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Miraval Arizona Review

Overview In October, Hyatt brought back the BOGO (Buy One Night, Get One Free) promotion for Miraval. This is a promo that they've run before, although this year, with demand higher, they limited it to...
The Nines Portland

72 Hours in Portland, Oregon (+ Lightning Reviews of The Nines and Kimpton Vintage)

I'd never been to Portland, OR before. I'd never even been to Oregon... But it had been on my list for a long time and it didn't disappoint! 72 Hours in Portland, Oregon A lot of...
Ventana Main Pool

Review: Ventana Big Sur

I tried to make this another MilesTalk Lightning Review (TM), where I aim to give you all the info you need about a hotel or flight in around 1,000 words or less, but this hotel...
Manatuska Glacier

3 Days in Alaska for Under $750 With Miles and Points (Including First Class...

Overview: 3 Days in Alaska for Under $750 With Miles and Points I know, I know - it was a BIT crazy. I flew to from New York to Anchorage, Alaska this past Tuesday for...
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LXR Oceana Santa Monica Hotel: Lightning Review

Welcome back to my series of "Lightning Reviews" - where I let you know what you need to know about a flight or hotel experience without getting so deep in the weeds that you...
Atlantis Coral Tower View

Free Atlantis Stay via Caesars Diamond: What To Expect with Room Fees, Food Costs,...

Updated: July 2021 What is the Free Stay At Atlantis in the Bahamas with Caesars Diamond Status? I’ve seen many bloggers write about how you can get a free stay at Atlantis in the Bahamas if...
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Review: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort, Hawaii

After over a year under lock-down and a very stressful few months personally, all my wife and I wanted on our long delayed and re-planned mini-honeymoon (because we are still planning the Maldives and...
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Waldorf Astoria Grand Wailea, Maui, Hawaii: A Hilton in Waldorf Clothing

Welcome to another of my hotel "Lightning Reviews." With a goal of staying under 1,000 words, these reviews are designed to give you all of my thoughts on a hotel or resort following a...
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The Laylow, Autograph Collection (Waikiki Beach, Hawaii): Lightning Review

I'm trying to find a term for giving you the quick scoop on a hotel, when a full review is not warranted (or if I just don't feel the experience warranted). For now, I'll call...
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Would You Take a Virtual Trip? You Should!

A few weeks ago, I discovered a site called Virtual Trips. I've enjoyed it so much that I'd like to share a review as I think many of my readers feel equally starved for...