Marriott Announces Dynamic Award Pricing Start Date: Marriott’s dynamic award pricing will begin on September 14, 2019. We’ve known this was coming, but until now we didn’t know the start date.
Hotels will have off-peak, standard and peak award prices. You will still be able to book hotels in advance of having all the points in your account, but you can’t lock in a lower award price until you have the points in your account. See this detailed post from Frequent Miler.
Dynamic pricing usually doesn’t work in our favor if we are traveling during school breaks. If you are planning to travel over a peak time like spring break, summer or Christmas/New Years, I recommend booking before September 14.
Southwest Announces New Hawaii Routes: When Southwest extended its flight schedule yesterday for dates through March 6, 2020, it also added more Hawaii routes starting January 2020. See this post from Trips with Tykes for all the details.
All These AAA Benefits—Who Knew?: This article by Your Mileage May Vary is a good recap of the benefits of an AAA membership. On the few occasions when I book a hotel with cash, I’ve noticed the AAA rate can be substantially lower and normally doesn’t require pre-payment. I also saved a ton on Nickelodeon Universe tickets at Mall of America a few years ago with AAA.
Capital One Miles Sweet Spots: Nick wrote an incredibly detailed post of ways to use/transfer your Capital One points. One of my keeper cards is the Capital One Venture Rewards card, but so far I’ve only used my points for travel reimbursement. One of these days I will “venture” to a different type of redemption.
5 Ways the Typical Family Can Afford to Travel: I enjoyed reading this article on Travel Update about ways a family can afford to travel. Obviously, travel hacking is a huge part of how my family travels. But, we also spend a big chunk of cash on food and entertainment, so our trips aren’t really free. We do cut back in other areas and prioritize travel to make it happen.
Even If It Sucks, Travel With Your Kids: I really could have used this article when my kids were younger! But even now that they are older, I sometimes need the reminder.
Have a great weekend!
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.