Aimed at younger guests, but may appeal to budget-minded travelers of all ages.
Sneak Peek: New Hilton Brand “Tru” Launches With 102 Hotels
Tru By Hilton: A New Desk-Less “Millennial” Hotel Brand
Will have showers but no tubs, free breakfast, free wi-fi. The rooms will have no closets and no desks, which is a deal-killer for many travelers…their intended audience is Millenials who prefer to work on their laptops in bed.
Million Mile Secrets blog has a good preview.
Another blogger’s take on the new brand: http://dealswelike.boardingarea.com/2016/01/27/a-new-hilton-brand-tru-coming-soon/
Being able to go downstairs and eat a free breakfast in your hotel can save time (half an hour) and money ($20 for a couple, per day).
How to Get Free Breakfast at Hotels
This blogger has a collection of ideas for how to score a free breakfast. For example, stay at Holiday Inn Express (free breakfast) rather than Holiday Inn (no free breakfast).
This is good, money- and time-saving information.
I always like the interactive IHG PointBreaks map. It gives me inspiration for where I need to visit.
The northernmost PB this time is in Helsinki (where it’s Winter / Spring), the southernmost is in Cordoba, Argentina (where it’s Summer / Fall). Note that Cordoba is on about the same latitude as south Texas.
Visas for Americans usually are costly and must be obtained before arrival, but during this summer period no visa will be required for tourists. This corresponds to the Brazil Olympics.
Travel To Brazil Without A Visa This Year
You can book these hotels for just 5000 points/night, if you’re quick enough when they become bookable. That is probably about 8 or 9 AM Central time tomorrow morning.
PREVIEW: IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks January 25 – April 30, 2016 (FULL LIST)
Norwegian Airlines is a trans-Atlantic ultra-low-cost carrier, like WOW. This planned new route is bound to put pressure on the legacy airlines to keep prices down.
Norwegian Sees Growth in TATL Market
Honey is a browser extension for Chrome browser. On several ecommerce sites (including Kohls), it automatically inserts the best available coupon code as you are checking out with a purchase.
Browser extensions are often suspect, because they can watch everything you do on the web. If the value of your potential money savings outweighs the value of your loss of privacy, this looks like a very good deal.
As a reminder, some awards for American Airlines are going to be much more costly as of March 22, 2016. This is particularly true of First Class and Business Class awards.
You can book travel (up to 331 days into the future) now under the old, more favorable, award chart.
See the charts at http://www.milevalue.com/massive-devaaluation-of-american-airlines-chart-march-22-2016/ for the bad news.
“Reselling” is when you buy merchandise, then re-sell it online. You need to find a source / sources of inexpensive goods, buy some, then list them on eBay or Amazon.
Two bloggers that I read are having series of posts on how to get into reselling.
Miles to Memories is just starting his series.
Doctor of Credit is up to post #6 on reselling.
Both blogs are worth reading if you foresee using reselling as a way to meet minimum spends, or to actually make an income.
If you’re new at the miles-and-points game, this is a good brief reference for how to get started.
Million Mile Secrets and Mommy Points blogs also have good useful information for beginners…look for tabs at the top of their home pages.