Double The Giveaway?

I haven’t done a lot of sponsored giveaways, so when StayFaster reached back out to me last night about the 10% rebate and $200 giveaway, I was intrigued. To recap, they’re giving a 10% rebate on your first booking on virtually all the rates on their site and I’m giving away $200 in free hotel credit to one lucky winner who leaves a comment between now and Wednesday, December 24th. They were excited to see a bunch of sign-ups roll in last night and wanted to see how many more folks could… Read More »

$200 GIVEAWAY: Test Driving A New Hotel Booking Engine


I’ve been testing a new hotel booking engine that I really like and I wanted to share it with you.  There’s a lot to cover, including how it works, a first-time booking discount and a pretty cool giveaway. Full disclosure, I don’t make a lot of my bookings through online travel agencies (OTAs).  I use them to search for what I need and ultimately book at the hotel chain’s website for virtually 100% of my bookings.  I don’t stack some of the small rebates out there, though I know plenty that… Read More »

Hilton HHonors To Offer Lifetime Status

Via One Mile At a Time, we learn that Hilton is finally getting in the game and will be offering lifetime status in 2015. Unlike Lucky, I am a big fan of lifetime status.  Since I do a lot of travel for work I don’t get to enjoy my benefits with the family as much as I would like.  So, lifetime status means I’ll be able to enjoy some perks when the crazy business travel merry-go-round finally stops. We don’t know much in the way of detail yet, other than… Read More »

Is Expanded Travel To Cuba More Likely Today?


Since well before I was born , there’s been a travel embargo to Cuba for US citizens. Today, we may have moved closer to a change in that long-standing policy. I saw a news alert come across about the release of an American prisoner who’s been held for 5 years. First and foremost, it’s great that he’s being reunited with his family after such a long time. President Obama is scheduled to address the country about Cuba shortly, and it makes me wonder if there’s a potential thaw in relations… Read More »

The Two Gogo Pass Winners Are….

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Again, a special thanks to Charles at McCool Travel for giving these passes away to my readers. First, though there were a number of humorous responses, Klark takes the prize with this: A couple were having dinner last night at a restaurant. Their waitress, taking another order at a table a few paces away noticed that the man was slowly sliding down his chair and under the table, with the woman acting unconcerned. The waitress watched as the man slid all the way down his chair and out of sight… Read More »

2 Free Starbucks Gift Cards Every Day Until Christmas!

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With today marking the first day of Hanukkah, I’ll now be giving away 2 Starbucks $5 gift cards each day until the end of the year. I’m giving the gift cards away using Starbucks’ Tweetacoffee service.  So, all you have to do is follow me on Twitter and I’ll randomly select people each day. Just a quick aside for those of you not on Twitter.  I avoided signing up for years thinking that I needed to be an active participant.  What I missed was the fact that I could subscribe… Read More »

2 Free Gogo Passes, Must Be Used By December 31, 2014

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Quick giveaway, I’ll pick winners tomorrow.  A special thanks to Charles McCool of McCool Travel for offering them up. If you haven’t checked out his site, you should. The passes must be used by December 31 of this year, so please don’t participate if you can’t use the codes. Just leave a comment in this post.  I’m fine with multiple entries but no more than 10 per person (i.e don’t spam the thread). I’ll give away at least one randomly, but if someone makes me laugh hard enough I’ll give… Read More »