A great way to earn easy miles and points is with the various airline & hotel dining programs. However, one major problem that I’ve mentioned in the past is the limited amount of restaurants that participate close to home.
Odds are you won’t earn tons of points through the dining programs but they are a good way to earn some extra miles/ points and a great way to extend your accounts expiration dates.
I just received an e-mail from United MileagePlus Dining which also applies to all of the other dining program accounts.
Earlier in the month I wrote about a Conde Naste Travel article: Odd Hotel Assistant Jobs That Really Exist.
The article mentioned some pretty strange jobs which were definitely interesting to hear about as well as a good laugh!
I just came across another article with a very similar topic. The article, from Forbes Travel Guide is about Five Hotels With Unique Concierges.
I am writing this post as we enjoy our last night at the Le Meridien St Julians Hotel & Spa in beautiful Malta.
More than anything, my mind is always focused on finding the best deal. And even after I have made my decision/purchase I continue to wonder if my choice was the best one. So now that our time in Malta has come to an end I’ve been thinking about the value of our hotel stay. We’ve had a great trip and we thought that we got a very nice deal on our accommodations but now I am wondering if it could’ve been an even better value.
While looking for a hotel on Malta not too many places caught our attention. Budget hotels didn’t seem to be much of a bargain and a few places that we did consider probably wouldn’t have been good for a 2 year old.
I decided to look into options using points.
You’re at the airport killing time before your flight. Some of you might be enjoying a visit to the (usually over-rated in my opinion) airline lounge. If you’re traveling alone, you might wonder who will be seated next to you. Others will worry about overhead bin space.
I usually wonder if the flight will leave on time and also hope that there will be a decent movie selection (since I pretty much, never go to the movies anymore). Since Lucas has been born, I may have seen 2-3 movies in the theater. (On the way to Milan last week, I was glad to catch an amazing movie- 12 Years A Slave.)
When we started traveling with Lucas, he was 11 weeks old. At the time, finding kid-friendly activities was (obviously) not a priority. To ease back into traveling, we headed to Barbados figuring a Caribbean island would be simpler than running around and doing tons of sightseeing. It turned out that we did find quite a bit to do during the trip. We rented a car and drove all over the island even checking out the loud and busy Friday night Oistins Fish Fry.
Since then Lucas has been on quite a few trips. Here is a recap of his first 2 years of traveling. We’ve been on 3 trips to Europe since Lucas has turned 2 including our current trip to Milan & Malta.
The day before heading off on our current trip to Milan and Malta I was busy booking a flight for one of our other trips. This particular trip will take place towards the end of the summer.
Over the years I’ve booked many flights with AAdvantage miles. The most recent one was for a trip in late June 2013 to Japan. After booking each of our award flights, I remember getting a confirmation e-mail relatively fast.
For my most recent booking it was a little different.
Travel + Leisure is giving away $500 “towards a quick getaway”. The contest is being ran through Facebook.
I’ve already entered and would definitely love to win $500. Who wouldn’t?
image from USA Today article
Last month there was lots of talk in the media that North Korea would be requiring men to get the same haircut as leader Kim Jong Un. A couple of days after hearing about this, USA Today reported that these stories were most likely not true.
With little known about Kim Jong Un and North Korea, it’s relatively easy to make silly jokes and references about them.
image from Forbes.com
While I am not a nudist and don’t intend to become one any time soon I found some recent news from Germany to be very interesting.
Munich has “designated six official ‘Urban Naked Zones‘ in parks offering privacy but also only minutes away from the busy city center” according to Forbes.com.