Celebrating Thanksgiving Abroad

This is our third Thanksgiving (in a row) that we have celebrated outside of the US. We are in northern Greece and enjoying some cooler weather with mist. It is certainly better than the weather that was experienced where we are from in the US (western NY). I know that some people when they are out of the US may just postpone their celebration of holidays or special days until they get back – especially when it is a holiday that is not celebrated in the country you are in. For us, we love Thanksgiving and love celebrating it. So, we continue to celebrate it no matter where we are! The Meal The tough part comes in finding certain ingredients to help the meal go along in the normal manner. Of course, for Thanksgiving, you have to have turkey, right? Well, what happens when the available turkeys are few and very expensive? How expensive? Try $56 for a 10.5 pound bird! So, you go for the next best thing and get a turkey... ...

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A Big Thank You!

It is hard to believe another Thanksgiving is here! It truly is my favorite holiday of all and always has been. I love the time with family, I love the traditions involved, I used to love the way that retailers were always closed (guess that is gone forever!) – it is just a wonderful day! For years, it would start with running a favorite 10K Thanksgiving race and I almost always ran it with my younger brother. We were a consistent second place team in the brother-brother rankings and always enjoyed each other’s company. After that, our Thanksgiving day would unfold like many other Americans. This year (as has been the case for the last three Thanksgivings), we are out of the US. It is almost like the country of Greece knew how much I like things closed down since they had a 24 hour government strike in place today – limited public transportation, no air traffic control systems, etc. So, thanks (I guess) to Greece for making me feel... ...

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Great Deal On Kindle Readers and Tablets + Kindle Unlimited

More and more people are using Kindle reading devices during travels, thanks to their incredible battery life and their lightweight. I remember when the very first model came out – in fact, my wife bought it for me as my first father’s day gift. The price, at the time, was really high! Given the incredible features, I had never imagined that the prices on these devices would come down as low as they are now. Today, Amazon is giving us an even better deal on them. Great Deal On Kindle Readers and Tablets The basic Kindle device is currently on sale for $49 (down from the usual $79) – Amazon Link The Kindle Paperwhite (with the backlight) is on sale for $99 (down from the usual $119) – Amazon Link The Kindle Fire HD 6 tablet (the basic 6″ model) is on sale for $79 (down from the usual $99) - Amazon Link The Kindle Fire HD 7 tablet (the 7″ model) is on sale for $109 (down from the usual $139) – Amazon Link The Kindle Fire HDX tablet is on... ...

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Amazing Deal: Get AA Executive Platinum For As Little As $725

I do not normally post many mileage run opportunities (where you fly for the purpose of earning miles for redemption or elite status), but this one was too good to pass up. This is one thing you need to know with fares like this – act now and think/plan later. These deals will not last! Get AA Executive Platinum For As Little As $725 AA Executive Platinum is the top tier status with American Airlines and is seen as a great status to have given the 8 systemwide upgrades that you receive. These upgrade certificates let you upgrade any revenue ticket to the next class (if there is availability) on AA flights. That means, you can upgrade a flight from the US to Asia (on AA) from a cheap coach ticket to business class! This status will also be useful should you desire to match to Delta or United in the future. Required Reading: Frequent Miler’s The Last Great Mileage Run Make sure you read the post above to get... ...

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Good Deal: GoPro Hero3+ Silver w/ Extras for $249 +Amex Offer

Here is another great deal that is a combo of holiday pricing with an Amex Offer. For this one, it is the GoPro Hero3+ Silver with LCD Touch BacPac and 16GB memory card. - Best Buy Purchase Link The Hero3+ is last year’s model and the Silver edition is the mid-range. With the included LCD Touch BacPac (regularly $79), you can see what you are shooting and the inclusion of the memory card means you get to start shooting as soon as you receive the package. Signing Up Signing up for this is the same as the other Amex Offers that have been posted. Sign in to your account and then go to the bottom of the page for Amex Offers for You. Select that and drop the list to see the Best Buy option. Save it to your card and you are ready to go! Using the Offer If you save the Amex offer for Best Buy to your American Express card, you will be able to get $25 cash back... ...

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Flying A Small Drone? You May Need A Pilot’s License!

With the onslaught of small, aerial drones that have hit the market over the years, the skies are seeing more and more of these aerial vehicles with cameras attached. A popular combo is the DJI Phantom series with a GoPro HERO camera that can be used to capture some incredible shots. For a while, it has been rumored that the FAA was going to be issuing stricter guidelines for those that use these drones for a commercial purpose. These drones are great for taking video and photos for realtors, for films, for events, for landscape photos, etc. These uses are just a few of the many commercial purposes being contemplated. Some of the larger endeavors have to do with Google and Amazon who have been talking plans to use automated drones. The FAA is now saying that they will be issuing new requirements for drones used for commercial purposes. To use them, you will need to keep them under 400 feet, always within sight, and only in the daytime. But... ...

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New Miles + Bonus Program Is Here

Yesterday is the day that Aegean Airlines was changing up their frequent flyer program, the new Miles & Bonus program. The program had been unavailable for the last few days and it was not possible to book award tickets from your account (though any flights you credited will still be credited to the account). Now, they have launched the new website and program. There are still some errors popping up, but yesterday, they put it up per their promise. Here is a guide and overview of what to expect. This is developing as the website is hit and miss right now. I have put down everything that I have been able to find after a lot of searching online and talking to numerous customer service representatives and supervisors. New Miles + Bonus Program Is Here If you are not familiar with the changes, check out this post. The new Miles + Bonus program has added some significant points that will be helpful for those who wish to remain loyal to Aegean Airlines, even... ...

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Book These Hotels For 5,000 Points Per Night – The IHG PointBreaks

It is that time again – the release of the next session of IHG PointBreak hotels (this list actually went live yesterday but I had some things that came up and wasn’t able to get to this yesterday). As you know by now, these hotels can be booked for only 5,000 IHG points per night for reservations lasting through February 28, 2015. The IHG PointBreak hotels are certainly the best deal in hotel awards even though not all of these hotels are awe-inspiring. IHG PointBreak Hotel List The following list of hotels are available for only 5,000 points per night for reservations through February 28, 2015. Remember, you cannot make more than two reservations per hotel during this booking period (you can still book multiple reservations at various hotels, just not more than two at one property). Getting the points There are a variety of ways to get the points necessary for PointBreak hotels. The one thing that I would only do as a last resort is to use Ultimate Rewards. Yes,... ...

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Cannot Use Ultimate Reward Points On Merchandise Anymore

One of the great things about Ultimate Rewards is the flexibility that they give. Want to use them to transfer to travel partners? No problem – they give you a good variety so that you can really travel anywhere. What if you would rather just use the points directly for travel? Yes, Chase lets you do that for a value of 1.25 cents for every point when redeemed for travel through the Ultimate Rewards site. Related Post: New Ultimate Rewards Website Ways To Use Ultimate Reward Points Do you want to use them to receive money back? Yep, you can get cash back at a rate of $1 for every 100 points you have. How about gift cards? Sure, you can get them as well – to a variety of retailers at the same ratio as cash back. In fact, you can even use your Ultimate Reward points for redeeming items from Amazon. Now, those of us who value our travel redemptions really only consider the travel options as options... ...

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