Review: Akelarre Hotel in San Sebastian, Spain

a building with a brick wall and a parking lot

About this hotel Akelarre Hotel is a well-designed 22-room retreat perched on a bluff overlooking the Cantabrian Sea, just a short drive from San Sebastian, Spain. Originally renowned as a 3-star Michelin restaurant, Akelarre has expanded into a hotel that is a part of the Relais & Châteaux group. Check in We flew into the […]

Review: Six Senses Douro Valley

a pool with lounge chairs and umbrellas in front of a building

Booking this stay When booking this stay, I opted for the convenience of using the American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts platform. Booking through AMEX FHR ensured that I not only secured a stunning vineyard premier room but also unlocked a range of exclusive benefits for our stay: Getting there Conveniently located just over an […]

Review: InterContinental Porto

a marble reception desk with columns and a picture frame

Booking this stay I booked this stay on the American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts platform and used Membership Rewards points to cover the one-night stay in their base room called a king classic. As a reminder, booking through FHR gives you these great benefits:  Getting there The hotel is centrally located in Porto and […]

Review: Air France Business Class 777-300ER (SFO-CDG)

an airplane on the tarmac

Jason and I found points availability for Air France Business Class in November when we were in San Diego waiting for our twins to be born. We weren’t sure then if we were going to be able to go, but we liked the flexibility a points reservation has in case we wanted to change or […]

Park Hyatt Paris Review

Park Hyatt Paris

Booking this stay I booked this stay using Hyatt points, which cost me 30,000 points per night. I had some Hyatt points already, but I also bought some from the points storefront in order to redeem for this stay. It was significantly cheaper to buy the points and redeem than pay the cash rate, which […]

Travel for less by buying points

a street with cars and buildings and a tower in the background

Overview There are many ways to accrue points for hotel and airline redemptions like credit card sign up bonuses, prior spend with a brand, and yes, even straight up buying the points. It might seem counterintuitive to buy points rather than the cash rate for the hotel room, but I used a recent booking I […]

Sheraton Paris Airport Hotel review

Sheraton Paris Airport Hotel

Getting there Our flight was scheduled to depart at 7am, so we chose the Sheraton Paris Airport Hotel because of its location since it’s located in Terminal 2 (before security) at Charles de Galle. We returned our rental car at SIXT and the hotel was only a 10-minute walk from there. Check-in There was a […]

Amanzoe review

Amanzoe in Greece

Getting there We arranged a car transfer with Amanzoe, and our driver arrived at the Sofitel Airport Hotel 15 minutes before our scheduled pickup time of 8AM. We were up early from the time change, so we appreciated the fact that he was early, and we departed on time. It is a 2hr 45min drive […]

Sofitel Athens Airport Review

Sofitel Athens Airport

Getting there The Sofitel Athens Airport has an unbeatable location. It’s a short five-minute walk directly across the street from the airport, no taxi needed. We have used this hotel in the past on the night before an early flight out of Athens, but on this trip, we arrived late and just needed a bed […]

Lufthansa 747 First Class Review

a two chairs with pillows in a room

How I booked I initially booked award travel on Turkish Airlines back in January for 77k United Mileage Plus points per person. I would have been happy with that itinerary, but Jason was keeping tabs on Lufthansa opening up First Class award availability to partners, and sure enough, they released 2 seats about 24 hours […]