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So there’s an article that I’ve been seeing in my Google News feeds a few times over the past few days called “7 Steps to a Cheaper Hotel Room“.   Some of you may have seen it as well

In case you were wondering, the 7 steps suggested in the article are

  1. Get the lay of the land

  2. Price check (and search again)
  3. Seek hidden rates
  4. Look for a package deal
  5. Go opaque
  6. Make the call
  7. Last-minute adjustments

Isn’t there another way?

Of course there is!  Here is my 1 step

  1. Follow Points With a Crew on Share, or the blog!


Hilton Fort Lauderdale

We stayed for free at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale last fall!

But seriously, this just reminds me again of how fortunate we are in this hobby, to be able to do things that others don’t even dream about (because it’s TOO far-fetched).  Ariana from Point Chaser had another good take on that in a post today.

The author of the NY Times post I linked to was trying to find 4 nights in a Paris hotel and I think he ended up finding a “good deal” for somewhere around $1500?  (I’m not sure, the article was a little hard to follow).

And not to make too much of a “Vendoming” joke, but staying for free in Paris is TOTALLY doable for free(ish) with miles and points.  Earlier this year I helped a family of 5 on a “trip of a lifetime” to Berlin on miles.

What about you?  What’s your dream vacation and how have miles or points helped you get there?


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