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Archery at the Al Maha Resort in Dubai

March 29, 2020

A stay at the Al Maha Resort includes two activities each day.  During our stay, there were seven complementary activities from which to choose.  FalconryNature WalkGhaf Tree WalkWild Life DriveCamel TrekSundownersArchery Below is a handout that guests will receive upon arrival. We requested the document ahead of time in order to plan our activities. As you can see, Horse Riding and Desert Drive are also available for an extra charge.  We picked archery for one of our activities.   We meet our field guide, Shabaz at the Hotel Lobby and he took us in an SUV to the archery range.    Our guide helped […]

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Buying Airline Miles

How Buying Airline Miles Reduced Expenses On Our Trip To Dubai

March 20, 2020

Buying miles is not part of our normal strategy for award flights, but on our recent trip to Dubai, it made sense.  We decided to fly Emirates business class, and considered two options for how to pay for the award tickets.  Two Options Option #1 – Use Emirates Skyward miles to book the Emirate flight.   This is the most straightforward path.  The total cost for two tickets would be 247,500 Skyward miles plus approximately $1750 in taxes and fees.   In this scenario we would generate the Skyward miles by transferring 247,500 American Express Membership Rewards points, which convert into Skyward miles at a 1:1 transfer ratio.  […]

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Ritz Carlton Dubai- Review of Club Lounge and Lobby Lounge

March 19, 2020

During our recent trip to Dubai, we stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Jumeirah Beach.  Upon arrival we were upgraded to a Club Level room, and as benefit, enjoyed access to Club Lounge.  In a previous post we reviewed the room and the grounds.  In this post we’ll review the Club Lounge and the Lobby Lounge. Every morning we had breakfast at the Club Lounge.  We found the lounge to be clean, modern and it was never crowded.  We chose the same table every day, by the glass doors that led to the balcony.  Every morning was clear and crisp with the sound of […]

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La Mer Beach Street Art – Dubai

March 14, 2020

Do you enjoy street art? If so, LaMer Beach in Dubai is a fun stop. There’s an open-air shopping area with street art sprinkled throughout. In between shops and restaurants, you’ll find artistic expressions on the walls, around corners and up above your head. Here are pictures from a recent visit to La Mer. Eateries are sprinkled throughout La Mer.

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Hilton Extends Weekend Night Certificates

March 14, 2020

With everything going on, this may be the least of your worries. But in case it effects you, Hilton extends Weekend Night Rewards through August 31st, 2021. These are the free nights earned by holders of the American Express Hilton cards. Here’s the text of the email. Dear__________, I wanted to follow up on the recent message you received from our CEO, Chris Nassetta. In addition to the enhancements Hilton communicated, we are extending the expiration date of the Weekend Night Reward(s) you earned as a Hilton Honors American Express Card Member.   We appreciate that you choose to travel with us and […]

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Earn Your First Points

March 11, 2020

Welcome to the world of points and miles!  We’re sharing how ordinary people can travel to extraordinary places with the use of airline miles and hotel points.  In this series we lay out steps to save money and travel more.  These steps include: Getting Started with Points and Miles Look and Learn Before You Leap Decide What Type of Reward Points You Want to Begin Earning Sign-Up For a Frequent Flyer Account Earn Your First Points Pick the Pace That Works For You Earn Points Through Credit Card Sign-Ups Earn Points Through Credit Card Spending Earn Points Through Shopping Portals […]

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Ordinary People Traveling to Extraordinary Places

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Our passion to travel takes us to cafes and alleyways around the world. From neighborhood cafes in Paris to a street market in London, we’ll take the road less traveled to hidden gems, new experiences and mouth watering eateries.

Whether it’s your first time abroad or you’re an accomplished traveler, we’ll share inspiration and tips for traveling the world.  Let’s pack our bags, grab our passports, relax in our seats…we’re now ready for take off!

 Mike  and   Maria

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