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Come Learn How To Travel Hack For Free! Meetup On April 29, Vancouver, BC

April 19th, 2018|News|

Exciting News - Travel Hacking Meetup In Vancouver! We're excited to announce we'll be hosting a travel hacking meetup in Vancouver on April 29, 2018 in Vancouver, BC at The St Regis Hotel. This is in response to an overwhelming demand from our readers, and an opportunity to partner with another great local travel hacking couple - Kyle and Samantha [...]

Strategy For Starwood Points Since The Marriott Announcement

April 20th, 2018|Hotel Loyalty Programs, Hotels, News, Reward Programs|

Strategy For Starwood Points Since The Marriott Announcement We've had a lot of news this week about upcoming changes to the Marriott Rewards program, with both Marriott and Starwood becoming one program as of August 1, 2018. We also saw a change to the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card in Canada, where the welcome bonus (and referral program) where greatly [...]

Review: Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel Executive King Room

April 18th, 2018|Hotels, Marriott, Trip Reports|

Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel Introduction Singapore is one of my favourite places in the world, but it's super expensive. It's not uncommon to see luxury hotels price out at $500+/night, so redeeming points for free-night stays can represent really decent value, and free up a lot of money for other activites, such as eating at the legendary hawker markets [...]

Changes To Marriott Rewards – Much Better Than Expected!

April 16th, 2018|Hotel Loyalty Programs, News, Reward Programs|

Changes To The Marriott Rewards Introduction The wait is finally over. Today Marriott announced all of the changes to Marriott Rewards and SPG, and I must say I'm relieved. Generally when we see programs merge, there's some give and take on both sides to keep all loyalists (or as many as possible) happy. I was really nervous for this announcement, [...]

Review: Japan Airlines Boeing 777 First Class, SFO – HND

April 16th, 2018|Airlines, Japan Airlines, Trip Reports|

Japan Airlines Boeing 777 First Class Introduction It had been a couple of months since my last international trip and I had a bunch of Alaska Miles itching to be used since redeeming 360,000 Marriott Reward points on a Hotel+Air package for our spring break trip to Maui. I knew I wanted to fly the Japan Airlines Boeing 777 first [...]

Review: Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge San Francisco

April 12th, 2018|Airport Lounges, Trip Reports, USA|

Introduction My United Airlines flight from Vancouver arrived in San Francisco shortly after 8am, giving me a whopping 7 hours or so to take in all the Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge San Francisco had to offer. Unfortunately (or fortunately), the lounge doesn't open until the afternoon, and I still needed to get my boarding pass, which meant I would need [...]

Review: Marriott Wailea Beach Resort Maui Ocean View Room

April 11th, 2018|Hotels, Marriott, Trip Reports|

Marriott Wailea Beach Resort Maui Introduction Let me preface this review by saying that I really wanted to love The Marriott Wailea Beach Resort Maui. Since Fairmont announced the end of the Fairmont President's Club, I've been a bit of a free agent for loyalty, with Marriott being the natural choice given the Gold status I receive with my American [...]

Booked! Japan Airlines First Class To Singapore

April 5th, 2018|Airlines, Japan Airlines, News, Trip Reports|

Japan Airlines First Class To Singapore Introduction We recently returned from a trip to Maui where I was able to redeem 360,000 Marriott Reward points for a hotel+air package including a 7-night stay at the Marriott Wailea Beach Resort (full review coming soon - it was a bit disappointing), and 120,000 Alaska Airline miles. I didn't actually use the miles [...]

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