DEAL! Business Class To Brazil From $475 Roundtrip!

It’s been a while now since I covered a deal fare.  That’s due to the pandemic.  Even when some folks started traveling, I just didn’t have the wanderlust back yet.  While I’m still getting my groove back our family has started thinking about travel again in a meaningful way.  So, when I woke up this morning to a travel deal, it actually felt right to write about it.  I was excited, energized in a way I haven’t been for a while.  But, enough about me, let’s talk about the deal! […]

A First-Hand Look Inside Canada’s Travel Quarantine Hotels Paints A Dismal Picture

Throughout the pandemic different countries have had drastically different reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The countries playing it safest (such as New Zealand) virtually locked down their country.  In the specific case of New Zealand, I can recall seeing pictures of a sporting event there a number of months ago where the stands were packed and nobody wore masks.  They were able to do so because there were literally no COVID-19 cases in the country at that time. The United States has consistently been on the opposite end of the […]

I’m Making A Little Magic

As 2021 gets under way I have a bit of good news for folks who aren’t big Disney fans and some great news for folks who are big Disney fans.  I’ve been working on a project for what seems like forever.  A pandemic has a way of stretching time like nothing I’ve ever experienced.  We’re just about ready to launch that project and I wanted to give you guys a sneak peek.  For those of you who don’t like Disney and would rather I didn’t write about it…..good news!  The […]

American Airlines’ AAdvantage Tailwind Is….Interesting

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the travel industry on its head.  Airlines and hotel chains have had to recreate their business on almost a daily basis to survive.  As the pandemic has stretched on, these travel brands have started looking to the future.  In the case of airlines, their loyalty program will likely be a significant part of a new path forward.  That’s why a recent promotion by American Airlines is so interesting. One Mile at a Time wrote about a new promotion AAdvantage launched recently, Tailwind.  The particulars of […]

Double Points On All Marriott Vacation Rentals

Marriott is offering double points on all vacation home rentals for stays through August 31st at a time when vacation rentals have grown in popularity.  The pandemic has really changed the way people travel.  While some folks have chosen to rent RVs and explore the great outdoors, vacation home rentals have also been a very popular way for folks to continue itching the travel bug. While you need to make your plans soon (book by February 22nd) the cancellation policy on most Marriott home rentals is really generous.  We took […]

Finishing Up Lifetime Hilton Diamond Status

Lifetime elite status has been a goal of mine since I got onto the road warrior carousel/roller coaster 15 years ago.  My father was a million miler with the American Airlines AAdvantage program long before I became a road warrior. Heck, for one of his milestone birthdays he had also just hit 2 million lifetime miles on American.  The cake had a bigger AA logo than the Happy Birthday message. Back when I hit lifetime Marriott status in 2018, I kinda thought I was done with lifetime status for a […]

UK Will Institute Government-Supervised Quarantine For Passengers Arriving From High-Risk Countries

On the heels of the United States announcing that travelers will have to quarantine upon arrival in the US, there has been a development overseas.  The United Kingdom has been dealing with plenty of COVID-19 issues, including a nasty outbreak of a more virulent strain.  After instituting a list of high-risk countries, the UK is taking things a step further.  They have announced that visitors from 22 countries will need to submit to a mandatory, government-supervised quarantine in a hotel. The United Kingdom hasn’t confirmed the list of 22 countries, […]

Hyatt Offering Free COVID Testing At All Latin America Resorts

Hyatt just announced that all of their resorts in Latin America will be providing free COVID-19 testing for guests as well as discounted room rates if you get stuck due to testing delays or a positive test result.  This covers 19 properties in Mexico, Costa Rica, the Caribbean and South America.  This is almost certainly in response to the recent US regulation that requires a negative COVID-19 test to enter the US for all international travelers (including US citizens). This offer covers up to two complimentary COVID-19 tests per guestroom […]

Mistakes In Camping. Why I Ended Up Purchasing Two Pickup Trucks In 30 Days.

It’s the best laid plans, they say, right?  Like most of you, we’re jonesing to get back out on the road to travel.  My wife and I knew that any plan to get back to travel would have to involve a few key points.  First, it would have to check the boxes for our daughter’s anxiety.  She’s dealt with anxiety since she was quite young and has developed some pretty amazing tools to keep it in check.  But, germs are absolutely one of her major hot buttons.  As she said […]