The Resort Traveler

A teen traveler in college who loves to create vacation packages without breaking the bank. He loves flying and relaxing at hotels, and you can explore Tyler's world here.

Why I got the Hilton AMEX Aspire Card!

You got the Hilton Honors AMEX Aspire Card?! You betcha! Even with that $450 Annual Fee? Yup! First off you get 100,000 Hilton Honors points after you spend $4,000 in purchases on the Card within your first 3 months of Card Membership. That’s worth at least a conservative $500! But the main reasons I got this card: One weekend night reward with your new Hilton Honors American Express Aspire: The fine print says “You will receive the reward email within 8-14 weeks after opening your Card Account”. And every year after renewal you get another one! And these awards...

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Hotel Review: Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas

Background: I have wanted to stay at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas for the longest time. After stumbling on a good rate on Cyber Monday, I finally booked a stay here! It is considered to be one of the best hotels in Las Vegas. I was very excited for my stay but you know when you get too excited and it ends up not living up to expectations? Well sadly that happened. Long story short, my experience at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas left much to be desired and I feel this hotel is highly overrated. Mandarin Oriental Las...

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Review: United Basic Economy Boeing 737 DEN-LAX

Background: A couple of months ago I wrote about how I booked a flight to Denver on United Basic Economy. I was really worried about getting a bad seat, but I was happy when I actually got one the best remaining the seats on the plane! My assignment was 14C (Aisle) and my friends got 14E and 14F. I was so happy we got great seats! I just switched my seat with the person in 14D (Aisle), and then all my friends could sit together in the same side of the row. Of course, I love my window seats,...

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Review: Doubletree Denver Stapleton North

Background: I booked the Doubletree Denver Stapleton North as it had a rate of just $90 a night when all the other 3.5/4 star hotels in Denver were upwards of $130. I did notice there were many negative reviews, due to the fact that the new Colorado A- line commuter rail train passes right outside the hotel and they are facing issues with it being a “quiet zone”. Currently, the train has to sound its horn as it crosses the intersection with the hotel, but the hotel is currently working on making it a quiet zone so that the...

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Review: United Club at LAX

I had some United One Day Passes so my friends and I headed to the United Club at LAX before our Spirit Airlines Flight to Denver. The United Club at LAX is one of the largest United Club’s at 20,000 square feet. It only opened a year ago and it is really modern and stylish. Our Spirit flight was departing at Terminal 5, so we had to allow 15/20 minutes to get to Terminal 5 from 7, as the lounge is located at Terminal 7, adjacent to gate 71A. Entrance Seating You enter, check in at one of the three desks...

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Sun Country Announces Service from LA to Honolulu?!

Wow this is certainly interesting. Minneapolis based Sun Country Airlines has announced service to Honolulu! Service to Honolulu will begin May 19th and run through August 19th. Flights will run four days a week, Friday through Monday with non-stop flights from Los Angeles and connecting flights from Minneapolis/St. Paul. Flights from LAX-HNL one way start at $299 in coach, or $488 in First Class. A quick search for May 25th found the $299/$488 prices below. This announcement comes after Sun Country announced that New York Based Apollo Global Management would acquire the airline from brothers Marty and Mitch Davis. Sun Country is...

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Review: Car2Go in Denver

BACKGROUND: My friends and I needed a car to drive around Colorado with! Problem is, we’re 19, and most car rentals won’t rent to us. I stumbled upon Maven on my last trip which is sponsored by GM and decided to try that last time. I really liked Maven! But this time I decided to try car2go, because last time they only had smart cars, but now they rent out Mercedes GLA and CLA’s! I thought my friend would like to try the Benz, so we went for it. Short Review: PROS You get a Mercedes to drive around...

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Review: Colorado Springs Marriott

BACKGROUND: I was searching for places to stay on my trip to Colorado Springs for a mini convention. In June, I stayed at the Hyatt House, which I reviewed here! The Hyatt House was a great Category 1 redemption, but I wanted to try something new. From my room at the Hyatt House, I could see the Marriott, so for this trip I chose to try out the Marriott as it had a really good rate. A Junior Suite with Concierge Lounge access was only $120 a night. Sounds too good to be true? You betcha. I’ll dig in...

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Review: Bluffworks Travel Clothes and Their Christmas Holiday Sale!

About Bluffworks: Bluffworks is a New York based company (and their items are made in NYC too!) The Bluffworks Travel Clothes are said to be wrinkle resistant and you can put them in the wash (YAY no dry cleaning needed!) Bluffworks sent me some clothes to try on and I really liked their products!  Blazer: The blazer is really comfortable, with many, many pockets! There are 10 total pockets. Perfect for traveling and carrying lots of various items. They come in “Classic Fit” and “Slim Fit” and I opted for the “Slim Fit”. The fit is pretty true to...

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Stacking to Earn 2 Free Nights During Marriott MegaBonus Worked!

A few months ago, I blogged about the Double Dip Deal 2 Free Nights At Marriott After 2 Stays. I just completed the MegaBonus and the New Member offer, and both my free night certificates have been posted. 🙂 It should only take most of you all 2 stays, but it took me 3 stays because I completed a stay with the New Member Offer before the Fall MegaBonus promotion started. The stay I double dipped with was my middle (2nd) stay. My stay at the Lake Arrowhead Resort applied to BOTH my New Member Offer, and my MegaBonus. It completed...

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