JET LAG = when you're so delusional that your smile could turn into tears at any moment, and the words coming out of your mouth make next-to-no sense 😂⠀
What you're seeing here is the result of a 24-hour day, 11+ hour, trans-continental flight. 🛩⠀
Okay...maybe you're thinking "but Amanda...you don't look jet lagged, you're clearly wearing makeup." To which I would respond "YES! You are right. I am wearing makeup...that I put on 24 hours prior. Shoutout to @kevynaucoin“ 💋⠀
Time travel is a funny thing (no, not real time travel. I’m just calling it that for the sake of this post. AKA multi-time zone travel). You leave LA at 4pm and arrive in France the next day at 11am. You're exhausted from working an 11 hour flight...but if you go to bed at noon, then what? 💤⠀
What do you do? To sleep or not to sleep? That is the question. 🥱
When I travel over long distances, I do my absolute best to IMMEDIATELY adjust to the local time zone. If that means staying awake for 36 hours...so be it. Better to acclimate quickly than waste precious daytime hours in bed, only to spend the night wide awake trying to translate French TV... 🇫🇷⠀
I know most of us are stuck at home right now 😕, but in "the before times" what was YOUR travel style? How did you combat the dreaded jet lag? Do you immediately hit the hay or do you power through and force yourself to leave the hotel room? 🏃🏼♀️⠀
Any tips and tricks are much appreciated. I'm stockpiling them for when the world reopens to international travel. In the meantime, I will delight in t fact that my longest flights are currently no longer than 6 hours. And I will also delight in my daily naps. hehehhe. 😎
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Cake reveal...Only one person guessed what the undecorated cake will be. I was given free rein on this cake. With men cakes I struggle a bit with designs and did with this cake when the birthday celebrant's wife said we just need a cake. After a day or so it suddenly clicked, of course I know what cake to make him, he likes his designer clothing.
So my mind went into overdrive thinking how I was going to cover the cake in this heat without making a mess of it. I thought of about 2 ways I would go about it but still worried about the chocolate ganache seeping through the strips of fondant. It wasn't until very early on day of decorating the cake did I have an Eureka moment and I thank God it worked. I had to do a lot of measurements on this one 🤯😨🤓📐✏📝
Happy birthday to a wonderful brother @alexoduwole. As you mark your birthday today, may God bless and enrich you 🙏
Vanilla sponge cake with vanilla bean buttercream filling 😋
One question we get is, “Do you ever worry that you’ll run out of cards to sign up for?”
Short answer: no.
Long answer: There are so many travel reward credit cards out there. We’ve been doing this for years and have barely scratched the surface. You won’t run out options. Credit cards get retired and new ones come out. You can convince your spouse to join you and get each card 2x (plus you can refer them and get bonus points). Sometimes you can reapply for a card you’ve cancelled had and get the signup bonus again. You’ve got business and personal cards, cards from hotel and airlines brands, plus transferable point cards (Chase Ultimate Rewards, Amex Membership Rewards, etc.) Trust us there are a lot! So many in fact that it can be overwhelming if you are new to travel hacking.
Today on the blog we are talking all about the different credit cards out there and how these cards work. Find out what types are our favorites (hint: if you’ve been following awhile you prob already know ☺️). Check out the post by visiting the link in bio and reach out with any questions!
We've spent so many days at the beach this year because of covid. Even though we are usually more of a pool family, my favorite place is the beach. I wanted to live at the beach when I was a little girl as long as I can remember. Thankful for the things I have now, that I used to wish for. @buffbunnycollection
Pinot Noir vines in Ay from the Collet Coopérative.
The vines are just about turning red now and should be ready for an early 2020 harvest at the end of August. Let's hope they'll actually be keeping them and not doing a massive dump of grapes, due to low sales this year, which I've heard might happen in order to protect the region from too low prices.
Understandably, Delta SkyMiles gets a pretty bad rap in the miles & points world. It was the first major carrier to remove award charts and has generally lacked transparency. And, that’s before we even get poor award rates and a lack of transparency.
Still, there’s one particular way to use miles to fly to Asia that I really like.
No, you shouldn't use Delta miles to fly Delta.
You should book a one-way China Airlines business class award ticket for 85k SkyMiles between the US and Taipei.
It’s possible to connect to other parts of Asia for no extra miles. However, when you search online with Delta, you’re unlikely to see connecting space. For example, you’ll often see LAX to Taipei and Taipei to Bangkok separately but you won’t find award space if you search LAX to Bangkok.
To include a connection, plan to make a phone call to Delta and ask them to manually search for the award space. Even then, you might run into a phone agent who prices the award as two separate awards rather than one.
Now, I’m sure someone is going to point out that you can use fewer miles to fly to Asia in biz class and that’s true. You can use 50k Alaska miles or 70k American miles to fly Cathay Pacific.
However, neither Alaska nor AA have a bank transfer partner, but Delta partner with Amex Membership Rewards so it's easier to earn the miles needed to book.
Not to mention, China Airlines has been more generous with award space than many airlines so you're more likely to find award space when you need it.
Let me know if you have any questions about earning or redeeming Delta SkyMiles!
PS. Taiwan is amazing. You should visit. Feel free to ask me about how amazing it is.
Hello from Qatar 🇶🇦
QSuites today was... epic! Full review to come tomorrow as I fly on QSuites again in the morning - I want to have my thoughts based on the full 11 hours of flying. In summary absolutely phenomenal product, friendly enthusiastic and proactive staff and tasty, fresh onboard food. Upgraded service items such as LP Rose Champagne and safety provisions such as face shield, face mask and designer hand sanitiser (kid you not!). Experienced no issues with taking photos in fact the crew encouraged it and even made up the quad suite here for me to enjoy. Flight was only around 10% occupied in J (pretty full in Y) so meant I could experience a few of the different QSuites. Keep an eye on my stories tomorrow to follow along for the next QR instalment ✈️
49 1,2252 August, 2020
Retro flying with a lake view.
Airbus A319 ”Christian Valdemar Viking” (OY-KBO) is the only @flysas aircraft carrying a special retro livery which is similar to the livery which was first introduced in 1956.
Here the retro viking passed the island of Munsö on its approach into @arlanda airport.
A big hello 👋🏼 to all my lovely new followers! Sending you a warm welcome and it’s so nice to see so many new faces. ⠀
Let me tell you a little bit about myself ...⠀
Whilst I wish I was currently sunning myself on this beach in the south of France, I’m safe in my home away from home in York, UK. ⠀
My husband and I have been living the expat life here for 3.5 years. We are originally from Perth, Western Australia and moved here when I was 5 months pregnant. My daughter was born in York and I like to refer to her as a ‘proper Yorkshire Lass’ 😉 But she is a true Aussie at heart. ⠀
We love to travel so Covid has put somewhat of a dampener on our plans for 2020. You will often find me with a coffee or champagne in one hand, and one of my beloved designer handbags in the other. ⠀
We have two beagles who we flew over from Australia - Bailey & Nellie. Whilst they drive me slightly mental on a daily basis, I wouldn’t be without them! ⠀
I would love to get to know some of you, so say hi below or drop me a DM 📧 ⠀
34 17210 hours ago
Copper lined lobbies
Did you know the @rosewoodlondon was formerly the @renhotels Chancery Court? Me neither, but I did find out in January on my last Eurotrip. The staff serving afternoon tea in the exquisite Mirror Room shared the revered story of the castle-like building originally used as headquarters for an insurance company. It’s refreshing and memorable to meet staff who take deep pride in their property.
How to book: @americanexpress FHR is my go to when I’m feeling fancy in London, or uninterested in any Marriott properties. The @rosewoodlondon offers decent rates and phenomenal perks when booking through the program.
13 31130 July, 2020
To @marriottbonvoy or not, that is the (daily) question🤔
I’m regularly on the fence about maintaining Marriott loyalty. Despite having decent experiences, I’m not convinced my mid-tier Platinum status (50 night requirement) is noteworthy compared to Hilton and Hyatt’s top-tier status (50-60 night requirement). Each time I’m ready to hop off the @marriottbonvoy hamster-wheel, a shiny new promo catches my eye, and currently, @chase is offering a 100,000 point sign-on bonus for their low-fee Boundless card. Perks include (useless) Gold status and a complimentary annual hotel night stay which more than makes up for the annual fee. Just like that, I’m suddenly open to keeping status with Marriott again.🙄 Is anyone else considering this promo?
𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐈 𝐓𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐀 𝐂𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐀 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐁𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐓𝐫𝐢𝐩🛫
𝘛𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘮𝘦 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘺𝘰𝘶'𝘷𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘧𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘤𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘥𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘦 𝘊𝘖𝘝𝘐𝘋 𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘭 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴!
In January, Qatar Airways had a biz class flight deal from LAX to Kuala Lumpur for $2,400 round-trip - entirely in Qsuites.🥂
With the Amex Biz Platinum Card, I was able to book via Amex Travel with only 158k points after the 35% rebate.
That’s a pretty sweet deal! I was stoked.
Then, COVID happened.🤦🏻♂️
Clearly, a trip in July wasn’t going to happen. Fortunately, Qatar Airways really came through with a customer-friendly change policy.
𝐌𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐕𝐢𝐚 𝐀𝐦𝐞𝐱 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐥💳
I was curious how the change process would go given that I had booked via Amex Travel rather than directly with Qatar.
I’m happy to report that it was quick and painless. To take care of everything, it only took 36 minutes - and it would have been shorter if the system didn’t try to incorrectly require me to pay the fare difference.
𝐀𝐧 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐁𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐓𝐫𝐢𝐩🍲
Not only was I able to change my flight dates for much later this year (hoping I can travel by then) but I able to change the origin and destination.
Now, I’ll fly from New York to Singapore and back home from Kuala Lumpur to Washington, DC.
This makes the trip much more convenient for me AND it will be easy to visit friends in Singapore.
You might be wondering why I’d fly out of JFK instead of IAD.
Well, I’m meeting up with my friend @mixridejay for this trip and we figured it would be fun to hang out at AA’s Flagship Lounge (specifically, The Bridge section) before our flight to Doha.
Yes, I love some airport lounges enough to connect. Don’t judge me!🙃
The COVID situation could certainly still prevent a late-2020 trip but I’ll hope for the best. If it doesn’t work, I’ll deal with that if necessary.
Until then, I’ll hope for good things and some Qsuites fun on an amazing trip to Southeast Asia!
23 70019 June, 2020
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