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Thoughts from a Quick Trip to Las Vegas

I recently was in Las Vegas for a wedding and had a few random travel thoughts that I thought I'd put down on paper. Nothing earth shattering, but maybe a useful tip or two nonetheless. Let's cut to the chase: Flying On this trip I had the chance to compare two domestic first class flights, though both had their downsides. On the outbound I flew United first BOS-EWR-LAS. My major issue here? On the BOS-EWR, United was happy to have me pay $6 to watch half an hour of Direct TV (I was in the back for that leg), on the five hours EWR-LAS leg, there were zero IFE options. I know a lot of people don't care about IFE, but I do and that was downright annoying. On the [...]

Bavarian Summer: Rating the Toddler Friendliness of Our Hotels

I wasn't planning on reviewing the hotels we stayed in on our trip, but I got to thinking I would have loved to see a parent's view on the toddler friendliness of these hotels before we got here. So instead of a "review", I just wanted to give a few thoughts on how each of the hotels we stayed at were equipped to deal with toddlers. As always, bear in mind we were in a unique situation having only one child and grandparents in a nearby room. Crowne Plaza Salzburg I booked two rooms at this hotel for 30,000 IHG points per night - the going rate was about 190 Euros/night so it was a pretty good deal. In terms of location, the Crowne Plaza worked out well for us. [...]

Bavarian Summer: Rainy Days in Berchtesgaden

After singing the Sound of Music in Salzburg, we back tracked into Germany to visit Berchtesgaden and the Eagle's Nest. As we arrived at the Intercontinental Berchtesgaden for check in, I was glad to be back in Bavaria. Although I felt the views were better in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the valleys and mountains around the Intercontinental were beautiful in their own right. After checking in, Jess took a nap and I took M out for a walk. As we were walking, the rain clouds rolled in - and they didn't leave Berchtesgaden until 20 minutes before we did. Like the Intercontinental Thalasso in Bora Bora, the Intercontinental Berchtesgaden seems to be designed to be an idyllic retreat. It's located up on the mountain which means the main town is a 15 minute [...]

Bavarian Summer: Lazy Sunday in Salzburg – not.

We figured nothing would top the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg and we were mostly right. Still, we found ways to keep ourselves busy on Sunday morning before we left for Berchtesgaden. The Crowne Plaza extended our checkout to 1 PM so we had some time to explore. My parents went to a concert at the Salzburg Music Festival so we were on our own. We started the day by walking through the nearby Mirabelle Gardens. Instead of reliving Do-re-mi, we were looking for the Sunday morning brass band concert. I didn't really do much research (Jess came up with the idea), but the brass band set up in a nice shady spot under the trees and played some wonderful music. M of course was a big fan because [...]

Bavarian Summer: Zugspitze and Mittenwald

After being thwarted by weather, we finally made it up to Zugspitze on our last full day in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. It was a pretty clear day to go up, although of course the day we left town it was even clearer. As I mentioned in my other post, we bought a 60 Euro combination ticket that allowed us to visit AlpspiX and Zugspitze once each at any time during the summer. If you're unfamiliar, Zugspitze has the honor of being the highest point in Germany. From the summit you can see four countries: Germany, Austria, Italy, and I forget, sorry. Since even we are not crazy enough to hike up to 2,962 meters with a child, we took the express funicular. We were packed in like sardines and it was so [...]

Bavarian Summer: Introduction

Disclosure: I may receive a commission for the credit card links in this post After spending what felt like an eternity writing my Bora Bora trip report, I've decided to go more "running diary" for my trips. We'll see how it works out. Anyway when this posts hopefully we'll be over the Atlantic in Lufthansa first for our summer trip to Germany and Austria! Also, today marks a big milestone for the blog - I am upgrading Baby M to Little M - this girl ain't a baby anymore. Why did she have to learn the word "no" three weeks before we left!? Now, full disclosure, we would probably be taking a trip this summer without points and miles - it's just something we as a family believe in and value. [...]

The Chase Priority Club Visa Gives You a 10% Rebate on Award Stays

Well, I guess I forgot about this benefit or I never knew of it - but Chase Priority Club Visa cardholders receive a 10% rebate on points used for award stays! I didn't realize this until I logged into my IHG account yesterday - when I was surprised to find out I had received 20,000 points after my stay at the Intercontinental Thalasso (and Jess received a 10,000 points rebate for the nights we redeemed from her account). Here's what I've learned since then! So, it's right there in the offer details, but I totally forgot. But here's what Chase says about the 10% points rebate on redemptions: "10% Rebate Please allow 4 to 6 weeks after Reward Night stay for rebated points to be deposited into your account, and [...]