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An AAwful Cluster: How American Ruined My Trip To Croatia

Anyone who has flown American lately, or owns stock in the company, has noticed the clear negative trend of poor operational performance, inadequate customer service and less than stellar elite recognition. Or as Ben wrote earlier this year: “American…

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My iPhone Has Me Convinced I Should Leave My DSLR At Home

The type of luggage you travel with and what you pack in it has been an ongoing topic of discussion here at OMAAT. I am with Tiffany in support of the spinner bag. They are particularly helpful when trying to get around with little ones. My last few…

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SPG All-Suite Properties Now Bookable At Standard Rates — With A Catch

My wife and I are going to Al Maha with Tiffany and her husband later this year. We planned this trip back when Emirates had a great deal on first class tickets to Milan via Dubai. Al Maha was a selling point for all involved, so we were committed to…

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Etihad First Class Lounge
Does Etihad’s New First Class Lounge Access Policy Make Sense?

Ben wrote last week about Etihad's new first class lounge in Abu Dhabi finally opening. I've been paying particular attention to this opening because we're flying Etihad to the Maldives. Matthew at Live and Let's Fly recently posted a review of the lounge.…

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My Kids’ Favorite Part of Staying At Hyatt Hotels

Before being status matched to Hyatt Diamond, I was a pretty loyal Starwood guy. On average, I'd guess 85% of my hotel stays were at Starwood properties. That's changed and I'm on track to requalify for Hyatt Diamond this year. The benefits are great…

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When In Doubt, Feed The Phone Agent Individual Segments

I've spent the better part of a week working on a trip to Bali. Finding award space that fits into two work schedules, two school schedules and our sitter's schedule has been a bit of a challenge. But, I finally found a set of days with award availability…

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Which Amazon Kindle Is Best For Travelers?

Occasionally we like to highlight gadgets that make travel easier, or that enhance the travel experience. One of those "no-brainer" items for us has been the Amazon Kindle -- not only is it a great piece of technology, but turns out it's much easier…

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AT&T iPhone Users Can Now Use Wi-Fi Calling When Traveling Abroad

Yesterday afternoon I received a text from AT&T advertising an update to their iPhone Wi-Fi Calling feature. They've expanded it to include some international calls. With Wi-Fi Calling enabled on an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S or 6S Plus, you can now make and…

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Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos
US Paid Time Off Policies Are Absolutely Miserable

I'll do my best to not make this a full-on rant. But, I'm sure I'm not alone in being frustrated by paid time off policies in the US. I work for a small business and my boss is probably more obsessed with travel than I am. So, I'm fortunate that my coworkers…

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Review: VIP Lounge Los Cabos Airport

We arrived at the airport an hour and a half before departure. After checking in, dropping off our bags and clearing security, we had roughly 30 minutes until our flight was supposed to board. The terminal was packed and there seemed to be quite bit…

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Review: Final Thoughts On The Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

About halfway through our trip at the Ziva Los Cabos, I had a thought I couldn't shake for the rest of the trip: I don't think this is a "Family Resort." It might sound like a silly nuance. But the more I thought about it the clearer it became. The Zilara…

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Review: Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos Restaurants And Bars

There are a lot of options when it comes to food and drinks at the Ziva Los Cabos. We did our best to cover them all but there are some gaps in the information below. Overall, I'll say the food was leaps and bounds better than the other all-inclusive…

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Review: Zen Spa, Pools And Other Activities At Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

With a week at the resort, we had plenty of time to cover all the Ziva had to offer. Here's a rundown of the various activities that are offered. As mentioned previously, we took advantage of a $100 spa credit for having the Hyatt Credit Card. To be…

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Review: Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos Ocean View Double Room

As I mentioned in the introduction, our drive from the airport was arranged by the hotel but contracted to TransCabo. They didn’t have car seats for our girls. But, the short ride from the airport was quick and painless. Upon our arrival at the Ziva,…

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Introduction: A Week Of Rest And Relaxation In Cabo

Our family was looking for a relaxing week on the beach and that's exactly what we got at the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos. We really enjoyed our stay and plan to return. There are some areas where they have room for improvement, which I'll highlight as well.…

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AMEX Proactively Notated My Account For An Upcoming Trip Abroad

My family is headed to Mexico soon. We're looking forward to a week of hanging out on the beach and relaxing. Apparently AMEX wants to make sure we have a fun, worry-free trip as well. Just the other day, I received the email below indicating recent…

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Should Kids Miss School To Travel?

I'm currently working on our family's travel plans for the rest of 2016 and have a new challenge to deal with... school schedules. My oldest daughter is currently in preschool. Thankfully her teacher has a great attitude and uses student travel as a…

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Why I Reported My Driver to Lyft

As I briefly mentioned in my previous post about using Lyft at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas, I had a bad experience with my driver on the way back to the airport. It started as soon as I got in the car. A woman was crossing the street in front of us…

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The One Travel Souvenir I Love to Buy

There are a lot of things I love about traveling. Shopping for souvenirs is NOT one of them. At home, I generally try to avoid crowds. I hate going into busy stores. And most of what I buy is delivered by a UPS driver. Going into a gift shop while traveling…

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Using Amazon Prime Video’s Download Feature While Traveling

Amazon Prime Video recently added the option to download some of their video catalog using the Amazon Video App on iOS and Android devices. Apparently this has been available to owners of Kindle Fire tablets for awhile. But, it's new to iOS and Android.…

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