Category Archives: Travel

Delta Airlines adds more seats and nonstop routes from Boston

Delta Airlines in BostonDo you like to travel on Delta Airlines? It is about to get a bit easier for those of you who are fans of Delta. According to an article published in the Boston Business Journal earlier this month, the airline is going to boost the number of flights out of Logan Airport with the goal to be the only U.S. global carrier to offer first-class seating on every flight to and from Boston by the end of this year.

The airline company has indicated that by June 2017 Delta Airlines will have 85 domestic departures to 17 cities, and 5 international departures to 4 cities for a total of 90 peak day departures to 26 destinations.

Added routes from Boston will include:
Daily nonstop service to San Francisco
Daily nonstop service to Seattle
Daily nonstop service to Nashville
Daily nonstop service to Milwaukee
Saturday nonstop service to Montego Bay, Jamaica
Saturday nonstop service to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Saturday nonstop service to St. Thomas, U.S. V.I.

Airberlin will provide daily service between Boston and Dusseldorf in 2017

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Credit: Courtesy photo of Airberlin jet at Dusseldorf Airport

Traveling to Germany is about to get a bit easier for Bostonians. Earlier this month Airberlin announced plans to increase their nonstop flights between Boston and Dusseldorf from four times a week to daily service starting May 2017. According to data shared by the airline, these routes are running at nearly 80% capacity with much of the revenue coming from business travelers.

Airberlin only recently started flying out of Boston, initially offering service between the two cities three times a week. This past June the airline increased the service to four times a week and it would appear to bode well for both tourists and business that the airline now sees daily service as profitable.

Lisbon’s gay beaches

gay beaches of Portugal, Praia de Bela Vista, gay PortugalIn just a few weeks Sergio and I will pack up for a very quick trip to Portugal (our first time there). Provided that the weather is nice, I’d like to spend a day at a gay-friendly beach to soak up some Portuguese sun.  There seem to be two options recommended for gay travelers.

Have you been before? Which beach should we visit?

Costa da Caparica is described as a popular beach near Lisbon. From what I have read on the web if we go here we should head to the southern portion of the beach which is described as “trendier and less crowded” — which I take as  gay code for better looking people and no children.  It sounds like this is also more active in the afternoon and one website suggested we enjoy cocktails and the nightlife the village has to offer.

Beach 19 is the other option, located at the south end of Praia de Bela Vista. This is a clothing optional beach which isn’t exactly a draw for me but it isn’t something that would deter me from going either. However, the reviews for this beach which I believe is a bit further away from Libson appear mixed.

I’m curious if any of my readers have been to either beach and if you have a suggestion on which we should try? I wish we were in Portugal longer so we could actually visit both but on this trip that won’t be possibly.

Visiting Portugal

Portugal, Lisbon, gay travel, travel, EuropOne month from today Sergio and I will board a plane to visit Portugal. Despite all our travels and the fact that Sergio speaks Portuguese fluently, we’ve never visited the country. This will be a brief trip, spending just a few days in the north in Porto followed by four days in Lisbon where we plan to possibly do a day trip or two – time permitting.

Based on stories from friends and the photos I have seen I am assuming we will love Portugal and want to return, but for now I’m getting excited – counting down the days. If you’ve been to Porto or Lisbon and have some suggestions you think Sergio and I would enjoy, please feel free to contact me directly or leave the tips in my blog’s comment section.

LGBT travel survey

gay-travelCommunity Marketing Insights has another LGBT Travel survey that you may be interested in taking. It took me less than 10 minutes to fill out the online survey.

This survey is for LGBT travelers who have been to South America, Central America and The Caribbean in the past three years.  As an added incentive, CMI is offering cash prizes to twenty different people who complete the survey.

CMI LGBT Travel Survey

Gay Vermont: Rock River Preservation

Source: Frog Meadow B&B

Source: Frog Meadow B&B

With Provincetown, Ogunquit, Newport and the islands it is easy to forget about Vermont as a gay-friendly summer destination where you and someone special or a group of friends can get away and forget about life for a few days.

Gay travelers have been heading to Southern Vermont’s swimming holes at Rock River to enjoy the natural beauty and serenity that comes from spending time in the Green Mountain State.  While there are several gay friendly B&Bs in the area Frog Meadow Country B&B owned by Dave & Scott looks like it might be a fun place to base a trip if you are not into camping.

Sergio and I have put this destination on our list of places to check out since neither of us have visited before.  Have you visited Rock River or Frog Meadow B&B? Please share any tips in the comments section.

Travel rewards credit card offers

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In 2013 we stayed at the W Retreat and Spa on Vieques Island using Starwood points

Are you shopping around for a new loyalty rewards program? I may be in short order since Starwood Hotels has agreed to be purchased by Marriott and the latter’s rewards program is nowhere near as good as Starwood IMHO.

I switched to the Starwood American Express card after returning from Australia in December 2009. I had depleted all my rewards points with my American Express card and was eager to identify a hotel chain credit card that I could rack up points on everyday purchases since I don’t travel frequently enough to accrue any status. I settled on the Starwood American Express and it has worked well for my needs ever since then. However, with the future of their loyalty program in question, I have started to look around.

Recently I stumbled upon blog post, ranking the top 10 travel rewards credit card offers for July 2016. If you read the post, keep in mind the blogger may be receiving financial compensation for this post so that could be a factor in their ranking.  You can read the full blog post here.

Do you have a loyalty reward card you really like? Do tell. My interest is in credit cards that make it easier / more affordable to travel. Getting money back at the end of the year or credit at retail stores are not of much interest to me.