As I was doing research for a Baltic cruise this summer, I found that round trip airfare costs the same or less than it did ten years ago!
I no longer try to amass American Airlines AAdvantage miles from credit card sign ups and BankDirect checking accounts. Award availability on American and its partners has been so scarce recently that I haven’t made any AAdvantage mile redemptions this year!
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.
This is the first time we’ve spent cash for a first-class airline ticket. We’ve flown in first or business many times on award tickets, but have never paid cash for first class. It felt good to overcome our usual ultrafrugal habits to splurge on a cheap first class short-haul.
You can pay for cruises with United MileagePlus miles. You will probably have to call to book, and you will get about 0.8 cents of value per United airline mile.
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.
About a week ago I applied for a new Chase Sapphire Preferred card. Today I got the denial letter–“too many credit cards opened in the last two years.” This is my first encounter with Chase’s 5/24 rule.
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 last weekend I attended this year’s session of Family Travel for Real Life in Orlando. A convivial group of travel, miles, and points fanatics gathered to hear five engaging speakers on different aspects of traveling as a family.