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Limited Time? Get Amazing Flight Deals for $25/Year (Next Vacay Review)

Travel JourneyColleen Reilley Bohmbach33 Comments

One of my new favorite travel hacks that I found earlier this year is Next Vacay.

I booked an amazing flight deal to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam from Chicago for a mere $530 round-trip over a holiday weekend (!), Labor Day, on United Airlines. It was my lovely vacation at the end of August through the first week of September.

Anne is currently on an epic trip through Ireland and Portugal, and booked her round-trip tickets for her and her husband from Chicago to Dublin for only $375 a person on American Airlines through British Airways. (That’s unheard of cheap for ORD-Dublin!)

Both of those flight deals were found and booked thanks to Next Vacay’s email alerts.

Read on to learn more about this fantastic travel service.

How to Use AA Miles to Book Excellent Value Partner Airline Flights

Travel JourneyColleen Reilley Bohmbach2 Comments

Earlier this month I wanted to book two flights for myself and a family member to visit Japan using my American Airlines miles.

Unfortunately, there weren't any great options searching reward travel on (American Airline's website) for the route I wanted on my travel dates, despite the fact that I was searching 9 months in advance of travel.

I knew that American Airlines was in alliance with Japan Airlines, so I was frustrated that there were such limited award flights available to Japan considering I was searching well in advance of the trip.

I started researching the best ways to utilize AA award travel and discovered the way to use American Airlines miles to book award travel through AA’s partner airlines, such as Japan Airlines.

The trick is so easy!

You simply need to search for the award travel flights on a partner airline website (such as Alaska Airlines or British Airways), and then call American Airlines AAdvantage at 1-800-882-8880 to book over the phone.

It really is that simple, and but below is a more detailed guide on booking this way, and my personal experience with this travel hack.

Yoga, Magic, Mexico: Find Peace & Joy at Xinalani Retreat

Wellness Journey, Travel JourneyAnne Worth & Colleen Reilley Bohmbach

Xinalani Retreat (pronounced Shee-nah-lah-knee) is claimed to be “A Sanctuary for Self Discovery,” and we agree.

We journeyed to Xinalani Retreat, located in Quimixto, Mexico, together in April. Colleen has been two additional times in 2017.

If you’re looking for an all inclusive yoga retreat where you can grow your practice, enjoy nature and eat incredible clean food, this is the spot.

When in Barcelona, Have the Santa Rita Experience

Travel JourneyAnne Worth & Colleen Reilley BohmbachComment

Colleen had been searching for the best restaurants in Barcelona for our short trip there when she stumbled upon a well-reviewed “restaurant” called the Santa Rita Experience.

The dinner description noted it would be a chance to meet new people in a vibrant and relaxed environment while enjoying the tasting menu if we opted for the shared table.   

It sounded too intriguing to pass up. We had only two nights in Spain’s historic Barcelona, and we were ready for adventure. Colleen booked the shared table reservation and we looked forward to whatever came with the “experience”.