Reviews Coming Up


The coming weeks will be busy with travel criss-crossing the country, which means more reviews for you!

All of these trips have been booked the old fashioned way – aka, I paid – but I’ve been able to maximize travel hacks and elite status to save me a few bucks and gain me many perks along the way.

I haven’t visited Seattle since I was a child, so I’m excited for a short weekend visit to that rainy corner of the country. I’m looking forward to checking out the Hyatt at Olive 8, where I’ve applied a Globalist Suite Upgrade to confirm a suite for the stay. I used an Alaska Airlines Companion certificate (a benefit of the Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card that I churned to get to Dubai), so the second ticket cost only $100.

I’m heading to Washington D.C. for a few days, where I’ll stay at the Hyatt Regency. I look forward to seeing what the new World of Hyatt program experience is like, and how it differs from Hyatt Gold Passport. Tickets were difficult to find for this trip, so I’m flying a relatively circuitous route through Miami coming back from Washington, but my 3 hour layover means that I can finally try out the Centurion Lounge there, a benefit of my American Express Business Platinum card. And though the ticket wasn’t cheap, I paid with my Citi Prestige and will see a $250 credit toward the charge.

Finally, after a year since my last visit, it’s time to head back to Las Vegas. My room rate is very low at the Aria, thanks to my Gold MLife status – a crossover match of my Hyatt Globalist status. I’ll also earn elite qualifying World of Hyatt credit for my stay. We’re we’re flying there on Southwest using our Companion Pass, so airfare was half price!

Stay tuned.