krisflyer_award_availability_problems
9/7/2016
  Singapore KrisFlyer awards are 15% less when booked online, so if you can book your award online, you should do so. That said, there are KrisFlyer awards you can't book online, such as mixed cabin awards (say where you're...
Square_triple_avios_for_british_airways-aa-iberia-finnair_flights
9/6/2016
  Earn Triple Avios for British Airways, AA, Iberia and Finnair flights booked and flown between September 6-December 11, 2016, after registering. Here are the details: Must be an eligible participant and pre-register for triple Avios. See the British Airways offer page...
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