United Stopover Q&A

Written by Saverocity @ Saverocity

For the next two hours, I’ll be on social media and the blog answering questions about United stopovers.
Ask any question (there are no dumb questions here) about Untied stopovers/routing rules

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OFO (bike sharing) refunded my deposit

Written by Saverocity @ Saverocity

I never finished my draft article about my love for dockless bike sharing in Asia.  I found them very convenient for getting around in big cities.  One of the prevalent platforms was OFO, or Little Yellow as it was called in Chinese.  I actually signed up in Hong Kong using my US credit card and used it subsequently in the US.  I did use it in China also, it was exactly the same app and process, which made it very convenient to use.Unfortunately OFO ran short on cash last year, leading them to slash service.  Understandably many people were frustrated and wanted to cancel, but OFO had no money to pay back their deposit and subscription fees.  There are stories of people lining up outside their facility to demand their money.  My deposit was 100 yuan, or ~$13 USD.  The fee to use their bikes were ridiculously low (you can see why they ran out of cash), so I feel like I’ve gotten my deposit money’s worth. I requested a refund anyway, about 3 months ago I think, not expecting to..
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The few sweet spots that escaped Wyndham massacre

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The Wyndham category changes have gone into effect.  As expected, it’s a massive devaluation.  Most of my hotels of interest have doubled to 30k per night, including: Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill TRYP Times Square and a dozen other NYC hotels Mills House in Charleston, SC … Just to name a few.  These were previously great deals at 15k.  In particular, the TRYP recently became bookable on wyndham.com, and I booked a gigantic room with 4 beds for 8 people for the same 15k, in Times Square!  Now at 30k, these deals (other than maybe that 4 beds room) have been crushed, and the value of Wyndham points diminished.  The only other time I’ve seen this severity in hotel devaluation was when Hilton doubled their top category from 50k to 95k back in 2013.That said, here are a few sweet spots I found remaining at 15k. Ramada Khao LakI stayed here in 2015 and loved it.  It’s right on a beach with multiple local restaurants setup in the sand.  Peak season rate is $250-300 USD all in.  It’s ranked higher by..
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