Yesterday was the last day of school for my kids. It’s now the start of the summer vacation for them. I still have to work, but I’ll eventually take some time off and go on a real vacation. I might even take the kids with me. One of my favorite hotels is the Marriot. My wife and I love staying there. That’s why I’m happy to learn about the Chase Marriott Rewards program. You can get one free night at their hotel when you join their program, and earn points for additional free nights when you stay at their hotels: JW Marriott, EDITION, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard, SpringHill Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, and Gaylord Hotels.
PointHub contacted me last week about doing a write-up of their free service and hosting a giveaway on my dad blog (I’m giving away a $25 American Express gift card). To be honest, I had never heard of PointHub until they emailed me. From looking around their website, I’ve learned that PointHub lets people search and book flights and hotels. PointHub is kinda like Travelocity, Orbitz, Hotwire, and Expedia. But unlike those services, PointHub gives parents side-by-side comparisons between purchase price and rewards points for airlines and hotels. Not only can travelers see a comparison, they can also book with either credit card or with frequent flyer miles and reward points. Now that’s convenient.
The winner of the Hilton Giveaway is R Hicks. If you didn’t win, feel free to enter the other giveaways on my dad blog:
- WordTotz App Giveaway – ten winners, but only one entry (9/13)
- Invisicase Giveaway – mattress protector (9/14)
- Olive Garden Giveaway – gift card, prize pack (9/21)
- BeFunky Giveaway – one-year membership (9/22)
- Orient Watch Giveaway – win a nice watch (coming soon)
Last week, Hilton Worldwide announced a three-year commitment to be the official hotel partner of Little League Baseball and Softball. As a result, Little League dads and moms can receive a 15% discount when they stay at any of the 3,600 Hilton hotels (Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels [we stayed here on our honeymoon], Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton, and Hilton Grand Vacations). In order to receive the discount, dads and moms have to book their stay through the Little League page. As an added bonus, Hilton Worldwide will make a donation to the Little League organization for each reservation.
I need a vacation. I really do — especially after another eventful evening with Little Disney. Over the weekend, he ate something that caused a horrific rash to quickly spread all over his tiny body. Then he vomited all over Mommy Forever and became non-responsive. His eyes glazed over and then his eyes became droopy. As some of my readers know, Little Disney has a lot of health problems — two of which are food allergies and prone to seizures. So for the second time in eight months, we had to call 911 and had him whisked away in an ambulance to the ER. Luckily, Little Disney didn’t go into seizure this time and he was released from the hospital after about four hours. Now, he’s back to his normal cute self. But mom and dad are still stressed out. We need a vacation to recover.
Speaking of vacations, I want to let you know I’m hosting a mini-vacation giveaway on my dad blog. Thanks to Hotels.com (Facebook | Twitter), one lucky dad or mom can de-stress with a free night stay at a hotel of their choice (up to $350 in value). Before I get to the details of the lodging giveaway, I want to write about Hotels.com’s I Need a Vacation summer sweepstakes. The winner will receive a check for $102,250 with no strings attached. The amount comes out to about a vacation a year for 50 years, or three months travelling the world in high style. Sign me up. I’m ready for a vacation now. A long one.