The Ernest Hemingway Experience in Havana
Feb19

The Ernest Hemingway Experience in Havana

It’s no secret that Ernest Hemingway spent a large part of his life in Cuba, including his final years. There are monuments, pictures, plaques, and restaurants all over the country in his honor. Tour companies big and small also offer tours to head to his house outside of Havana and the bar that he used to spend a large majority of his time. We opted for a 1956 Ford Fairlane to take us around for the day, and what a beautiful choice...

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Money in Cuba and how to exchange
Feb18

Money in Cuba and how to exchange

Money Exchange / Currency Exchange in Cuba has two official currencies called the CUC and the CUP for short. The CUC is the Convertible Cuban Peso and the CUP is the Cuban Peso. Typically, most transactions that you’re going to concern yourself with are used with the CUC, as that’s the currency for all tourist transactions and most nicer restaurants. There aren’t that many countries in the world that use two currencies...

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Two of the most amazing Cuban restaurants you’ll find in Havana
Feb17

Two of the most amazing Cuban restaurants you’ll find in Havana

Finding good food isn’t that difficult Havana, as there are tons of restaurants. But for good Cuban restaurants you’ve just got to know where to look! A quick google search will give you some rough ideas, but the best way is just to ask a local! Just like any city that relies a lot on tourism, you can get sucked into a lot of tourist traps, and restaurant tourist traps are no exception. It’s not uncommon for us to be walking around...

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Our Delta upgrade just cleared as an Alaska Elite!
Feb12

Our Delta upgrade just cleared as an Alaska Elite!

To anyone following airline news over the past 2 years, it will come as no surprise that Delta and Alaska are frenemies. Alaska and Delta used to have a very strong partnership but over the past few months things have gone sour. Back on December 19th, Delta and Alaska announced that they would be cutting ties as of May 1st. Any flight that you booked prior to December the 19th and the ended before the 1st of May would earn miles and...

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Are you allowed to go to Cuba? Find out here
Feb11

Are you allowed to go to Cuba? Find out here

Am I allowed to go to Cuba? I’m sure that question has come up in conversation among you and your friends. Well, you had better have a good reason! Tourism, which includes tanning on the beach and chilling out with a coconut and mojito, are still not allowed reasons. The allowed reasons for travel are: Family Visits Official US gov’t business Journalistic activities Professional research and meetings Educational activities and...

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The Havana Chocolate Museum, a rich experience
Feb10

The Havana Chocolate Museum, a rich experience

Tucked away in a small and unassuming corner of an Old Havana street is a place known as the “Havana Chocolate Museum” or the “Museo del Chocolate.” For all intents and purposes, this really ISN’T a museum, rather a chocolate store with a small mini-factory in the back and a few display cases of some hot chocolate memorabilia, if you could call it that. Depending on the time of day, you might find that there’s a line outside. Never...

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Flight cancelled because of weather? Here’s what to expect
Feb08

Flight cancelled because of weather? Here’s what to expect

Modern airplanes can pretty much handle any type of weather. They’re designed to take lightning strikes, travel in snow and heavy rain and can even handle windstorms. But when an airline deems the weather too unsafe to travel and your flight is cancelled, what should you expect the airline to do for you? As always with everything in life, your results may vary. Here’s a basic guide. Flight cancelled or delayed? The first thing to...

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Four Points Sheraton Havana, an Honest Review
Feb07

Four Points Sheraton Havana, an Honest Review

As one of the only chain hotels in Havana, the Four Points by Sheraton is in a very unique position to cater to the wants and needs of international travelers looking for a brand that they can trust. Being that the Four Points just came into existence in July, there weren’t any online reviews to fall back on. The hotel was formerly known as the “Hotel Quinta Avenida” (fifth avenue hotel) and became a joint venture between the...

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Would you pay 700,000 miles for an award ticket?
Jan25

Would you pay 700,000 miles for an award ticket?

Frequent flier miles are the best way to fly in premium cabins all over the world, but sometimes saving the miles necessary for that free flight can be tough. I know a lot of people who, once their account gets to the 25,000 miles level, look to how they can get a free flight to Chicago or Miami. While this may be OK for some people who don’t have large ambitions to fly in luxury all over the world, there comes a point when it...

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Hainan’s Business Class Sale from LAX to China!
Jan22

Hainan’s Business Class Sale from LAX to China!

Finding good business class deals can be a challenge, but luckily there are tons of airlines constantly running sales. Today, that airline is Hainan and we’re going to China! As Alaska Airlines Gold 75k members, we’ve got the opportunity to fly on a a number of their partners. With now over 15 partners, we’ve still got a way to go. We’ve flown on AeroMexico, Air France, American, British Airways, Delta,...

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