We have returned from our two-week trip visiting some ghost towns and World Heritage sites in the San Luis Potosi region of Mexico. Because time was short, we did a whirlwind tour that included many bus rides, a car rental, and a lot of hotel one-night stands. We’ve come back with an appreciation for Mexico’s smaller towns, and have both made New Year’s resolutions to improve our Spanish.
I’m taking a couple of weeks off as B. and I travel down to Mexico for awhile. We will be visiting ghost towns in the Mexican Sierra. I’ll see all y’all the second week in January! Hope all of you have a wonderful holiday with friends and family.
When the annual fee became due on my American Express Platinum card, I called the retention department and told them I was thinking of cancelling my card. They offered me 25,000 Membership Reward points if I would keep the card. I took the deal.
Our family took numerous flights this spring. In each case we had to decide whether we would redeem airline miles or pay cash for tickets. In most cases, we used miles if we could get a valuation of at least 1.5¢ per mile for our airline miles.
This is a review of the American Express Centurion lounge at the Dallas (DFW) airport. I’ve posted the bar and massage menus, and give you my take on whether or not it’s worth holding the AMEX Platinum card with its $450 fee just so you can get Centurion Lounge access.
We have wanted to take the train through Mexico’s Copper Canyon for many years now. Despite the State Department’s warning on violence in the area, we finally decided to go! Instead of just riding the train through the canyons, we designed a trip that would take us deep within them. My next few reports will chronicle how we did this! Our original flight had us flying from Atlanta to Chihuahua on United, with a connection in Houston. Our first segment was cancelled due to tornadoes in Houston, and we were rebooked on a flight 9 hours later to Mexico
On our recent Med cruise, we flew from Atlanta to Venice via Amsterdam. We arrived at 8:00 am, but our flight to Venice didn’t leave until 3:00. We had never been to Amsterdam so we decided to go into the city for a few hours. Upon arrival in AMS, we stored our bags in one of the self-service luggage lockers, using the Barclays Arrival chip and pin card for access. The train station is right in the AMS airport. We queued at a kiosk to buy tickets into the city, and again used the Arrival chip and pin card.
Before our recent Med Cruise, I investigated all our options for lounge access, and picked out an arsenal of cards to carry with us. The cards we brought along for lounge access were my American Express Platinum card, my Star Alliance Club Card, and both Bruce’s and my Priority Pass Cards. Here is our experience using these cards. Atlanta Airport The first leg of our trip was Atlanta to Amsterdam. We were leaving out of the international terminal, but I wanted to check out the new United lounge in the T-gates. When you exit the North Terminal security you are in
Here’s the packet of papers that I’ve organized in chronological order for our next trip, which is a 7-day Mediterranean cruise. I just need to add our boarding passes. I’ll print off the off-site airport parking information but that won’t go with us–it’ll stay in the car. What I bring depends on the resources I’ve used to plan the trip. On this trip I used the following: Internet searches We have a long layover in Amsterdam on the outbound. If we’re not too jet-lagged, we’ll store our carry-on bags at AMS and take the train into Amsterdam and perhaps
This is my least favorite part of trip planning–deciding what credit and debit cards to take on the trip, and notifying the banks that I will be traveling. We like to take a several debit and credit cards from different banks. The main criterion for the cards is that the underlying bank doesn’t charge a Foreign Transaction Fee. Some banks will tack on a 3% fee, and we’ll use their cards only in emergencies. The following cards charge no foreign transaction fees and will be the cards we will be taking. Credit Cards Priceline Rewards Visa It seems like