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Good People and Social Media Are Stronger Than Hurricanes

Time here has essentially stood still since Harvey made his unwelcome arrival on Friday, August 25, 2017. Nobody knows what day of the week it is, what time it is, and most of the anchors to normal schedules and routines such as work, school, and our kids’ activities have temporarily stopped. It is unbelievable how quickly the things that essentially ran your world are no longer a part of it. You quickly are reminded how much of a gift the things you…

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Houston Airports Re-Open, But Flights Still Largely Grounded

The Houston airports are now officially re-opened, but sadly that doesn’t mean that most flights are making it in or out. Being officially re-opened is a huge step in the right direction, but it is just one of many steps that have to be taken before things even resemble normal around here. Let’s talk about Hobby first. Hobby is officially open as of 4PM on Wednesday, but its main airline, Southwest, says they won’t be operating flights in or out…

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Helping and Hurting One Drop at a Time

I have lived in Texas near the Gulf Coast for most of my adult life, and I have seen hurricanes, floods, and tornados. I remember a very bad flood in 1994 that took out entire neighborhoods in my town with feet and feet and feet of water. I remember being off of school for a week and having to get a tetanus shot from volunteering in the flood water when that happened, because that is the sort of thing you remember as…

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New and Expanded Airline Travel Waivers for Hurricane Harvey

They told us Hurricane Harvey was going to be devastating for the Houston area. No one wanted to believe the worst case scenarios with rain measured in feet and thousands and thousands of flooded homes and businesses, but it happened. It is still happening. I live north of Houston and still can’t believe everything that is happening. Houses are flooding to the second level in my city as they release water from the dam today.   So, I’m scattered, but…

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Houston Miles and Points Meet-Up This Weekend

Once upon a time I somewhat regularly coordinated some meet-ups in the Houston area with fellow miles, points, and travel fans. And then I had a second kid…and it sadly hasn’t happened since, or at least I should say I haven’t been involved with one since. I really miss getting together with others in the area who share the love of traveling more for less, so I was thrilled that Richard of Award Travel 101 fame is putting together a meet-up…

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Fly Houston – New York for Just $60 on United!

An airline route I keep a close eye on is Houston – New York City, and right now United is offering tickets about as cheap as they ever get starting at $60 one-way for flights beginning later this summer and stretching all the way into mid-February! To avoid Basic Economy you have to spend $80 (or a little less if you are eligible for this discount), but even that is still a very good price for that market. I’m not seeing…

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Get Last Minute Points Deals on Houston Super Bowl Hotels

As you may well know, the Super Bowl is just two days away here in Houston. We didn’t end up having to make any “tough” decisions about splurging on tickets or not since my husband’s team didn’t make it past the second round of the playoffs, but since I’m always fascinated by what miles and points can do when rates are really high I took a peek at hotel rooms in Houston for this upcoming weekend.   Given that I’ve…

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New Houston Amex Centurion Lounge Menu

The Houston American Express Centurion Lounge has been open since June in the D Terminal, and in those few months we have had the privilege of visiting the lounge before a few flights using our Platinum Card® from American Express   I love the Amex Centurion Lounges for their high end drinks, their full buffet of actual food, family rooms, and more. However, on my most recent visit to the Houston Amex Centurion Lounge, something had changed…the food menu! I…

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Awesome New Flight Coming to Houston!

One of the more interesting flights that currently operates out of Houston is the Singapore Airlines flight that goes from Houston to Moscow to Singapore. I’m sure that the Houston – Moscow segment is very useful or even fun for some travelers, but it is being replaced with something a little more interesting to me personally…a Singapore flight from Houston to Manchester, England! For those not super familiar with UK geography, Manchester is located roughly halfway between London and Edinburgh. I’d like…

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Places Anthony Bourdain Visited in Houston for Parts Unknown

One of my very favorite travel shows is Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, heck it is one of my favorite shows period. He does a great job of telling the personal stories of a city or country while at the same time experiencing some pretty amazing looking food and drink. Well, usually drinks in the plural. While he may get away with relative obscurity in some far away places (other than the normal attention garnered by the mere presence of a camera…

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