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.

United Gave Me a Good Seat for Basic Economy?!

Background: I booked a United Basic Economy flight from Denver to Los Angeles, and I just checked in for the flight. Based on the seat map the flight was quite full, but there were still some aisle and window seats left. I’ve heard the horror stories of getting middle seats and groups getting intentionally split up even where there is ample seating available. The glaring question: Would I end up getting a good seat for Basic Economy? The Seat Map 7 minutes before Check-In: Pretty packed. So many middle seats. I was really expecting a middle seat, so I...

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United Basic Economy Costs $62 More Than Economy??

United Basic Economy More Expensive? As you may have read, I booked a United Basic Economy flight from Denver to Los Angeles. Today, I was curious to check the seat map, to see how bad my seat assignment will be. United Basic Economy doesn’t allow you to choose your own seat, and they say that groups will not be able to sit together. The seats available don’t look that great, nor are they necessarily that bad. I shall see how it plays off at check-in. What I found interesting was that Basic Economy cost $62 more than regular economy...

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Deal: Free 1,000 Marriott Rewards Points TODAY ONLY!

Happy Sunday! Marriott Rewards started their #RewardsPoints program earlier this summer where you can earn up to 45,000 Marriott Rewards Points a year for interacting with Marriott on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. You can earn 250 MR points for linking your Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and following Marriott on Instagram and Twitter gets you 125 MR points each. You can register and check it out here! THIS SUNDAY’S MARRIOTT REWARDS POINTS TWITTER PROMO! Once your Twitter account is connected, you can earn bonus points! Marriott has been having weekly Sunday NFL Trivia questions where you can earn 1,000 Marriott Rewards...

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Virgin America Sale! Flights From $42, or Just $171 One Way to Hawaii

  Virgin America launched a shorter weekly sale today with fares starting from $49+ one way. The Sale: Two notable routes I found for a great price: Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale for just $99 one way! There are more dates than just January 10th, but the flexible date calendar is a bit off on the Virgin America website, so you may have to utilize Alaska’s website or Google Flights to find availability. 2) San Francisco to Honolulu for just $171 one way! And, there’s a lot of availability, even all the way to Summer 2018. I just used...

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China Airlines Announces 4x Weekly Service From Ontario, California

China Airlines has officially announced service from Ontario International Airport in Ontario, California to Taipei Taoyuan International Airport. Flights will operate 4 times weekly starting Spring 2018! Ontario Airport is located 40 miles from Downtown Los Angeles. China Airlines Ontario Airport China Airlines will be the first carrier to offer non-stop, trans-oceanic passenger service to Ontario. It is projected to carry more than 80,000 passengers annually in each direction. The Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with 358 seats will be used for the route. You can read more on Ontario Airport’s site. I think this is a great way for Ontario Airport...

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My Favorite 4 Star Hotel Brands

I felt like blogging about this for awhile, because there are just so many hotel brands, and each of them are unique in their own ways! Plus, I better blog before school starts getting harder! Most of my hotel stays are at the four star level, and I’ve completed numerous stays at Marriott, Westin, Hilton, Hyatt and more. My 4 Favorite 4 Star Hotel Brands: 1) Hilton Believe me, I was shocked that Hilton is the best 4 star brand for me too. None were like astronomically good, but they were all very solid. Hilton grabs the top spot...

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My College Dorm Hotel Room

Back to school! Wow, summer went by really fast, even considering that school starts really late for me. School starts today and I’m not done decorating my dorm! Because of that, this is going to be a short post 🙂 Last year I wrote about College Dorm That Is A Three Star Hotel. I liked my dorm so much, I decided to reserve it again! My College Dorm Hotel Room: I got the same type of dorm, Plaza Double with a private bath! Just a different building. It is really nice and spacious. We have two beds, two desks...

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Virgin America One Week Sale From $49!

  Virgin America One Week Sale: Virgin America is launching a week-long sale that started today, 9/26/17, with fares starting from $49+ one way (restrictions apply). There are even Hawaii flights included, beginning at $199 for San Francisco to Maui. I found a decent amount of dates for $199 in November. You can check out flights and book here if you would like!   Happy travels, theresorttraveler...

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Double Dip DEAL: 2 Free Nights At Marriott After 2 Stays

2 Free Nights After 2 Stays: Last month I posted about the Marriott Free Night After 2 Stays Promotion for new Marriott Rewards members. You can sign up to be a new member here and earn a free night after 2 paid stays. But, with the current Megabonus promotion, you can earn ANOTHER free night as well. Essentially, you can double dip, and earn TWO free nights (Cat 1-5) after two paid stays. They can stack, as they did for me. I was registered for the new member offer, and then completed 1 stay before the Megabonus promotion. My...

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Review: Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa, Autograph Collection

  Background: My roommates and I wanted to have a quick retreat before the school year started. We thought about Hearst Castle, but eventually I stumbled upon the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa. Even though it’s only 1.5 hours away from Los Angeles, I didn’t even know this hotel existed (or a part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection). We decided to book here after finding a good rate! LAKE ARROWHEAD RESORT AND SPA, AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION SHORT REVIEW WITH SCORES (OUT OF 5, 5 BEING THE BEST) MY OVERALL SCORE: 3.5 5: Excellent, Highly Recommend 4: Very Good, Solid Choice to Consider...

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