Our Visit To The Star Wars Themed Scum and Villainy Cantina in Los Angeles

You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.
We must be cautious. – Obi Wan (Ben) Kenobi

Ever since I first saw the Facebook page from the Scum and Villainy Cantina Pop-up bar in Los Angeles, I was convinced I wanted to go. To my surprise, Sharon was interested in going as well.

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At first, the location was only selling tickets for two months and you needed to purchase admission in advance and then reserve the date you wanted to go. Living on the other side of the continent, I just couldn’t make a trip there on a whim. I kept following their website and their Twitter and Instagram feeds, hoping for more information. First they extended for a month, and then another. I knew this pattern…they were following the Sleep No More playbook where the event says they’ll be open for a limited time so you are made to feel the need to attend now before they close, and then they extend and extend. I kept hoping it would continue.

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Airlines Will Never Get In-Seat Entertainment Right

Airlines spend a ton of money to try to enhance the in-flight experience. They have to try to distract you in some way from realizing that your seat is a little bit smaller and less comfortable than it was on your last flight.

The entertainment options have changed significantly since I first started flying. I remember getting to my seat and reading the playlists of each music station in the magazine to see which one I wanted to listen to during my flight. I usually ended up listening to the pop station or  the Disney music station (but only if it didn’t include Celine Dion’s Beauty and the Beast cover).  Just wondering, did anyone listen to the World Music station???

When computers got smaller, I remember when an EmPower plug was the only way you could keep your laptop running on a flight. Admit it, it was a fancy way to get you to pay for an adapter so your computer could run off a a cigarette lighter.  We’ve come a long way since then, thank goodness.

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Bet You Didn’t Think You Could Have Breakfast With A Giraffe, Did You?

Giraffe Manor is a building with a history that goes back to the early 1930s. Modeled on a Scottish hunting lodge, it was a private residence until the 1960s, when it was turned into an investment property. It eventually went into disrepair until the building was purchased and transformed in the mid-1970s from a large house for 1 family to a 6-bedroom hotel. Several years later, another building, similar to the original, was built on the 115 acre property with another 6 bedrooms inside it.

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But what about the giraffes???

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Use Airbnb? Watch Out For Hidden Cameras

If you’ve ever used or considered using Airbnb, these are not the headlines you want to see:

Couple Uncovers Hidden Cameras In Nightmare Airbnb: Police (Huffington Post, 10/11/17)
Hidden Cameras Found In Airbnb Rentals (NBC News, 10/20/17)
You Should Probably Check Your Airbnb For Hidden Cameras (NY Magazine, 11/28/17)
Airbnb Guests Are Finding Hidden Cameras Planted In Their Rentals (CBS News, 12/6/17)

So what’s up with that???

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Sign Up Now For The New IHG Accelerate Promotion

IHG, the hotel group that includes Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and InterContinental, has just launched the newest version of their Accelerate promotion for hotel stays between January 1 and April 30, 2018. That’s almost a month away but you can sign in to register and see your offer right now at this link.

I’ve written before about the Accelerate offers in posts here and here. I find them to be the most “fun” of any hotel promotion, because you can try and work out the best way for you to achieve the tasks provided. It’s easy for a hotel chain to launch a promotion that will give you double points, or triple points if you stay over a weekend but that doesn’t really get me to reconsider the plans I’ve already made. However, the IHG Accelerate offer is different and I’m hooked.

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JetBlue’s Policy Changes, Star Wars Filming Sites Vacations + More…

From an historic hotel’s renovations, to a fun way to get priority boarding, here are some stories we saw this week that we thought were interesting. We hope you will, too:

There are several articles that talked about Christmas this week:

  • The Points Guy showed cities around the world with the most extravagant Christmas light displays.
  • Want to know how to get priority boarding by wearing your ugly Christmas sweater? One Mile at a Time can tell you!
  • Travel and Leisure wrote about how the entire country of New Zealand has an official Secret Santa program.

And in the non-holiday category…

  • Read Doctor of Credit to find out how you can get two entries a day into the Starbucks for Life promotion (Joe’s been doing this daily).
  • Speaking up about problems might get you some extra points or miles and Million Miles Secrets shared a story about that.
  • Joe had the same problem as Frequent Miler with the current AMEX offer with Google Express but he found a solution.
  • Loyalty Lobby wrote about the renovations to the Waldorf=Astoria in New York. It’s been closed for almost a year (right after our visit in early 2016) and they are finally ready to start.
  • Delta/Air France/KLM has new luggage-less transatlantic fares, as per View From The Wing.
  • Deals We Like reported that JetBlue is making big changes to their refund and stand-by policies and they’re not to to the customers’ benefit.

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Our Disneyland Backup Plan, The Best Travel Jacket, Funny Airplane Employee Announcements + More…

Happy Saturday, friends. Sharon’s busy baking the first batch of Christmas cookies for the season, so I’m here writing the weekly recap. I’m not gonna complain because her cookies are really yummy.

This week Sharon wrote about:

Joe wrote about:

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