Miles and Points Recap: Sam’s Club Deal, Free Miles, My “Priority Pass” Brain Freeze, Marriott/SPG Merger Update and More!

1)  You can get $5 Sam’s Club bonus gift card (works in Walmart too) when you purchase $100/$200 MasterCard gift card online A low-hanging fruit for those who have Sam’s Club membership and Chase Freedom. The latter earns 5 points per dollar on warehouse purchases through the end of the year. Remember, you can combine points…

Seven Best Credit Cards for “Off the Charts” Hotel Redemptions

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New Sign-Up Bonus on Amex SPG Cards (and It Stinks!)

Well, this is a bit of a shocker. We all expected  American Express to increase the sign-up bonus on SPG co-branded cards to 30K or 35K points. They didn’t. Instead, here is the new limited-time offer:    “Earn 2 free nights at participating SPG® Category 1-5 hotels & resorts worldwide after you use your new Card to…

Amalfi Coast, Pompeii and Pizza Galore

Idiots Abroad: Taking Small Kids on a Whirlwind Tour of Europe I Flew Ryanair and I loved it! Challenges of Vacationing With a Large Family in Europe, and More! German Castles, Ausfahrt Jokes and the Sound of Music Amalfi Coast, Pompeii and Pizza Galore (this post) The Long Way Home to Belarus… Literally Searching for…

Weird Travel Ideas I Get When I Mow the Lawn

By Nancy I live in North Texas, where the grass stays green March through October. Mowing season is long here, and summer mowing is done when the temperature is 100 degrees or more. When we first got married and moved into a house, my husband mowed the yard himself. It got old, real fast. Now…