13 Great Low Category Hotel Redemptions I Used

Written by Saverocity @ Saverocity

A few days ago I posted ~30 low-category hotels I’ve redeemed points at, all of which have gone up in points requirement since I stayed.  Today I am posting my favorites from this list.  Let me say that everything on the original list went through a screening process to earn my limited time; none are bad, many great.  Picking the top 10 was too hard, so I picked a few more.  They were ranked with regard to everything that matters to me: location, facility, service, status recognition and benefits, and value for the points.  With that, here is the list. #1 – Le Meridien Chiang MaiRedeemed at 10.5k Marriott (3.5k SPG), now 35k.  Even without free breakfast (I was only ever SPG Gold), this property tops my list.  I had one of my best trips in Chiang Mai, and this hotel is perfectly located near the action and Old City.  It’s also gorgeous, a solid 5-star.  I was warmly welcomed and given a spacious room with view.  The bathroom was huge.  Everything was in pristine condition.  It was awesome to..
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(Almost) Every Low Category Hotel I Stayed at Has Devaluated

Written by Saverocity @ Saverocity

Given the latest no-notice Hilton devaluation (the predecessors of which I covered), I just went through every low category hotel I ever stayed at on points, and all but 3 have either increased in points requirement or is otherwise no longer available at my redeemed rate.  Below is the list, with the original rate, increased rate, and current rate (if different).  I’ve bolded the biggest increases.  One hotel, Courtyard Sha Tin, increased then decreased to lower than original; I consider this one of the biggest sweet spots currently. Marriott / SPG Fairfield Inn & Suites Mobile Daphne/Eastern Shore … 10k, 15k, 12.5k Courtyard Bangkok … 15k, 20k, 17.5k Courtyard HK Sha Tin … 15k, 20k, 12.5k Towneplace Suites Detroit Novi … 7.5k, 15k, 12.5k Towneplace Suites Detroit Commerce … 7.5k, 17.5k Courtyard Hangzhou Wulin … 10k, 12.5k Courtyard Vienna Prater/Messe … 15k, 20k, 17.5k Fairfield Inn Evansville East … 7.5k, 12.5k … great base for Solar Eclipse of 2017! Fairfield Inn Twentynine Palms … 15k, 20k, 17.5k JW Marriott Chengdu … 15k, 20k, 17.5k Le Meridien Chiang Mai … 10.5k,..
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Cheapest Miles To Hawaii

Written by Drew Macomber @ Travel is Free

Continuing my reborn “cheapest miles” series is the cheapest miles to Hawaii post where I’ll list all the best airline miles deals to Hawaii, and break down some of the best options. There are tons of great Hawaii deals! There are 11,500 mile flights to Hawaii from the majority of the country, 27,500 business class […]

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Why To Consider Chasing Copa Airline’s Status

Written by Drew Macomber @ Travel is Free

Copa Airlines has a tight relationship with United (whom I believe owns 51% of Copa) and has cloned a lot of United’s program, like its award chart. I realized that Copa upgrades work on United airlines, which made me look into the rewards program further. With 6 global upgrades and 6 regional upgrades that work […]

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