Manufacture Hotel Elite Status

Park Hyatt Sydney View

Two years ago, almost exactly to this day, I wrote a post titled "Don't Abuse Bluebird, but..." in which I described how cheap it actually was to attain elite status in various programs. That post is … [Read more...]

Amex Transfer Bonuses to SPG and Virgin Atlantic

SPG Transfer Bonus

American Express has become less valuable in my opinion over the last couple of months due to changes to credit card bonuses and limits on transferring points. That combined with the fact that Amex … [Read more...]

Complete Guide to Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG)

Starwood Preferred Guest

Beginners Guide to Redeeming Points United Airlines (and Star Alliance) British Airways Avios (and Oneworld Alliance) Hyatt Gold Passport Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Starwood Preferred … [Read more...]

Now You Can Book Suites and Upgraded Rooms with SPG Cash & Points

New SPG Award Chart

In my opinion the SPG program is best for redeeming for low- and mid-tier properties, up to their Category 5 hotels. Their points are hard to come by since their credit card earns one point per dollar … [Read more...]

Four Points Vancouver Airport Review

Four Points Vancouver Airport Review

The Four Points Vancouver airport is a convenient and relatively cheap hotel for quick overnight stays in Vancouver. The location isn't as convenient as many other airport hotels are, but there's a … [Read more...]

Manufactured Spending Your Way to the Best Hotels in the World

InterContinental Bora Bora

Many people are of the opinion that it’s not worth spending money on nice hotels. I disagree with that notion slightly; I think there are “tourist” locations where you plan to be out and about most of … [Read more...]

Le Meridien San Francisco Review – Lot’s of Suites

Suite 1 living room.

I had to work in downtown San Francisco a while back for about 6 weeks. My hotel accommodations were fully reimbursed and the cost of each hotel was roughly the same on special negotiated rates, so I … [Read more...]

Westin San Francisco Market Street Review – Corner Deluxe Room

Reverse shot.

I had to work in downtown San Francisco a while back for about 6 weeks. My hotel accommodations were fully reimbursed and the cost of each hotel was roughly the same on special negotiated rates, so I … [Read more...]

The St. Regis San Francisco Review – Deluxe Room

The TV of the room in front of the bed.

I had to work in downtown San Francisco a while back for about 6 weeks. My hotel accommodations were fully reimbursed and the cost of each hotel was roughly the same on special negotiated rates, so I … [Read more...]

W San Francisco Review

Another view of the beds.

I had to work in downtown San Francisco a while back for about 6 weeks. My hotel accommodations were fully reimbursed and the cost of each hotel was roughly the same on special negotiated rates, so I … [Read more...]