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Outbound Flight Dubai Maldives

Booking Our Outbound Flight to Dubai and The Maldives

January 31, 2020

We’re planning a two-week trip to Dubai and the Maldives.    For the outbound flight we decided to fly Emirate.  Emirate operates a non-stop flight from LAX to Dubai on their A380.  We booked an award ticket that included a one week layover.  We would fly from Los Angeles to Dubai, stay in Dubai for a week, and then continue on from Dubai to the Maldives.  Both of these flights are allowed on a single award booking. When it comes to booking award flights on Emirates, there are several points and miles options.  The most straightforward approach is to use Emirates Skyward miles to book the flight.  This […]

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Money Tips for Traveling Internationally

Money Tips for Traveling Internationally

January 28, 2020

We’re ramping up for a trip to Dubai.  Part of any trip is figuring out how to best pay for expenses when traveling internationally.  Here are some financial tips we put into practice when exploring the world.  Tip #1 – Bring Some of The Local Currency  We normally arrive at a destination with some of the local currency.  At a minimum, we want enough to take a cab to the hotel, and for tipping.  In preparation for Dubai, we ordered AED, the currency of the United Arab Emirates.  We pay an exchange rate, but it’s worth having cash ahead of time.  We don’t want to land […]

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Decide What type of Reward points

Decide What Type of Reward Points You Want to Begin Earning

January 20, 2020

Welcome to the world of points and miles!  We’re sharing how Ordinary People can travel to Extraordinary Places by using airline miles and hotel points.  In this series we lay out steps to save money and travel more.  Here are the topics we cover.  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 Earn Points Through Credit Card Sign Ups- Part 1- Count the Cost Earn Points Through Credit Card Sign Ups- Part 2- Ten Steps to Follow Earn […]

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Use Airline Credits in 2020

Use your Airline Fee Credits in 2020

January 9, 2020

On January 1st, the clock has reset for many credit cards which reimburse airline expenses.  The reimbursement normally comes in the form of a statement credit on your credit card bill.  With the start of the new year, it’s time to begin planning for 2020.  I have four credit cards that offer airline reimbursements, all of these reset each year on January 1st.  Collectively, these four cards offer $650 worth of airline incidentals.  So using them is important. My breakdown is as follows:  American Express Platinum Card – $200 of Airline credits American Express Gold Card – $100 of Airline credits American Express Hilton […]

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Saying Goodbye to Christmas Time at the Disneyland Resort- Anaheim California

January 8, 2020

Just a few more days left for all the Christmas magic at the Happiest Place on Earth to be gone!  If you are in Southern California for the next few days, stop by the “Happiest Place on Earth” to see Christmas at its best!   The magic starts as you walk through Downtown Disney to the entrance gates of Disneyland.  The fluorescent green, blue and orange colored trees in the planters will grab your attention to display the magic that is still to follow.  Even the window displays at the World of Disney Store in Downtown Disney will bring a smile to your face. […]

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Square Marcel Bleustein Blanchet.

Square Marcel Bleustein Blanchet

January 5, 2020

A popular spot in Paris is the steps of Sacré-Cœur. It’s the highest point in Paris and offers a great view of the city. Many tourists flood the steps, but fewer go to square behind the Basilica. If you’re in Paris, get off the beaten path and stop by Square Marcel Bleustein Blanchet. You’ll find a garden and nice escape from the crowds.  ✈️🌎🧳

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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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