See, Eat & Drink: The Perfect Long Weekend in Vancouver, Canada

Heading to Vancouver, Canada, anytime soon? Don’t leave home without this list of what to see and what to do. What makes me an expert? Well, not only do I love Vancouver, but I’ve been going there for years! And what a bargain the US Dollar gets right now ($1.00 USD = $1.35 CAD, as of 5/28). I’m going to make some assumptions: that you haven’t been before or at least in a long while, and that you’re staying downtown, as that’s where most of the hotels are. If you drink coffee, I’ll throw in some great cafes to try too. I’m also assuming you’re not renting a car, since it’s not really necessary.

  1. They don’t have Uber, and taxi from the airport is set by zone, so I always use a taxi into downtown. They do have public transportation, but we still take a taxi from the airport. For two people and given the exchange rate, it makes sense. It’s ~$37 CAD (~$27 USD) from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and takes about 20-30 minutes depending on traffic.
  2. I stay downtown at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver. Just in case that’s your hotel chain of choice as well, it’s a terrific property. I feel pretty strongly about this hotel, its location, and its lounge.

Image source: https://www.lai.org/images/home/vancouver-skyline

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Great First Experience Calling American Express Platinum Concierge for Restaurant Reservations

Good afternoon everyone, I hope your Memorial Day Weekend is going well.  I have the American Express Business Platinum Charge Card and some of the card benefits get a lot of attention: Centurion Lounge access, Priority Pass membership, $200 airline reimbursement annually, Global Entry fee reimbursement, and the 50% Pay with Points rebate on flights.

Surprisingly, there are several other less talked about benefits of the American Express Business Platinum Charge Card too.  One such benefit that I just used for the first time was the American Express Business Platinum Charge Card Concierge (I believe the various versions of the American Express Platinum Charge Card also have this benefit).  I wanted to make a dinner reservation for a special occasion and I wasn’t having any luck with OpenTable (unless I wanted a 5pm or 10pm reservation – no thank you!).  I decided to call the Concierge (1-800-492-8468) and see if they could help me out.  If you have a personal American Express Platinum Charge Card, just call the number on the back of your card and you can navigate to the Concierge Department.

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Front Range Travel Hacker’s June Meetup with Several Boarding Area Bloggers (Sunday, June 4 @ 12-2PM in Denver, CO)

Good evening everyone, happy Friday!  If you are in the Denver area on Sunday, June 4, you are in luck.  I will be heading to Denver that weekend and spending some time with a few of my fellow Boarding Area bloggers.  My friends Nigel and Bill run the Front Range Travel Hackers Meetup Group and they have organized a great meetup for that Sunday afternoon.  There will be a few Boarding Area bloggers in attendance and maybe a few last minute additions as well.  The meetup is free to attend, but please join the Meetup group and RSVP to the event so they know how many people to expect at the restaurant.

  • Where: Breck on Blake, 2220 Blake St, Denver, CO (Google Map)
  • When: Sunday, June 4, 2017 from 12-2PM

I will post a reminder post a day before the Meetup.  If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.  Have a great Memorial Day Weekend everyone!

ICYMI: Travel News Roundup for Friday, May 26, 2017

Hi everyone! Sorry I missed an update last week – I was in New York City for the weekend and was a little swamped. Here’s all the news that caught my eye over the past two weeks:

Airlines + Miles

Aeromexico is starting new flights from Mexico City to Seattle and Portland, and adding new Mexican destinations from Atlanta and Los Angeles. [Travel Codex]

Alaska Airlines added Helsinki-based Finnair as a Mileage Plan partner. [Alaska Airlines]

I bought one of the first tickets on Alaska Airlines’ new service from San Francisco to Mexico City, scheduled to begin August 8. [Travel with Grant]

American Airlines now offers a full refund within 24 hours of purchase if a flight is booked at least 2 days before departure (previously it was 7 days). [Travel Codex]

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Double Dip on Lyft Rides to/from the Airport with JetBlue & Delta Promotions

Good morning everyone, happy Friday.  Last weekend, I took 3 Lyft rides to/from various airports and have some data points on the recent JetBlue & Lyft promotion and Delta & Lyft promotion. Here are the 3 different rides:

  • Miami International Airport (MIA) to Miami Beach for some Cuban food
  • Cuban restaurant to Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL)
  • San Francisco (SFO) to my apartment in San Francisco and my brother’s apartment in Larkspur

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