Hotel Spotlight: The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto Japan


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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Southwest Released Flight Availability Through March 7, 2017


Southwest released another couple months of flight availability today.  The new schedules went live shortly after 6am EST.  I know this, because Brooke and I set alarms to wake up and book flights to Mexico and Costa Rica in mid-January.  The schedule had previously only been released through January 4th.  If you have a trip planned within the newly-released time block (January 5 – March 7), I recommend booking it now!  Continue reading

Quick Tip – Free Sam’s Club Membership with Amex Offers

54179aee8f96d.imageA new Amex Offer rolled out recently, offering $45 back on $45 spent for a Sam’s Club Membership.  The offer terms state that this will only be applicable to new memberships opened in-store (not online or over the phone).  You must also open your new membership before 9/30/16 to be eligible.  Continue reading

Match Your Hilton Honors Gold VIP Status to Hilton Diamond!


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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Eurotrip Day 11: Jolly Ole London Town


This post is part of our Eurotrip Series.  You can find the rest of the series here.

Eurotrip Day 11 was another 10+ mile day of walking and sight-seeing around London.  We opted not to do full tours at most of the sites, because let’s face it… that can get super pricey and time consuming.  We did tour Westminster Abbey, which was excellent and our favorite part of the day.  Neither of us knew that there are people buried within the abbey… some very famous people!  The ones we found most interesting were Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, and Charles Dickens.  We also attended a choral service at St. Paul’s Cathedral.  To end the day, we drank real ales and ate meat pies at a local pub on Trafalgar Square.

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Quick Tip – Chase Freedom Offering 10% Back on Hotels in July


Chase sent out an email today indicating that Hotels booked between 7/1/16 and 7/31/16 can earn Ten Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent.  This is an awesome offer, but you must do two specific things to qualify for the promotion. Continue reading

Eurotrip Day 10: Scottish Family Heritage and Double Rainbows


This post is part of our Eurotrip Series.  You can find the rest of the series here.

Day 10 was a day of great personal significance to me.  My maternal ancestors are from Scotland, and they lived in the small, central town, which bears the family name:  Moffat.  My grandfather traveled to Moffat a few times during his life to march in parades and celebrate his Scottish heritage.  I really enjoyed being able to visit my ancestral home, before spending the evening in Glasgow.

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