Category Archives: Ritz-Carlton

How to Book Hotels for Others Using Your Points

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One of the great things about collecting miles and points is being able to share Big Travel with Small Money with the important people in our lives.  Emily and I have created wonderful memories by treating our friends and family to trips they otherwise would not have been able to afford.

Readers have asked if they can use hotel points or free night certificates to book hotel stays for friends and family without traveling with them.  I’ve written about booking award flights for others with miles, but can you do the same with hotels?

Use Points To Book Room For Others

We Booked Our Family at the Park Hyatt Goa, but We Traveled With Them

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How to Find Out Which Hotel Card Is Right for You!

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Now that you’ve earned airline miles for your flights, it’s time to figure out your accommodations.

How To Find Out Which Hotel Card Is Right For You

Enjoying Our Free Nights at the Grand Wailea

Have a Goal

You should have a destination goal in mind such as Hawaii, Florida, or Italy before you apply for a hotel credit card.  This way you get the right card so that you can get your accommodations for free (or mostly free)!

Most hotel redemptions are actually free because you don’t pay any taxes and fees.  In some cases, you might pay a few dollars in taxes if there is a local tax or fee. Continue reading

Why and How to Transfer Hotel Points Between Accounts

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There are several reasons to transfer hotel points from your account to a partner or family member’s account.

Why And How To Transfer Hotel Points Between Accounts

We Used Points at the Park Hyatt Milan

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Today: Last Chance to Save Points Before Marriott & Ritz-Carlton Award Changes

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Tomorrow, April 8, 2014, many Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels will cost more points.  So today is the last day to save points!

Today Last Chance To Save Points Before Marriott & Ritz-Carlton Award Changes

The Marriott Sydney Harbour Will Cost More Points Tomorrow!

There are also a small number of hotels that will cost fewer points.  Take a look at the full list of hotels changing categories to see how these changes impact your future travel plans.

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Save Points by Booking Marriott & Ritz-Carlton Award Stays Before April 8, 2014

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Marriott is the latest hotel to make changes to their award program after Starwood and Club Carlson.

And with these changes ~21% of Marriott hotels and ~24% of Ritz-Carlton hotels will cost you more points.  Book your Marriott award stays BEFORE April 8, 2014, to avoid paying more Marriott points.

Save Points By Booking Marriott & Ritz Carlton Award Stays Before April 8 2014

Use Your Marriott Reward Points Now, So You Don’t Have to Pay More Later

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