This Week in Travel – November 18, 2016

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Another great week, more great travel.  We had a great time in Cabo at an all-inclusive resort, and I ordered my train tickets for our upcoming romantic Italy vacation.  Thanksgiving (and all the Black Friday deals!) are less than a week away… are you ready?  Will you be traveling for the holidays?


Where We Traveled

Sandos Finisterra kids at weddingI went down to Cabo for my children’s Godmother’s wedding.  We stayed at the Sandos Finisterra all-inclusive resort in Cabo San Lucas.  We had a great time.  The wedding was beautiful and perfect as could be.  My kids did great as one of the ringbearers and flower girls.  Our room was pretty basic, but we were there for the wedding, the pool, and the free food and alcohol!

We attended a timeshare presentation (and said NO, of course).  The biggest complaints were Timmy getting sick and the mosquitos in the lobby.  They bit my legs pretty bad early Sunday morning while I was working on the lobby as the family was sleeping.  Near the pool, no sign of mosquitos… so, lesson learned.  Focus on fun, family, and friends and leave the work alone until you get back to the airport.


Miles and Points Earned

This week didn’t have much activity outside normal spend on the credit cards.  The 7,500 points posted from my AAdvantage complaint about having a hard time sleeping on my redeye to Chicago.  Another 2,000 AAdvantage miles posted from my $100 donation to Susan G Komen Breast Cancer.

I received my first payment from gift card reselling through ThePlasticMerchant.  It’s a (relatively) new site that allows you to buy gift cards on sale and sell them to TPM for them to bulk sell.  Generally, you break even on the transaction, with the intent on earning miles and points and hitting minimum spends without a lot of effort.

3 new free night certificates posted to my Kimpton Karma Rewards account from my stays in DC.  They’re good for a year.  Which Kimpton property would you stay for free if you could?


Booking the Next Adventure

I purchased our EuroRail passes at a 20% discount for our upcoming romantic Italy vacation so we can visit Rome, Milan, and the coast without needing to rent a car.

Now that the 3 free nights posted to my Kimpton account, I called to book extra nights for the Kimpton Seafire Resort in the Cayman Islands, but they have no more availability at the moment for the dates I want to go.  I’ll have to keep calling to see if award space opens again.  In the meantime, I redeemed 25,000 IHG points to book a night at the Holiday Inn Resort Grand Cayman.

I researched some flight options for the return flight from Cayman Islands, and the best option looks like transferring Amex points to Delta to book Economy flights home for 27,500 miles + taxes each.  Otherwise, one-way flights are in the $500-$600 range, which doesn’t sound too appealing.


What I’ve Been Reading

Rene from Rene’s Points made good on his plans at BoardingArea Conference (BACON) to organize a trip to St Maarten to watch the planes land at Maho Beach.  Charlie is going and so is my good friend Angelina.

I just missed meeting up with my buddy John in Cabo.  Here’s his review of his stay at the Dreams Resort in Cabo.  He also attended a timeshare presentation there to cut the price by more than half!

A reminder from Andy to never post boarding passes or airline tickets to social media.

I love TripAdvisor, but I agree with Muslim Travel Girl… nobody wants to see your selfie when trying to research whether or not to stay at a hotel.

Andy is an amazing photographer.  Check out his photos of the Supermoon taken from a helicopter over Dallas.

Who doesn’t want two free pizzas?

Dan asks if you’re missing points from the US Bank FlexPerks Olympic promo?  I still haven’t received mine either.


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If you’re traveling next week for Thanksgiving, I hope that all goes well.  We tend to avoid traveling during peak holiday times to avoid the inevitable delays that come with crowded airports and horrible winter weather.  Not to mention all of the novice travelers who don’t understand what “3-1-1” means for liquids or that you have to take off your shoes and remove your laptop from your bag.  We prefer to travel outside these dates because you can also find better award availability and lower prices on hotels, flights, and rental cars.

Be safe and enjoy Thanksgiving with family and friends!

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Lee Huffman

Lee grew up loving to travel with his parents. Now he explores the world with his wife, Anna and his two children Timothy and Scarlett. He enjoys being spoiled as a Kimpton Inner Circle Member and taking full advantage of Southwest's Companion Pass. Lee wants to teach his readers how to 'Travel More. Spend Less. Live Better.' using miles, points, tips and tricks.

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