Majored in Miles

As a "student" of miles and points for the past five years, Dakota has traveled the globe by utilizing credit cards and loyalty programs. His love for travel continually drives him to creatively find new methods of accumulating points for free travel and helping others do the same.

Hyatt Centric New Orleans – King Suite Review

New Orleans is a very special place, unlike anywhere else. Anyone who has visited and ventured off of Bourbon St can attest. I recently made a quick trip to the crescent city and chose the Hyatt Centric to use one of my quickly expiring free night certificates, which I got from the Hyatt credit card (It can also be booked for 15,000 points). The location of this property couldn’t be any better! Its located in the heart of the French Quarter, close to everything, yet still in a quite enough area so you can get some sleep. Check-in Getting to the hotel on a Friday evening proved to be quite challenge. Traffic getting into the quarter is a pain, but we eventually made it and dropped the car with valet for $42 per night. There are some parking garages in the vicinity, but the price difference was maybe $10 from what I saw. My first impressions of this property were much better than expected, given my experience at other Centrics, like Chicago. The front desk agent had that classic New Orleans “I do not care” attitude, gave me the room I booked and sent me on my way. Now, I don’t expect suite upgrades as an Explorist, but I thought I may at-least get a room on a higher floor, or possibly a view. Nope. When I walked in to...

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Last Day to Enter: Amazon Fire HD Tablet Giveaway!

In honor of my wife’s recent book release, she and I are hosting a giveaway for an Amazon Fire HD Tablet + an e-book copy of the The Second Chance Brides Collection. If you need a good read for an upcoming trip, check out this collection available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon and Target. I’ll admit that this is a shameless plug, but since a tablet is always useful for travel, we thought this would be a good way to justify it on Travel Update 🙂 The Second Chance Brides Collection Summary: From the girls who lost their beaus to war, to the...

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New Priority Pass Restaurant at DEN!

Thanks to my friends at the Front Range Travel Hackers page on Facebook for pointing out that Priority Pass has just added a new restaurant at Denver International in Terminal C. The Timberline Steakhouse and Grill is giving members a credit of $28 per person toward their bill, depending on your level of Priority Pass membership. As a Denver based flyer, I plan to use this benefit on departure and arrival. Here are some details about Timberline Hours: 6am – 10pm (Sunday – Friday) 6am – 9pm (Saturday) Menu: View here Location: Airside – after Security, go to Concourse C...

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My 5 Citi Prestige Retention Offers

Given the recent loss of benefits on the Citi Prestige card (i.e. Admirals Club access, free golf, 4th night free no matter the cost, etc.), I thought I’d give them a call to see if I could get a retention offer out of them before they release any new benefits as they are rumored to do later this month (HT: DoC). Calling now would give me more leverage if needed. To give you an idea of where I’m at, I signed up for the card last July and have put about $18k in spend on it (most of that was...

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Buy IHG Ambassador Status for 22k Points or Less [Targeted]

*Update: As 2 commenters have pointed out, you may be able to combine the 5,000 point Accelerate offer discussed below on top of the 10,000 point offer and get 10% of your redemption back if you have the IHG credit card. Net cost would be (32,000)(.9) – 10,000 – 5,000 = 13,800 points I received a targeted email a little while ago from IHG offering me 10,000 points if I signed up for their Ambassador Status, normally costing $200 for 1 year. A similar offer appeared on my Accelerate promotions a while back, offering 5,000 points for signing up....

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