When does it make sense to transfer Marriott points to airlines?

Typically, hotel points are most valuable when redeemed for hotel stays. However, Marriott Bonvoy has 40 airline transfer partners that can provide good value. If you want to maximize your Marriott redemptions, you might wonder when transferring Marriott points to airline partners makes sense. Let’s take a closer look at this question to find out….

Lie flat deal alert: Fly business class to Brussels for less than $2200 round-trip

We’re seeing good prices right now for business-class seats to Belgium from a number of major U.S. cities. If you live in Chicago, Miami and New York City, you can save almost 50% off the typical cost of biz-class, with some tickets costing less than $2200 round-trip. Even better, most of the routes involve lie-flat…

Which cruise ship activities should you book ahead of time?

Picture it: You’ve planned your upcoming cruise for months. You chose the perfect ship and itinerary, rounded out your vacation wardrobe and weeded through endless lists of dining options and spa treatments. Then, you board the ship and head to the excursions desk only to discover there’s no more room on that once-in-a-lifetime adventure that…

Natural light and space for all: A look at O’Hare’s newest United Club

Since losing American Airlines elite status in March, I’ve been considering switching my loyalty to United Airlines. The carrier happens to have its largest hub at my home airport in Chicago. While considering my elite status strategy, I’ve been exploring what United has to offer at O’Hare International Airport (ORD), including its lounges. To help…

How Chase Sapphire travel insurance saved my family over $1,500

Planning a dream vacation is always exciting. But no matter how carefully you plot out the details, sometimes life throws a wrench in the works. Unfortunately, that’s what happened on a recent trip that I took with my family earlier this year. Luckily, my Chase Sapphire Reserve® and its travel protections came to the rescue…