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.

Airfare / General travel / Ports

67% Off Transatlantic Flights FROM Europe

Round Trip Fares From Madrid to Atlanta in Euro

A comparison of the costs of transatlantic flights to and from Europe on Delta shows that flights originating in the EU are a fraction of those that cross the Atlantic in the other direction.  Knowing this can be helpful in booking “nested” flights if you need to fly from the US.

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.

Nonrev (standby) travel

Mechanicals Make Me Bail On My Last Nonrev Flight

My Atlanta-Madrid Flight Path

My nonrev flight from Atlanta to Madrid had mechanical problems as we were flying over the Atlantic.  We returned to Atlanta for repairs.  After waiting in the gate area for an hour, and watching the new departure time pushed back twice, I decided to just go home.

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 / Airport Lounges / United Airlines

Copper Canyon, Mexico, Our Way–Part 1–Chihuahua

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

adventure / Award travel / Trip Planning / etc.

Copper Canyon Trip and Vacation from Blogging

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

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