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Travel Goals and Status Check Up – 2017 Mid-Year
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Travel Goals and Status Check Up – 2017 Mid-Year

Jennifer checks in on her 2017 travel goals, what her progress towards status looks like, and whether she is achieving those travel goals at mid-year. Airline status, hotel status, leverage of travel technology, credit card strategy, and travel/life balance are just a few of the areas where she weighs on in the state of the union.

In-Room Snake – New Marriott Amenity?
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In-Room Snake – New Marriott Amenity?

Forget the free bottle of water or complimentary points for hotel status.  That’s so 2016.  Hotel chains are looking for new ways to impress guests.  So why NOT an in-room snake?! That’s the first thing I thought when I read this headline in Travel + Leisure. It seems a housekeeper at a Marriott Residence Inn in Massachusetts…

“Sorry I’m Not Sorry” – Two Days of Shakeups in the Points and Miles World
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“Sorry I’m Not Sorry” – Two Days of Shakeups in the Points and Miles World

It has been a tough couple of days in the points and miles world for hobbyists (those who collect points and miles with airlines, hotels, and other travel providers) and low-fare leisure travelers. On Monday the announcement came that frequent traveler darling Starwood was being acquired by Marriott.  And then yesterday American was changing almost all the rules of…

Meet Me Halfway… The Six Month Status Checkup
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Meet Me Halfway… The Six Month Status Checkup

How can it be July 4th weekend already?  I feel like I was just ringing in the new year.  If you follow Jetsetter’s Homestead, then you know this has been a whirlwind year for me – I’m at a new firm after an acquisition which means my travel patterns have been altered a bit as I…

33 and a Third – What You NEED to Do This Weekend!
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33 and a Third – What You NEED to Do This Weekend!

If you are traveling in 2015, what you need to do this weekend is take a look at your current airline and hotel program use and make appropriate adjustments to your earning to be sure you are maximizing status opportunities.  With eight months left, you still have plenty of time to make travel plans that…

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Introducing Master Pages

I don’t know about you, but I hate having to dig for things on the internet.  While the Googley people love nothing more than to dig for treasure, I prefer to spend my screen time reading. I have a large trip coming up and want to be able to write about it without having to…

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Hotel Reviews – TownePlace Suites Richland Columbia Point

I know a hotel stay won’t be dull when I’m greeted by a gentleman walking around the hotel lobby in his boxer shorts.  That was unexpected and also the first impression I had of the TownePlace Suites Richland Columbia Point. As I would quickly learn, nothing about this property was in the realm of the “expected”. …

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Hotel Status and New Master List of Hotel Reviews

No wonder my purse is always so heavy.  I pulled the last three weeks of room keys out of a side pocket this morning and realized I’ve got a lot more catching up to do! I don’t seem to be making any headway and I have another 3-4 stays in the next ten days.  But fear…