Yelp is my go-to when deciding on restaurants to visit. If a restaurant doesn’t have at least 4 stars, I hesitate going. If you’re like me, you rely on ratings because there’s only so many meals in a day and you want each one to be worthwhile! Especially if you’re traveling and you get to visit only a handful of restaurants. Well, when in Hong Kong, the site that everyone uses is OpenRice!
“Open rice” is a literal translation from a phrase in Chinese that means to eat / to start a meal. They started in 1999 and used to only be in Chinese. They expanded to include English to accommodate all the non-Chinese speaking Hong Kongers and foreign residents of Hong Kong. They have also expanded to many more Asian countries such as Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, China, and Thailand.
Prior to traveling abroad, I call all my credit card companies to alert them of my travel locations and travel dates. This way, my purchases abroad won’t be denied. Additionally, I confirm that my credit cards don’t add a foreign transaction fee. The cards that do carry the foreign transaction fee (usually 3%), I take out of my wallet and keep them at home until I return from my trip. It is not worth it to be charged an extra 3%!
On my recent trip to Asia, I called and verified which credit cards to bring with me. I had a plan for exchanging currency for the restaurants that might not take credit cards. Yet I still made a mistake!
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Just last month Marriott released an offer for their personal credit card. Get 100k points after spending $5000 in the first 3 months of opening the account. This is the highest amount of points offered as a sign-on bonus for this card.
Marriott points have increased in value for me because of their merger with Starwoods Preferred Guest. Marriott points transfer directly to SPG points at a 3:1 ratio. I value my SPG points very highly because of the flexibility they have. Continue reading “100K sign up points for Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card – best offer seen”
Flying to Hong Kong with a stop in Taipei, Taiwan will be our longest trip yet and I am definitely nervous for the flight!
In preparation, here’s what I’m packing for our 1 year old for 14 days, with access to laundry throughout the trip.
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I’m so excited for our trip to Maui, Hawaii this upcoming week. It’ll be my first time and my 10 month old’s first time to the beautiful island. My husband has been there twice before and cannot wait to show us why he loves Hawaii so much.
It will be two flights, a 4.5 hour flight to San Diego and a 6 hour flight from there to Maui. I am a little nervous since we haven’t flown that long with our baby yet and not sure how he’ll do. We currently have economy tickets and it looks like there’s no chance of any upgrades. I’ve selected window and aisle seats for my husband and I, hoping that the middle seat will remain open.
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This month until the end of this year, Amex released some great offers for eating out at fast food restaurants. For spending $10 or more at a restaurant, you can get a bonus of 500 membership reward points. The participating restaurants are Panera, Burger King, Papa John’s, and Dunkin’ Donuts. This is an amazing deal since I would eat at these restaurants anyway! Plus, I can redeem each of them up to 3 times for a total of 6000 membership reward points. For Dunkin’ Donuts, you can add the $10+ to your DD card in the DD app, which allows you to earn points per drink.
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Starbucks and Lyft have partnered together to make the morning commute sweeter. I already use Lyft for my commute in the mornings and now by simply connecting my Lyft and Starbucks accounts, I will earn 5 stars for every morning ride between 5am – 10am M – F. This will end Nov 9, 2016 so hurry and sign up now.
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