Another reason to hate the Florida Gators…

They talked Delta into cancelling an entire flight from Gainesville to Atlanta so the airplane could be used to transport the Florida Gators Basketball team to a Basketball Game vs. Connecticut.

All passengers on the 50 seat plane had their flight plans for this flight cancelled and were accommodated on future flights and given a voucher by Delta for a free flight for the inconvenience.  35 people associated with Florida’s Basketball team then boarded the flight.

Presumably the Gators paid Delta quite a handsome sum to transport them instead of the ticketed passengers.  At a platitudal level, this kind of arrogance is commiserate with the Florida Gators culture as a whole and indicative of a great majority of the population of Gator graduates and enthusiasts.  It doesn’t surprise me they had no moral qualms of affecting the plans of these passengers (on one of the busiest travel days of the year) so they could get to their game.  They are the Gators after all!

Thank you reader Mark. S. for bringing this to my attention.


PS – Watching the Florida Gators Teamates block one another during their loss to Georgia Southern three weeks ago still doesn’t get old.


Maximize Your Chase Ink Bold Points Earning – 5x Bonus Points

The Chase Ink Bold is my main credit card.  Free for the first year, it offers 5x Chase Ultimate Rewards (UR) points for purchases at office supplies stores.  Only 1x UR points at

However, Staples and Office Max both sell gift cards.  Yesterday I popped over to the Staples in Spring, Texas to buy 5 $100 Amazon gift cards for $500.00 out the door including tax.  By using my Chase Ink Bold card, I received 2500 UR instead of 500.  Chase UR are amongst the most valuable “points” currency, transferable to many travel related partners like Hyatt and United.

The gift card rack was right in the front of the store.  I went right for the $100 Amazon gift cards

I got 5.  Once activated, I just the load the gift card numbers to my amazon account where the credit sits and waits to be used for future Amazon purchases.

If you have the Ink Bold, this is a great way to meet the minimum spend requirements or churn bonus points.  These $100 Amazon cards make great Christmas presents too!

Valle de Bravo – A Gringo Weekend

Three friends and I took a long weekend to celebrate a 30th birthday.  Our destination, off the beaten path in Valle de Bravo Mexico, about 2 hours from Mexico City.  It is a place I had been to at age fifteen, and returned triumphantly with three friends for a weekend of cultural exploration, and personal excess.

15,000 British Airways Miles down, 17,500 United Miles back

15,000 British Airways Miles down, 17,500 United Miles back

Three of the four of us took award tickets, 1 from Atlanta on Delta for 37,500 miles.  The other two, me, and BB, went down with British Airways award tickets on American Airlines CLT – DFW – MEX on the way down for 15,000 British Airways points each, and returned for 17,500 each United points for the nonstop flight from MEX – CLT.

For three nights we stayed in a beautiful house, had a housekeeper cook fresh Mexican food, clean, and take care of us.  We explored the town on foot, checked out some of the local bars, took a boat on the lake, and rented ATV’s to climb a local mountain.

It was an AWESOME weekend.  We were the only gringos in town that day, and the Mexican people we met were very kind and friendly to us.


View from our balcony.


3AM fresh streetfood.  Not pictured is VERY SPICY salsa verde.


Enjoying fresh food made by a wonderful housekeeper


Because governments limit the freedom of travel, people in Valle de Bravo have to come here to get a passport or to apply for a visa to a foreign country like the USA.

My Chase Ink Bold credit card provided rental insurance CDW coverage, a savings of $38 a day.  With a favorable exchange rate, and a great corporate discount, our rental car for 3 days came out to $75 with all taxes and fees.

I am looking forward to my next trip to Mexico – slated for December 2013.  Sayulita will be the destination of choice then.