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Jul232015

Thoughts on my AAdvantage Executive Platinum challenge

This piece is an overview of my thoughts about flight planning for an AAdvantage Executive Platinum challenge requiring 30,000 elite qualifying miles by October 9, 2015. I am starting at 0 miles. Out of the Frying Pan and into the AA Flight Plans I’ll get into the AAdvantage Executive Platinum flight plan details in my…

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Mar042015

Nordic Choice Club Guide for North Americans

This post looks at the benefits of being a Nordic Choice Club member for North Americans traveling in Scandinavia. As a Choice Privileges member residing in North America, you can redeem Choice Privileges points for stays at more than 180 Nordic Choice Hotels in Norway (92), Sweden (83), Denmark (4), Latvia (1) and Lithuania (1).…

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Jan302015

Choice Privileges Points Plus Cash Trick

Last week I wrote about the new Choice Privileges Points Plus Cash reward nights option. Members can use 8,000 points per night and pay $7.50 per 1,000 points for the remaining points needed for the reward stay. This option is available on hotel reward stays at 10,000 points or higher per night. The original Choice…

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Dec292014

Choice Privileges Triple Points Dec 29-February 18, 2015

Forget about that roadside Quality Inn on I-95 for a Choice Privileges points reward. These days I measure the value of Choice Privileges points by the cost of hotel rewards in Norway and Sweden and Denmark. I redeemed 216,000 Choice Privileges points for 13 nights in Norway and saved about $6,000 on published rates for…

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Dec082014

Average rates for most and least expensive hotel chain brands in Q3 2014

Several times a year I look at hotel financial reports and determine average daily rates for different hotel brands. Last week I found the Q3 2014 data already compiled for average rates by hotel chain and brands on a website called ChainHotels.com. Top 10 most expensive hotel brands: 1. St. Regis/Luxury Collection (Starwood Hotels) $346.28…

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Oct202014

Alert: Choice Privileges Flashsale good deal for Norway and Sweden hotels

Choice Privileges is having a flash sale for 50% bonus points today until 5pm eastern. The standard rate for Choice Privileges points is $11 per 1,000 points. All purchases receive 50% bonus points reducing the price to $7.33 per 1,000 points. This is not a great deal for most Choice Hotels in the USA. In…

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Oct082014

Updated Loyalty Traveler Trips and Destinations page with Norway and Minneapolis

Today I updated the Loyalty Traveler Trips and Destinations page with 24 articles from my Norway trip last month and 12 articles from Minneapolis in February. I added some articles for Iowa and Chicago too. From a blog perspective, pages are the static pages that are always listed on the home page. I have three pages on…

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Oct032014

Choice Privileges Gold elite status after Norway reward nights

This year I have stayed 14 nights in Choice Hotels with one free night in Chicago on an approved best rate guarantee and 13 nights in Norway by redeeming 216,000 points. A welcoming message from Choice Privileges came after I returned from a two week trip to Norway last month where I stayed 13 nights…

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Sep272014

Clarion Collection Folketeateret Oslo is recommended Nordic Choice Hotel

Clarion Collection Folketeateret Oslo is one of the top ranked hotels in Oslo for TripAdvisor reviewers. The hotel is usually #2 behind The Thief, a luxury waterfront hotel opened in January 2013. I visited the hotel two times during my stay in Oslo, even though I did not stay at Clarion Collection Folketeateret. The property…

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