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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 15, 2014 in Hotel | 0 comments

Airbnb Free Night Promotion

If you’re not familiar with Airbnb, it’s an alternative to hotels where normal people rent out a bedroom, the whole apartment, or an entire house for a short period of time ranging from one day to months. The booking process on their website is just as easy as booking a hotel and at times, an Airbnb can be much nicer than a hotel AND much cheaper.   Airbnb Free Night Promotion In fact, until 1/17/14, you can get an Airbnb free night just by signing up and using promo code ONENIGHT. Your booking must be for a minimum of two nights, and the stay must be before 3/31/14. Think of it as buy one night, get one night free on a two-night stay. You can, however, just pay for the second night with the Barclays Arrival credit card and redeem part of the 44,000 miles signup bonus to get the entire stay for free since Airbnb is considered a travel expense. Here are the exact terms and conditions of...

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Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Amex Starwood, Amex Starwood Business, Caterer, Credit Cards, Hotel, Starwood | 0 comments

Wedding Caterer Menu: Sheraton LaGuardia Eastern Wedding Menu 4

Menu 4 is the top menu offered in the Sheraton LaGuardia Eastern Wedding Menu series. So far, I’ve discussed Menu 1, Menu 2, and Menu 3, and you can take a look at those posts if you’re interested in comparing all four menus. You’ll notice that the Sheraton LaGuardia Eastern Wedding Menu 4 contains significantly more seafood selections.     Sheraton LaGuardia Eastern Wedding Menu 4 Roasted Whole Suckling Platter Lobster with Ginger and Scallion in Superior Soup (Half Lobster per Person) Sliced Giant Clam & Sashimi on Ice Sautéed Butterfly Clam and Crab Claw with XO Sauce Blossom Garden Green with Conpoy Braised Shark’s Fin with Crab Meat and Seafood Braised Whole Abalone with Oyster Sauce (Ten Pieces) Deep Fried Chicken Marinated with Garlic Sheraton Steak Steam Seasonal Fish Dungeness Crab over Sticky Rice Braised E-fu Noodles with Crab Meat & Chives Fresh Fruit Platter & Petit Fours Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee & Herbal Tea   The Main Point Unfortunately, the Sheraton LaGuardia Eastern Wedding Menu 4 does not...

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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 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 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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