I was lucky enough to recently spend a long weekend in the Beaver Creek Resort area of Colorado. And it was well worth the visit. For those that don’t know, Beaver Creek is a community just south of Avon, CO. It is well known as a winter vacation destination. But, as I recently found out, it is certainly worth visiting during the fall (or summer). My girlfriend, Crystal, and I stayed at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek for free thanks to my Hyatt Credit Card, which gave me two free nights at any Hyatt hotel in the world. I’ll have a review of the hotel shortly, but to whet your appetite a little bit, upon check-in our room was upgraded to a Park Deluxe Village Slope. Basically, we stayed in a room that costs $895/night, during the winter, for free (roughly $300/night during the offseason).
You can’t make this stuff up! And this is just too great not to share. IHG recently reorganized their Rewards Club, and announced the name of their top tier membership level called Spire Elite. The perks for those lucky enough to be a part of the Spire Elite level include room upgrades, rollover nights, 100% bonus points on stays, and a Choice Benefit of either 25,000 points or upgrading a friend to Platinum Elite status. Oh, and then there is one other…(ahem) perk.
It used to be something quite common: bereavement fares for flights. But over the last decade or so, they’ve slowly gone extinct. There are still some airlines that offer a bereavement fare, like Delta and Alaska Airlines, but most airlines have done away with them. And even if you can find a bereavement fare, oftentimes you’ll have to jump through hoops to get them (annoying for someone that didn’t just lose a loved one, let alone someone who is in a grief filled haze).
I stumbled upon a pretty awesome timelapse video of a day at DFW International Airport. It can be pretty hectic there, especially considering DFW is one of the busiest airports in the world. Over 63 million people traveled through the airport last year! And a large chunk of people will, no doubt, be traveling through the airport this weekend for the Labor Day holiday.
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