First off, the new blog layout is up and running, and I am really excited about that! What do you think?
The stars aligned last week. Right as I was pulling out my hair, scrambling to think of a pretty neat Father’s Day gift, I saw a tweet in my newsfeed from @TheFlightDeal alerting everyone of a nice weekend fare sale between NYC and Miami for Father’s Day weekend. In our household, a gift of travel beats a cheesy necktie any day, so I wasted no time booking it. At $194 each, I thought it would be a great opportunity for some fun-in-the-sun and for us to test the waters with Baby Points Traveler on an airplane… and also his first dip in the ocean!
What’s even better is that I paid for the flights using American Airlines gift cards that I was reimbursed for as a perk of my American Express Platinum card. Free miles automatically means it’s going to be a great weekend.
We are only going to spend two nights in South Beach, and we are staying at my favorite hotel on the strip – the Surfcomber. As you already know, I love being a Kimpton Inner Circle member, and they really do go extreme lengths to make your stays personalized and memorable.
I shared my excitement on my twitter profile that I booked the little guys’ first trip, and I got lots of travel tips from other parents (I also got tons of tips in my recent post about medicating babies before flying), so I am hoping for a smooth ride.
The only downfall is that I have NO status what-so-ever on American Airlines, so I’m pretty sure we will be stuck with middle-seats by the lav. I’m not exactly complaining though because I am sure there will be many trips there once we’re airborne. And I would hate to have been upgraded to first-class with a first-time flyer on a 6-am weekend flight. It could be disastrous for all I know.
As an av-geek though, I’m most excited about Aiden earning his wings and scoring a picture with the pilot.
Now the hard part – packing. What do you parents take with you when flying with the little ones? Any other last minute tips you can throw my way? I also would love to hear stories of how other babies handled their first flight!