What's one big part of travel many people don't think about while booking a vacation? Getting around at your destination. Sure, Lyft and Uber are now ubiquitous, but depending on the trip, it often makes sense to rent a vehicle. We get questions all the time about which credit card is best for car rentals, so we thought we'd round up our favorite options for anyone looking to save on some wheels for their next trip out of town.
So you listened to our advice, and decided to start playing the points and miles game. Good for you! Maybe you applied for a travel credit card that rewarded you with a hefty signup bonus, or maybe you've just been saving up your cash back rewards to use towards a big travel purchase. However you did it, if you've got points to burn and a few days off, it's time to take a (free!) vacation.
April is a great month for travel. Spring breakers have mostly gone home and hotel prices haven't quite reached their summer highs. Mild weather is also a major draw. Looking to get out of the April showers for a few days? We have three very different vacation options for you to choose from.
I grew up about 45 minutes from Pittsburgh, so heading into the city has always been an adventure for me. But in the past few years, this post-industrial steel town has become an unlikely cultural capital, a Silicon Valley of the East.
Chicago is my kind of vacation town. It has a huge lakefront with beaches and parks, and it’s home to one of the most prestigious art museums in the country. Despite all this, it doesn't have to cost a fortune to visit, and maybe that's why it draws more than 40 million tourists ever year. I’ve written before about how I cut the cost of my vacation to Los Angeles in half, but you can cover even more of your trip if you know how to book it. Here’s how to visit Chicago for almost nothing.
Marriott is one of the oldest and most expansive travel brands in the world, with 5,700 properties around the globe. Their loyalty program, Marriott Rewards, can be used to redeem free nights at any of these hotels, and because of the recent Starwood-Marriott merger, Marriott Rewards now extend to Starwood hotels as well!
We've written extensively about the changes that have come from Hyatt's new loyalty program, World of Hyatt, which replaced Hyatt's old program, Gold Passport, on March 1st. Now that things are up and running, and I've had a chance to experience the new program myself, it's time to take a deep dive into the World of Hyatt.
If the words "spring break" conjure up images of screaming children and stumbling college students that just make you want to go back to bed, you're not alone. During the popular travel weeks in late March and early April, you'd be lucky to find a spot on the beach in Miami or walk two blocks in New Orleans without getting puke on your shoes.
Ah, the sweet smell of spring! The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and oh, what's that? I have three weddings to attend this year? Cue the sweet sound of my savings account drying up faster than a California puddle.