• Delta Resort Victoria, British Columbia

    Marriott and United are on my s*it list right now

    One of the best travel programs out there right now is RewardsPlus — the joint venture between United and Marriott that allow their elite members to enjoy benefits across both programs. The basics of the program are: If you are a Marriott Rewards Platinum member, you get complimentary United MileagePlus Premier Silver.  If you are Mileage Plus Premier Gold, you get complimentary Marriott Rewards Gold.  I have written extensively before about how awesome I think this program is. Due to Marriott’s merger with SPG,  SPG’s Crossover Rewards program with Delta, and Marriott’s RewardsPlus program with United you basically get 4 statuses with one. An incredibly beneficial offer if you can…

  • Booking my first trip — much to learn!

    I recently took a weeks vacation to the great Pacific Northwest. It was a last minute booking, but the vacation days were there for the taking! This was my first true vacation focused around points and miles. While I didn’t get to fly in a First Class suite, I got a lot out of the trip — from learning about the hobby to exploring new terrain. In classic millennial fashion, I would have loved to book some sort of business class award ticket across the world. But with such a small window my options were limited. So without depleting all of my miles, the PNW was a great option —…

  • Marriott logo shining in the evening

    Why I’m holding off on Marriott Gold for the status “quad”-fecta

    Something that I’ve been contemplating over the last few weeks has been the Marriott Gold “road-to” challenge. For those that aren’t aware, Marriott offers a pretty sweet deal to fast track to either their Gold or Platinum elite status. This “road-to” offer gives anyone with either Silver or Gold elite the chance to complete a challenge within three months and move to the next higher level. For Silver-Gold, it’s 6 stays in 3 months, and Gold-Platinum it’s 9 stays. The “taste-of” challenge gives the member the higher status for a 3 month period, with the challenge to complete those night. This is a targeted promotion, though, so you must be…