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Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Airline, ANA, Barclays Arrival, Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase United Explorer, Credit Cards, United Airlines | 0 comments

Flight Review: ANA First Class Square from Chicago to Tokyo

After stopping over at Charlotte for my friend’s wedding, my wife and I continued on to Japan for a week-long vacation at Tokyo then Hiroshima and Miyajima. We flew ANA First Class Square going to Tokyo and flew United BusinessFirst coming back to New York City from Hiroshima. By using United Airline’s MileagePlus miles and booking a round-trip, we were able to get one free stopover and one free open jaw. The free stopover meant our flight down to Charlotte was free, and the free open jaw meant we could fly back home from Hiroshima even though we flew into Tokyo.   How You Can Do It We booked our award flights before United Airlines completely changed their award chart and increased mileage prices substantially especially for nicer Star Alliance airlines, such as ANA. While you can still book the same ANA First Class Square flight, the number of United miles needed is so high I wouldn’t recommend doing so. Instead, I recommend using United MileagePlus miles to book...

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Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Barclays Arrival, Chase Hyatt, Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Credit Cards, Hotel, Hyatt | 0 comments

Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Washington Park Executive Suite

Recently, my wife and I decided to visit Washington D.C. for the opening weekend of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. We’re going to Japan in a few weeks and thought it would be great to get a sneak peek of the cherry blossoms here. While the trees haven’t bloomed yet due to the delayed Spring, we still had a great time in the city. Washington D.C. can be quite scenic and full of culture during this time of the year, and our stay at the Park Hyatt Washington Park Executive Suite was fantastic. During our Segway tour, we also met a British couple who were on their honeymoon so while it’s not your typical honeymoon destination, Washington D.C. can be a romantic place. If you do decide to visit Washington D.C., I highly recommend staying at the Park Hyatt Washington.     How You Can Do It The Park Hyatt Washington is a category 6 hotel on the Hyatt Gold Passport chart, so a standard room will cost 25,000...

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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 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 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 18, 2013 in Chase Hyatt, Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Credit Cards, Hawaii, Hotel, Hyatt | 0 comments

Honeymoon Hotel Review: Grand Hyatt Kauai Luau

Besides having awesome ocean view rooms and a seemingly endless selection of pools, the Grand Hyatt Kauai also boasts one of the best Hawaiian luaus in Kauai; many visitors who don’t stay at the Grand Hyatt Kauai still come to the Grand Hyatt Kauai luau. A luau is a traditional Hawaiian party that includes music, dancing entertainment, and traditional Hawaiian food. While luaus may have a touristy feel to them, we thought it was worth going as we’ve never been to one before.   How You Can Do It The Grand Hyatt Kauai is a category 6 hotel on the Hyatt Gold Passport chart, so a standard room will cost 22,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points per night. If you don’t have Hyatt diamond status and want a better room that includes access to the Grand Club lounge for free breakfast and more, the cost will increase to 27,000 points per night. Last but not least, if you really want a suite, you can redeem 33,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points...

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Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 in Chase Hyatt, Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Credit Cards, Hawaii, Hotel, Hyatt | 0 comments

Honeymoon Hotel Review: Grand Hyatt Kauai Part 2

While the Deluxe Ocean View Room we had at the Grand Hyatt Kauai was very nice, we didn’t spend a lot of time in the room. The Grand Hyatt Kauai is so big and offers so much to do, you won’t get bored exploring the hotel in a week’s time. Whether you spend your time relaxing¬†in one of the many pools or playing golf at the Poipu Bay Golf Club, you can’t go wrong.   How You Can Do It The Grand Hyatt Kauai is a category 6 hotel on the Hyatt Gold Passport chart, so a standard room will cost 22,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points per night. If you don’t have Hyatt diamond status and want a better room that includes access to the Grand Club lounge for free breakfast and more, the cost will increase to 27,000 points per night. Last but not least, if you really want a suite, you can redeem 33,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points per night. Recently, however, Hyatt just announced a change...

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Posted by on Nov 11, 2013 in Chase Hyatt, Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Credit Cards, Hawaii, Hotel, Hyatt | 0 comments

Honeymoon Hotel Review: Grand Hyatt Kauai Deluxe Ocean View Room

Last time, I reviewed flying Hawaiian Airlines First Class between New York and Hawaii and described how you can do it too for free! Today, I’ll cover our stay in a Deluxe Ocean View Room at the Grand Hyatt Kauai, generally regarded as one of the best hotels in the Hyatt chain. The review will actually be a multiple part series since the hotel is so large and offers so much that I can’t possibly cover it in one post. The more information you have, the better you are able to plan your special stay here.     How You Can Do It The Grand Hyatt Kauai is a category 6 hotel on the Hyatt Gold Passport chart, so a standard room will cost 22,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points per night. If you don’t have Hyatt diamond status and want a better room that includes access to the Grand Club lounge for free breakfast and more, the cost will increase to 27,000 points per night. Last but not least,...

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Posted by on Sep 12, 2013 in Barclays Arrival, Chase Freedom, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Credit Cards | 0 comments

Guide to Opening Credit Cards for Rewards

Credit card signup bonuses are larger than ever these days, and you’ll see that I recently added a top credit card bonuses tab at the top of the site. I constantly update this page with the best credit card rewards. When you go to that page, you’ll see offers for 40,000 miles, two free nights at high-end hotels, and even 50,000+ points after spending a certain amount of money on the card. It’s as if the credit card companies want you to have free money and travel for close to nothing!     Of course, some caveats do exist. The spending requirement for these signup bonuses are higher than ever, although that should not be a problem if you are paying for a wedding. In addition, it’s never been easier to meet these spending requirements without actually spending any money through methods, such as Amazon Payments. More importantly, however, you must be financially responsible, organized, and pay attention to details. This last point is probably what scares most beginners...

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