Excellent Guide to South South America

A blogger has published a post providing his guidance for those traveling to Patagonia, Argentina, South America.


There is a lot of good advice condensed into this post…it’s well worth reading if you are considering a trip to Patagonia or Antarctica.

California to Sweden for $295 r/t Jan-Mar 2017

Norwegian Airlines is posting fares as low as $295 round-trip for travel between Los Angeles / Oakland and Stockholm, Sweden.

FARE DEAL: Los Angeles or Oakland – Stockholm UNDER $300 Roundtrip


You can travel aboard a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which boasts larger windows and greater passenger comfort than older aircraft. Light hand luggage is free, you have to pay for other items like checked baggage and assigned seating.


Portland PDX to Tokyo NRT / HND Just $502+ r/t

American Airlines has a $502 / $512 round-trip fares from Portland, Oregon, to Tokyo.

American $502-$512 Portland PDX Tokyo NRT/HND Sep-Nov

Travel September to November.

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American Airlines

This low fare will not stick around long.

$9.20 External Battery for Smartphone, Tablet – Amazon Prime

Many low-cost airlines do not have power ports at the seats, so you may need to take an external battery for your smart phone and tablet if you plan to use them for in-flight entertainment. This external battery will do the job, and it costs only $9.20 from Amazon. Shipping is free if you have Prime.


The price shown at Amazon is $13.99, but that will drop when you use Promo code LHISM4IX

Note that Amazon prices change very frequently.

I have one of these batteries, and have used it for about a year without problems. Someone once discovered that, sometimes, you get more power out of the 1-amp USB port than out of the 2.1 amp one.

This battery weighs 344 grams (12 ounces, the same as a can of Coke), but the internals are metal so it feels heavy.

Status Match to Delta

Early July is the best time to do a status match to Delta airlines. If you have status on some other airline, you can get status on Delta just by applying.

If you want to Status Match / Challenge Delta – TODAY is the day to do it!

For example, if you are Platinum of American Airlines you can become Gold on Delta. Or, if you are Premier Gold on United you can become Gold on Delta. According to the official rules a status match is a one-time thing and is good for 90 days, or all the way to January 31, 2018, if you meet the associated flight requirements.



USA to Ecuador $282+ Round-Trip

Round-trip air fares to Quito from Fort Lauderdale: $282, Washington DC: $348, Philadelphia: $352, Hartford: $358, New York: $372, and Cleveland: $392 on JetBlue.


Travel September to December 2016.

Quito is located right on the equator, so it has no hot/cold seasons. It is located at a high elevation, so the temperature is always mild…but take a wrap if you want to visit the higher altitude parts of the city.

Ecuador’s currency is tied to the U.S. dollar, so you do not need to change currency.

From time to time IHG will include a Quito hotel on its PointBreaks list, which is how I was able to do a multi-day visit to the city for only $35 per day.

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JetBlue offers award travel for very few points.