Do you have something special you do when you travel that gives you a greater glimpse into the local culture? I do. I go the movies! I really enjoy seeing a movie in other countries and observing their local movie theater customs. In Australia, for instance, people ate ice cream cones in the theater. So I had an ice cream cone, too. It felt really odd to eat a cone in the dark. And I made quite a mess. The first time I was ever asked to reserve a seat in a movie theater was in New Zealand. The movie goers in Portugal stay until the very end of all the movie credits. And as I mentioned here, in Lisbon I went to a theater that didn’t have any food or beverages for sale. No concession stand at all! I even enjoy sitting through movies in languages I don’t speak or understand. I’ve done that in Japan. In Vienna, I went to a wonderful old movie house. Those are the best. I also enjoy reading about the history of movie houses, why we go to movies at all, and in many cases how movie going culture has changed. Here’s an article I found written by a film historian and critic. It’s a fun, easy read!
Village Movie Theater in Coronado. Image source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/78742693458651847/
Maybe you don’t go to movies when you travel, but do you do something that’s fun and unusual that puts you in the local scene?
Good afternoon everyone, happy Friday. If you are stuck in the cold, you might be thinking about taking a vacation to a warm, sunny destination. Maybe Palm Springs crossed your mind with their warm, year-round climate. Not to mention, this is the second weekend of Coachella, which is a short drive away. I just received a timeshare vacation package offer in the mail for the beautiful Westin Mission Hills Resort & Villas in Palm Springs. They have several beautiful photos of the resort, but here are just 2 that stood out to me. The timeshare vacation package includes 5 days / 4 nights in a 1 bedroom villa, 2 tickets on the Palm Springs aerial tramway, and a $100 gift card to Pacifica Restaurant, a nearby restaurant serving steak and local dishes. The cost of the timeshare vacation package? Just $389, but if you don’t know when you want to go, a $200 down payment is all that is required. The timeshare vacation package is addressed to me and includes a unique preferred invitation number, but if you want to participate in this offer, you can try calling or emailing the contact info on the letter.
Good morning everyone, happy Friday! 2 weekends ago, I was flying back home from Hawaii on Alaska Airlines. Everything was going well until we got to Maui airport. We were supposed to depart from Maui (OGG) at 4:15pm and land in Oakland (OAK) at 12:14am. Unfortunately, our flight departed 5 hours later than planned. Our inbound aircraft was coming from San Diego (SAN) and was supposed to depart San Diego at 7am. But due to mechanical issues, that flight departed 10 hours later at 5pm (I feel bad for people on that flight who were stuck at the airport for 10+ hours). The late inbound flight caused our flight to be delayed by 5 hours. I was tracking both Alaska Airlines flights and here were the last flight emails I received for each flight.
Using our miles and points to book award flights is the reason we all spend hours upon hours of reading blogs, learning the ins and outs of airline programs, and attaching sticky notes to all our credit cards to make sure we use the right one for each purchase! But booking a flight using an award is not without its challenges. If you’ve ever used miles/points for an award ticket either for you or someone else, I’m preaching to the choir because you already know this but………there are tips I can give you that just might make your experience go a little bit more smoothly.
1. Booking one-way flights is actually a tip I received last year from a fellow blogger, and now I do it all the time. This allows for two different benefits. If you need to make a change, you only have to do it on one ticket and not on the roundtrip ticket. I find this easier to do. For me, whether I’m using an award or paying for a ticket, I now book the outbound and inbound separately. Maybe an even greater benefit is that when booking an award ticket you can use two different airlines, different alliances, and different sources of miles/points. This gets you thinking creatively, as seeing a trip as two different segments often means you’ll see possibilities you might have missed otherwise. Continue reading →
Good morning everyone. I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s post: American Express Hilton Honors Aspire Credit Card: Welcome Packet, Welcome Letters & Card Art. In today’s post, I am going to share with you the Hilton $60,000 spend tracker, mention the referral bonus, and go through all the card benefits. American Express packs a lot of card benefits into this credit card and shows a few of their most popular card benefits right on the card home page. Let’s examine each card benefit one at a time, starting with the $60,000 spend tracker to get a free weekend night certificate.