American Airlines / Award travel / Delta / etc.

The Year So Far in Miles, Points, and Trips

Here’s how we’ve used our miles and points so far this year: ♦ January—Crete–120K United miles in Economy for two round trip Atlanta to Heraklion.  Killer 5 legs on the outbound. Thankful for Star Alliance lounge access!  Used 20K IHG points for Holiday Inn in Vienna on layover back to Atlanta. ♦ January–25K American Airlines miles round trip in Economy for one plus a lap infant Montreal to Atlanta.  Flew my grandson and his mom for a visit to see us. ♦ February–Road trip Atlanta to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to carry grandson, his mom, and their dog, who had been

Georgia / Hotel Rewards / Hotels / etc.

Kids Weekend in the Mountains–Playgrounds, Trains, and Rivers

We took one last getaway before the academic schedule starts again– A four-day weekend in the North Georgia/North Carolina Mountains, with an emphasis on kids’ activities. This is something we would do more often if we didn’t need to drive through Atlanta to do it.  But we steeled our nerves and just decided to deal with the traffic and go on the trip.  It’s still pretty warm at night, so instead of camping, which we like to do in the mountains, we spent all of our nights in hotels that I had booked for free on points. All of

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

Reevaluating My Hotel Strategy

I like accumulating hotel points for free stays, but hotel point collecting has always taken a back seat to collecting airline miles.  My travel focus for the last few years has been on international travel, and the opportunities to stay in hotel chains are not always available or appealing.  It doesn’t thrill me to stay in a Hilton in Malta, for example. This summer has marked some changes in our travel patterns.  As our oldest grandson has reached the ripe old age of four, he has become a reasonable travel companion; that is, if we don’t venture too far

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Do It Yourself Greek Islands Cruise–Part 3–Chios

The first island on our itinerary was Chios.  The ferry from Piraeus was an 8 1/2 hour sailing that left at 9:30 in the evening.  We had considered booking a cabin, but there were no more available when we arrived at the port.  The choices were deck class for 38 E, a reserved seat in an upholstered chair for 42 E, and first class for 44 E.  We decided to go for first class, hoping that we would get the most comfortable seat for a good night’s sleep.  But these seats only recline the same amount as domestic first


A quick weekend getaway to North Georgia and North Carolina

The time is approaching for our big trip to the Greek Islands, but I thought it would be great to get away for a few days, and treat myself and my Mother to a “girls’ weekend up in the mountains. My sister lives in North Georgia and she usually drives down to visit us when we want to get together, because there is just one of her and there is a whole passel of us.  She was happy to host me and Mother and save herself the drive down for Mother’s Day.  So she treated us to a great