Turning Down A Citi AA Retention Offer

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The time has come for the annual fee on my Citi American Airlines Mastercard and I wasn’t about to pay $95 to hold onto the card for another year.

I decided to call in to see if there were any interesting offers available for me before going ahead to close my card. In some ways I hoped there wasn’t. I’d like to thin out my stack of open cards before opening  many more… Continue reading

Virgin Hotels Opening in Chicago + Win a 2 Night Stay #VirginRumors

Richard Branson will be opening the first Virgin Hotel in Chicago with the date still to be determined. There are also plans to open locations in Nashville and New York in 2016.

To celebrate the future opening of Virgin Hotels Chicago, the #VirginRumors Contest is currently going on. There are 5 weekly prizes as well as a grand prize where you can win a 2 night trip to the hotel’s grand opening.  Continue reading

Win 150,000 United Miles + $5000…

What would you do with an extra 150,000 United miles? I don’t have an answer to the question at the moment but would love to find out!

Cartera Commerce (they run United’s shopping portal) is running the MileagePlus Shopping Sweepstakes giving one lucky winner 150,000 United miles along with $5,000 worth of gift cards & cash. Three other winner will get some miles to add to their MileagePlus accounts. Continue reading

10 Things Not to Do at Disney World

Disney World isn’t a place that I have much of a desire to visit but due to a special little guy, I might just have to suck it up and go at some point in the not so distant future.

I had the chance to visit Disneyland in California when I was around 10 or 11 years old but have never been to Disney World. I don’t really remember much about my visit to Disneyland so to me that speaks volumes to say how little I probably enjoyed it. Continue reading

European Cities with Cheapest Five-Star Hotels

I wouldn’t claim to be a Five-Star Hotel kind of guy.

Since we always like to stretch our budget (both when using miles & points and when paying), an easy way to save money during a trip is by staying at budget accommodations like guesthouses, hostels and with airbnb. I’m not saying that we don’t like nice hotels, we just don’t like paying for them. I also find that when staying at hostels and other budget places we get much more honest travel advice/ info about the area we are visting.

For example (some of you might have heard me say this before), if I ask a hostel for a recommendation on a place to eat, they likely send me somewhere they would eat. When I ask the same question in an upscale hotel, I am usually told about their in-house restaurant. Continue reading

Radisson Suspends Vikings Sponsorship

Peterson mugshot- khou.com

The NFL has rightfully been taking a lot of heat due to a couple of somewhat recent domestic violence cases. The league has done a very poor job handling some disgusting situations involving some players.

The league initially suspended Ray Rice for 2 games for punching/ knocking out his wife (then his fiance) in Atlantic City back in February. Only after TMZ released a video of the incident did his team the Baltimore Ravens release him and the NFL suspend him indefinitely. Continue reading

Need A Social Media Travel Assistant?

A couple of days back I wrote about a pretty crazy story about how a Woman FAKES Amazing 42 Day Vacation. The main point of taking this fake-cation was a project to “point out the artificiality of social media” according to CTV News.

If you don’t have the energy to plan and go through the hassle of taking a fake-cation, here is another way to take social media to the next level.

How about hiring a social media assistant for your next vacation! Continue reading

Fly To London, Earn Up To 35,000 United Bonus Miles

Here is a way to earn a very nice bonus amount of United MileagePlus miles. However, to earn the full bonus it’s going to take multiple flights (in a short period of time) to London  in order to earn them.

According to an e-mail I received from United, “Autumn is one of the best times of the year to experience London”. Continue reading