In early October we cashed in our Marriott points and transferred them to United miles for two business class tickets across the pond! Both Joe and I had never flown in legit business class and have been so excited to one day use our points for this.
Perks of business class include lounge access before and after your flight, as well as on your layover. We hit the Polaris lounge at O'hare, so nice!
On the plane
We flew on a 747 and chose to sit in the bulk head (upstairs) for the experience.
The key highlights for us were the lay flat seats (so amazing) and the amount of room in general. Neither of us felt any Jet lag!!
As avid travelers, it only makes sense to become part of loyalty clubs wherever possible, especially sticking to a consistent brand to ensure success with point accumulation. Considering we are average humans, I thought for sure this would take us until our hair was 100% gray but it surprisingly did not. Just 3 short years after we started collecting Marriott points we were well on our way to serious customer satisfaction. Without the use of any brand credit cards we were able to collect nearly 1 million Marriott points! In just three years!
A large part of this is owed to the pros and cons of Joe’s career, which mandates a decent about of travel annually. Coupled with smart use of challenges, as well as linking any way we could find to grow our points, we hit the mark fairly quickly.
Though we use points for family or once and awhile stay-cations when we are on a budget, Joe has insisted we save our points (point hoarder! LOL) and he was not wrong. Cashing in 300,000 points to miles gave us business class tickets on a United partner airline, Lufthansa, PLUS since we were flexible on our destination (as long as we eventually got to London somehow) we saved a ton of money in taxes with those tickets (paying only a grand total of $250). The value here FAR outweighs use of points for average stays in a Marriott property and boy was it worth it!
The only complaint we could really find was that now we are spoiled for life.
Until the next cash in….
No compensation was received for this post. This post is based purely on my loyalty to the brands and programs mentioned.
INTERCONTINENTAL CHICAGO MAGNIFICENT MILE HOTEL
OFFERS THEIR GUESTS ALL THE “BEST OF CHICAGO”
From VIP tickets to the Art Institute of Chicago to All Access Admission at the Field Museum,
one of Chicago’s most iconic hotels is showcasing the best of the Windy City.
CHICAGO (October 2, 2019) – InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel, located at 505 N. Michigan Ave., is inviting guests to experience Chicago’s incredible views, fascinating history, and amazing museums with the creation of their Best of Chicago Package. For patrons looking to get to know the Second City, or just enjoy it again, the Best of Chicago Package includes a pair of tickets to one of Chicago’s top tourist destinations and a Chicago Truffle Skyline amenity. Rates for this package start at $199 per night.
Guests will indulge in luxurious overnight accommodations in one of the hotel’s 792 sophisticated and well-appointed guest rooms. Upon check-in, those booking this package will have their choice of two tickets to one of six Chicago-centric activities that include VIP Passes to the Shedd Aquarium, All Access Admission at the Field Museum, General Admission to the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago Children’s Museum and Navy Pier Ferris Wheel Passes, VIP Tickets to the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as General Admission to The Ledge at Skydeck Chicago. Additionally, after a full day of exploring the city, patrons will be treated to an in-room Chicago Truffle Skyline amenity that includes dessert truffles crafted to resemble the beautiful and iconic downtown skyline.
As the only hotel with a front entrance on the Magnificent Mile and given the property’s prime location in the heart of Downtown, both residents and visitors alike are being provided with a quintessential Windy City experience with this one-of-a-kind package.
InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel is considered to be one of the most prestigious hotels in downtown Chicago. Constructed in 1929, the 42-story building originally served as one of the most exclusive luxury men’s clubs in the city with light blue ceilings indicating the permission of women in designated rooms. The property is also home to the oldest pool in Chicago, which features a hand carved terracotta fountain of Neptune, hand-painted Spanish tiles lining the walls and exquisite marble pillars. This Junior Olympic size swimming pool was known to be frequented by actress, Esther Williams, and Johnny Weissmuller, an Olympic swimmer and the original Tarzan. The hotel’s historic elegance is showcased through its intricate design including baccarat chandelier ballrooms, signature gold leaf molding, original family crests and hand-painted murals, which were famously reinstated by Lido Lippi, the well-known restorer that assisted in the restoration of the Sistine Chapel. InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel is also home to two fine dining restaurants; Michael Jordan Steak House featuring delicious modern American cuisine, and ENO, an eclectic wine lounge that serves small bites, cheese and chocolate.
For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.iccchicagohotel.com and follow InterContinental Chicago on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. To make a reservation, view the package online at: https://www.icchicagohotel.com/offers/best-of-chicago. Available beginning October 1, this offer is valid on all rooms and suites. Those interested in this package must book three days in advance.
All Hallows Eve returns to Naperville for 13-acres of fright, touts more than 20 haunt experiences
All Hallows Eve returns to Naper Settlement for its eighteenth year on October 18 and 19, promising thrills, chills, and eerie entertainment. This annual Halloween event transforms the museum’s 13-acre grounds into a spooky, haunted village that blends history and horror. Guests will explore more than 20 different haunt experiences, from frightful reenactments of Vlad the Impaler and Sweeney Todd to face painting, fire spinners, and illusionists. Each experience has a fright factor rating from one to three skulls, allowing guests to customize their experience throughout the evening.
New additions include:
Each year, Naper Settlement partners with local organizations to bring this event to life, with more than 200 volunteers from school groups and arts organizations participating as scare actors.
“All Hallows Eve is Naperville’s annual celebration of the occult, where instead of one haunted house, guests are frightened by over a dozen bone-chilling haunts and numerous hair-raising performances,” said Adison Glick, special events team leader.
All Hallows Eve runs from 6:30-10 p.m. each night and is not recommended for children under 8 years old. Tickets are $20 per guest; Members and children under 4 are free. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.NaperSettlement.org/AllHallowsEve.
âIn true Ally fashion we are taking off across the pond on this Travel Tuesday! We are so excited to be back in Europe! This is our first time booking flights with miles and we are anxious to see how it turns out. Our itinerary includes Amsterdam-Wokingham-London-Munich! Make sure to follow all of our adventures on the gram. Cheers!
Hi, i’m Ally!
I am a wife, stepmom, puppy mom and lover of all things travel! I am so excited to connect with you all at our local events!