Review: Grand Hyatt Vail (as a Globalist)

Review: Grand Hyatt Vail (as a Globalist)

I didn't waste any time booking another Hyatt trip to use my new Globalist status as our first trip to Aruba was a success!  For our annual ski trip this year I ended up booking the Grand Hyatt Vail and as not disappointed, this may be my next favorite ski resort....

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Breaking Bills for Tips without a Bank

Breaking Bills for Tips without a Bank

As a travel hacker I use credit cards for just about everything to earn miles and points.  But I still carry some cash, mainly a bunch of 20s from the ATM, in my pocket for the unexpected.   But before heading out on a trip, I always like to break a bunch of $20s...

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3 Mistakes I Made with my First Airbnb Booking

3 Mistakes I Made with my First Airbnb Booking

  We recently returned from our trip to Europe which included stops in Venice, Prague, and Croatia.  If you've ever travel with a family to Europe you probably know how difficult it is to find hotel rooms that will fit 3 let alone 4 people.  We ended up with two...

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The First 5 Credit Cards You Should Apply For

The First 5 Credit Cards You Should Apply For

  The question I'm asked most from newbies who want to start earning miles and points for travel is: "Which card should I get first/next?" My answer is always a Chase card first. Why? In late 2015, Chase implemented what's known as the ‘5/24’ rule for their best...

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Skip This Disney Deluxe Resort

Skip This Disney Deluxe Resort

It's been 30 years since I last stayed at Disney's Polynesian so I was excited to knock out one of the last two deluxe resorts (Yacht Club being the other, but how much different is it than Beach Club anyway?) that my family hadn't yet stayed out in the past 10 years....

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How to use Citi’s Purchase Protection Benefit

How to use Citi’s Purchase Protection Benefit

Milo did it again! A week after tearing a hole in my wife's new top, Milo was so excited to see my daughter, he ran over and jumped on her knocking her brand new sunglasses on the driveway. Then stepped on them which put a large scratch in the middles of the lenses....

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My Dog Did It . . .

My Dog Did It . . .

Milo got in trouble last week for tearing a hole in my wife's brand new top from Express. She hadn't even had a chance to wear it yet. But don't worry she can't stay mad at her 'baby' for very long. I'm not sure why but the old American Express commercial where a lady...

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Re-purpose a Hotel Key

Re-purpose a Hotel Key

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Return to the Maldives

Return to the Maldives

Yeap, I'll be staying in one of those overwater villas in the photos above very soon and I'm so very excited. I just finished booking a return trip to the Maldives for early next year. I can't wait! I put this post together to show you a trip to paradise including...

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Second International Phone Problem Solved

Second International Phone Problem Solved

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How to Use Ink Preferred Cell Phone Benefit

How to Use Ink Preferred Cell Phone Benefit

I had been paying my monthly Cricket Wireless phone bill with my Chase Ink Business Plus (no longer available) for years since I was earning 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards with each payment. But I switched my autopay from the 5X earning Ink Business Plus to my new 3X...

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