Welcome to the first ever ValueTactics semi-monthly update! Ok, so it’s just like the old Bi-Weekly Update, but this one is more accurately named. I try to write 2 updates every month, which doesn’t always work out to one every two weeks.
These updates are meant to give you an idea of how much and what kind of credit card, points, and free stuff activity goes on in our household. It should provide you with a realistic picture of how much effort is involved when using value tactics to get free stuff, like free travel!
VT reader Danie sent in this cryptic photo this afternoon, from an undisclosed location:
I happen to know that Danie and her husband (pictured) left today for a value filled, nearly free vacation to Mallorca. But last I heard, their flight was cancelled and they were rerouted. Derek had previously told me they had no good airport lounge access on this trip, but I also happen to know he always carries a pair of free United Club passes (earned with the Chase United Mileage Plus card) with him.
Using my fabulous internet powers (and some luck) I think I figured out where the picture was taken. If I’m right, it’s the freshly-remodeled United Club in Terminal 1 at Chicago O’Hare (ORD), opened just 2 days ago! If that’s the case, then consider this the internet’s first preview of a review for this lounge!
Leave a comment below and tell me if you think I got it right! Here’s my primary evidence, from the Chicago Tribune.
New ValueTactics Blog Posts
– Hotel Review – Grand Wailea: A Waldorf Astoria Resort is my review of the second main hotel from our recent Hawaii trip. Check it out to see how we got $870 worth of luxury lodging for $60!
I have some plans in the works for upcoming travel. Proper timing is helpful to get the best travel deals, flight award seat availability, and hotel stay reward night availability. Sometimes last minute availability opens up, but I prefer to play it safe and book far in advance. For example, I’m about to start planning for a trip in early October 2017! I don’t want to let every cat out of the bag, but I’ll say this: one upcoming trip will require a passport, but not a fat wallet!
Now you’re updated. Go employ some Value Tactics!