adventure / Airport Lounges / American Airlines / etc.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!–Short Blog Vacation Coming Up

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.

Airfare / Delta

Do You Buy Cheap First Class Airfare?

Delta Low Priced First Class

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.

Airport Lounges / Credit and Debit Cards / Delta

Why I’m Paying a $450 Credit Card Annual Fee

The American Express Platinum Card

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.

Airport Lounges / American Airlines / Award travel / etc.

Use Airline Miles or Pay Cash? How We Decide

George Clooney Should I Use Miles or Pay Cash

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.

Award travel / Credit and Debit Cards / Cruising / etc.

I Just Paid Cash For An Airline Ticket (No Miles Or Points!)

Instead of using miles and points to position ourselves on an upcoming cruise, I’ve bought revenue tickets from Delta.  I will pay cash for a ticket if I can’t get at least 1.5¢ in value per mile.  I am also trying to get out of the mindset that all travel has to be for free.

adventure / Award travel / Delta / etc.

How I Earned Delta SkyMiles On A United Award Ticket

How to Request Original Routing Credit for Delta SkyMiles

Our flights, which were booked with United award miles, were cancelled, and we were rebooked on a Delta flight.  When we returned home, I applied for and received Delta SkyMiles for these tickets. The Trip We decided to take a somewhat adventurous trip into Mexico’s Copper Canyon region.  There has been a State Department Advisory against travel in this region for some years due to fighting between drug cartel, which have resulted in numerous gruesome murders.  The train ride through the Copper Canyon has been on many travelers’ bucket lists and we not only wanted to ride the train,

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Copper Canyon, Mexico, Our Way–Finale–El Fuerte and Topolobampo

We finished our ride through the Copper Canyon at the colonial town of El Fuerte, then spent a couple of beach days at Topolobampo. We flew home from Los Mochis a couple of days after El Chapo was captured there. It was pitch black when we arrived at the El Fuerte station.  We had noticed on our GPS that the station was far from the town center, so we were happy to see several cabs waiting.  Our plan was to just get to the center of town and look for a hotel.  We shared a van with two other

Airport Lounges / Award travel / Credit and Debit Cards / etc.

Lounge Access Options with AMEX Platinum, Priority Pass and United Club Cards–Field Testing

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

Award travel / Cruising / Delta / etc.

Our Recent Mediterranean Cruise in Miles, Points, and Cash

Mediterranean cruise

  Back in August I found this Mediterranean cruise itinerary for a great price.  We were looking forward to several months of intense daily babysitting and decided that we would need a relaxing break during our next travel opportunity.  We just took this cruise over Thanksgiving and this is how we put it together using airline miles, hotel points, and unfortunately, cash. The Cruise We decided to book a 7-day round-trip out of Venice on Royal Caribbean’s Splendour of the Seas.  There were two reasons we chose this cruise–great itinerary and great price.  Bruce had not been to Venice

Award travel / Cruising / Delta / etc.

Working Through A Pre-travel checklist For a Major International Trip-Part 1–Checking Flights

I have a major international trip coming up in about 2 1/2 weeks.  Today is November 1st and it’s the deadline that I set for myself to get the trip organized.  The cruise and flights were booked months ago.  In short, the fun part of the trip planning was done long ago, and now I must go through my checklist and make sure that all reservations and plans are in order.  When I leave for the trip, I will have a sheaf of papers in my day pack whose pages I will use and discard in chronological order.  I