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Hawaii opening to tourism October 15th!

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Hawaii's governor David Ige announced that Hawaii will open to tourism on October 15th, 2020.  I know we've heard it before, but this time, there's a chart (see above).  The plan is pretty simple:...

Miles, credits, and certs orphaned by COVID-19 (on my mind)

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Yesterday I cancelled the last of my pre-pandemic travel bookings.  I had used Cathay Pacific miles to book a January 2021 flight: Japan Airlines first class to Sydney.  Maybe Cathay would have refunded my...

My experience traveling during COVID-19 (Delta, SkyClub, rental car, hotels)

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My wife and I just returned from our second vacation since COVID-19 seemingly made travel a thing of the past.  On our first vacation, in June, we stayed in our home state of Michigan. ...

By Deal or Destination? How do you travel?

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When planning a vacation, do you decide your destination and then look for travel deals? Or, does the travel deal determine your destination?  This question has been on my mind lately as I've been...

West Palm Beach quietly becomes cool

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For my sister-in-law's birthday, I booked four of us with the West Palm Beach Food Tour.  Despite positive reviews, I wasn't expecting much.  My perception of the area, from past visits, was not great. ...

What’s in Greg’s #40KFarAway Backpack? Version 2 (Guest starring a dog and a cat)

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A couple of weeks ago I posted about my 40K to Far Away practice run.  I was going to Denali National Park with Rapid Travel Chai and I used it to test out my...

Ultra-Premium Credit Card Travel Insurance Benefits

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This page compares the credit card travel insurance benefits provided automatically by various ultra-premium travel cards such as Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige, Amex Platinum, and US Bank Altitude Reserve. For full details about...

Centurion Lounge 3 hour policy doesn’t apply to layovers

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In March 2019, Amex added new restrictions for Platinum cardholders accessing Centurion Lounges: You can no longer access the lounge upon arrival at the airport.  Lounge access is only for departing passengers. You can't...

Domes of Elounda: Amazing upgrade, No Regrets

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They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression. At least, I always believed that long-standing maxim...before my stay at Domes of Elounda last week. The truth is, on arrival, I...

Lessons from a trip to Europe

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On my recent trip to Europe, I had a number of small "ah-ha" moments. These didn't all warrant separate posts, but I thought that some readers traveling to Europe may benefit from one or...

Google Maps AR walking directions: a useful tool, only available for some so far

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Google Maps has been slowing rolling out the ability to use AR (Augmented Reality) for walking directions. I recently received a notification on my phone that I had been selected to test it out...

Stay in a castle with Hyatt points (SLH is a nice win after all)

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When the Hyatt / Small Luxury Hotels of the World partnership formed last year, I said I wasn't excited. That was mostly because I think it set up Hyatt to introduce a new category...

What it’s like to fly Southwest to Hawaii: Impressions & thoughts

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A couple of months ago, Southwest Airlines began flying to Hawaii, starting with routes to Honolulu and connecting onward to Maui and Kona. I spent a week in Honolulu earlier this month, flying there...

Caesars Diamond Celebration dinner: easy to use and worth the match

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This morning, I published a post about some Las Vegas Easy Wins. In that post and in my recent post about status matching to Wyndham and then Caesars Diamond, I noted that you can...

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