This week’s Marriott eBreaks has hotels in 25 of the 50 states, Panama and Venezuela. These rates are 20% off best available rates. The links below for states and countries will take you to the participating hotels.





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Yesterday I received an email from Best Western offering me a free $25 Best Western Travel Card. The catch is registration for this targeted offer expires tomorrow, July 22 at 8:00pm EST. Other than that requirement, which I just met with my free $25 Best Western travel card registration, the card is valid for a hotel stay with check-out by September 2, 2014 and the card is not valid on prepaid hotel rates.

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Free $25 Best Western Travel Card

FlyerTalk has a thread started April 2014 on these targeted offer emails for a free $25 Best Western Travel Card. There are not very many responses, so I do not know how widespread these emails are for members.

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My Norway trip planning for a two-week itinerary has me considering low cost flights to travel to another country in Europe for a few days. This trip option has me looking at potential destinations outside Norway using low cost carriers to travel from Oslo for under $200 round trip.

This post explains how I use Google Flights to find low cost routes around Europe for travel from Oslo, Norway. Oslo is my ticketed destination from San Francisco, but flying to another destination in Europe is far less expensive than airline travel over equivalent distances in the USA. These are paid tickets. No frequent flyer miles necessary.

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In about 45 days I will be arriving in Oslo, Norway on United flight UA38. My arrival and my flight departure from Oslo 13 days after arrival are the only confirmed portions of my two week trip.

Time to start Norway trip planning and put in place some Choice Privileges and Club Carlson hotel nights in Norway, the world’s most expensive country or at least in the top three. Nearly all my hotel nights will be on points.

My question though is do I really want to spend two weeks in Norway?

For me it is a question of trip expense to live 13 days in Norway.

This post was originally meant to be about low cost flights on Air Baltic, Wizz, RyanAir and Norwegian Air from Oslo to other airports around Europe. That will be a post to come. I got distracted thinking about the price of food in Norway.

Sticking to a $100 per day travel budget in Norway

Just as I have a basic rule of thumb to try and keep my hotel expenses down to an average of $100 per night when traveling throughout the year, I also like to keep my travel expenses for everything else at $100 or less per day when traveling. I want to keep my total travel expenses under $1,500 for this 15-day trip to Norway, not including the $541 I spent for the SFO-OSL economy class ticket back in March.

Sure I could splurge for a trip around Norway. As a frequent traveler, I keep in mind that every dollar I spend on this trip is a dollar less I will have available for the expenses of the next trip. I am planning to be in Greece on another Europe trip in October.

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Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall is an adults-only 234-rooms all-inclusive resort opening November 1, 2014 near Montego Bay, Jamaica. There is a grand opening 50% off rate for bookings made by October 31, 2014 for stays through December 1, 2015.

This post looks at the Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall room rates based on different guest occupancies from one to four adults. The rates change based on room occupancy since this is an all-inclusive resort for drinks and dining.

Loyalty Traveler room rate analysis for Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall looks at the family friendly resort within the same property for room rates based on number of adults and children. Both Hyatt Zilara and Ziva Rose Hall all-inclusive resorts were formerly the Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall near Montego Bay, Jamaica.

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There is a grand opening 50% off rate for Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall and Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall all-inclusive resorts opening November 1, 2014 in the former Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall near Montego Bay, Jamaica. Hyatt Zilara is an adults only hotel and Hyatt Ziva is a family hotel. Both hotels have been created from the formerly Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall property.

This post looks at the different room types for Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall and the rate change for different numbers of adults and children at this Hyatt all-inclusive resort.

Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall rate analysis is in this Loyalty Traveler post: Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall Montego Bay, Jamaica Grand Opening 50% off rate (July 18, 2014).

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Aspen budget hotels with SPG Hot Escapes hotel discounts this week can get you in a hotel near Aspen at a great discount compared to Aspen in-town rates .  This week’s SPG Hot Escapes has over 160 hotels including Wildwood Snowmass for $75 and $80 per night for most weekdays over the next six weeks and Westin Snowmass for about $40 more. Wildwood Snowmass is off Highway 82 about 15 miles from Aspen, Colorado.

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Feeling lucky? You can win 75,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points this week.

View from the Wing is giving away 75,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points to celebrate the new Hyatt-MGM Las Vegas Digital Hub. You can leave four comments before noon eastern Saturday, July 19, 2014 as your entries to the sweepstakes.

There are currently nearly 4,200 comments on Gary’s blog.

75,000 Hyatt points can take you many places or one luxurious place.

Another Boarding Area blog, Mommy Points has a giveaway for a $250 MGM Resorts gift card. Leave a comment by 11:59pm, central time Saturday, July 19, 2014.

There are currently 377 comments on Summer’s blog.

A chance to win 75,000 Hyatt points or a $250 MGM Resorts gift card are nice hotel travel gifts for some quick comments.

Belong Anywhere is the meaning of the new airbnb symbol.

Airbnb symbol

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This post includes an updated Loyalty Traveler table showing the points and money components needed for Hilton HHonors Points and Money Rewards with a column showing the cost for HHonors points saved.

HHonors Points and Money Rewards require 40% of the points needed for a HHonors Standard Reward, plus a cash component ranging from $30 to $200 per night as shown in the Loyalty Traveler Hilton HHonors Points and Money Rewards table below.

Hilton HHonors does not have a table of Points & Money Reward rates. The effect of Seasonal Rewards pricing makes it difficult to determine the Points & Money Reward rate based on the designated HHonors hotel reward category.

In the old HHonors system I knew HHonors Category 6 meant a hotel reward night was a fixed rate of 40,000 points per night. The current system of HHonors Seasonal Rewards means a HHonors Reward Category 6 hotel can float by calendar month through a range of reward rates. Read More…

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