Us at DTW “prancing fluids”
As you can see from yesterday’s post my wife and I have made it home to SBN. We had a blast and the skiing was so much better than our last trip out to SLC. Last time some of the ski runs needed a mower not a snow groomer. This time all was white!
I used 25k Delta seats for me wife and I and used pay with points for a friend so he could end up on the same flights as us as he was connecting from another city. His cost 30k from SDF so not too bad. Our upgrades cleared 5 days out and my friend got to enjoy exit row at least. I did my normal thing with a pop in to see Jeff at the oraoxygen spa and the flights were uneventful and on time. All our luggage made it but two of my bags had BIG cuts. This is where my US AIR GS “hits” worked out great. One of the things I purchased was tiny rolls of duct tape.
They worked great until a permanent patch can be made. Who knew the GS points would help me so much when I travel. I will buy these each year GS or not as they are great to have I have found. Others in the TOPTIPS have said just use your big roll and wrap some around a pencil. That works too but I like simple.
The next big score was my rental car. I went with the Enterprise $9.99 a day weekend deal that BTW is good until MAY 23 if you need a car. If you have rental that spans more than the weekend you just book two reservations and then call and have them put into one afterwards by calling the local office where you will pickup. Now that worked really well for me as they gave me the $9.99 daily rate for the entire time!
Loved loved loved the little Dodge even though I only had 400 miles for the 4 days and went over by just 8 miles. All in it cost me $53 including TAX and was FREE with the last of my Capital One points from last year ( I will miss my C1 points so much )!
Now here is a tip you don’t want to forget. Ready? Every 3 months the Priority Club point breaks list comes out. The DAY it comes out, it does not show up in their system for a while. Sometimes as long 24 hours. Now, as soon as list is out, you can call and book rooms. What has to happen is this. They will first say rooms are sold out. You say no way in 1 hour? You will then ask for a supervisor to make an “AWARD NIGHT ADJUSTMENT” for the amount of points you need to book the room. For example: I booked my room at the Candlewood suites.
Normal rate was 15k/night. Point Breaks was 5k/night. I stayed 5 nights 2 rooms. So, I got 100k deposited and the rooms were booked. Here is the kool part. With my PC Visa card I get 10% rebate on all points spent. So, I will get 15,000 BACK.
Thus, my ALL IN cost in points for 5 nights 2 rooms will only be 35,000! I have done this several times and other readers have too so try it the day the next new list comes out sometime in mid-March!
The skiing was great! We had big fluffy flakes falling all day the 1st day at ALTA. The rest of the trip were “blue bird” days at Brighton, then Snowbasin and lastly Powder Mountain. PM is one of my favorite places to ski on the globe. If you go to Utah, please make the drive and go. You will love it. Plus, I had the chance to meet up with a blog reader, Steve, who is a ski patroller at PM as you can see below (before you say anything – yes I got some sun)!
If you go, look for him as he is a top notch guy and a great skier. It was good to make some turns with you Steve and hope to run into you next time at Powder Mountain!
I only used one Restaurant.com coupon on this trip as the other nights we HAD to go to some of my favorite “dinner stores”. Those are Red Rock and The Bohemian. The schnitzel at the Bohemian is so good – numm. The one coupon place we did try was Rinos (check your SOUND settings if you click link LOUD Italian singing on the way) and I would have never gone without the coupon.
It was great. Family run for 35 years. Food was WOW! Osso Buco in the photo was amazing! These people know food & for $2.10 cent cost I got $75 off my bill! I will be back to this place again.
The trip home I talked about yesterday and I hope you all saw the tip about thinking outside the box about how to score upgrades as a Medallion flyer. All-in-all a great trip and time to put the skis up for the season. Next up for us is my first ever 1st class trip on Lufthansa to Sweden that cost $220 + 270,000 miles. I can not wait. Then our summer trip on Delta in biz 200k and thanks to the mighty schedule change rules the flights are PERFECT and even biz class intra-Europe! Also my Award Wallet now shows 2.1 million points still to burn – where shall I go next?