The Resort Traveler

A teen traveler fresh out of high school 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.

Equifax Drops Credit-Freeze Fees, Should you Freeze Your Credit?

Equifax Hack: By now I’m sure most of you have heard about the Equifax hack. Over 100 million Americans were affected, exposing sensitive information. Equifax came out with a site to “check if you were affected”, which has drawn some backlash as some revealed that the site was fishy and said you may have been hacked even when imputing a bogus name. A Fellow TravelUpdater covered the story. A friend of mine got hacked recently, with credit cards opened in his name, so this subject is quite interesting to me. It could have very much been due to the...

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DEAL: $600 Roundtrip Los Angeles to Australia

Update: Fare Gone Los Angeles to Australia Deal: I was surfing on Google Flights to visit Australia next summer and I found sometime quite enticing. Los Angeles to Sydney from $637?! On Air New Zealand?! Niceeee! It books on Expedia. Looks like the price is vaild from February all the way to June! There are other city patterns as well and some of which are even cheaper. I found LAX-Melbourne for $626 and LAX-Gold Coast for $614. While this fare is enticing, I’m not quite ready to commit to a Summer 2018 vacation quite yet. Happy travels,...

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The Amex SPG Credit Card Does Give Elite Status!

  I recently got the SPG Amex Credit Card! Woo-hoo! It only advertised the 2x Starpoints per dollar at SPG and Marriott properties, 5 night & 2 stay credits towards SPG elite status, no foreign transaction and free premium in room internet at SPG properties. What it doesn’t say is that you get Starwood Preferred Guest Plus. Starwood Preferred Guest Plus? Yup! All AMEX Starwood Card holders automatically get this, and its in between basic (Preferred) guest and Gold. What’s the big deal?! It comes with an “enhanced room at check-in” and 4pm late checkout at SPG properties! The...

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DEAL: Olive Garden Pasta Pass + Trip To Italy For 2 Only $200!

Wow! I woke up and saw this deal on my email for the Olive Garden Pasta Pass. So every year, Olive Garden normally sells the Never Ending Pasta Pass, but this year they added something special! So the normal pass just has Eight weeks of unlimited servings of pastas, sauces and toppings from the Never Ending Pasta Bowl® menu with all the soup, salads and breadsticks you would like for $100. The normal pass is vaild from 9/25/17-11/19/17 (dine-in only). BUT, they added a new Olive Garden Pasta Pass, for just $200. That includes a trip to Italy! The...

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Virgin America One Day Sale, Fares From $42!

  Today only, there is a Virgin America Sale! Virgin America is kicking off a rare one-day sale today, September 12th, with fares starting from $42+ one way (restrictions apply). Sample Sale Fares: Los Angeles to Las Vegas starts at $42 Los Angeles to San Francisco starts at $49 and many other routes start at $49 as well The one that appeals the most to me is the Los Angeles to Maui flights starting from $219!! I’m going to do some research, a Hawaii Trip is overdue. Last time I flew VX was from Maui to Los Angeles in 2016....

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Best Steakhouse in Las Vegas (It’s Not on the Strip!)

You would never picture finding a fancy steakhouse inside the Green Valley Ranch Resort and Casino in Henderson, 10 miles from the strip. Hanks Fine Steaks and Martinis A couple of years ago, I found this gem online as it had really good reviews and a high Zagat rating. My family and I decided to try it and it has become our favorite steakhouse in Vegas! So for us, this is the best steakhouse in Vegas, and we even like the steaks more than your typical chains (Flemings, Mastro’s, Mortons). Hanks Fine Steaks and Martinis received the AAA 4 Diamond...

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My Stay at the Palazzo Las Vegas

  Background: I was searching places to stay for a quick Vegas getaway. Venetian and the Palazzo were the cheapest 5 stars on the strip, so I decided to give the Palazzo another try. I stayed here when it first opened in 2007, and did not really like my stay as the AC didn’t work. Thankfully, the AC issue was not a problem this time as it worked VERY WELL and kept us cool in the Vegas heat! PALAZZO LAS VEGAS SHORT REVIEW WITH SCORES (OUT OF 5, 5 BEING THE BEST) MY OVERALL SCORE: 4 5: Excellent, Highly Recommend...

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Favorite Value Buffet in Las Vegas

Ahh buffets. I love them and I hate them at the same time. I like the fancy ones in Vegas (Wicked Spoon, Bellagio, etc) but sometimes I hate how expensive they are because if I’m paying $50+ I much rather have a nice steak dinner. On the other side of the scale, there are value buffets like at the Red Rock Feast Buffet. I really like the Red Rock Feast Buffet as it is a great value, while still holding some quality and good cleanliness standards. Additionally, the Feast Buffet at Green Valley Ranch is really good for lunch...

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Best Dim Sum In Las Vegas

Best Vegas Dim Sum?! DO TELL! I love Dim Sum! But it is so hard to find a good one these days. They are either too dirty, salty or just not pleasant and comfortable. I’ve been eating at Ping Pang Pong at the Gold Coast for a couple years now and the taste is really good! The Gold Coast is a locals casino off the strip. While the taste was good, I didn’t like how the floors were sticky and the seating was too close to the gaming area which caused it to be very smoky at some areas...

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Wynn to Open New Resort in Boston?!

Boston? Really?! Yes! There’s going to be a new Wynn Resort in Boston. I was looking at rates for Wynn/Encore Las Vegas and at the bottom of the website there was a link to “Wynn Boston Harbor”. That stood out to me, so I went to investigate! Wynn Boston Harbor The Wynn Boston Harbor is scheduled to be open in 2019, and it will be located in Everett, Massachusetts just five miles from Logan Airport! It is projected to cost $2.4 billion and it will feature 629 rooms, a casino, multiple restaurants, convention space, a spa and a harborwalk...

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