Day Trip: Lisbon to Sintra

Trip Report: Portugal
Review: JetBlue Even More Space SFO – JFK
Review: Airspace Lounge
Review: TAP Economy JFK – LIS
WithLocals: Lisbon 10 Tastings Food Tour

For our last day in Lisbon, we took a day trip to Sintra, which is only a 40 minute train ride away. I decided to do this day trip on a Tuesday, since I heard Sintra is crowded on the weekends. (It was crowded on this Tuesday as well). After browsing through Instagram, I was super excited about Pena Palace. But I ended up falling in love with a different Sintra site.

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WithLocals: Lisbon 10 Tastings Food Tour

Trip Report: Portugal
Review: JetBlue Even More Space SFO – JFK
Review: Airspace Lounge
Review: TAP Economy JFK – LIS

I love doing food tours whenever I get to a new city. It’s a great way to kick off a trip, walk around to see sights, and learn about the local culture through food. I’ve done them in Barcelona, Osaka, Bangkok, and now Lisbon.

I booked Lisbon’s 10 Tastings food tour through WithLocals for 49€ per person. Looking back at the description, we actually didn’t get two of the tastings (gizzards and sardines). That’s ok, though — gizzards freak me out and I had sardines the evening prior. We were so full by the end, I can’t imagine adding two more food items to the itinerary.

Below is a map of all the places we stopped for food and drink. Our guide also took us to a few sights and miradouros (viewpoints).

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Alcalde Restaurant

Trip Report: 36 Hours in Mexico
Review: Alaska Airlines First Class SJC – GDL
Review: Intercontinental Presidente Guadalajara

I didn’t have much time to explore Guadalajara, but I did eat lunch at Alcalde, which was recommended to us by our contact in GDL. Later I found out it’s one of the best restaurants in the city. You can see TripAdvisor reviews here and Yelp reviews here.

Alcalde is on OpenTable, so I was able to easily make a reservation for our group. Read More

How To Save Money (and Quadruple Dip) On Business Class Airfares

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to go to London for a week for a work event. I found out about a month in advance, and immediately started looking at airfares. I had a budget for my airfare but wanted to cross the pond in comfort. At first, it didn’t seem possible since Google Flights was showing business class fares ~$7000 which was absurd.

Then I found out about hotel + flight bundles on Expedia! I saved BIG by booking a flight and hotel stay together in a bundle. Here’s how I did it. Read More

Birthday Trip: Lisbon and the Azores!

For my birthday, I’m headed to Portugal! A perfect storm of factors led me to pick Portugal as the next country to visit:

  1. My coworker is from Portugal and always talks about how amazing it is
  2. Conde Nast Traveler’s podcast recently covered Portugal as an excellent European destination
  3. One Mile at a Time recently blogged about Azores Airlines

I’m a bit short on miles right now, so I decided to book economy tickets on TAP Portugal, Ryanair, and Azores Airlines.

First, we’re flying from San Francisco to Lisbon, with a three-hour layover in JFK. For our six-night stay in Lisbon, we booked a beautiful 1-bedroom Airbnb for only $113/night. The host promptly messaged us with a guide to Lisbon and an offer to arrange airport transportation. ❤

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Credit Card Inventory: July 2017

Happy July!

I’ve been looking forward to this day, because I am now UNDER Chase’s 5/24 rule. I’m now at 4/24 (which means I applied for four cards in the past 24 months). I really really want the Chase Sapphire Reserve (CSR) even though I missed out on the 100k signup bonus. Today, I applied for the Chase Sapphire Reserve and was instantly approved.

As if that’s not enough… I’ve heard that you can apply for two new Chase cards in one day and they combine the hard pulls on your account. I recently received an email with a targeted bonus offer of 30k points for the Chase Freedom Unlimited (CFU). So after getting approved for the CSR, I applied for the CFU and my application was marked pending. I called Chase and moved some credit from one card to another and was approved.

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