Travel News Recap: Google Hotels, Wyndham Award Pricing Changes, Amtrak and More

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Google Rolls Out Google Hotels: From Miles to Memories, Google recently rolled out Google Hotels. I use Google Flights often to get a feel for the best cash deals, so I figured I’d love Google Hotels. But, I’m annoyed that it only lets you select 4 guests. What?!?! It’s always harder for families of 5.

Two New Hotels Bookable with Hyatt Free Night Certs: Via Running With Miles, there are now two more Hyatt hotels (1 in NYC and 1 in Chicago) that are bookable with Hyatt renewal certificates. These hotels are part of the new Thompson Hotels that joined the Hyatt family.

New Wyndham Award Pricing: Earlier this week, the new award pricing structure went into effect for Wyndham. As predicted, many of the higher-end properties in popular destinations increased to 30k points per night. See this summary by Loyal Lobby.

Marriott Offers Free Breakfast with Code: Points With a Crew shared a code for a free breakfast valid with bookings using a special code. Unfortunately, award nights don’t qualify.

Amex Authorized User Bonuses: Amex has sent out another round of authorized user bonuses. See this post on Doctor of Credit.

34 Hours on Amtrak California Zephyr

In Defense of Amtrak: I enjoyed reading this defense of Amtrak from The Free-quent Flyer. As most of you know, I rode on Amtrak two years ago with my kids, and we’re planning another cross-country trip next year.

Have a great weekend!

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Author: Nancy

Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.

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3 thoughts on “Travel News Recap: Google Hotels, Wyndham Award Pricing Changes, Amtrak and More

  1. Ugh, Google Hotels. Kayak treats 5 guests the same way. It’s very frustrating.

    On the flip side though, I was browsing Universal Orlando hotels and was shocked to find how well they accommodate larger families. Plenty of options for a family of 6, and even the standard “2 Queen Beds) rooms state “will sleep 5 with a rollaway bed”. Why can’t all hotels do this? Many hotels won’t let you book a family of 5 in one room online, but if call the hotel they’ll allow it. Drives me nuts.

    • @projectx Yes, Universal on-site hotels are very good for large families! We are considering going for a day or two next year, and I’ll likely book one of the on-site hotels that includes the fastpass type thing. I’m disappointed in Google Hotels. Even Hotels.com and Booking.com allow you to put 5 in a room on the search bar.

      • Keep in mind the premium hotels that come with the express pass are very expensive, but if you’re visiting during a peak period it appears to be worth it, just for those passes. We’re still a few years out (our youngest kids are 6) but I can’t help but look around anyway. 🙂

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