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You can now redeem Wyndham Rewards points at 15,000+ Vacasa vacation rentals
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Wyndham Rewards members can now redeem their points at 15,000+ vacation rental properties. The hotel program is partnered with Vacasa, a vacation rental management company. Previously, you could only redeem Wyndham Rewards points at a handful of these properties. Starting today, all Vacasa properties can be booked with Wyndham Rewards points. This includes all 15,000+ …
12 tips for using frequent flyer miles for family travel
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Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information. Singles and couples may be the ideal award travelers. Having one or two accounts per frequent flyer program is easy to manage and it’s not too hard to find just one or two award seats on the same flights. But for families who …
9 Caribbean destinations you can fly to in a lie-flat seat
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If you’ve ever flown first class to the Caribbean, you’ll know that the in-flight experience typically isn’t all that different from domestic flights. You’ll usually get the same recliner-style seat, which oftentimes doesn’t even offer a built-in TV. But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you’re strategic about the flights you book, you …
Lender credits: How a mortgage lender can pay your closing costs
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Lender credits let the mortgage lender pay closing costs, while the borrower pays a higher interest rate. Find out if lender credits are worth it here.
Spirit Airlines adds 3 routes, new city in latest pandemic-era shakeup
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Spirit Airlines isn’t taking a breath. On Wednesday, the Miramar, Florida-based carrier announced another set of new routes, coming just a day after a second big pandemic-era network expansion for the airline. Beginning on June 24, Spirit is adding a new pin to its route-map, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (MKE), with three new daily flights to Las …
Why you should consider having both the personal and business Amex Platinum cards
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Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information and card details. The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express have established themselves as the cards to have if you’re interested in luxury travel benefits. With an overlapping rewards structure and similar benefits, it’s logical to …
Marriott endows Howard University with $20 million to create hospitality program honoring Arne Sorenson
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Marriott International announced today that the family behind the global hotel giant would create the Arne M. Sorenson Hospitality Fund to support the design of a “world-class hospitality program and curriculum” at Howard University, a historically Black school in Washington, D.C. The endowment is named after former CEO Arne Sorenson, who lost his battle with …
Highest Mortgage Rates Since June 2020
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As of today, you'd have to go back to June 2020 to see higher mortgage rates. This is courtesy of an ongoing move in the bond market that has longer-term rates/yields surging higher at the quickest pace since the pandemic began. The broader bond market has actually been signalling this sort of move since late last summer, but it wasn't an issue for mortgage rates for a variety of reasons. Now that the mortgage market has mostly exhausted its protective cushion against broader bond market volatility, when the broader bond market has a bad day, so do we. It goes without saying that today was bad. Just look at the scoreboard , after all. But it also tried to be good. Bonds battled back from their worst levels quite well by the early afternoon. This was especially true for mortgage-backed bonds
Hotels and airlines bet big on flexibility and peace of mind
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It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic walloped the travel industry. But during the early, uncertain days of the crisis, travel companies made two significant changes to appeal to travelers, partly in the hope that people would remember these gestures when it was time to hit the road again. Travelers have many choices in where …
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