Hotel Spotlight: The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto Japan

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By: Frank – @dugup46 – When Danielle and I set out to choose our first long-haul international vacation, it didn’t take us long to decide on Japan.  And then after deciding that Kyoto was where we wanted to spend the majority of our time, it didn’t take us long to pick our hotel:  The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto.  The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto, built in 2014, has become a staple of luxury in a city known for it’s array of temples, shrines, and architecture.  Read on to find why The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto has become my favorite hotel in the entire world.

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Match Your Hilton Honors Gold VIP Status to Hilton Diamond!

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By: Frank – @dugup46 – Status matching is a pretty deal in the travel hobby in general; however, it’s exceptionally nice when you are talking about award travel.  Hotels not only treat their loyal customers better, but you can receive all kind of great benefits ranging from upgraded rooms to free breakfast!  Occasionally, different chains will offer status upgrades at the same time of the year.  Using a little wit, you can piggy back offers together and gain top status at a number of chains with no stays at any hotel’s property!  In this article, I will explain how, with very little effort, you can upgrade yourself from Hilton Gold to Hilton Diamond without staying a single night in a Hilton!

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Action Packed Trip to Kyoto, Nara, and Tokyo!

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By: Frank – @dugup46 – A year or so after accumulating points, Danielle and I knew it was time to book our first aspirational trip.  One year and one 16-hour flight later, our plane was touching down in Tokyo, Japan.  Our itinerary only gave us four nights and three days in Kyoto, followed by one day and night in Tokyo, so it forced us to pack a lot of action in just a few days of travel.  Two of the three days we spent in Kyoto, while the final day we spent in Nara.  I thought I would share our experiences and itineraries in one of the greatest, most friendly countries.  So sit back, prepare yourself a cup of green tea, and check out our action packed trip in Japan.

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Review: Japan Airlines Sky Suite Business Class

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By: Frank – @dugup46 – If somebody asked me to sum up our experience flying business class on Japan Airline’s brand new 788 in one word, it would be “theater.”  From the moment you step on board and take your seat, until the curtain call 13 hours later, you will be dazzled by not only the Japan Airline’s flawless performers, but also the jet’s brand new interior and design.  Join me on this emotional roller coaster review on our flight from Dallas to Tokyo Narita International!

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Hotel Spotlight: Hyatt Zilara/Ziva Rose Hall – Jamaica

By: Frank – @dugup46 – The Hyatt Zilara/Ziva Rose Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica can be summed up in one word: Amazing.  There isn’t a whole lot better than escaping to a warm destination in the middle of a cold winter.  It never ceases to amaze me how you can go from being bundled up in the snow (-8 degrees to be exact) to laying out on the sand a few hours later.  After being a little disappointed by the weather on our New Year’s Eve trip to New Orleans, we were destined for some great weather in Montego Bay, and we were not disappointed!
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Introducing the Hotel Spotlight Series

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When we at Loophole Travel take a vacation, we don’t just pick random hotel properties.  Each destination we visit takes weeks, if not months, of planning.  Whether it’s the Ritz Carlton in Kyoto or an AirBNB in the Irish countryside, we make sure we get the best value for our cash or points.  Jesse introduced the Dare to Dream series with the launch of the site, showcasing the entire vacation experience.  Our newest feature, Hotel Spotlight, will focus on the individual accommodations of those vacations.

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Amex Starwood Credit Card Offering 35,000 SPG Points – All Time High!

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By: Frank –@dugup46 The Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) program is often regarded as the best customer-centric hotel loyalty program.  For a limited time (until 3/30/16) American Express has raised the sign up bonus on their SPG credit card to 35,000 Starwood points!  This is the highest offer the card has ever seen.  Whether you’re transferring points to airlines with a 20 percent bonus or booking one of the beautiful Starwood properties around the world, you can utilize the program’s points in many different ways.  In this article, I want to explain not only what makes the SPG program so special, but why you need to jump in now!

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