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I’m in the Process of Dropping the Ball on my Chase Free Night

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

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Athens Greece Hotels Using Points

Staying in central Athens will position you for seeing the major sites easily.  If you are in Athens to meet a cruise, it is always a good idea to fly in at least a day ahead of time.  My mantra for flying to meet cruises is one day ahead for domestic departures, and two days ahead for overseas embarkations. If you fly in two days ahead, you can take advantage of my two suggested itineraries found here.  If you have a choice of staying before or after your cruise, I am recommending that you do your stay pre-cruise.  This

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Do It Yourself Greek Islands Cruise–Part 2–A Day in Athens

We landed in Athens about 9:00 am, and found the X95 bus for 5 Euro each which took us straight into the heart of Athens to Syntagma Square.  We had booked a nights at the InterContinental Athenaeum ( see this post on how we booked the free night there.)  While in this tourist area, we changed some money and bought a SIM card to go into the burner phone we brought with us.  This would be the first time that we would have a local phone number and we found it really useful in a few situations in the

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Free Night in Athens with Chase Anniversary Free Night

When we arrive in Athens next month after a 10-hour overnight transatlantic flight, it will be nice to check into the InterContinental and sleep off some jet lag.  We will rest easier knowing that it will cost us less than staying at the local youth hostel.  I have no great need to stay in luxury hotels, but when I can do it at low cost, then why not? We have been doing this for several years now.  Last year on the way back from Crete, we had an overnight in Rome, and stayed for free at the De La