Booking last-minute hotels on a quick cross-country road trip taught us the value of using CASH to book last-minute budget hotels. We never paid more than $60 a night for hotels that were basic but adequate. This experience makes me question the value of hotel points that I have been saving.
Our Chase IHG cards give us a free night certificate every year. This year we’ve each booked a Holiday Inn beach resort in back-to-back reservations. Hopefully the kids will enjoy the in-house water park as well as the beach during our weekend getaway later this month.
Back in August I found this Mediterranean cruise itinerary for a great price. We were looking forward to several months of intense daily babysitting and decided that we would need a relaxing break during our next travel opportunity. We just took this cruise over Thanksgiving and this is how we put it together using airline miles, hotel points, and unfortunately, cash. The Cruise We decided to book a 7-day round-trip out of Venice on Royal Caribbean’s Splendour of the Seas. There were two reasons we chose this cruise–great itinerary and great price. Bruce had not been to Venice
I’ve checked my flights to make sure that I still have reservations, seat assignments, and that no horrendous schedule changes have taken place. Now it’s time to check on hotel reservations that I made several months ago. In August, I made reservations for one night both pre- and post-cruise in Venice using Booking.com. I always make totally refundable reservations. The pre-cruise hotel is right in the heart of the action in Venice, near the train station and near, but not on, the Grand Canal. I wanted to be near the Piazzale Roma, where the bus drops you off from
Here’s how we’ve used our miles and points so far this year: ♦ January—Crete–120K United miles in Economy for two round trip Atlanta to Heraklion. Killer 5 legs on the outbound. Thankful for Star Alliance lounge access! Used 20K IHG points for Holiday Inn in Vienna on layover back to Atlanta. ♦ January–25K American Airlines miles round trip in Economy for one plus a lap infant Montreal to Atlanta. Flew my grandson and his mom for a visit to see us. ♦ February–Road trip Atlanta to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to carry grandson, his mom, and their dog, who had been
I have a free night certificate with IHG hotels that I need to use by the end of next month. The free night is a perk of the IHG MasterCard issued by Chase. Several years ago when I was applying for every travel rewards credit card under the sun, I got this one for myself and my husband. The bonus points are long gone (actually we got 80K bonus points), but I pay an annual fee of $49 to keep the card because I get a free night at any IHG property, even the swanky InterContinentals. So it really
We took one last getaway before the academic schedule starts again– A four-day weekend in the North Georgia/North Carolina Mountains, with an emphasis on kids’ activities. This is something we would do more often if we didn’t need to drive through Atlanta to do it. But we steeled our nerves and just decided to deal with the traffic and go on the trip. It’s still pretty warm at night, so instead of camping, which we like to do in the mountains, we spent all of our nights in hotels that I had booked for free on points. All of