Recent Posts - page 2

  • Denver: Early Summer Weekend

    Hilton Garden Inn Denver South Park Meadows Area 20,000 Hilton points   Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows $109 (received 2500 points for MegaBonus promotion)   Candlewood Suites DTC Meridian 10,000 IHG points Denver Botanic Gardens…

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  • Black Hills – Marriott Run

    Sunday Fairfield Inn & Suites – Rapid City $49 (Marriott MegaBonus Promo – needed 2 paid nights for a Category 5 Free Night Certificate)   Monday Springhill Suites – Deadwood $68 (MegaBonus Promo – earned a Category 5 Free Night… Read More ›

  • Starwood Preferred Guest Increased Sign-up Bonus

    Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) has two co-branded American Express credit cards. The sign-up bonus on the SPG personal and business cards is usually 25k points after meeting the minimum spending requirement. Once a year, the sign-up bonus on both cards… Read More ›

  • American Airlines Award Chart Devaluation

    Just a friendly reminder: American Airlines’ award chart will be devalued on March 22. First and Business class are taking the biggest hit. If you have miles to burn, now might be a great time to use them. Awards can… Read More ›

  • New Years Eve – Denver

      Tuesday Element Denver Park Meadows $89 – 2015 points for December stay + 2500 points to use SPG Keyless Wednesday Westin Denver Downtown Free Night Certificate Thursday Hampton Inn Federal Center Best Rate Guarantee – $78 (receive $50 AmEx… Read More ›

  • Hong Kong and Japan: A Combined Effort

    In December 2015, Mom, Dad and I traveled to Hong Kong for two nights, and then to Japan for 8 nights. The idea was mine, but Dad was integral to the vision, and execution. Mom was along for the ride…. Read More ›

  • Sinai: Searing in Sand and Sun

    In the summer of 2009, I devoted two weeks to the Sinai Desert. I loved my initial impressions of Egypt. Serenity and beauty abound. Egypt beams with radiant energy, from the ever-shining sun, and all those damn pyramids. I experienced… Read More ›

  • Twin Cities: A Viking Weekend

    Saturday Hotel Ivy, a Luxury Collection Hotel SPG Category 5 Free Night Certificate Sleek, Modern, Stylish Sunday Doubletree by Hilton $55 + 12,000 points (received $50 statement credit) Upgraded to suite with access to Executive Lounge

  • Denver: Road Trip with a Friend

    Wednesday Radisson Denver Southeast 15,000 Club Carlson points Upgraded to business room on top floor with view of lake, mountains, and double rainbow   Thursday Radisson Denver Southeast FREE (last night of any award stay is free – benefit ended… Read More ›

  • My Favorite Cities

    • Jerusalem – layers, energy, spirituality • Amsterdam – bicycles, canals, cafés • New York City – culture, arts, diversity • Athens, Greece – history, monuments, markets • San Francisco – cable cars, piers, redwoods What’s your favorite city? (Western… Read More ›