Chicago Seminars Friendships and an OC Meetup on Saturday October 25 at 12pm

Chicago Sign

Chicago Seminars Friendships and an OC Meetup on Saturday October 25 at 12pm

Good afternoon everyone, I had a great time at the Chicago Seminars (and not just because I won a prize in the raffle).  My favorite part of attending various travel conferences is meeting people.  I love when blog readers come up to me and tell me how much they love my blog (thank you!) and how some of my articles have helped them plan and book their upcoming vacation.  I also saw some familiar friends, like Ray, the grandfather of churning, who always has fascinating stories (and outfits) to share.  If you go to travel conferences often, you will start to see many familiar faces and start to form very good friendships.  I have even gone on a few trips with people I have met at travel conferences.  Traveling with someone who plays the miles and points game with you is great.  If you are skeptical of attending travel conferences, read Why you Should go to Travel Conferences by Yourself #Rant

Grant and Ray Chicago Seminars 2014

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US Bank FlexPerks: No Foreign Transaction Fees, 1,000 FlexPoints for Joining Visa Checkout, 3,000 FlexPoints for Spending $5,500, and other Offers (Targeted?)

FlexPerks Visa Signature Card

US Bank FlexPerks: No Foreign Transaction Fees, 1,000 FlexPoints for Joining Visa Checkout, 3,000 FlexPoints for Spending $5,500, and other Offers (Targeted?)

Thanks to Dan for the heads up.  Apparently US Bank listened to me and got rid of the foreign transaction (FOREX) fees on their US Bank Flexperks credit card.  Previously, I wrote The US Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards Visa might be the Worst Travel Credit Card Ever stating that this was the only chip and signature card that had FOREX fees.  I’m glad they fixed that mistake.

US Bank FlexPerks No FOREX

if only they could update their terms and conditions page to match the new FOREX fee change.

FOREX Fees FlexPerks

The following offers may/may not be targeted.  With that said, I am including the links for all the offers.  Therefore, some of the links may/may not work.  Good luck!   Continue reading

Amtrak Coast Starlight Trip Summary and my Train Traveling Thoughts

Sheldon Cooper Train

Amtrak Coast Starlight Trip Summary and my Train Traveling Thoughts

For those of you not following along at home, here are the 5 parts of my Amtrak Coast Starlight journey:

I promise this is my last Amtrak post for a while.  While on the train, I had a lot of free time so I passed the time looking out the windows, taking pictures, and writing blog posts.  The journey took me from Seattle down to Los Angeles and stopped several times (sometimes for 2 minutes, sometimes for 45+ minutes), it just depends on the train traffic and if we are ahead of schedule or not.  Train travel is not for everyone, but it is worth considering a trip across this great country.  Here is a map of the journey:

Amtrak Coast Starlight Train Stops Map

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Amtrak Coast Starlight Trip – Part 5: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner in the Dining Car and Parlour Car

Parlour Car Logo

Amtrak Coast Starlight Trip – Part 5: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner in the Dining Car and Parlour Car

If you like looking at pictures of food, this post is just for you.  First things first, you need a reservation for lunch and dinner in the dining car and the parlour car.  Both restaurants are in adjoining cars and serve different meals.  You need to make a reservation otherwise you will not be able to eat at either restaurant.  The Amtrak attendant will walk through the parlour and sleeping cars and make reservations for everyone.

Lunch Reservation

The dining car has 16-18 tables while the parlour car has only 8 tables (so the parlour car reservations fill up faster).

Parlour Car Table Parlour Car Table 2

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