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!
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.
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.
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,
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
As your reading this, we’re probably somewhere in the Mexican Barranca del Cobre (Copper Canyon). This trip has been on our bucket list for years, and so we are excited to finally be going. The train ride from Chihuahua to Los Mochis on the Gulf of California is a railway afficianados dream. The tracks make loops and switchbacks through spectacular scenery. There is a lot of information for people who are riding the train from one terminus to the other, but we want to spend about a week down in the canyons, and there’s not much information about this. We
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
While I’m on vacation, I’ve scheduled a few of my more popular posts to appear. Right now I’m on a cruise in the Mediterranean that I found using the techniques enumerated here. I’ll be doing a cruise review when I return! As I am looking on the Vacations To Go website for cheap cruises, this is the kind of pricing that attracts my attention! (See my post http://www.plane2port.com/cheap-cruise-clinic-part-1/ on how to search for cruises for price per night). I am going to use this $39/night cruise to show you some of the steps in how to make this cruise happen!
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
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