Airlines and Hotels Compete to make Cuba the Hottest New Destination of 2016

Things are really changing this year to make Cuba one of the top places to go in 2015. Full diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba will resume on April 10, and the six-story building off Havana’s Malecón esplanade that was once the U.S. embassy (and is now the U.S. Interests Section) is primed to reclaim its status after 54 years. Tourism infrastructure catering to U.S. travelers is next. While Americans were permitted to make educational visits to Cuba in tour groups, a tourism ban has barred individuals from traveling there under most circumstances. Under new revisions, Americans who plan a trip with a full schedule of educational exchange activities, including interacting with the Cuban people, will for the first time in decades be able to travel on their own to Cuba without special permission from the U.S. government. Although tourism is still barred by statute, the new rules amount to permission for any American who wants to travel to Cuba to plan an educational sojourn there, as long as they keep records of their activities for five years. Airbnb in Cuba for Everyone Airbnb will now let travelers from outside the U.S. to book properties in Cuba after receiving authorization from the U.S. government. Previously, only Americans were allowed to reserve the site’s Cuban listings. Airbnb launched its Cuban operations in April 2014, four months after the Obama administration revealed that it will begin to restore diplomatic relations with the Communist country. Cuba is currently Airbnb’s fastest-growing market, with about 4,000 homes added since it opened listings. Four Points By Sheraton Havana is now open as of June...
Uber Ride to Mexico from San Diego

Uber Ride to Mexico from San Diego

You can now use go party in Tijuana or dine in Rosarito without renting a car or driving. You can use UberPASSPORT to arrange one seamless trip from San Diego to Tijuana. Whether it’s a business trip or a beach getaway, Uber can help make your journey into Mexico safe and hassle-free. UberPASSPORT vehicles seat up the 4 passengers. Letting you grab a few friends, and head down to Tijuana or Rosarito for some authentic Mexican cuisine.  HOW IT WORKS: Download the Uber App (plus $10 off) if not already an Uber rider. Open your app and select the PASSPORT option within the vehicle menu Request a ride and remember to bring all of the required documentation Hop in your UberPASSPORT and cross into Mexico in one seamless trip* *UberPASSPORT is a one-way experience. Refer to the instructions on how to travel from Mexico to the U.S. Sample Fares to Mexico From San Diego, CA Area Start  End  UberPASSPORT North Park Zona Centro $90 Split Fare =$22.50 per person Downtown San Diego TIJ Airport $100 Split Fare = $25 per person Pacific Beach Rosarito $160 Split Fare = $40 per person While this looks tempting it is quite more expensive than taking a bus or perhaps just getting Uber to drop you off at the border and walking across. It will be safer getting a ride to a specific destination. While this is a one-way ride you have to hope that you will be able to get a ride back to San Diego at 3am or whenever you want to return from a wild last-minute trip to...

Best Debit Cards to use for International Travel

When traveling internationally you really have to plan months ahead not just in booking your rewards points but be able to strategize what cards you will take with you. You need to know way ahead of time so you can make sure you apply for those cards and have them in your wallet in time for overseas travel. A good credit card and ATM/Debit Card are two of the most important things to carry with you right after your passport. If you have traveled to foreign countries you should now that ATM cards that carry foreign transaction fees can really add up and sometimes be shockingly high. While I normally prefer to use my credit cards to earn points with a no international transaction fee credit card there are some situations you must use cash abroad. The best way to get cash is to use the ATM and not any kind of currency exchange that you see lined up near the baggage claim and along the streets of many tourist destinations. Capital One 360 Checking Debit Card You may remember this account which changed over from what used to be the ING Direct Electric Orange. Capital One 360 debit card no longer charges any Foreign Transaction Fees since the change. Comparable cards charge at least 3% charge to this 0%. Keep in mind that the ATM you use may issue a surcharge which is generally a flat fee. This tops our list for No Foreign Transaction Fee debit cards. Schwab Checking Debit Card The Schwab checking account claims it gives unlimited fee rebates from any ATM worldwide and no...

Storm batters Abu Dhabi causing suspended flights and airport flooding

The United Arab Emirates turned nasty Wednesday as a massive storm whipped through the desert nation, causing damage throughout the capital, Abu Dhabi. The downpour quickly overmatched the drainage systems according to CNN leaving motorists stranded in standing water on city streets. The storm, which contained strong winds, frequent lightning and even some hail, caused all flights to be suspended Wednesday at Abu Dhabi International Airport and disruptions at Dubai airport. Wind gusts reached hurricane strength — 75 mph (120 kilometers per hour) — at nearby Al Bateen Executive Airport. Emirates flights to Chicago and Seattle were some of the flights canceled today. While the UAE airports look amazing on the outside and inside deep down they are still third world with no regulated roofing for protection for travelers. The Middle East does not seem too prepared to handle rain as these storms have caused part of the roof to collapse at Abu Dhabi Airport today: Rain wreaks havoc in Abu Dhabi Rain wreaks havoc in Abu Dhabi causing flight cancellations and airport damage http://bit.ly/1M7xKkP Posted by RewardsCards on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 Several events were cancelled or suspended for the day, including Abu Dhabi Expo and Dubai Canvas festival...

Airline to start weighing passengers before flight

Their has been a debate whether airlines should charge more for passengers that may take up more than one seat. It’s a controversial debate of course so the airlines most likely will not touch it. Although, If you plan on flying Uzbekistan Airways it may include a trip to the scale. The airline started a pre-flight weighing of passengers to determine the average weight of passengers and their carry-on luggage. They claim that the procedure is strictly for research purposes and will aid the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in ensuring flight safety. Passengers will be asked to proceed through a weighing machine in the departure gate zone. The airlines website claims that ror the first six months of 2015 Uzbekistan Airways aircraft performed 11,575 flights. 1 million 235 thousand passengers were carried by Uzbekistan Airways. 18,3 thousand tons of freight including paid baggage and mail were transported. Maybe they are “weighing” every detail? Honestly I am surprised that U.S. Airlines have not started weighing passengers because they are always looking for more ways to nickel and dime us on each flight. The record of passenger weights will remain anonymous with the small airline. Instead of each weight measurement data stored per individual they will be categorized by gender or age, if the passenger is a...

25,000 Virgin Atlantic Miles Earned with Bank of America Checking Account

Virgin Atlantic miles may not be the most valuable miles you can get with opening a checking account but since they no longer are offering the $300 bonus we thought we would post. One great thing you can do is top off or send miles over to your Hilton HHonors account with Virgin Atlantic and that is why we mainly use it. You’re not eligible for this bonus if you were a signer or owner of a Bank of America checking account within past twelve months to make sure that it’s a new customer. A Direct deposit is required of two qualifying direct deposits of $2,000. This includes a paycheck, pension, Social Security check or other eligible income electronically deposited by an employer or an outside agency into your new checking account. You should get your bonus of 25,000 miles within 60 days of meeting all of the above requirements. All bank account bonuses are treated as income interest you have to report these to the IRS and pay taxes on them. They did not state the value of the 25,000 mile. One great thing about this promotion is there is no early account termination fee. There is a Core Checking $12 Monthly Fee that is waived if you meet one of the following requirements: Have at least one qualifying direct deposit of $250 or more Maintain an average daily balance of $1,500 or more Are a student under the age of 23 Interest Checking $25 Monthly Fee Monthly fee on this account is waived if you hold balances of $10,000 or more in your eligible linked accounts such...