Daraius and I took my parents on an around-the-world trip to the Maldives, India, and Hong Kong. My step-dad, Mark, had never been outside the US, and my mom had only been to India.
We had a free stopover in Hong Kong with our Cathay Pacific flight back to the US.
Daraius and I thought it would be a great experience for them to see Hong Kong because it’s such a dynamic city! It’s also very different from both India and the Maldives.
If You’re Looking for a Place to Stay, the InterContinental Hong Kong Is a Terrific Option!
We only spent a few days in Hong Kong during this trip. So if you want more details about sights, shopping, and restaurants, check out the trip report from our longer stay in Hong Kong in December 2013.
Now and then you might have to buy a ticket on an airline you’ll likely fly rarely (or ever) again.
You might wonder what you’ll do with the few hundred or thousand miles you’ll earn – because you’ll never have enough for a free ticket, right?
Some folks don’t know that when you buy a paid ticket on many airlines, you can credit the miles flown to another (partner or alliance) airline. Like your favorite frequent flyer program!
Flying a Star Alliance Airline? You Can Credit the Miles Flown to Other Alliance Partner Airlines!
Let’s see when it’s a good idea to credit miles flown on 1 airline to another!
One of the best tricks miles and points enthusiasts use is concentrating their efforts on collecting transferable points to use on award tickets, hotel stays, and more!
Instead of focusing on earning points in a specific frequent flyer or hotel guest program, folks who collect transferable points have many more options for how they use them!
That’s because you can choose to transfer your points to dozens of different programs.
The World Awaits: Transferable Points Give You Many More Options for Big Travel With Small Money
Let’s look at why transferable points are a great deal along with some of the best ways to use them!
Did you know TSA PreCheck is NOT the only way to skip long security lines at airports?
You could save time and aggravation by signing-up for CLEAR, which lets you enter dedicated (shorter) screening lanes at certain US airports.
And folks with Visa Signature cards can try CLEAR free for 6 months! Plus, you won’t have to wait in line with over 1 million travelers who’ve registered for TSA PreCheck!
You and Your Family Could Get Through Airport Security Lines More Quickly With CLEAR
But CLEAR is NOT for everyone. I’ll explain!
If you’re looking for a frugal destination for your summer travels, you could stretch your vacation budget further by traveling to Canada!
That’s because the exchange rate between the US and Canadian dollar is very good right now.
It’s like saving ~20% everywhere! And you could get there cheaply if you can drive, take the train, or fly from cities near the US / Canada border.
Instant Discount! You’ll Get ~1.22 Canadian Dollars for Every US Dollar
There are lots of Canadian destinations Emily and I would love to visit but haven’t seen yet. Here are 5 on our wish list.