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Le Meridien Refunds 7,000 SPG Points For Troubles

spgBack in April, we went on our spring break trip to Milan & Malta.

We had a very nice time during the trip but did have some issues with our hotel in Malta- the Le Meridien St Julians, Malta.

We booked the Le Meridien St Julians using points. A room goes for a reasonable 7,000 SPG points per night and  we spent 6 nights at the property. Thanks to the stay 5, pay 4 offer our stay came to a total of 35,000 SPG points!

During our trip  we loved the views from our balcony and enjoyed having access to the lounge. However, the stay was not without issue. Continue reading Le Meridien Refunds 7,000 SPG Points For Troubles

Our Visit To Malta (& Milan) In A Nutshell

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It’s been over a month since we got back from our trip to Malta & Milan so its time for a little recap.

Getting to Europe was a bit of a pain since we needed to take three flights to get there. However, for the price we paid ($258.12 per person), I’d definitely do it again. We arrived in Milan and spent the first and last day there. In between we spent six really enjoyable days on the island of Malta.

Milan wasn’t a city that we were overly excited about visiting but we figured that for parts of 2 days we could figure out enough to do.

After stopping by our hotel which was just outside of the downtown area, (very easy to get to by train from the airport) we headed into the city and made our first stop at Sforza Castle. Within the castle were a bunch of museums but we didn’t visit any of them. We wandered around the grounds which were very lively and pretty much like a public park. Lucas enjoyed running around the grounds for a while so this was definitely a good way to start our visit. Continue reading Our Visit To Malta (& Milan) In A Nutshell

Ridiculous Street Signs #19- Dog Fouling Is Not Permitted- Malta

I’m not sure what it is but lots of funny and odd signs tend to have poop as the subject matter.

During our first day on Malta we spent our time wandering around the capital Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since we arrived in the middle of the day we figured it would be best to just head into the city with no real plans besides strolling around and getting a feel for the area.

After walking around some of the steep,  hilly streets we ended up close to the water where we had some spectacular views. We decided to keep walking along this route to see what else was around. Continue reading Ridiculous Street Signs #19- Dog Fouling Is Not Permitted- Malta

Hotel Review: Le Meridien St Julians, Malta

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Le Meridien St Julians Hotel & Spa, Malta

For our most recent trip, we decided to cash in some SPG points for a stay at the 5 star Le Meridien St Julians Hotel & Spa in Malta.

While I highly value my SPG points, I think we made a good decision in using them for this redemption. Hotels on Malta tend to be pretty expensive so using some points seemed to be a good decision.

We spent 6 nights at the Le Meridien but only had to pay for 5. A room goes for 7,000 SPG points per night but thanks to the stay 5, pay 4 offer, our total came to 35,000 points. If we decided to pay for our stay with cash, the cost would’ve been $921.75.

(Due to the 5th night free offer, I wondered if it would’ve been better to stay elsewhere for our 6th night. Check out my post about this here.)

The Le Meridien St Julians is located about 15-20 minutes from the airport by taxi and costs 20€. You could take the public bus but that requires a transfer and could take a minimum of one hour. Getting around the island is relatively easy but you pretty much always need to head into Valletta, 25-30 minutes away to catch the other buses.

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We’re Heading Back To Europe: Milan & Malta

Screen Shot 2014-04-12 at 1.06.21 AMThis year we started booking our Spring trip a bit earlier than usual thanks to an incredible mistake airfare deal through Norwegian airline Wideroe. We got in on 3 trips to Europe at incredible prices due to this error.

In January we went to Oslo, Norway and the following month we went on a Quick Euro-Road Trip, visiting 3 countries in 4.5 days.

For our third Wideroe trip I decided to book a flight to Milan. Milan was consistently showing the cheapest mistake fares during the 48 hours or so that the offer was available.

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