Should you buy travel insurance from the same company you are travelling with?

A major trip is a major investment. Dine Drink Travel discusses some of the things to consider with travel insurance.
A major trip is a major investment. Dine Drink Travel discusses some of the things to consider with travel insurance.

About a year ago, I traveled to Japan and Indonesia. It was the trip of a lifetime. Even though I have lived in three countries and traveled to many more, I still get nervous about the risk involved in such a major trip. I’m not worried that something awful is going to happen. Instead, I am worried about recovering the cost if something goes wrong. If I get sick, or if if a flight gets cancelled, or if any of a million other things happens I might lose a lot of money. I prefer to budget that up front, so I buy travel insurance. Today, I want to talk about some of the things to look for when buying travel insurance. I also want to talk about whether to buy insurance directly from the company with which you are travelling. Continue reading “Should you buy travel insurance from the same company you are travelling with?”

American Airlines regional jet first class (Updated)

The first class cabin on an American Airlines regional jet. Specifically, this is a CRJ-900.
American Airlines regional jet first class cabin. Specifically, this is a CRJ-900.

I wrote last year about regional jet first class service onĀ American Airlines (or American Eagle). For those of us who fly out of smaller markets, having this first class product is a great option. I had the opportunity to fly this product December 29 between Phoenix and Houston. This is a longer flight between two larger markets, so I wanted to update my original post. This flight was also scheduled to have a dinner service. This is not a great first class product, but it is much better than any domestic economy class flight. Continue reading “American Airlines regional jet first class (Updated)”

Bellagio Two Bedroom Penthouse Suite (Updated)

A premier fountain view from our Bellagio two bedroom penthouse suite.
A premier fountain view from our Bellagio two bedroom penthouse suite.

I wrote last year about my stay in a Bellagio two bedroom penthouse suite. That was one of my earlier posts on Dine Drink Travel, and it was designed as a comprehensive review of my stay. We had the opportunity to stay in that suite again at the end of last month. This time, we also had a premier fountain view. In this post, I want to give you more information about the room rather than the hotel overall. Continue reading “Bellagio Two Bedroom Penthouse Suite (Updated)”

IAH Admiral’s Club in Terminal A

The door to the IAH Admiral's Club in Terminal A
The door to the IAH Admiral’s Club in Terminal A.

American Airlines has made a lot of improvements to their Admiral’s Club lounges over the last year. They are offering a wider variety of snacks, and my personal favorite is the guacamole available every afternoon. Then again, two kinds of free soup or the free fancy coffee machine are also nice. Of all the improvements they have made, however, one is particularly important to me. In 2017, AA re-opened the long-dormant IAH Admiral’s Club in Terminal A. They did a great job of remodeling, and this is a fantastic addition for those of us flying American out of Houston’s George Bush airport. Continue reading “IAH Admiral’s Club in Terminal A”

New Carnival room service menu

New Carnival room service menu as of January 2018
New Carnival room service menu as of January 2018

John Heald is a brand ambassador for Carnival Cruise Lines. He features a ton of useful information on his Facebook page. Unfortunately, key details are sometimes lost in the volume of what he makes available. Earlier today he posted the details of the new Carnival room service menu. I have posted that above so you can access quickly. What are the details on the new menu? Continue reading “New Carnival room service menu”