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Create Login.gov Account to Log into Global Entry / TSA PreCheck Dashboard

Good morning everyone, I hope you had a great Columbus Day Weekend.  I just got back from Monterey / Carmel and had a great stay at the Hyatt Regency Monterey, walking around the Monterey Bay Aquarium, wandering around Carmel-by-the-Sea and driving around Pebble Beach on 17 Mile Drive.

Last week, I was checking on the status of my parents’ Global Entry interview and I noticed the Global Entry website was redesigned.  If you haven’t been on the Global Entry website recently, you are in for a surprise.  In the last few weeks, the Global Entry website required you to create a Login.gov account to log into your Global Entry account.  I will show you how to set up your Login.gov account and show you how the new Global Entry dashboard looks.  Click the Get Started button on the Global Entry website.

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Changes to American Express Centurion Lounge Access – Are you Affected?

American Express has made changes yet again to their lounge access policy. So of course the first thing we want to know is what those changes are and will we be affected. I wrote about the American Express Centurion Lounges and asked readers how they were feeling about them. Readers were mixed, with the chief complaint being the overcrowding of lounges. American Express did start limiting the number of guests cardholders could bring in with them, and as of October 2, they’ve made an even more restrictive change.

Centurion Lounge in Las Vegas – Travel with Grant meetup

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Giveaway: Share your Columbus Day Weekend Plans & Win a $10 Amazon eGift Card

Good morning everyone, happy Friday!  I don’t know about you, but I have big plans this Columbus Day Weekend.  I used a Hyatt Free Night Certificate and 30,000 Hyatt points to stay 3 nights at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course (15,000 Hyatt points / night or ~$200 / night).  I am going with my girlfriend on a relaxing weekend trip.  Monterey / Carmel holds a very special spot in my heart because my family and relatives used to drive up to Monterey from Southern California every year for Thanksgiving week.  Some of my favorite childhood memories happened in Monterey / Carmel, so I am very excited about returning.

Front entrance of the Hyatt Regency Monterey. Image source: https://monterey.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html

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Join WallyPark Email List for Discounted Airport Parking (Available at 11 Airports in the US)

Do you like saving money? Do you live in a WallyPark city? Whether you travel for pleasure, business, or both, make Wally your friend! WallyPark is an off-airport company that services multiple U.S. airports. I first used WallyPark in San Diego back in 2013, and still use them when I need to park a car at an airport. I find their prices to be competitive and their service friendly and efficient. I’ve noticed they’ve grown a lot and even expanded their services to include oil changes and car washes. There are still plenty of times and circumstances, even in this Uber/Lyft world, when parking your car at the airport makes sense.

So if you live in one of the cities WallyPark services, make sure to get on their mailing list. 2 nights ago, I received an email with a promo code for 20% off WallyPark in San Diego!

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Quirky Airbnb Lodging Options: Airstreams, Treehouses & Hammocks (Oh My!)

Have you ever stayed at an Airbnb lodging? I’ve only done that once. We rented a flat in Paris. It came recommended to me from a cousin who stayed in the flat, and it worked out just fine. However, I’ll admit to being more partial to hotel stays. The same cousin who recommended the Paris flat and loves Airbnb recently went down a rabbit hole looking for some stays for herself and she found some hilarious, quirky, and sometimes cheap Airbnb options.

Even if you are like me and prefer hotel stays, you might have some friends who would enjoy these wild and wacky lodgings. Who knew Airbnb listed vans, tree homes, and hammocks?? I would get bored looking through pages of options for lodgings, but for some people, it’s fun. But if you like quirky and are the outdoorsy type, you’ll get a kick out of these ideas.  If you consider booking one of these Airbnbs, you can earn 3x Delta Airlines miles per dollar spent on Airbnb by going through DeltaAirbnb.com.

When I see an Airstream, I’ll admit I’m intrigued. Camping certainly has gone upscale. An Airstream can cost $100,000, but then again you can rent one. Some Airstreamers offer up their aluminum trailers when they’re not using them. And a weekend stay could cost just a couple hundred dollars. For instance, this “Super Cute Airstream” lives in Wimberly, Texas. It’s $130 per night, accommodates two, and sits on 10 acres.

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