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How does a travel reward credit card work?

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starwood-travel-guest-credit-cardIf you are a frequent traveller then it makes sense to invest in a travel rewards credit card, as you will be able to earn points towards future flights and accommodation every time you make a purchase using your card. When you are choosing a travel rewards card you will have to consider a number of factors to make sure you get the best rewards program to suit your needs, and you will also have to take into account the costs of the card itself, such as annual interest rates on purchases and cash withdrawals and any other card fees.

When you make a purchase using you travel rewards card you will get a certain amount of points added to your program balance, and this is usually 1 point per $1 spent. Some cards will also offer double point deals if you are using your card with affiliate companies, and this may include when you are booking flights and hotel accommodation using your card. There are three main ways in which you can redeem your card:


Things to avoid and good alternatives during your Los Angeles holiday

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Traveling is fun but there are things that you need to avoid and other things that you may want to try to make sure that you get the best value out of your hard earned money. The sprawling city will literally make you star-struck with diverse shopping hot spots and dining places on top of Hollywood that made this city famous. But you will ruin all these fun-hunting rounds if all you do is spend long lines getting out of its gigantic airport and crawl out of hair-pulling traffic jams that will just take the love out of California. 

This reminds me of a famous rap artist’s lyrics to his song, ‘California Love.’ In it, it says, “California knows how to party.” If you’re ready to engage Los Angeles but want fewer hassles, then you’re in good company. Take note of our ten suggestions and know what you should avoid when you’re here in the biggest city of California.
 
Avoid getting in LAX


Best Wine Bars in Paris

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The Paris wine bar scene is being reinvented. Here comes the beautiful bottles of wine and great food. We line up some of the new wine bars that you must not miss if you are in Paris and some of the old ones that are a must.

Le Gard Robe

This is a little wine shop proximate to the Louvre. Have some sardines, pork terrine, or andouille sausage and ask for their wines from Domaine dela Grange des Peres.

Alfred

Back in 2004, William Abitbol lost his bid to seek a seat at the European Parliament so he focused his attention on business. Just across the lovely gardens of the Palais Royal, he established Alfred. He serves wines made by his friends who are also deviating from their usual careers. For example, you can get a good bottle of Provencal rose L’apostrophe which is a sweet blend of Carignane, Grenache, and Cinsault.


The Best Castle Hotels around the World

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Have you ever dreamed about being a king or a queen just to have a room as big as your entire house, and a home that reminds you of the fairytales you used to read as a child? The good news is you don’t even have to have royal blood anymore just to sleep in a castle. You can simply flip through the catalogues and choose among a wide myriad of castle lodgings around the globe. Below are our very top picks.

Château de la Bourdaisière


If you watch a lot of TV and you’ve come across the reality show Joe Millionaire, which just made your heart beat faster, this castle is going to look very familiar to you. This was a Fox hit in 2003, and now, you don’t even have to get into the show to wine, dine, and spend the night in the property. For as low as 120 euros a night, you get the full lodging experience at the Château de la Bourdaisière.


Top 12 Weirdest Traffic Laws Across the Globe

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The basic of traffic laws is to stop when you need to stop, and remember speed limits if you are stepping on it. They sound pretty simple until you learn of the strangest rules that are strictly followed on the road.

Doing the Hook Turn in Australia

Being on the wrong side of the road is already scary when you are driving in Australia but wait until you need to do a hook turn in Melbourne. That will be more difficult that usual for us travelers but it is pretty simple for the locals.
Normally, you will be on the right late if you want to make a right turn but if you have to do a hook turn, you have to go to the outer left lane then on green you have to make a hard right to go where you intend to go. The hook turn was designed so the traffic on the central business district of Melbourne will not block the lines of the tram.


Royal Holiday: 8 Castles in Europe where you can sleep in style

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Treat yourself to a holiday fit for a royalty. Here are some castles in Europe from which you can choose your royal highness:

Thornbury Castle (England)


The Thornbury Castle in South Gloucs has been witness to the complexities of royal life, betrayals, romance, imprisonments and beheadings.  Believe it or not, you can get the chamber where Ann Boleyn and Henry VIII used to stay.

Dromoland Castle Hotel and Country State (Ireland)


This castle in Clare, Ireland was first constructed during the 16th century and the castle that you see today was completed around 1835. It now serves as a 5-star hotel complete with a golf course, spa, and great food. Back in 2004, then US President George W. Bush stayed overnight at Dromoland for a summit involving the US and the European Union. The most powerful man in the world was kept safe by around 7,000 policemen, private security, and the military.


Hotel Astoria in the heart of San Sebastian, Spain

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hotel-astoria-san-sebastian-roomSan Sebastian in Spain is knowsas one of the heavens of food lovers which offers a wide variety of palate pleasures. The city by the sea has also been famous for the San Sebastian Film Festival since the 1950’s.

In the center of San Sebastian, Astoria 7 has 102 rooms named after film greats from all generations ready to cater for local and foreign travelers. A big sign asking visitors which star will be joining you tonight can be found on the front desk of the Astoria 7. There is also a rectangular logo appearing to be the director’s hands trying to frame a shot.

The cinema theme of Astoria7 is very close to the heart and soul of the locals. The young hotel is constructed on the old location of the Astoria 7, the first multi-screen cinema in San Sebastian.

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Top 5 Ultimate Luxury Trips

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If you were one of the ten richest men in the world, below are the best ways to liquidate at least a fraction of your money. After all your hard work, you’d want to lavish yourself with the world’s most extravagant tours. Below are the tours which made it to our big spenders’ list of favorites.

A Bourbon’s Experience of Paris

Paris is Paris: it’s the most celebrated City of Lights. It’s the epitome of romance and class around the globe, but Paris is not just Paris if you have the money for it. For about $300,000 or $1800 an hour, you can spend a week in Paris like one of the royalties in the House of Bourbon. That includes private jets, a prime suit at the Ritz, a personal chauffer, special private tours, 24/7 concierge, and dinner reservations at Paris’ swankiest joints.