How to Book on Virtuoso.com for VIP Benefits at Luxury Hotels Worldwide
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by Katie Dillon
6M ago
As you may know, you can access VIP benefits at thousands of luxury hotels worldwide through my affiliation with Virtuoso. You can get rates for and book many of these hotels online, 24 hours a day. That way, you don’t need to wait for us to provide rates for you. Virtuoso can be a little tricky, however, because some hotel booking pages do not have mobile versions. It’s not ideal, I know. If you’re on a laptop or desktop, you’ll never notice this. I recommend you fire one of these up to make life easier while navigating the site. However, if you’re trying to search rates for or book a hotel o ..read more
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Medjet Review: Is There Value in Emergency Evacuation Coverage?
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by Katie Dillon
1y ago
We have been Medjet members for years, and it’s time I review why. Please read the rules and regulations before purchasing a Medjet membership, as benefits are subject to change at any time. If you buy a membership through links in this post, I may be compensated. Modern travel looks little like it did even a few short years ago. These days, uncertainty is built into every aspect of the experience. Between COVID, staffing shortages, and climate concerns, various global issues can have catastrophic personal consequences. These can be as minor as brief flight delays, but transport issues become ..read more
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15 Best Travel Cribs for Babies & Toddlers That Are Portable, Easy, & Safe
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by Katie Dillon
2y ago
Whether you’re going to grandma’s for the weekend or jetting off to Europe for a summer vacation, traveling with a baby is going to require some sort of travel crib.  A comfortable and safe place for snoozing is essential for you and your family to have a pleasant vacation while your child is still young. Hotels provide cribs or Pack n’ Plays, but I’m finding that many parents are bringing their own portable cribs with them. These days, you can choose from breathable mesh styles to backpacks to grow-with-your-kid options. The best travel crib for you depends on the price, the level o ..read more
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Review: EgyptAir Business Class (737-800) from Athens to Cairo
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by La Jolla Mom
3y ago
One of the things that surprised us during our Egypt trip was how much we enjoyed EgyptAir business class. The majority of my photos are from our first flight from Athens to Cairo, but we also flew EgyptAir business class from Cairo to Istanbul and domestically between Cairo and Luxor. Check-In We checked in at Athens International Airport (ATH) with no lines at the EgyptAir business class counter or at customs. Our flight left from gate A19. The A gates do not have a Fast Track entry for customs or security but the only things that needed to be removed from our bags were iPads and lapt ..read more
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Review: British Airways Club Europe Business Class
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by La Jolla Mom
3y ago
We’re partial to British Airways which was our home airline when we lived in London. Over the years we’ve been pleased with their regional business class and, on our last set of flights, the food offerings were definitely improved hence the update to this British Airways Club Europe review. We desperately wish they’d change their seats though. Club Europe Seats on Airbus A320 Short-Haul Flights The seats are the same width (18″), pitch (30″), and configuration (three on each side of the aisle) as they are in economy class. The difference is that the middle seat in business class is b ..read more
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Use ResortPass for Day Access to Popular Hotels With Pools Near You
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by La Jolla Mom
3y ago
Have you ever longed to spend an afternoon at a hotel’s rooftop pool, searched for hotels with pools near me or wanted to check out a resort’s beach area without having to pay for an overnight stay? Thanks to ResortPass, you can now do exactly that. This young online booking platform, which just secured a round of financing, is becoming a popular method for securing day passes to enjoy hotel and resort pools, spas, and other amenities without requiring the user to be a hotel guest. Here’s everything you need to know about ResortPass including its pros and cons, and how to use it. Why ..read more
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9 Ways To Maximize American Airlines AAdvantage Miles Without Flying
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by La Jolla Mom
3y ago
Thanks to steady mileage program devaluations across most airlines, frequent fliers like me need to fly more using higher tier fares to earn airline miles and elite status. For us, this has also amplified the need to accrue American AAdvantage miles without flying. Why? We’ve been having trouble securing reduced mileage awards (or MileSAAver awards) on the routes we fly. This means booking AAnytime mileage awards which require significantly more miles, which is what I did on recent American Airlines flights to Hong Kong. If you want to earn more American Airlines miles in 2020, the gam ..read more
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10 Must-Have Skincare Products for Long Flights
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by La Jolla Mom
3y ago
Decades of regularly flying long haul have taught me that it’s necessary to accelerate a skincare routine when you fly. Extra attention to your skin on the plane and at least a few nights after landing in a destination is critical. Decades of regularly flying long haul have taught me that it’s necessary to adjust a skincare routine when traveling. Extra attention to your skin on the plane and at least a few nights after landing in a destination is critical. Why? Skin is your largest organ and we can agree that proactively caring for it while in-transit helps prevent you from looking ..read more
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20 Suitcase Packing Hacks for the Next Time You Travel
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by La Jolla Mom
3y ago
Studies show that 81% of Americans think they’re pretty good at packing luggage.  Yet, are you guilty of shoving your toiletries into the side pockets or sitting on your suitcase to force it to shut? If so, there’s an easier way. In fact, there are many ways to pack well and keep your sanity at the same time. Today, we’re sharing a list of 20 travel packing hacks that will transform the way you prepare for your next trip.  Ready to learn more? Let’s take off. 1. Use Packing Cubes Unlike some packing tools, these aren’t a flash-in-the-pan gimmick. We’ve been using them for years ..read more
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Long Haul Flights With Young Kids and Babies: Everything You Need to Know
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by La Jolla Mom
4y ago
I didn’t sleep well during the several weeks before flying long-haul with my baby from Hong Kong (where we lived) to Los Angeles. At that time, my daughter was 2 months old, and this was the longest distance she’d traveled. On top of that, we also had to connect in Tokyo due to a last-minute booking. The journey was about 24 hours door to door, and my baby had pretty severe reflux.  In the end, we were both fine, and we completed the same journey frequently after that. With a little trial and error in addition to advice from sleep experts serving our community of expats (who were also often fl ..read more
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