Travel Tidbits: Airport rewards + a fun hotel

Get extra rewards for eating, drinking, and shopping at airports

You know you’re going to spend money at the airport. Why not get an extra something in return?

In addition to the points/miles/or cash back you might get by charging your airport meal, cocktail, or store purchase to specific credit cards, if you’re at a participating airport you can also earn gift cards and airline miles through the Thanks Again loyalty program.

The program operates at dozens of US airports, including Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport (ATL), Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), and Tampa International Airport (TPA). And now Denver International Airport (DEN) has joined the program with its locally-branded DENPerks program.

Stay here: Hotel Rose in Portland, OR

The Stuck at the Airport team has a soft spot for Portland, Oregon, and Portland International Airport (PDX). And over the past six months, we’ve been checking out various downtown hotels in Rose City.

Our most recent visit included a stay at the Hotel Rose, which is part of the Staypineapple brand that also has properties in Boston, Seattle, New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, and San Diego.

Beyond the squeaky clean room, we appreciated the bonus amenities that include a chit for a welcome drink (beer, wine, or soft drink) in the bar, complimentary afternoon coffee and cookies in the lobby, courtesy loaner bikes, unlimited bottled water, and this great charging station in the room.

Better yet, the hotel is located right on Waterfront Park and is a block away from Mill Ends Park.

The park is on a median strip, is just 2 feet across, and has room for just one tree. And back in 1971, the park was designated as the world’s smallest park by the Guinness Book of Records.

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