1. Will you be using hotel award nights for lodging? I would be interested in your lodging plans since it seems virtually impossible to use standard award pricing to get a hotel room for 4 people in London.

    1. @Jim – Yes am using hotel points for our entire month in the UK except 3 nights at a bed & breakfast in Conwy, Wales. London specifically was very difficult to find an a standard award room. The rates are just absolutely insane for a room with 4. I finally found a good option. Hilton London Dockside. Family room, 1 double bed, 1 single bed & sofabed (huge room). I am paying 37,374 per night and it’s a category 5. It’s right on the Thames River with free complimentary ferry service across to Canary Wharf business district. Sure I’d love to stay at the Trafalgar London or The Waldorf London with their prime location but I’m much to frugal with my points. Just seems like a waste of points for a family. We don’t mind public transportation and exploring areas out of the main tourist zones. If you are interested in my other locations, email me I’d be happy to share my spreadsheet budget and itinerary.

  2. While I understand the miles I get using my United Explorer card , Hawaiian Visa, SPG card, Hilton, etc ( i just use each for the brand ) I dont really understand, AKA dont feel comfortable since I dont understand, HOW Ultimate Rewards points are used. Could you perhaps dedicate a posting to explaining this ?

    1. @Karen C – You got it! I’ve done several in the past and I’d be happy to do another highlighting all the awesome features of the Ultimate Rewards program. You definitely want to understand the program well and use it as it’s one of the best programs. Keep a look out for a post this coming week.

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