Taunted baggage by way of delay.

Hi Flirts! I want to talk about something very important; A Go Bag. A Go Bag is extremely vital when traveling abroad!!! Now I feel it’s unfathomable to think that a person that travels as much as I do could completely forget to pack something for the occasion FWT has dubbed the “Just In Case” moments or more affectionately known as the “Oh Shit, the airline really can’t transfer my luggage in time for my connection flight leaving me in my travel clothes for another 24 hours and I don’t have soap or tooth paste” thus leaving me screaming Bastaaaaaards ::waves angry baby fist to the skies:: Sigh….

Well now that’s off my chest, lets talk about the importance of a Go Bag and the infinite possibilities of its contents. You should always carry a small personal hygiene kit, you know can freshen up the hot spots 🙂 Make sure you have the basics– toothpaste, deodorant, cleansing cloth pack, small travel soap, small travel lotion, wisp (or small travel tooth brush) and maybe Chapstick. Next would be undies, a extra top, new socks and if you are constantly fabulous your touch up make up. Very simple, can be rolled to fit in a corner of whatever carry on bag you utilize. Make sure this is packed in your carry on whether it be a back pack, tote or roller bag.

If you forget, whenever you do your missing baggage report they will offer you a hygiene kit to assist with the massive inconvenience you are encountering! Also another tip, always keep a copy of the bag tag that’s normally placed on the back of your ticket. I normally download the carriers app or go online and once on board of the air craft, before we take off I track it real fast to make sure it was scanned plane side. Anal – Maybe. Paranoid – Kinda. Worried – They’ve lost my bags twice when I’m overseas. Lesson Learned – Ya damn skippy!

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Greece…Doesnt He sound Sexy

I like to think of Greece as a Bond type of man. Breath taking handsome, sweeps you off your feet and makes you get lost in his Sunsets!!! I can’t find one picture that can mar the face of  Santorini, Greece. This is my love. I was awe stricken when I first  laid eyes upon this beauty online. I do plan on making love to this beautiful man! He has just left me no choice. This is my struggle when I begin to flirt and fall in love with travel 🙂

It’s probably THE most famous thing to do on Santorini, but witnessing a sunset at the very tip of Oia they say is a must for first-time visitors. Also, Santorini’s a good wine-growing island, and the landscape is adorned with endless fields of grapes. I plan on plucking a few and feasting on one of the the juiciest of my favorite fruits.

I am currently trying to book my stay in Santorini, Greece. What I am learning is that this Gem is a tad bit difficult to get to; Furthermore quite expensive if you are sticking with your normal airlines lol I am a loyal Sky Team member but I’m thinking I might have to ditch them in order for this to be affordable. Delta just quoted me some retarded figure to fly from Dubai to Santorini. I will share, they told me $2428.oo USD!!  O_o <~~ Those were my eye balls when I looked at it lol Now this is a romantic getaway, you understand. Not a Honeymoon or a Wedding destination or a proposal spot. Well who knows on the latter 😀 But to spend $10,000 on 5 days is just not happening lol No way, No How Siree!!

Still this handsome devil is luring me in…A luck has might have it though with some continuous looking I was able to find Qatar Airways for $592 USD from Dubai to Athens and then  Aegen Air from Athens to Santorini for $169 USD. These are all RT fares. I can do that but my heart is slightly breaking at the thought of the lost mileage that I wont be accruing!!

Even when I dreaming and planning my way to these love affairs, Cost is my number one concern! We all want to maximize our visits and leave thoroughly pleased with every choice we have made.

First flight on Korean Air

I always love flying non American airlines because they really mind the details. It’s just part of the service and the flight attendants are always better IMO.

There are 3 classes in this airline. First Class, Prestige (business) and Economy. I purchased an economy ticket and was really hoping not to be cramped in. Was seated I noticed that the screens in the seats are HUGE! Compared to Deltas minuscule screens these are like treasures. They are accompanied by remotes, and have a USB port to charge your devices.

After you have taken off they hand you little packages that contain slippers and a disposable toothbrush and toothpaste! Über cute. I’m rocking the slippers as we speak.

My dinner was bibimbap! Pretty delicious. I was given a glass of white wine to accompany and ate with REAL silverware!

I do wish there was WiFi aboard. Im not at all sleepy maybe I’ll sleep the last 4 hours of the flight, but the ability to research would be nice.

The flight is a total of 12 hours from Los Angeles to Tokyo, Japan. Anyway you look at it it’s just super long, Rounding up to 3000 miles.

A great beginning to a the tail end of my vacation I must say!

Stay tuned

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Delayed Baggage, So Says Delta

Drunken mornings are always the worst… But having to move with a purpose on a drunken morning is the pits! As I wake up this morning I am struggling to get out the bed, pack, shower, tame this beast I call my hair and check out before 2pm. Actually I lied to you, I’m battling a drunken afternoon lol After a night flirting and falling for Miami I got back to my hotel room at 6am which would be considered Morning. It’s actually 1pm and I’m racing to get to the lobby. The urgency was reiterated by the hotel staff that if I stayed pass 2pm they would charge me for a whole other night. Clevelander isn’t a cheap room either, so In an effort to avoid another $350 USD / night charge I’m running around the room like a mad woman.

I am able to get everything together make it to the lobby and plop down to gather myself. My world spinning around I take a taxi to the airport only feeling my current state deteriorating lol we pull up to the curb and I look around for the SkyPriority Sky Cap. No such luck 🙁 gathering my belongings and wits I head inside to the Sky Priority Desk. You never realize how daunting these small tasks can be until you are not only hungover but really still drunk lol Conversation proceeds as such:

Guy: Hi Ma’am, How can I help you?
Me: Hi, I’m sorry I need a minute . laying my head on the desk.
Guy: lol I’m sorry! We haven’t even started.
Me: ::increduously asking:: you guys don’t have a SkyPriority SkyCap!
Guy: nobody does
Me: Handing my passport I retort, Yes ATLANTA HARTS-FIELD HAS 2!
Guy: oh well they are larger than us.
I mention that I checked in online
He states in an irritated tone well why are you here?
Me: Because I need to check my bags! I can’t do that online.

I guess the man was disgruntled because he had to change stations but the less, I blame his lack of exuberance for cursing my second bag from not coming up on the carasol in Atlanta. Hopefully it pops up!

This particular bag had all my Mac Make up, Chi Blow Dryer, Amika flat irons, jewelry, all Victorias Secret or my unmentionables :), and clothes. I am on vacation I am not in the mood to replace this stuff!!

Sigh!

Oh TimeShare TimeShare TimeShare, What am I going to do with you??

Sigh…. I am one of the many people who were suckered in by the unbelievable tokens of promises that TimeShare would unequivocally make my dreams of consistent affordable travel true. I was lured in by the miniscule bread crumbs showing massive savings on my yearly travel, ease of booking and in general contentment knowing that im guaranteed a vacation every year. Booooooy, Did they saw me coming lol I was bamboozled, Hoodwinked I tell ya! 😀

Situation: Owner of 2 Westgate Properties, floating Bi-annual weeks.

Problem: I don’t vacation in Orlando often, But I bought the 2 bedroom lock off because they said I would have greater trading power. Secondly, I also own in Vegas on the strip but I havent been there in almost a year so it’s of no use at the present moment. Really, its cheaper to just book the getaways that are offered through my memberships with Interval International and Westgate Cruise and Travel.

So, Let me start my story off by sharing that just last week I was completely content with the foreboding feeling like I might have been duped into buying one of the worst investments ever lol However, This week I’m livid. They took $958.00 out of my account unannounced!!! Said cost were for the Annual Maintenance and HOA fees I was told over the phone. Now riddle me this; why would I pay that in a lump sum when I am making monthly payments on everything else. The simplicity of this question, aggravates me to my core because I would never agree to something as silly as that. I am not rich! Yet, Contractually I missed that detail. Word to the wise when you are sitting there with them talking, actually read the information as well. My Bad!

Hmm, Maybe the real problem is that I have planned and will be going in 3 DAYS on an amazing fun-filled, educated, drunken stupor, jet setting Holiday. I have been counting down to this for a couple of months now. I didn’t use any of my timeshare on this trip, so you can imagine how flabbergasted I was when I checked my account. I needed my little duckets to splurge on whatever frivolous thing I felt would add to the experience. Now I am left resenting Westgate for biting into my vacation pockets 🙁

A little Education morsel.. Selling a timeshare that has been recently purchased is worst than trying to sell a overinflated home your purchased during the real estate boom! At best I’ve seen people buying them for half the value, but then it is up to you to compensate the other half. If you didnt secure secondary financing or Just pay the property off during the 0% time frame, you are now stuff with a ridiculously high interest rate. They give you 10 years to pay them off. But depending on what type of unit you bought the features might change, the property become older and the general area could disinterest you. Anyway I have attached pictures of the Vegas location. I love it, very nice.

 

To Luxury or To Sport.. That is the question?

My poderances as of late have been what kind of Vehicle to rent while I am in Atlanta. Ultimately this is the City that I am interested in settling down in. So driving around and becoming familiar one trip at a time is a notion I should become comfortable with…

Renting Vehicles has always served a dual purpose: an extended test drive of a potentially new vehicle I will someday purchase or a means to an end in quick trip transportation. I love my own car so I have never had the urge to just rent a car to rent a car 🙁 Plus I can’t fathom frivolously spending One months car note in a week on something that doesn’t belong to me. Caveat, I do choose my Rental Dealership through whatever SkyMiles is deeming worthy of giving Flight Miles away for lol This is how I operate, I’m a miles hoarder.It’s a disease, when I’m older I might look into it lol Or maybe not because I will have so many miles stashed I’ll be on someones remote island sipping delious rum flavor daquiris out of various fruit shells 😀 Some people worry about their babies health or how their daycare is treating their precious children, I choose to worry about whether or not my next purchase will give me the miles necessary to get to the next coveted level within Delta. Lol I definitely have my priorities together, wouldn’t you say so?? 🙂

I am in between the Luxury/Prestige category or the Sports Category. I am in La La Loooooove with the 2011 Dodge Challenger. They look so sleek, reminiscent of the spirit of old Muscle cars. Beautiful – Strong – Hemi filled – Push Start- Decked out Electronic Console and Dash… Just sends chills through my body. I could pretend Im in the Fast and Furious, Darting through traffic at 5 Pm on  I-85 wind blowing through my hair… Hmmm well maybe not, ill run into the parkinglot Rush hour traffic, that is pretty bad in the City. But I could definitely be a fierce Sex and the City Extra stepping out my Shiny New rental. 🙂 Or should I be more sophisticated and grown and gofor a Premium vehicle.

Boooooooooooy, Let me tell you. I just finished googling and oogling pictures of the insides of a CTS and man! I’m SOLD lol The seats look like they would just hold you until you submitted to a peaceful slumber while you were maneuvered to your final destination. The Cadillac CTS or STS are nice but prices $600/ wk. This my friends is a Car note… and as I type I am coming to the realization that this rental price violates one of my principles in not paying a Monthly Car note on a Vehicle that doesn’t have my name on the Title 😀 Glad I realized that!! But still, My parents will be in town visiting and im not sure if they will feel the same way I feel about the Challenger. Especially climbing out the back of the 2 door Coupe lol Thats really not the image of Grown and Sexy HaHa

Hertz is offering 2000 miles towards my account if I rent with them, plus they offer a discount. But not on the Luxury car, the discount that is. I would still receive the Miles (YaaaaY) Enterprise seemed to have the better pricing plus Car selection that I found on www.expedia.com I’m not sure what to do now. I am in a pickle?? Thoughts, Please share!!!

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Medallion Benefits

You’ve reached Medallion status and now it’s time to reap the benefits.

Below is a chart that shows you your benefits.

Status Qualification

Silver

Gold

Platinum

Diamond

Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs)

25,000

50,000

75,000

125,000

Medallion Qualification Segments (MQSs)

30

60

100

140

Flight Benefits

Unlimited Medallion Complimentary Upgrade (Full Y Fare)

Booking

Booking

Booking

Booking

Unlimited Medallion Complimentary Upgrade (Discounted Fares)

1 Day

3 Days

5 Days

5 days with priority1

Unlimited Medallion Complimentary Companion Upgrade

Unlimited Medallion Complimentary Upgrade (Award Tickets and Pay with Miles)

 

Preferred Seats

Economy Comfort Seats

Discounted

Discounted

Complimentary

Complimentary

Priority Wait List

Same-Day Standby

 

Same-Day Confirmed

 

Program Benefits

First/Business Class Mileage & MQM Bonus

50%

50%

50%

50%

Premium Economy (Y,B,M Fares) Mileage & MQM Bonus

50%

50%

50%

50%

Rollover Medallion Qualification Miles

Unlimited Rollover

Unlimited Rollover

Unlimited Rollover

Unlimited Rollover

Medallion Mileage Bonus

25%

100%

100%

125%

Fee Waivers

Waived Baggage Fees4

Waived Same-Day Confirmed Fees

 

Waived Direct Ticketing Charge

 

Waived Award Redeposit/Reissue Fees6

 

 

Airport

Delta Sky Club Membership

Discounted

Discounted

Discounted

Complimentary

Priority Check-in

Priority Boarding

Sky Priority

Sky Priority

Sky Priority

Priority Security Line Access

 

Premium Sales & Services

Dedicated Phone Line2

Priority

Higher Priority

Highest Priority

VIP Line

Choice Benefits

Selection Menu of:

 

 

Choose
One

Choose
Two

New Systemwide Upgrades

 

 

4

6

Bonus Miles3

 

 

20,000

25,000

Gifting Medallion Status

 

 

Silver

Gold

Delta Sky Club One-Day Passes

 

 

4

6

Travel/Retail Gift Card

 

 

Various

Various

And More

 

 

 

 

SkyTeam Benefits (For International Flights)

SkyTeam Status

Elite

Elite Plus5

Elite Plus

Elite Plus

Priority Baggage Handling

 

SkyTeam Lounge Access

 

1 Diamonds traveling on discounted fares will clear before Platinums traveling on discounted fares.
2 Premium Sales and Service is available when calling from the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, or U.S. Virgin Islands.
3 You may keep the bonus miles or donate them to a SkyWish charity.
4 Excess, oversize, and/or overweight baggage fees may apply.
5 SkyTeam Elite Plus benefits for Gold Medallion members will be effective March 1st, 2011.
6 Waived for Award Tickets redeemed from a Diamond and Platinum Medallion member’s account.

Terms and Conditions:
Eligibility for Choice Benefits is based upon a status change to Platinum or Diamond Medallion within a given status year. Choice Benefits selections for 2010 status need to be made by February 28, 2011; selections for 2011 status need to be made by February 29, 2012; selections for 2012 status need to be made by February 28, 2013.

Medallion Complimentary Upgrades are subject to availability and may not be available on all flights or in all markets. Complimentary Upgrades are not available in markets that are serviced with BusinessElite product. Complimentary Upgrades for Economy Award reservations and Pay with Miles will be upgraded to First Class beginning at the eligible Medallion tier window based on availability. Taxes (and if applicable, fees) for Award Travel are the responsibility of the passenger and must be paid at the time the ticket is booked. Award Travel seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or in all markets. Offers and benefits subject to change without notice.

Rollover benefit means Medallion Qualification Miles earned in 2011 above a member’s earned Medallion threshold level will roll over to 2012 and count toward 2013 Medallion status qualification. Members who receive complimentary or gifted Medallion status are ineligible for rollover MQMs unless they earn more MQMs than the gifted status requirement. For example, if a member is gifted Silver Medallion status in 2011 and also earns 30,000 MQMs in 2011, s/he will be able to roll over 5,000 MQMs since the Silver Medallion requirement is 25,000 MQMs. Please allow 6-8 weeks for fulfillment of Choice Benefits. For selections made for 2011 Choice Benefits, companion status is good through February 29, 2012; for selections made for 2012 Choice Benefits, companion status is good through February 28, 2013. Economy Comfort seating is limited and may not be available on all flights. The Economy Comfort Medallion travel companion benefit is applicable for up to eight companions traveling on the same reservation as the Medallion member. Group reservations are not applicable. For companions of Gold and Silver Medallion members, fees apply per seat.

All SkyMiles program rules apply to SkyMiles program membership, miles, offers, mile accrual, mile redemption and travel benefits. To review the rules, please visit Membership Guide & Program Rules. All Delta Sky Club rules apply to Delta Sky Club use. To review the rules, please visit www.delta.com/skyclub. Offers and benefits subject to change.
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Million Miler Status

The Million Miler™ Program recognizes and rewards those customers who have flown an exceptional amount with us.

       Members who reach one million Medallion Qualification Miles are currently awarded complimentary annual Silver Medallion status.

       Members who reach two million Medallion Qualification Miles are currently awarded complimentary annual Gold Medallion status.

       Members who reach four million plus Medallion Qualification Miles are currently awarded complimentary annual Platinum Medallion status.

       Every time you reach a new level of Million Miler status you will have the opportunity to choose an exclusive gift as a token of our appreciation.

Million Miler balances are based on total Medallion Qualification Miles earned over a member’s lifetime.