The Doubletree at the Universal gates was really nice, and points redemptions when we went were a great value. You could always do points for the stay and then purchase the passes for you and your son if you don't want to pay Universal hotel prices. The walk from the hotel would be very easy for just the two of you.
Now that we have APs for the next 18 months might have to explore offsite options. We’ve been spoiled staying at PBH for $75 a night using the employee rate but my nephew said they are cracking down so he can’t do that any longerI obviously really like that Doubletree as well - it was my first review post on the hotel review thread.
It was hard enough getting him to call at all. Lol. I even asked him to ask what happens if we need to cancel it and he didn’t want to ask any questions. I was looking for a Residence Inn because if we are staying a week somewhere, I want a little more space. So we are going to Boulder, Co. I wanted something that sleeps 5 in case we all go. Though I am really hoping my girls have some kind of summer job or internship. And my DS is applying for an internship also, so it might be only DH and I going. Who knows! We are horrible planners and July is so far away. I have never booked anything that early, not even Disney.are you trying to use it for the cat you bought or slyly upgrade it?
Which airline are you looking at for Australia using MRs? I’ve been accumulating them for our hopefully 2020 trip, if not then 2021. But not clue how to use them. We flew Quantas on first time there.
Today I was playing around with Amex Travel and for dates in 2019 (we're actually back to planning on 2020 but I'm just trying to get an idea) it's looking like ANZ and United. Of course, that could change by June, which is when I'll be looking for our trip in 2020. LAX-MEL and then home AKL-SFO was around 427,--- ish points. I don't love United but they (currently) cost 427K MRs/$4200 (v Virgin Australia $17K or 1.7 million MRs) so whatever is most reasonable schedule/price-wise will be the winner. I'm sure some of the pricing is dependent on availability, which is why (in my head) I'm shooting for 5-600,000 MRs before I book. With Amex Travel, much like Chase's travel portal, you can use all cash, cash AND MRs or all MRs. My goal is to have the MRs for definitely one ticket and ideally one ticket plus part of another since DH wants to come along
Haven’t done it yet but I’ve sold a few gcs recently. I liked cardcash deposits directly into your account or PayPal. Cardpool is good too but they send you a check- it came quicklyI assume everyone who's doing AA gift cards to sell are doing virtual cards? Not plastic ones?
My stop and shop is super easy with MOs - for now!!assuming ur wally/grocery store allows u to swap them for MOs though...
Awesome! Smooth sailing I assume??I finally stopped to use one of my VGCs at Best Buy for a Disney GC with swagbucks. Are you guys proud of me?
Ah, I was hoping there was a good way to transfer them to an airline and purchase rather through AmEx Travel. We’ll probably fly in and out of SYD and LAX. This time we will add a stopover in LA from BWI. It was crazy exhausting last time when we had to grab our bags from SW and re-check immediately at Quantas. It will be DH, DS11 and me going so I need 3 tickets.Today I was playing around with Amex Travel and for dates in 2019 (we're actually back to planning on 2020 but I'm just trying to get an idea) it's looking like ANZ and United. Of course, that could change by June, which is when I'll be looking for our trip in 2020. LAX-MEL and then home AKL-SFO was around 427,--- ish points. I don't love United but they (currently) cost 427K MRs/$4200 (v Virgin Australia $17K or 1.7 million MRs) so whatever is most reasonable schedule/price-wise will be the winner. I'm sure some of the pricing is dependent on availability, which is why (in my head) I'm shooting for 5-600,000 MRs before I book. With Amex Travel, much like Chase's travel portal, you can use all cash, cash AND MRs or all MRs. My goal is to have the MRs for definitely one ticket and ideally one ticket plus part of another since DH wants to come along
The card with the 25k night is the plain old Premier card ($85 AF). The new Premier Plus, Biz Premier Plus, SPG, and SPG Biz with the $95+ AF have 35k nights. SPG Lux and RC cards with the high AFs get 50k nights.P2 has all 4, I think all of his 4 earn the 35k night?!? Which card is the 25k night?
I’ve been trying to book Hawaii for next Christmas but for some reason they haven’t opened up past Dec 14th. If I can get those 4 nights booked I’m keeping all 4, the $400 in fees are worth the 4 night in Hawaii.
I do enjoy an all inclusive but I often find myself really sick of the food by the end. In Aruba it’s so safe to walk anywhere and there are tons of great food options I would never recommend an all inclusive there. There are 2 parts - high rise and low rise. We stayed in high rise which is most of the big hotels - Hilton, Hyatt, marriott, occidental. You can easily find somewhere with buy one get one drinks and affordable dining options. It’s a great spot!!Looking at it now We’ve been spoiled staying at all-inclusives when we go to the Caribbean so it’s hard to think about going there and having to pay for food and drink. I am pretty sure DH would question my sanity paying $24 for an adult beverage of which I would want several during our stay.
the only reason u go plastic is when they are sold though a 3rd party... ie Kroger, sak fifth, Container store, best buy.I assume everyone who's doing AA gift cards to sell are doing virtual cards? Not plastic ones?
I... had been drinking a little when I first saw this earlier today, and I had some choice words.But I heard you guys were on strike?
Debating on whether I want to keep the SPG Biz or the Lux. Not sure I want to keep both, but I could potentially. This would also box me out of another Amex credit card since I’m at 5 already unless I can be the unicorn and get magically approved for a 6, which would be the BBP. Was going to cancel the SPG Biz to get down on AFs (the irony is, as I was debating applying for the Schwab card today LOL).DP:
Approved for SPG Biz on 10/31/17;
Second year $95 AF posted and statement closed on 11/15/18;
35k FN cert posted 1/3/19.
Amex gives 30 days from the closing date of the statement on which the AF posts to close a card for a full refund of the AF.
Not that I was planning to close my SPG Biz anyway, but my 35k FN cert took 49 days from AF to deposit into my SPG account. Amex really is making it impossible to get the FN cert if you cancel your SPG card.
I wouldn’t think it would affect your application for the SW card...but ugh what a pain on the fraud chargeWent online with Chase just to double check there were no glaring issues with my accounts to prevent me from being approved. (So okay, the ridiculous CSR CL may need to be slashed, but being a woman I have had my share of prejudice from credit card issuers in the past. Certainly not in the last 10-20 years, but things like that stick with you. Anyway, I digress...)
I found a $1 charge from "Grace Gospel Church" with a phone # from Brevard Co, FL. on my CSR. I have certainly spent plenty of time in that area, but have never gone to ANY church there. Must be a fraudulent charge. Now I need to call Chase. Any thoughts how this will affect my just apped SW BIZ?
We have a trip late March on SW. I wasn't planning on having the CP in time for this. It would be nice but if I have to wait 30 or 60 days to reapply it won't be the end of the world.
Whatever is closest to selling on EBay as a description in the selection offered for type of businesses.What do you tell them your "business" is then? I'm asking because I'm still a scaredy-cat when it comes to applying for a Biz card.
I’ve utilized MR transfer bonuses to BA when it was at 40% and at 50% and more recently to Virgin Atlantic for a 30% bonus. I currently hold a business Platinum Amex and am able to redeem points to pay for travel and get 35% of my points back. This gives me a 1.54 cpp value.AmEx experts, can you all talk about how you use your MR points? I have a fairly decent supply and I'm trying to decide whether I might want to go the Schwab cash-out route or whether there are good travel uses that I don't know about. Are there good travel partners to transfer to? Is booking travel direct through AmEx ever a good deal? Back when I first got my Biz Plat I took advantage of the 50% MR points back on flights but that's now 35% and only on the selected airline (or first-class, which is really not on my radar--I usually have too many people to buy tickets for). What am I missing?