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How to Request Mexico Tourism Tax Refunds for Mexican Citizens, Residents & Transiting Visitors [UPDATED September 2017]

Originally Posted in January 2017 – Updated with new data points in September 2017!

Buenos dias!

If you or someone you know has a Mexican passport or resident card, they might be leaving money on the table when they purchase airline tickets to/from/through Mexico.

When you purchase a plane ticket to Mexico, the fare has a tourism tax built in – similar to US customs and immigration fees.  This fee goes toward the cost of immigration processing and the arrival / departure card required for foreign visitors. The fee is 500 Mexican Pesos, which is roughly $28 USD. (The fee increased from 390 pesos at some point in 2017). On your ticket receipt you may see this referred to as UK (the IATA code for this tax) or DNR (the Spanish abbreviation).

Screenshot from ITA Matrix showing the Mexico tourism tax

Screenshot from ITA Matrix showing the Mexico tourism tax – tax and exchange rate as of December 18, 2016.

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Best Places to Eat on Oahu: Part 1

On my most recent trip to Hawaii, I was curious to see if there had been any additions or changes to the local coffee scene. After all, it has been a while since I wrote about the best places for coffee in Hawaii. There are no newcomers to the coffee scene worth mentioning, however, it is worth noting that Honolulu Coffee Company, which is my favorite, has expanded. They have taken over two spots at the Sheraton in Waikiki that were previously used by Peet’s Coffee. Strange but true, Peet’s Coffee did not make it in Hawaii.

So instead of writing about coffee in Hawaii, I decided to ask some local friends on Oahu what their favorite restaurants were. I’ve lived in Hawaii, so I have a few of my own to mention, but let’s start with their recommendations first. They did know that I’d be writing about their suggestions, so I asked them to keep in mind that many tourists don’t rent cars if they stay in Waikiki. We took this into account. Let’s start with the restaurants that are easily accessible if you stay in Waikiki.

Diamond Head Grill is for sure a local favorite. There’s not much space to sit and eat there. It’s best to take your food down to the beach or as a picnic in the park. Everyone, including me, loves their plate lunch. And their baked goods are good, too!

Diamond Head Market Grill lunch plate. Image source: https://www.tripadvisor.co.nz/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g60982-d1009927-i153755380-Diamond_Head_Market_Grill-Honolulu_Oahu_Hawaii.html

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Hyatt Quietly Killed their Try the World Gift Boxes (& I’m Missing My Last 2 Boxes)

I’m frustrated and at my wits’ end with Hyatt’s Try The World gift box of the month program. Their logo is “Connecting you to the people, places, and experiences at the heart of your world,” but all this program has connected me to is frustration and confusion! As a consumer, travel blogger, and Hyatt Globalist who will again qualify as a Globalist, all I can say is, “Hyatt, you have failed big time, and I’m in the mood to vent!”

Here’s the rest of the story. You’ll recall that Grant and I thought it would be fun to sign up for the Try The World gift box program and review the boxes for our readers. So we did. The first box, which highlighted France, was received in the middle of July and I reviewed it here. I actually gave it a pretty favorable review and was looking forward to the next box, which would either highlight India or Turkey. And I waited and waited and no box ever came…

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OC Travel Meetup Saturday, September 23 @ 12pm at Tustin District In-N-Out

Good afternoon everyone.  I am visiting my parents this weekend in Orange County, so I decided to do a miles and points meetup on Saturday afternoon.  If you are free this Saturday, I would love to meet you and talk travel, miles and points, MS, and blogging.

  • Where: 2895 Park Ave, Tustin, CA 92782 (Google Maps)
  • When: Saturday, September 23 @ 12-2PM

In-N-Out Tustin District Map

There is no need to RSVP to the OC Meetup, just show up at 12pm and be ready to talk talk travel.  I will do a reminder post later this week.  I hope to see some of you there!

Win a Free Trip to Italy from Blick Art Supply Store

Who doesn’t love an EASY opportunity to win a trip to Italy? Everyone who has been to Italy including me, wants to return. And everyone who hasn’t yet been, usually has Italy at the top of their bucket list.

Last week I was in my favorite art supply store, Blick, and saw this sweepstakes. Usually I don’t notice these things, but this one was for ITALY!

You can enter ONLINE or in the store. No purchase necessary. Contest ends October 1, 2017. And here’s the best part! The winner gets not just airfare for themselves and a guest, but also $4,000 to spend on whatever they’d like in the way of hotels and other travel expenses.

Besides DickBlick being an amazing and wonderful art supply store, this is a fantastic contest. So enter the sweepstakes now and promise me if you win, I’ll be your guest and if I win I’ll take you!

Good luck, everyone, and have a great day!