Hilton Adding New “Tru” Hotel Brand Later This Year

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/

How to Get Your Free Breakfast at Hotels

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.

Photo by Georgie R / Flickr

IHG PointBreaks Map is Now Available on the Web

I always like the interactive IHG PointBreaks map. It gives me inspiration for where I need to visit.

http://www.pointswithacrew.com/current-ihg-point-breaks-map-and-sortable-table/

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.

Honey Can Save You Money on Retail Merchandise Purchases

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.

http://outandout.boardingarea.com/get-honey-save-money-browser-extension-for-chrome/

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.

Photo by free pictures of money / Flickr

A Recap of the Upcoming American Airlines Award-Chart Devaluation

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.

Photo by Thomas Hawk / Flickr

Two Reselling Information Series

“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.

Six Steps for Mileage Junkie Newbies

If you’re new at the miles-and-points game, this is a good brief reference for how to get started.

http://viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com/2016/01/22/six-simple-steps-to-get-started-with-miles-and-points-and-make-your-dream-travels-happen/

Million Mile Secrets and Mommy Points blogs also have good useful information for beginners…look for tabs at the top of their home pages.

Photo by ARTS_fox1fire / Flickr