January 23, 2016

Cancun Public Transportation

Disclaimer: Please note that this article only focuses on the buses that go along the Kukulcan Boulevard or Hotel Zone into Cancun Downtown. It does not cover public transportation to Tulum, Playa del Carmen or Chichen Itza. 

Cancun White Sandy Beach

Most visitors that go to Cancun will likely stay down the Hotel Zone or Kukulcan Boulevard. This boulevard is filled with many hotels, resorts, restaurants, shops, activities, and more. It's a long stretch of boulevard so it will require a lot of walking. Thanks to the city buses, it makes getting around Cancun so much easy and convenient. 

The buses go up and down the Kukulcan Boulevard and into Cancun Downtown where many flea markets are. The bus fare is priced for single trip only, but it's very cheap. During my visit in 2015, it was $1 US dollar per ride per person, but we preferred to pay in Mexican Pesos as it will make the fare even cheaper. Once you get off the bus and catch another one, you will have to pay again. You can pay cash directly to the bus driver and the driver will make change for you. 

The bus routes are R-1 and R-2. They run 24/7. You can't really miss them because they come and go very frequent. I was very impressed. They have bus stations where you can wait, but sometimes if you don't feel like running to the station in order to not miss the bus, you can wave your hand and some drivers might stop for you. It's Mexico after all!

Most buses are not air conditioned, so it's better to find a seat that has window open because it's really hot and humid over there. The stop request button is a "hit and miss" on those buses, the best thing to do is to tell the driver where you are heading while you are paying for the bus fare. They are very friendly and helpful. They'll let you know once your destination is reached. 

January 3, 2016

How to Get from Bali Airport to Kuta, Legian, Nusa Dua, Sanur, etc.?

There's no good public transportation from Bali airport (Ngurah Rai Airport) to Kuta, Legian, etc. There are two options available:
  1. TAXI: After going through the immigration and customs at International Arrival, continue following the sign for taxi. After exiting the airport building, ignore any tout on the way and turn to your left hand side. There's a big "Airport Taxi Counter" sign there. There's also a sign indicates the rate from airport to several towns in Bali, make sure to look for it and determine the price.  Then go to the counter and let one of the guys in the blue pattern shirt know where you are going such as hotel name and town. Compare the price he told you to what you saw on the rate sign. Although the Airport Taxi Counter is well known for honesty, some drivers can still try to charge visitors more than what the price is supposed to be. That's why I strongly encourage you to look for the rate sign. 
    • They don't accept credit card there, cash only. But you pay after you arrive at your destination so the driver is okay to drop you off somewhere along the way to use ATM machine, or you can exchange money somewhere or at the hotel. There are So many types of those services there, so no need to worry about that. 
    • For reference: the price from airport to Kuta should be around 75,000 IDR and to Legian should be around 95,000 IDR. If he tells you otherwise, negotiate! The taxi car is blue color. I do not recommend any other taxi services. Remember 3 things: Airport Taxi Counter, Men in blue pattern shirt, Blue Taxi 

    • Bali Airport Taxi Counter at International Arrival. Photo Source: Bali Store Luggage

  2. HOTEL AIRPORT TRANSFER: I personally feel like this is the less hassle way to deal with  the stress trying to negotiate for the taxi at the counter as not to get ripped off. Contact the hotel you will be staying at and ask them to quote you a transfer from airport to the hotel. Most hotels there do and although the price often is a little bit extra, I really think it's worth it. For me, after a long haul International flight into Bali from the US, I will be so exhausted to try to talk deals getting transportation to the hotel. What cool thing about the Hotel Airport Transfer is that you know the price upfront and you will be greeted right away by the transfer guy holding your name on the sign board after you exit the airport. From my experience, the transfer driver Bali is very friendly and very prompt. Sometimes, it's good to pay a little bit extra to avoid all the hassles. 

January 2, 2016

Airlines Offers

  • Klook
    • Introducing Klook
    • Earn 200 Bonus BIG Points for your 1st purchase plus 2 BIG Points for every USD$1 spend.
    • New Klook member only. 
    • Klook app is also available and if you can apply a coupon MOBILE10 to get HK$10 (~USD$1.28) off. 
    • Offer Link

  • Flowers Online:
    • Valentine's Special: Earn 30 American Airlines miles for every dollar you spend with FTD. Plus, as a American Airlines credit card member, you'll earn an additional 100 bonus miles with each purchase. This offer is valid through February 15, 2016.
    • Offer Link
  • Uber:
    • Sign up for Uber, and AA will reward new users with a free first ride – up to $20 – when using promo code RIDEAA
    • For a limited time, customers who use their AAdvantage credit card as the method of payment for Uber will earn 2 additional bonus miles for every $1 spent now through July 31, 2016. Total bonus miles will be awarded after the promotion ends.
  • Sprint:
    • New Sprint Customers - earn up to 25,000 American Airlines miles, that's enough for a round-trip domestic ticket. 
    • Existing customers can earn up to 5,000 American Airlines miles per year. 
    • Offer Link

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January 1, 2016

Credit Card Offers

I'll try to add as many credit card offers as they become available. So make sure to come back often and check out this page!

  • Chase Ink Plus Business Card
    • 60,000 points after $5,000 spend in the first 3 months.
    • Earning Rate:
      • 5 points per $1 spend at office supply stores and on cellular phone, landline, internet and cable TV services.
      • 2 points per $1 spend at gas stations and hotel accommodations when purchased directly with the hotel.
      • 1 point per $1 spend on other purchases. 
    • Transfer points to airline miles or hotel points at 1:1 ratio.
    • No foreign transaction fees. 
    • $95 annual fee not waived for the first year. 
    • No foreign transaction fee. 
    • Offer Link
  • Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card
    • 80,000 points after $3,000 spend in the first 3 months.
    • 7,500 points by adding the first authorized user and make the a purchase in the first 3 months.
    • 1 free night at a Category 1–5 hotel every year after paying annual fee.
    • $85 annual fee not waived for the first year. 
    • Offer Link

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