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Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 in Barclays Arrival, Capital One Venture, Car Rental, Credit Cards | 0 comments

Lowest Car Rental Prices with Capital One Travelocity

When I wrote about how to get a free honeymoon convertible car rental, I mentioned using Costco Travel to search for a cheap car rental since I’ve been using that for years, and it consistently gave some of the lowest prices. A couple years ago, however, I learned that the Capital One Travelocity portal may offer even lower prices than Costco Travel thanks to this investigation by Rapid Travel Chai. The only issue is you need a Capital One miles rewards credit card to access this special Travelocity search engine, and I only had a Capital One cash back credit card. Recently, however, I opened the Capital One Venture credit card during a promotion where I would receive 50,000 bonus miles (worth $500 towards travel charges) after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months. After personally testing the Capital One Travelocity portal, I can say that it does in fact offer some of the lowest car rental prices available.   Capital One Travelocity To access the Capital One Travelocity portal,...

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Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Bachelor/Bachelorette Party, Barclays Arrival, Credit Cards, Hotel | 0 comments

Bachelor/Bachelorette Party Review: The Borgata at Atlantic City

If I had to guess, Las Vegas is probably the most popular destination for a bachelor or bachelorette party, and Sin City has only become more popular with the release of Vegas-themed movies, such as The Hangover. For those of us on the East Coast, however, Atlantic City is also a great substitute. It may not be as big or flashy as Las Vegas, but Atlantic City has its benefits – the main one being that it’s only two hours from New York City by car. In fact, a group of us took Atlantic Limousine to Atlantic City for a couple of my friends’ 30th birthday weekend last fall and had a fun time at The Borgata.   How You Can Do It The Borgata is not part of a hotel chain or partnership so you can’t redeem hotel points for a free stay. Of course, hotels including The Borgata are considered a travel expense so you can use the Barclays Arrival credit card and redeem part of the...

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Posted by on Jan 24, 2014 in Barclays Arrival, Credit Cards | 0 comments

Free Commuting with the Barclays Arrival Credit Card

As you know, I think the Barclays Arrival credit card is one of the best cards out there since you can get 44,000 miles for free (worth ~$440) as a signup bonus; the card also comes with other perks, such as a 10% rebate on the miles you redeem and no foreign exchange fees. In addition, I’ve highlighted how easy it is to redeem part of the 44,000 miles signup bonus for travel charges. Even if you don’t travel, however, you can use it for everyday commuting expenses so the signup bonus is practically as good as cash. For example, I recently refilled my NYC MTA MetroCard for $25 and a few days later, I was given the option to redeem my Barclays Arrival bonus miles against that charge.     The Main Point You can redeem your Barclays Arrival bonus miles against ANY travel charges and sometimes, it’s easy to forget that commuting is traveling. So whether you need to commute via the NYC subway system, the San Francisco BART,...

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Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Airline, Barclays Arrival, Cash Back, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Citi Thank You Premier, Credit Cards, Delta Air Lines, Hotel, Hyatt, JetBlue, Top Cash Back | 0 comments

Tips on Dealing with a Honeymoon Trip Cancellation

We were supposed to go to Aruba on Saturday and stay at the Hyatt Regency Aruba but because of the snowstorm and frigid temperatures that hit the Northeast and Midwest, our flight was delayed, delayed some more, and eventually cancelled. Quickly looking for another way to get to Aruba in the next couple of days, I realized it was near impossible. Instead, I rebooked us on a last-minute trip to Turks and Caicos leaving three days later. Unfortunately, that flight ended up being cancelled as well. As a result, I thought I’d share with you my experience on dealing with these trip cancellations. Hopefully, you’ll never have to use these tips for your honeymoon!   Aruba Trip Cancellation Our flight to Aruba was leaving from LGA (LaGuardia Airport), and we made it as far as Delta’s Terminal D :P. I will say that Terminal D looks great after the renovation not too long ago. Almost every table has an iPad with the ability to surf the Internet, check on...

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Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in Amex Hilton HHonors, Barclays Arrival, Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve, Credit Cards, Hilton, Hotel | 0 comments

Hotel Review: Hilton Garden Inn Mystic Groton

During our recent trip taking the Amtrak Northeast Regional up to Mystic, Connecticut, we also stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn Mystic Groton. Hilton Garden Inns are generally considered mid-tier hotels good for both business and leisure use; the Hilton Garden Inn Mystic Groton seemed to fit that mold. It wasn’t fancy by any means, but it was clean and perfectly fine.   How You Can Do It I booked one night using 30,000 Hilton HHonors points, and you can use Hilton HHonors points to book a stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Mystic Groton as well. The easiest way, however, is to just open the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve credit card. The card gives you 2 free weekend nights after spending $2,500 within 4 months and also gives you free Hilton HHonors gold status, which means you’ll get free breakfast. For the night we were staying, the Hilton Garden Inn Mystic Groton was pricing at $289 a night before taxes. That’s pricey so it’s not a bad idea to...

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Posted by on Dec 16, 2013 in Amtrak, Barclays Arrival, Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Credit Cards | 0 comments

Trip Report: Amtrak Northeast Regional and Mystic Connecticut

We recently took a weekend trip up to Mystic, Connecticut to visit my wife’s cousin and a few friends. And while Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard are known as the honeymoon hot spots in New England, don’t rule out a charming town like Mystic, Connecticut. Mystic has a romantic aura, offers lots of activities, and is especially beautiful in the fall, perfect for that autumn honeymoon. It’s also very easy to get to from New York City. If you’re wondering why Mystic sounds so familiar, it’s probably because you saw Mystic Pizza, starring Julia Roberts, when you were growing up!   How You Can Do It We took the Amtrak Northeast Regional from Penn Station to New London, and the cost for that trip can be as low as $39 one-way if you book early or easily over $100 if it’s a popular time and you don’t book early. Amtrak also has a frequent traveler program called Amtrak Guest Rewards, and any one-way coach ticket in the Northeast Zone...

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Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Airline, Barclays Arrival, Caribbean, Credit Cards | 0 comments

How to Save Money on Flights Using the Throwaway Ticketing Strategy

After a relatively mild winter, it’s starting to snow and become quite chilly here in NYC. As a result, my wife and I thought we would try to get away to the Caribbean, specifically Aruba, in the new year. The only problem is flights are REALLY expensive. Apparently, everyone else in NYC thought it would be a great time to flock to the Caribbean too and who can blame them. Round-trip flights were $600+ but in the end, we were able to pay just around $380 per person by using the throwaway ticketing strategy. In addition, we also paid for one of the $380 tickets using my wife’s Barclays Arrival credit card and redeemed part of the 44,000 miles signup bonus to get the flight for free.   Throwaway Ticketing Q. What is throwaway ticketing? A. It’s exactly what it sounds like. Throwing away part of your airplane ticket by not traveling part of the itinerary. Q. Why in the world would you want to do that? A. Airlines have very complicated...

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Posted by on Nov 27, 2013 in Barclays Arrival, Credit Cards, Hawaii, Hotel, Hyatt | 0 comments

Honeymoon Trip Review: What to Do in Kauai

By now, you’ve probably read my reviews on the Grand Hyatt Kauai regarding the Deluxe Ocean View Room, the amenities at the resort, and the Grand Hyatt Kauai luau. If you haven’t read those posts and are interested in staying at one of the best resorts in Kauai for free, please go back and take a look. Last time, I also covered what to eat in Kauai so today, I’ll go over what to do in Kauai.   What to Do in Kauai Kauai is not that big an island, but there is so much to do that you won’t get bored. We spent a week in Kauai and still didn’t have enough time to get around to certain activities, such as zip-lining or surfing lessons. Kauai also offers a wide range of activities from adventurous ones to relaxing ones so plenty of variety for everyone.     The Main Point Kauai is the perfect Hawaiian island for a honeymoon, in my opinion, because it’s scenic and has so...

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Posted by on Nov 23, 2013 in Barclays Arrival, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Credit Cards, Hawaii, Hotel, Hyatt | 0 comments

Honeymoon Trip Review: What to Eat in Kauai

By now, you’ve probably read my reviews on the Grand Hyatt Kauai regarding the Deluxe Ocean View Room, the amenities at the resort, and the Grand Hyatt Kauai luau. If you haven’t read those posts and are interested in staying at one of the best resorts in Kauai for free, please go back and take a look. In the next two posts, I’ll cover Kauai activities outside of the Grand Hyatt Kauai. Let’s start with what to eat in Kauai.   What to Eat in Kauai The Grand Hyatt Kauai is located on the South Shore of Kauai and because of that, most of the restaurants and shops we hit up the first few days were located near the south. We did spend one day at the famous North Shore, however, and enjoyed the food and sweets in that area as well. To be honest, Kauai is not that big so whichever part you do end up staying at won’t prevent you from easily driving to one of the...

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Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in Bachelor/Bachelorette Party, Barclays Arrival, Credit Cards, Transportation | 0 comments

Bachelor/Bachelorette Party Cost: Atlantic Limousine

One of the timeless bachelor/bachelorette party ideas is hitting up the casino to have a nice meal and do some social gambling with your best friends. Movies, such as The Hangover, often use Las Vegas as a setting but for those of us in New York City, Atlantic City is much closer and can still be a fun time. It only takes around two hours to drive from Manhattan to Atlantic City with no traffic so on average it takes two to three hours. Trust me when I say this – it’s a lot more fun to take a limousine or party bus over than the Greyhound or Chinatown bus. And when you have a group, the cost is actually not that high for a limousine. I did some extensive research for one of my friend’s 30th birthday party a couples month ago and discovered Atlantic Limousine. In my opinion, Atlantic Limousine has the best prices for limousines from New York City to Atlantic City. In addition, their website...

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