Author: Palo

Embalse El Yeso, Chile 0

Debit Card “Eaten” by ATM Machine

Wow! You definitely learn something new with every trip. On my recent trip to Chile, I was withdrawing cash from an ATM in Santiago and I forgot to grab my card after I grabbed the cash. We were waiting for an Uber and then it dawned on me that I...

San Francisco Skyline 0

TripIt Pro Flight Refund Alerts

I’ve had a TripIt Pro subscription for the past 4 years and I finally received an email regarding a Flight Refund alert. Flight Refunds, a TripIt Pro feature, monitors the price of your flight and will alert you if there is a better fare available (less any change fees). Nobody...

Auckland, New Zealand 1

Pro Tip: How to Defeat Jet Lag

In the past 4 years, I’ve flown on 50+ long haul flights and have learned a few tips to make it easier once you land. Defeating jet lag on flights longer than 10 hours isn’t easy no matter which class of service you fly. Flying in First or Business Class...

Hong Kong 0

Travel Vaccines & Medicine

Traveling internationally isn’t always easy. The first item I lookup are entry requirements followed by which vaccines or medicine I’ll need to take. The best resource is the CDC. You can find the details quickly by just appending the Country name at the end of the following URL (example –...

Sunrise 1

Emirates Economy Class: DXB-SFO A380

After grabbing some rest in the sleep ‘n fly pods after my redeye flight from the Maldives, I was ready for the 16 hour flight from Dubai (DXB) to San Francisco (SFO) on their A380. Given this would be the longest flight I’ve flown in Economy, my seat assignment was...

Maldives Entry Requirements 0

Pro Tip: Renew Your Passport 1 Year Prior to Expiration!

When traveling internationally, you’ll need to have a valid passport in your possession. Unfortunately, some countries require your passport to be valid for many months after your arrival. Always check the Passport Validity requirement for entering the country prior to your travel. Resource for US Passports: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages.html Some countries I’ve visited...

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Emirates Economy Class: MLE-DXB B777-300ER

After an out of this world stay at The St. Regis Maldives, I had to head back home. This trip was designed around this mistake fare when I booked Emirates from MLE to LAS via DXB + SFO for USD 110 one-way. I would be flying home in Economy after a First...

Indonesian Rupiah 1

Pro Tip: No ATM Fees Globally!

In 2017, I saved $59.85 in ATM fees globally by utilizing my Charles Schwab ATM card. I blogged about this card back in 2014 and 4 years later it is still the best card to have in your wallet to get cash out of an ATM globally and even domestically. Why...

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Farewell Virgin America

The merger between Virgin America and Alaska Airlines closed ~15 months ago and now the full takeover by Alaska Airlines will be completed on April 24th, 2018. All airport branding will change over to Alaska as all flight #’s will be Alaska flight #’s plus Virgin America’s website will shutdown....

Boarding 0

Surf Air: MYF-SQL Pilatus PC-12NG

Surf Air had a promotion late last year offering Elite status members of commercial airlines to try them out for 1 flight at no charge. I was able to book my trial flight from San Diego (Montgomery Field – MYF) to San Carlos (SQL) which was a new route for...