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It has been quite some time since I’ve been in this position, and it is not a comfortable one. I only have one upcoming travel envelope started. It almost feels like depression I think???
The only travel booked is 9 days in Hawaii in September with the kids and grandson Carter.
Katybug and I have no personal travel plans. We are trying to put together an Alaskan cruise in June with friends of ours and I’m waiting for cruise prices to drop off a little. Anybody care to comment on the Norwegian Pearl as a cruise choice? I like the itinerary but have never been on Norwegian Cruise Lines before. And then after booking the cruise, I need to get two award tickets from Traverse City for our friends and two from Savannah for Katy and me. The tough part with booking awards to cruise cities is everybody else is trying to do the same thing for the same days. I’m looking a day or so in advance and coming up with nothing at this point. Maybe the answer is to take an award seat to a non cruise city and then jump on Southwest into Seattle or another low cost carrier into Vancouver if that ends up being our starting off point.
So our target for finding some travel days is April and May. We have thought about Hot Springs Arkansas for a few days. I’m hoping the weather will be warm enough. Katy also wants to see San Antonio and the Alamo. I’m hoping we can find a cheapie AA fare to San Antonio. We have often talked about a BBQ cook-off or Ribfest and will be Google searching for options along those lines.
I’d like to make these next couple domestic trips with our oddball points and miles I wrote about a couple days ago.. Maybe Alaska miles on Delta and using the two Priority Club nights and Hyatt 1-4 category nights to cover our hotel stays. Our son, Tony is off to Europe in a month or so and we can probably get him some hotel nights with the Choice points and Priority Club points.
I’ve noticed a change in Katy’s travel desires since the grand baby was born. She seems to want to stay US bound and shorter stays at that. We’ll try some National Park trips later in the summer but now it is stay in the southern tier of states for some warmer weather in the spring months. Come on folks. Have any spring US suggestions? In particular Hot Springs Arkansas?
Maybe these newer locations for us will offer the opportunities to use some of our oddball hotel points.
Citi Prestige® Card
- Annual Fee: $450 fee
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Bank
The increase to 50,000 ThankYou points for the Citi Prestige card may be a signal that Citi wants back in the game, big time. The sign-up bonus has just been increased to 50K points from the previous 30K offer. An added benefit is a $250 annual air travel credit each calendar year -- so, if you sign up in April, you'll receive the credit this year, and again in January of next year -- which more than covers the $450 first year fee. When you add in lounge access for you and up to two of your guests, you’ve added another $400+ in value. One more benefit worth mentioning is the fourth night free for any four-night hotel stay booked through Wagonlit Travel. And lastly is the $100 statement credit when you sign up for Global Entry and pay for it using the Prestige card. Don’t forget the ever-growing number of airline transfer partners that work with the ThankYou points program.
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