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About Grant

Grant is an expert in frequent flyer miles, hotel loyalty points, credit card rewards, and cash back deals. He also has a pretty cool travel blog. Find him on Twitter @travelwithgrant.

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My Upcoming Long Presidents Day Weekend in Cabo San Lucas (+ your Restaurant & Activity Recommendations)

Good morning everyone, I am heading down to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico tomorrow for a long Presidents Day Weekend.  A few months ago, I wrote Redeem Virgin Atlantic Miles for Virgin America Award Flights (Complete Route Network from SFO).  In that post, I showed how it was possible (at the time) to redeem Virgin Atlantic miles for travel on Virgin America (this partnership is no longer possible since Alaska Airlines is acquiring Virgin America).  Long story short, I redeemed 25,000 Virgin Atlantic miles for a round trip Virgin America flight from SFO to SJD (Cabo).  This will be my second trip to Cabo and I wrote about my first trip in these posts:

During my first visit, I stayed at the beautiful Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort and loved the property.  Here is a view from my room that overlooked the pool and beach.

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Holiday Inn Buenos Aires Argentina Ezeiza Airport Hotel (20k / Night + Free 24 Hour Airport Shuttle)

Good morning everyone and happy Valentine’s Day!  After our 2 night stay at the Aloft Bogota Colombia Airport Hotel (hotel review), we flew down to Buenos Aires, Argentina.  We overnighted at the Holiday Inn Ezeiza Airport Hotel before heading to Iguazu Falls, Argentina in the morning.  This hotel is only a few minutes outside the airport and they offer a complimentary 24 hour airport shuttle – you just have to request a pickup from the airport.  This is the hardest part since you have to go to the taxi dispatch kiosk inside the airport just outside the baggage claim area.  Tell them you are staying at the Holiday Inn Ezeiza Airport Hotel and they will request the hotel shuttle for you.  It took us almost an hour to figure this out, so hopefully you do not make the same mistake we do.

Holiday Inn Buenos Aires Argentina Airport Hotel Sign

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A Cheap Day in Bogota, Colombia (Monserrat, Funicular, Roasted Corn & Uber Rides)

Good morning everyone, I hope you all had a great weekend.  Before I go on, I wanted to give a quick shoutout to all the people who attended my SF Travel Hackers weekend meetup in SF on Saturday – it was great to talk to all of you.  This post is the second trip report from my recent South American trip (part 1: Aloft Bogota Colombia Airport Hotel Review (SPG Category 1 + Free Airport Shuttle)).  In this post, I will show you how cheap things are in Bogota, Colombia.  The current exchange rate as of February 13 is 1 US Dollar = 2,878 Colombian Pesos (You can round up to 3,000 to make the math simpler in your head).

1 USD to Colombian Peso

During our time in Bogota, we took 2 Uber rides.  The first ride was from the Aloft Bogota Hotel to Montserrat (one of the highest peaks in the city with a great view of the city) and the second from somewhere in town back to our hotel.  The first Uber ride was 12,300 Colombian Pesos (~$4.27 for a 35 minute Uber ride) and second Uber ride was 11,000 Colombian Pesos (~$3.82 for a 19 minute ride).

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Reminder: SF Travel Hacker Meetup @ Super Duper Burgers (Saturday February 11 from 12-2pm)

Good morning everyone, I hope your weekend is off to a great start.  I just wanted to remind those of you in the Bay Area about my meetup scheduled for this afternoon at Super Duper Burgers.  As a reminder, this location is on Market Street between Montgomery and Powell Street BART stations.

  • Where: Super Duper Burgers, 721 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Google Maps)
  • When: Saturday, February 11 @ 12-2pm

Super Duper Burgers Yelp

No need to RSVP, just show up and be ready to eat and talk travel.  Have a great weekend everyone!

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Grant is Coming to a Travel Conference Near You (Maybe)

Good afternoon everyone, with the announcement of FTU (Frequent Traveler University) Advanced Minneapolis a few days ago, I thought it would be fun to share my next 3 travel conferences:

Tickets are sold out for FTU Advanced Seattle, but if you are persistent, you can usually find last minute tickets for sale the days before the conference starts.  Tickets for FTU Advanced Minneapolis just went on sale, so there should be plenty of tickets available.  Lastly, tickets to the Chicago Seminars are not available yet, but the date has been set.  I will be at all 3 events *proudly* wearing my Travel with Grant shirt.

I have never been to a Family Travel for Real Life (FT4RL) conference, but I am eagerly waiting for them to come out to the West Coast.  I just started gift card reselling, so I am considering attending a ResellingDO event sometime in the future.  Are there any other travel conferences you recommend attending?

Grant and Ray Chicago Seminars 2014

Ray (the original credit card churner) and I at Chicago Seminars, 2014

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