Review: Hyatt Regency Mexico City

Trip Report: 36 Hours in Mexico
Review: Alaska Airlines First Class SJC – GDL
Review: Intercontinental Presidente Guadalajara
Alcalde Restaurante
Review: VIP Lounge (East) GDL
Review: Aeromexico Clase Premier GDL – MEX

I stayed just one night in Mexico City, so my priority was to be near the office which is located in the trendy Polanco area. Ultimately, I only spent about ~6 hours in the hotel. I got back to my room at 1am and left around 7am.

Booking

About 4 days before check-in, I booked a Standard King room for $175. If I were traveling for leisure, I would probably book an Airbnb instead.

For this stay, I earned 2,889 Hyatt points (889 base + 2,000 Q3 bonus).

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Review: Aeromexico Clase Premier GDL -MEX

Trip Report: 36 Hours in Mexico
Review: Alaska Airlines First Class SJC – GDL
Review: Intercontinental Presidente Guadalajara
Alcalde Restaurante
Review: VIP Lounge (East) GDL

After spending some time in the lounge, I headed to the gate where a bus was waiting to transport passengers to a remote stand. The gate agents announced boarding for Zone 1, so I had my ticket scanned and boarded the bus. Within minutes, someone came on the bus to inform us that our flight would be delayed and we all needed to get off the bus.

After about half an hour, the gate agents let the first 17 rows of the plane board the bus. We had a short drive to our plane, passing other Volaris and Interjet planes.

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Review: VIP Lounge (East) GDL

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

I had never travelled within Mexico, so I wasn’t sure what to expect with security lines. I decided to book a business class ticket which would give me access to priority lines. Turns out that was completely unnecessary, because security was a breeze.

I had about half an hour before boarding was supposed to begin, so I headed to the VIP Lounge (East) located near Gate 14. I accessed the lounge using my Priority Pass, and I was traveling with two of my coworkers, so I brought them in as well.

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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

Review: Alaska Airlines First Class SJC – GDL

Trip Report: 36 Hours in Mexico

  • Alaska 266 – Boeing 737
  • August 22, 2017
  • Depart: San Jose, CA 1:26pm
  • Arrive: Guadalajara, Mexico 7:05pm
  • Seat: 2F

I arrived at SJC at around 12:10pm. Since I was only traveling with a carry-on, I stopped at a kiosk to have my passport scanned.

I went upstairs to security, where the TSA precheck line was longer than both the normal and priority security lines. I went through the priority line, then went through a TSA precheck security lane. Even though I was stopped for “randomly selected screening”, the process took less than 10 minutes.

I headed to the gate where the plane was waiting.

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Trip Report: 36 Hours in Mexico

Hola! I just got back from a last-minute, fast-paced business trip to Mexico.

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On Tuesday afternoon, I flew Alaska Airlines from SJC – GDL in First Class.

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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

My Experience Downgrading the Chase Sapphire Preferred

As I said in a previous post, I picked up the Chase Sapphire Reserve, which makes my Chase Sapphire Preferred (CSP) redundant. I wanted to remove the CSP from my wallet since the card has a $95 annual fee. However, the account is almost four years old, so I decided to downgrade the card instead of closing the account altogether.

Downgrading the card means the card is converted to another product, but you keep the credit card number and the account’s longevity. I don’t think you can downgrade your card online, but luckily it only takes a few minutes on the phone to complete the process.

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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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