Starwood Cash and Points Math Mishaps: Don’t Forget the Tax Factor

Tweet When planning Starwood hotel stays, I often try and figure out if it’s best to use points outright or to use cash and points.  At one point, I concluded that cash and points is always a more valuable use of points.  I no longer think that is necessarily true, as it depends on the […]

How Hilton HHonors Gold Helps Dramatically Cut Your Vacation Costs

Tweet Would you be interested in knowing how you can cut even more costs from your next vacation?  Would you be interested if you could do it without cutting the quality of your vacation? Help Me Travel Cheap teaches you how to get nearly free flights and hotel stays.  However, the reality is that there are […]

Best Hotel Credit Cards With Valuable Status Benefits

Tweet I don’t live the high life.  I’m a simple guy who enjoys traveling.  For that reason, I’ve never really paid much attention to status and benefits with either airlines or hotels. The point of this blog is to help you travel cheaply, not luxuriously. Until this week, I’ve always assumed that traveling cheaply and luxuriously landed on […]

How to Save Up To 75% Off Priority Club Hotels

Tweet Right now, Priority Club hotels (includes brands like Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn) are combining two promotions that can lead to huge money saving opportunities. Priority Club PointBreaks Every few months, Priority Club deeply discounts the points required for stays at select hotels. The list is rather limited (about 100 locations in the States). […]

Best Credit Cards for Getting Free Hotel Stays

Tweet I’ve spent a lot of time on this blog helping you get in the air for free with the best airline credit cards.  Today I’ll share some tips on getting free hotels with hotel credit cards. For the sake of this post, I’ll focus on hotel earning opportunities in Honolulu.  Why?  Because I’ve been […]

Our Hotel Booking Strategy for New Zealand

Tweet Not surprisingly, when I travel I always like to travel cheap.  While I wish I could report back that I scored the best hotel deals for our  vacation in New Zealand, I was a little disappointed with the results. But they could be worse. We had several thousand ThankYou Reward points from back when […]

Hotwire Hotels | Tips and Tricks for Booking a Discounted Hotwire Hotel

Tweet In 2011, our family will be doing more traveling and I wanted to use our upcoming travel planning to offer you some tips on how to get a discount hotel using the hotwire hotels search feature. In our case, we’ll need to be quite selective about the hotel since we will need something with […]

Ulumani Treetops Rainforest Lodge

Tweet If you ever get the privilege of visiting Milne Bay Province in Papua New Guinea, you’ll be amazed at the beauty of it all.  Sometimes I just have to pinch myself to make sure this is really my home.  We have been trying to take advantage of the area since we don’t have to […]

Family Vacations: 7 Advantages of a Condominium or Apartment

Tweet When you’re vacationing with kids, your accommodations are going to have a huge impact on your vacation experience. In fact, our family is in the process of dreaming up our next vacation.  Here’s the kicker.  We’ve got enough hotel points for 10 nights free hotel (thanks to my Starwood hotel’s points program).  However, anytime […]