Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.
- Summer (Mommy Points) wrote an article on TPG about her family’s stay at the Hyatt Cap Cana all-inclusive resort on the day after it started taking guests. Her report shows that the resort wasn’t nearly ready but opened anyway. This is one of the reasons why you should avoid going to a hotel right after it opens.
- Gary from View from the Wing wrote about advice from a Canadian lawyer advising passengers on domestic Canadian flights to dump their marijuana in the airplane lavatory if their flight is getting diverted to an airport in the U.S. At least Canada’s rules are nationwide, unlike the confusion of the rules if you want to fly with your weed on a U.S. domestic flight.
- Miles to Memories shares a story about what happens when a positioning flight goes wrong. While we’ve written about what a positioning flight is and some common mistakes when booking them, I think the action taken in this case was the best available option.
- Apple made quite a splash when they unveiled their new credit card, the Apple Card. The card, issued by Goldman Sachs, is that bank’s first foray into the commercial credit space. Well, the bank is in hot water with NY regulators after their AI algorithm provided a credit limit 20x higher to a man than a woman with the identical credit history. So far, the bank has not been able to explain why their computers are apparently a bit sexist.
- Points, Miles and Martinis, wrote about a special offer from Mastercard for free rides on the NYC Subway. The MTA is installing contactless turnstiles like London already uses, and they’re giving a free ride on Fridays for the rest of 2019 to people who tap their Mastercard or use a mobile device linked to their Mastercard on lines using the new technology. Just another reason that if you’re not using contactless payments, you should be.
- Ben (Lucky) from One Mile at a Time wrote an interesting article about how he’s going to make sure he requalifies as an Executive Platinum with American Airlines for 2020 even after he’s said that he really doesn’t like flying with them. I honestly think it doesn’t make sense for most people to try for status and Ben has even said the same in articles he’s written over the last year. However, he realized that he’s in one of the situations where it makes sense to have status, as he’s a captive to American because he lives in Miami.
- Finally, there was an article on Travel Update that asks if it’s worthwhile visiting Europe for a long weekend. The shortest trip I’ve taken to London was for 4 nights and that was to watch Sharon sing at the Royal Albert Hall. The trip consisted of me arriving on one day, doing some sightseeing while she was in a rehearsal the following day and then going to see the show. I wouldn’t have done it any other way, but it wasn’t an optimal amount of time to see much of the city.
Honestly, I can see the point of those who say if you have the miles and points, why not travel to see as much as you can, even if for a day or two. My response is that there’s so much to discover right here in the U.S., why not take a long weekend and go somewhere you’ve never been? Walk around Boston or Philadelphia. Go see the Grand Canyon or Yosemite. Go wine tasting in Oregon, California, or even Texas. It’s a shorter flight, and you’ll have more time to explore.
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This post first appeared on Your Mileage May Vary