Hello and happy Sunday, 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, so we’re passing them along.
- People do the dumbest things, like setting a Christmas tree on fire in front of the Key West Southernmost Point buoy, thereby setting the buoy on fire. Obviously, the vandals didn’t know that the buoy has webcams that stream video of the landmark 24 hours a day. With clear pictures of the two men, it didn’t take long for the police to identify them. Both men have been charged with criminal mischief and are expected to turn themselves in to the authorities. Should we be surprised that the two of them were from Florida and Texas? Because of course they are.
- I didn’t write about the American AAdvantage SimplyMiles promotion while it was happening. There were plenty of other people covering it and I wasn’t going to take advantage of it. Now that miles are starting to post, we’re seeing the scope of how many miles people purchased. Seeing that one person bought 7 million miles, it’s easy to start feeling like you missed out on a once-in-a-lifetime chance. I remember feeling like that when I skipped the last big promotion. The main thing to remember is that if you don’t know how you’re going to use points, it’s not a good idea to buy them.
- Did you make sure to use your travel credits by the end of the year? I almost forgot last year and had to rush to spend the money at the end of the year. There are risks to waiting until the last minute, as Nick found out when he waited until December 31st to use his credits.
- While travel is getting better, many hiccups can happen before the trip. For instance, cruises are currently canceling departures due to COVID. In these instances, it does help to have a travel agent work out the details and get you a refund or rebooking on another cruise. We’ve gone over several of the pros and cons of using a travel agent and there are definitely times when you’ll appreciate the services they offer.
- Is exercising more one of your New Year’s resolutions? If so, you may look to restart that Peloton subscription. The statement credit from the Chase Sapphire cards was set to expire at the end of 2021 and I used my $120 Sapphire Reserve benefit with my December statement. However, the credits are now good until the end of March. This isn’t a new credit and if you’ve already used it, that’s it. This is only for people why hadn’t used it by the end of the year.
- I like seeing everyone’s end-of-year posts. However, I look forward to Andy’s post showing his best photos from the past 12 months. In an alternate universe, I’d learn how to take pictures like this. Instead, I’ll settle for snapping away with my iPhone.
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