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Las Vegas to Zion National Park Roadtrip and Chain Hotel Options

Good morning everyone.  Last month, my brother and I went to Zion National Park for Labor Day Weekend (September 4-7).  The trip was amazing and I definitely recommend everyone go to Zion National Park for a few days if you are ever in Southwest Utah.  A few weeks ago, Frequent Miler wrote a post about his recent trip through Zion National Park where he stayed at the Zion Lodge (log cabins) for ~$200/night.  I thought it would be a good idea to share my experience at the Holiday Inn Express Springdale / Zion National Park and show what other points hotel options were available at Zion National Park.

Getting to Zion National Park is tricky.  You can fly into St. George, Utah, but that is a very small/expensive airport.  I recommend flying into Las Vegas (easily accessible from every airport with many flights from many airlines) and then driving ~3 hours to Zion National Park (Google Map).  My brother and I landed in Vegas around 8:30pm and then made our way to the Las Vegas rental car lot and then toward Utah.  We arrived at the Holiday Inn Express hotel a little after 1am (1 hour time change from Arizona to Utah).

Las Vegas Airport to Zion National Park Google Map

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Hacking the US Airways First Class Upgrade List (Until the AA/US Merger)

Good evening everyone.  The details of this post come from my friend Whitney, who flies US Airways quite a bit.  She told me about this trick at FTU DFW last weekend and I asked her to explain her process.  Unfortunately, this trick is likely to end when American Airlines and US Airways finally merge, which is supposed to be sometime this month.

Before I continue, there are 2 important notes:

  • You have to be traveling on US Airways metal (no codeshare flights)
  • You needed to have US Airways status prior to the merger of US Airways Dividend Miles with the American Airlines AAdvantage frequent flyer program

1.  Check-in at exactly 24 hours.  Obviously, status is the first thing that determines your placement on the upgrade list.  If there are 2 American Airlines Executive Platinum members on the upgrade list, the Executive Platinum member who checked in first, get’s the #1 spot.  So, I always check-in right at the 24-hour mark.  The very moment that clock strikes 24-hours prior to my flight, I’m online ready to check-in. Continue reading


Weekend Roundup: AMEX Offers, Chime Card, BankAmeriDeals, New Chase British Airways Credit Card Design, & Limousine Program

Good afternoon everyone, I hope your weekend is going well.  I have a bunch of random deals and items to share in the post, hopefully there will be something for everyone.  Up first, I have 4 new AMEX Offers available: Seasons 52, Piatti Restaurant, Exhale Mind Body Spa, and Kipling.  American Express historically releases new AMEX Offers late Sunday night, so we will see if any other offers coming out tomorrow.

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Q4 Credit Card Category Strategy: Do Way Better than 5% Cash Back at Amazon

Good afternoon everyone, Q4 is among us.  With that, comes new cash back categories for Chase Freedom, Citi Dividend, and Discover It credit card holders.  Let’s go through the list of categories really quickly, starting with the Citi Dividend Credit Card: 5% cash back at Best Buy and department stores.  Most people will probably buy Visa Gift Cards at Best Buy.  I would also like to mention that you can often buy department store gift cards for much more than a 5% discount by shopping on Gift Card Granny.  Macy’s gift cards are 10%+ discounted, Sears gift cards are 6%+ discounted, and Kmart gift cards are 7%+ discounted.

Citi Dividend Q4 Calendar

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New AMEX Offers: Renaissance Hotels, AMEX Gift Cards, Sam’s Club, and More

Good morning everyone, I have some new AMEX Offers to share today.  I have AMEX Offers for Renaissance Hotels, American Express Gift Cards, Sam’s Club Membership, Columbia, Gumps, Henri Bendel, Teleflora, Tory Burch, and Undercover Tourist.  The Renaissance Hotels offer is pretty good: $40 statement credit after spending $200.

Renaissance AMEX Offer

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