Hotel review: Holiday Inn Express Mexico Aeropuerto

When the nice lady at the front desk asked me how my stay was, I didn’t have the heart to admit that I’d slept terribly both stays at this hotel in the past week.

It might’ve just been jetlag or coffee to blame for all I knew.

The hotel is only nine months old, and its sparse, modern decor is cool, but it almost feels like the builders stopped before putting on the finishing touches.

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Here are some pros and cons:

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Review: Country boy walks into his first business class flight — Aeromexico SF to Huatulco, Mexico

The business class fliers were already nestled into their seats as I started down the aisle in Mexico City, my rubber Birkenstocks squawking, sunglasses protruding from the breast pocket of my touristy, long-sleeve fishing shirt.

“Get to the back,” their wealthy faces glared as I found Row 3 and ducked in to the window seat.

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Terminal 2 in Mexico City.

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The first 15 credit cards to get if you want to travel for free-ish

Now that the benefit of using credit cards has gone mainstream:

This is something I’ve wanted to post for a while, because it’s something I wish I’d seen 15 months ago, upon first realizing credit cards aren’t evil when used responsibly.

Instead I made some stupid choices.

There are tons of “best cards” lists out there, but the confusing thing is that many of the people writing those lists have financial incentives in getting you to sign up for certain credit cards.

A couple of notes:

  • Some of the bonuses listed here are the highest ever for those cards. If you see it higher, move it up your list. If you see it lower, move it down your list.
  • Chase won’t approve you for most of its credit cards if you’ve signed up for 5 or more cards in the last 24 months. That’s why the first 5 cards on this list are from Chase.

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Plane w/ flapping wings will debut in 2019 from Virgin Atlantic [April Fool’s]

This is not a drill, though it may be an April Fool’s joke.

Virgin Atlantic announced today they will debut a plane with flapping wings that will generate its own power and allow cruising speeds of up to 900 mph, starting in 2019.

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Screenshot from virginatlantic.com

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New rideshare app Sitbaq gets rolling in Bay Area as Uber HQ scrambles

If the list of Uber execs leaving the company shown in today’s NY Times Bits update is any indicator, things are tumultuous at Uber HQ right now:

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A NY Times list of departing Uber execs.

The #DeleteUber movement is in full swing, so the market seems ripe for another alternative to Uber.

Now we have one, and it’s called Sitbaq.

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