THE LOUNGE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH AIR TRANSAT at Cancun, Mexico Airport

We recently took a trip to Cancun. After five days by the pool, it was time to head home.  We flew out of terminal four at CUN where Priority Pass grants access to The Lounge In Partnership with Air Transat. (sort of a clunky name for a lounge). Here are some pictures from our visit. Check in was easy, we provided our Priority Pass card along with our boarding passes, and were in the lounge in a matter of minutes. The lounge was a modest size room with a bar in the center. There was seating areas around the edges of…

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Booking Turkish Air Business Class to Israel

As airline prices surge, points and miles can make a big difference in stretching the travel budget.  We experienced this when booking a great deal on a business class flight to the Middle East.  Our first stop on the Middle East trip is Israel and we wanted a flight we could book with points and miles. Turkish Airlines offered a one-way business class flight for 45,000 airline miles plus, $233.60 in taxes (per person).  The business class flight departs from Dallas, flies to Istanbul, and then connects through to Tel Aviv.  Turkish Airlines is not an airline we considered much in the past,…

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A Visit Through the Souqs of Dubai

Our trip to Dubai included a half day at the Souqs of Dubai. These markets are a fun place to wander through the old part of Dubai. We caught a taxi from the hotel which dropped us off right outside the Spice (or herbs) Souq. The sights and smells of the spices abound Upon leaving the spice souq we walked towards a road with many small shops. The shops were filled with souvenirs and saturated with bright color. If you're interested in buying, haggling for a good price is part of the shopping experience. Whatever you are shopping for you,…

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Timeless Spa at the Al Maha, A Marriott Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai

It was our time to relax at the Al Maha Luxury Desert Resort and Spa. Nestled among the sands and palm groves outside of Dubai you will find this serene and majestic place. Al Maha Luxury Resort and Spa It's considered among one of the best hotels in the world. It is situated on the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve about 70 minutes from Dubai by car. Wild life are free to roam to and fro, so be on your guard. Entrance to Timeless Spa and Main Pool The spa has an exotic feel and we experienced exceptional customer service, not…

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La Mer Beach Dubai – Beachfront

La Mer Beach is a great stop when visiting Dubai.  It includes a collection of restaurants, shops, a water park, and of course… a beach.  In an earlier post we covered the street art at La Mer,  in this post we look at the beachfront. A variety of restaurants line the beachside walkway Beachfront Coffee Shop We Decided To Try Out Turkish Food at Kaftan Le Mer Beach Offers a Construction Themed Activity Park. See More On Diggers Lab Here. Le Mer Beach Is Divided Into Two Separate Sides. All The Photos In This Post Was Taken on the South Side. (Pictured in…

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Remember That a Trip to Rome Was Not Built in a Day

Travel blogs can portray a picture of non-stop travel in luxury hotels and first-class flights.  These trips are certainly possible, but like the fine print regarding the person in the weight loss commercial who lost 50 pounds, in small print it says “results not typical”. Miles and points do allow ordinary people to travel to extraordinary places, but it takes time and effort to earn those miles.  Dream of where miles and points can take you, but also be realistic as you get started.   We'll help point you in the right direction if you want to travel more using points…

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Which Credit Card Should We Get?

Points and Miles have allowed us to travel in a way we couldn't do on our own. Many of these points have been earned through credit cards. Our travel plans have been put on hold during the last year, so we've pivoted to earning cash back for our credit card spending. We’re looking to sign up for a new cash back credit card and we’ve narrowed it down to two options.  Card Number #1 - This card earns a sign-up bonus of 40,000 points for spending $3000 in the first 90 days. The 40,000 points can be cashed in for…

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Points, Miles and the Waldorf Astoria Versailles, France

Our upcoming trip to Europe will include a stay at the Waldorf Astoria Versailles - Trianon Palace. The hotel is located right next to the Palace of Versailles, about a 30-minute train ride to the west of Paris.  In order to minimize our out of pocket expenses, we are looking to maximize points and miles on our journey. Palace of Versailles Gardens of Versailles Mixing Points and Miles into the Equation  Travel has been limited over the past year and a half. As a result we’ve accumulated a number of free night certificates and hotel rewards that come from holding…

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