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Victoria M. Walker

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About Victoria M. Walker

Victoria M. Walker is an award-winning journalist, travel reporter and the founder of the “Carrying On with Victoria M. Walker” newsletter.

Victoria has been featured as a travel expert on Business Insider, Travel Noire, Conde Nast Traveler, D.C.’s FOX6, NPR, MSNBC, Newsy, and FOX 5 in Washington, among others. She contributes to Upgraded Points, AFAR Magazine as Special Correspondent covering the U.S. South, and The New York Times Real Estate “Build” section. She was formerly the Senior Travel Reporter at The Points Guy.

Between 2017 and 2019, Victoria first served as an adjunct and then full-time multimedia journalism lecturer at her alma mater, Howard University. Victoria taught Multimedia Storytelling, Intro to Media Production, and Digital Media Literacy. She holds a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the Howard University School of Communications.

You can follow Victoria on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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You Can Now Use Points + Cash To Book Amtrak — But Is It a Good Deal?

You Can Now Use Points + Cash To Book Amtrak — But Is It a Good Deal?

Points + Cash options are popular among frequent travelers who want options to pay their fares with a combination of rewards and cash. Several major airlines and hotel programs offer this feature. Now, Amtrak has announced that it, too, will…

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Get 10% Back on Alaska Airlines Flights With New Chase Offer [Targeted]

Get 10% Back on Alaska Airlines Flights With New Chase Offer [Targeted]

Check your accounts for a new round of Chase Offers, with 10% back on Alaska Airlines purchases. Let’s take a look at the offer and how to use it! Chase Offer: 10% Back at Alaska Airlines There’s a new Chase…

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JW Marriott St. Maarten Beach Resort & Spa [In-Depth Review]

JW Marriott St. Maarten Beach Resort & Spa [In-Depth Review]

I visited the JW Marriott St. Maarten Beach Resort & Spa in early May 2024 with 2 friends. I was eager to check out the resort because of its remote location, low-cost rooms, and the JW Marriott brand reputation. The…

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Caption by Hyatt Namba Osaka Opens [Category 1]

Caption by Hyatt Namba Osaka Opens [Category 1]

Japan has some of the best hotels to spend World of Hyatt points, and a new Caption by Hyatt property is no exception. Caption by Hyatt Namba Osaka has opened in the famed city, and it’s a steal with Hyatt…

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Viva Miches by Wyndham All-Inclusive Resort in the Dominican Republic Opening in December

Viva Miches by Wyndham All-Inclusive Resort in the Dominican Republic Opening in December

A new all-inclusive Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is coming to the Dominican Republic, scheduled to open in mid-December. Let’s take a look at the new resort and how you can book it with Wyndham Rewards points! Wyndham Expands All-Inclusive Presence…

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Marriott Opening 10 Hotels in France by the End of 2025

Marriott Opening 10 Hotels in France by the End of 2025

Marriott will significantly grow its presence in France by adding 10 new properties by the end of next year. Here’s what you need to know. New Marriott Hotels Coming to France Marriott says it will add 10 hotels, comprising more than…

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Capital One Lounge Coming to JFK Airport

Capital One Lounge Coming to JFK Airport

Exciting news from Capital One today: the issuer has revealed that it plans to open a new Capital One Lounge at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Here’s what you need to know. Capital One Lounge Opening in Terminal…

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6 Things To Know Before Staying at Le Pigalle in Paris [Marriott’s Design Hotels]

6 Things To Know Before Staying at Le Pigalle in Paris [Marriott’s Design Hotels]

If you’re planning a trip to Paris, you have no shortage of high-end hotels, especially when using points. But sometimes, luxury isn’t what you need. Sometimes, you want to feel part of the fabric of a neighborhood or like a…

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Holiday Inn Kyoto Gojo Slated To Open in Early 2025

Holiday Inn Kyoto Gojo Slated To Open in Early 2025

The Holiday Inn brand is returning to Kyoto, Japan, next year with the opening of the Holiday Inn Kyoto Gojo. Here’s what you need to know. New Holiday Inn Coming to Kyoto The 183-room Holiday Inn Kyoto Gojo will open…

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How I Got $3,700+ in Value From Booking a Capital One Premier Collection Hotel

How I Got $3,700+ in Value From Booking a Capital One Premier Collection Hotel

During a recent trip to Saint-Barthélemy, I used 1 of my favorite features of my Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card: the Capital One Premier Collection. I stayed at the idyllic Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa (spoiler: it was…

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Spirit Airlines Increases Weight Limit for Checked Bags

Spirit Airlines Increases Weight Limit for Checked Bags

Ultra-low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines is known for its bargain-basement fares — but along with those great ticket prices come high ancillary fees that, in some cases, offset the inexpensive tickets. However, the airline has made some positive changes, particularly regarding…

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IHG Expands in Portugal With 9 New Hotels and Nearly 1,000 Rooms

IHG Expands in Portugal With 9 New Hotels and Nearly 1,000 Rooms

IHG has some exciting news coming out of Portugal to kick off the month of June. The brand will add 9 new hotels in the country, totaling nearly 1,000 rooms. Some of these hotels are expected to open their doors…

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TA’AKTANA, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Opens in Indonesia

TA’AKTANA, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Opens in Indonesia

A stunning new resort has opened on the shores of Indonesia, promising a luxe experience at an affordable price. Here’s what you need to know about the new resort. Second Luxury Collection Hotel in Indonesia TA’AKTANA, a Luxury Collection Resort…

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Porter Airlines Adds Toronto-Phoenix Route

Porter Airlines Adds Toronto-Phoenix Route

Canada’s Porter Airlines has recently revealed its plans to introduce direct flights between its Toronto (YYZ) hub and Phoenix (PHX). Here’s what you need to know about this new route. Flights Will Begin This Fall Porter Airlines will begin operating nonstop flights…

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Nujuma, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Is Now Open for Guests in Saudi Arabia

Nujuma, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Is Now Open for Guests in Saudi Arabia

The ultra-exclusive Ritz-Carlton Reserve brand has expanded its footprint with the opening of a brand-new property in Ummahat Island, Saudi Arabia. Let’s take a look at this new ultra-luxurious resort and how you can book it. First Ritz-Carlton Reserve Resort…

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[Expired] [Deal Alert] New York to Athens From $1,331 Round-Trip in Premium Economy

[Expired] [Deal Alert] New York to Athens From $1,331 Round-Trip in Premium Economy

Update:The offer mentioned below has expired and is no longer available. Greece is one of the most popular destinations to visit in Europe — and for good reason. The nation boasts rich cultural traditions, incredible cuisine, vibrant cities, hundreds of…

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Aer Lingus Will Fly Out of JFK’s Terminal 6 in 2026

Aer Lingus Will Fly Out of JFK’s Terminal 6 in 2026

Ireland’s flagship carrier, Aer Lingus, announced on May 28 that it will fly out of New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) Terminal 6 in 2026. Here’s what you need to know. Aer Lingus to Fly Out of Brand-New…

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Get a $20 Starbucks eGift Card When You Buy $300 in Delta Gift Cards

Get a $20 Starbucks eGift Card When You Buy $300 in Delta Gift Cards

A new Father’s Day promotion makes buying Delta gift cards more lucrative than usual. From now until June 17, 2024, anyone who buys $300+ in Delta gift cards will also receive a free $20 Starbucks eGift card (while supplies last)….

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[Expired] [Deal Alert] NYC to St. Lucia for $1,171 Round-Trip in JetBlue Mint

[Expired] [Deal Alert] NYC to St. Lucia for $1,171 Round-Trip in JetBlue Mint

Update:The offer mentioned below has expired and is no longer available. There’s a great deal from New York (JFK) to the Caribbean this fall, and even better, it’s in JetBlue business class with lie-flat seats. Here’s what you need to…

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[Expired] [Deal Alert] U.S. to Morocco from $791 in Premium Economy

[Expired] [Deal Alert] U.S. to Morocco from $791 in Premium Economy

Update:The offer mentioned below has expired and is no longer available. If Morocco is high on your bucket list, there’s an incredible premium economy deal you should be aware of. Scandinavian carrier SAS is selling flights from the U.S. to…

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EPISODE Daan Taipei Joins JdV by Hyatt [Category 3]

EPISODE Daan Taipei Joins JdV by Hyatt [Category 3]

Hyatt has expanded its swanky JdV by Hyatt brand with a new property that just opened in Taipei, Taiwan. Here’s a look at the new hotel and some information on how to book it with World of Hyatt points. New…

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Senior Content Contributor and News Editor

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Juan Ruiz

Senior Editor & Content Contributor

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Nick Ellis

Editor & Content Contributor

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Michael Y. Park

Editor

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