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We near the end…but not without some fun updates :)

So after taking increasingly long breaks from blogging, mostly due to life happening around me, but sometimes due to laziness, I’ve pretty much decided to stop updating this website before the domain name renewal in June.  This will allow me to wrap it up neatly (6 years strong), and provide one last Trip Report– for the upcoming May Disneyland trip.  Read on for a great update on our flights! Read the rest of this entry »

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IHG magic and good news for Global Entry travelers to the UK

Hello, I’m back after a brief hiatus.  I thank you for your patience.  I was getting rid of a pesky ovarian cyst and working my travel hacks on the Disneyland trip for next spring.  Also, I have some great news that means we’ll never have to wait in that endless Passport Control line in London ever again!  Read the rest of this entry »

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Award travel success so far, European hotels

Yeaaaaaaaaaaah buddy! We currently have 4 of 7 hotel nights needed covered with points, with 2 of the remaining 3 hopefully covered by certificates later this year.  I shall now regale you with my recent adventures in hotel booking.

Um, have you ever noticed that European hotels (even American chains) rarely sleep more than 2 people?  I’ve had quite a time setting up 4-person rooms in London, Paris, and Barcelona.  We are lucky to be able to stay with family or friends in our other 3 stops (North Carolina, Seville, and New Jersey).  My chart:

Location # of nights needed # of nights booked on points # of nights paying OOP % nights covered
North Carolina  3-4  3-4 sister points  0  100%
London 1
Paris 3
Seville 3  3 friend points  0  100%
Barcelona 3
New Jersey 2  2 daughter points  0  100%

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