Month: October 2019

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American Airlines DFW Flagship First Dining REVIEW

I’ll put it simply: Flagship First Dining is the most exclusive lounge experience American Airlines offers. I had the chance to sample it at DFW. Click through because you love pictures of exclusive lounge experiences. The post American Airlines DFW Flagship First Dining REVIEW appeared first on Andy's Travel Blog. Source: Andys travel blog

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London: A guide to visiting a traditional pub

Headed to London? A stop-off (or several!) in a classic London pub is a must-do for most visitors in the city. If English people seem uptight on the tube, the pub is where we kick back and relax, catch up with our friends and put the world to rights. Needless to say, a visit to the pub comes with its traditions and customs we’ve been learning since we’ve been old enough to drink. You can’t go home without experiencing this classic British tradition. A guide to visiting a classic London pub Drinks can be expensive, so we compiled some tips on how to enjoy a British boozer on a budget. Cheers! The legal bit You need to be 18 to purchase alcohol in the UK. However, people under 18 are allowed into London pubs depending on the licensing agreement of each pub, and 16 and 17-year-olds are allowed to drink wine, beer or cider with a sit-down meal as long as someone over 18 accompanies them. Picture ID might be asked for: a passport or driving license will both do the job. The cozy exterior of a classic British pub. Photo: Edmund V Where to go Now you know if you…

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The New and Improved Amex Green Card

American Express has revamped the old standby lower-level charge card with a new offer and changes to their bonus categories and perks. Here’s my rundown of what’s new: The card comes with a 30,000 point welcome offer after completing a simple and reasonable $2000 worth of spending in the first 3 months of card ownership. I found it interesting that the offer showed at 45,000 points if using a private browser window in either Safari or Firefox. It could just be a glitch but that’s how I applied and will let you know the end result when my points post. They have increased the points earning on travel and dining categories to 3X from 2X and have broadened the definition of travel to include rideshare apps, public transit, and taxis. The dining 3X is available worldwide. For those that apply before January 15, 2020, you will receive a new launch credit of $100 on the purchase of AWAY luggage. Act quickly. That is a limited time offer if you need new luggage. To help offset the $150 annual fee the card offers a $100 credit on CLEAR which can help speed your way through the airport or events admissions. For…

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Today is LAX-it Day: Massive Changes at LAX for Uber and Lyft Pickups

Uh oh. No more Uber and Lyft curbside pickups at LAX. What do you have to do now? Click through because you want to find out. The post Today is LAX-it Day: Massive Changes at LAX for Uber and Lyft Pickups appeared first on Andy's Travel Blog. Source: Andys travel blog

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Visit Big Cities on a Sunday

If you’re visiting a big city on almost any continent and are looking to stretch your budget, try to time your travels so that you will have all of Sunday there. It’s often the best time to bike around or take a walk without dodging cars. It’s usually also a good time to catch some […] Want to live a better life for half the price? Sign up for the Cheap Living Abroad Newsletter.               Source: Cheapest Destinations

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Return to Iceland, Part I: Vik, Vestrahorn, and the Northern Lights

It’s Iceland. There are northern lights. Click through because either one of those should be awesome! The post Return to Iceland, Part I: Vik, Vestrahorn, and the Northern Lights appeared first on Andy's Travel Blog. Source: Andys travel blog

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Teamwork Makes Us All Better Travelers

I just got back from speaking at the 10th annual Chicago Seminars. For those unfamiliar with the event, each year in October about 400 of us get together to share tips and tricks in a wide array of travel-related topics. The topics run from booking multiple award seats to the best credit card deals to how to increase your income in cash and miles playing this game. This year’s, like other years I have spoken about the value of your good credit as one of the most important assets in obtaining large numbers of miles and points. We discussed the five factors that affect your credit score, what some of the rules of the road are in regards to how many applications you can make in a given time frame and just in general brought some of the new members of the group up to speed with how we are all so successful in this hobby. Out of the 400 attendees, almost half were first-timers and newbies to the hobby. It is extremely important to let them know they do not need to play this game alone. Although some of us may have more time and experience in the game,…

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Amsterdam: 5 budget hotels that offer a unique sleep

Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most interesting and quirky cities, so why not opt for a hotel to match? Tourism keeps rising, but there are still plenty of hotel deals if you know where to look. Whether you want to sleep on a boat, immerse yourself in art, sleep in a futuristic neon cube or surround yourself with the Red Light district adult entertainment, there is an accommodation to suit your needs. Related: Amsterdam Hotel Advice: Read this first Unique and cheap Amsterdam hotels To help make your trip to “The Venice of the North” more interesting, here are five unique hotels in Amsterdam: Aye Aye Captain! Go below deck to sleep on the water at Beagle Houseboat. Photo: EuroCheapo 1. Beagle Houseboat: Sleep on a boat Beds start at $40 per night Adventurous travelers will love Amsterdam’s Beagle Houseboat, a one-room accommodation set on, you guessed it, a houseboat. Beagle Houseboat sits on a scenic canal and delivers a one-of-a-kind experience to guests while also immersing them in the city’s iconic canal culture. The boat, which is more like a hostel, offers four single beds below deck, so you can choose to share with new friends or buy out…

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OMZed: American Announces More New Zealand Flights, Including from DFW!

New Zealand. From DFW. Click through because obviously you want to click through. The post OMZed: American Announces More New Zealand Flights, Including from DFW! appeared first on Andy's Travel Blog. Source: Andys travel blog

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Northern Italy: 10 ways to save when visiting Lake Como

In the tucked-away villages of Lake Como, painted frescoes and secret wine cellars deep underground are hints of a life that happens unhurriedly. Head away from the touristy towns, or come during low season to score the best deals. If you’ve ever caught Nespresso’s ad set in a luxurious lakeside villa starring Jack Black and George Clooney, you’ll know that legendary Lake Como attracts Hollywood’s heavyweights — at least that’s what big corporations would like you to think. And it’s partly true. But is this lake, one of Italy’s finest, just for the big spenders? Locals know better. Since long before Mr. Clooney attracted any tourists, Lake Como, with its picture-perfect location and climate, has been a hub of settlements and small communities, with visitors coming from all over the country. Artists, writers and philosophers have sought inspiration here for generations. Today, many holiday homes still belong to locals who either have their original dwelling higher up the mountain, or in the bigger cities. Related: 11 Simple ways to save on a trip to Italy Tips for visiting Lake Como Even if you only have a few days to sight-see, try to move away from the shopping towns to reach…

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