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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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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Covid Testing During our Stay at the Hyatt Zilara in Cancun

Those who travel abroad are currently required to complete a Covid-19 test within 72 hours of returning to the United States.  The PCR test detects the presence of a virus if you are infected at the time of the test.  On our recent trip to Cancun, Mexico, we had to factor this requirement into our trip planning.  Our choice of hotel made this relatively simple.  The Hyatt Zilara is our go-to hotel in Cancun, Mexico. As we found out, the Hyatt Zilara offers a Covid-19 nose swab test free of charge for their guests.  The test meets the requirement for re-entry into the…

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Las Noches de las Luminarias

This year we visited Las Noches de las Luminarias at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.   Lighted paths take you through a series of trails in which the botanical gardens are illuminated in colored lights.  Sprinkled throughout the paths are places to stop and buy a drink.  We saw visitors drinking coffee, hot chocolate or buying a bottle of wine.  This special event ran from November 27th through December 31st.  We visited the day after Christmas. Here’s a few photos from our evening.  N

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Archery at the Al Maha Resort in Dubai

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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