Middle Age Miles

We’re Back from Italy and Back in the Blogging Saddle

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Middle Age Miles inside St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City

Middle Age Miles is back home from a very nice trip to Italy with son Dylan and daughter-in-law-to-be Alli. We truly had a wonderful time on our trip that spanned 10 days total. Travel was smooth, save for an unscheduled diversion to Kansas City (MCI) to wait out some big storms at DFW on Saturday.

We ended up being about 3½ hours late getting home. Thank goodness we had business class seats for that leg! And thank goodness also that we didn’t have to make an onward connection, given that 500+ flights out of DFW were cancelled due to the bad weather and planes having to be inspected for hail damage. We certainly send our best wishes to those whose travel plans were more severely impacted by the bad weather.

Italy itself was fantastic. Our basic itinerary looked like this:

  • Thurs 4/4 – Fly from DFW to Rome (FCO), one-stop through Philadelphia (PHL) with a 6-hour layover, during which we went into downtown for some lunch and quick sightseeing
  • Fri 4/5 – Arrive in Rome, walk around town a bit for sightseeing and shopping
  • Sat 4/6 – Visit Castel Gandolfo and the Apostolic Palace (historically, the Pope’s summer residence), then return to Rome for sightseeing with Dylan & Alli
  • Sun 4/7 – 9-mile walk through Rome including Villa Borghese park, the Vatican, and numerous other sights
  • Mon 4/8 – Drive to Positano (Amalfi Coast), stopping along the way to visit the Royal Palace of Caserta
  • Tues 4/9 – Day trip by car to Ravello
  • Wed 4/10 – Day trip by ferry to the island of Capri
  • Thurs 4/11 – Shopping and exploring in Positano
  • Fri 4/12 – Drive back to Rome, stopping along the way to visit the ruins of the ill-fated city of Pompeii
  • Sat 4/13 – Fly back from FCO to DFW (with the extra surprise stop in Kansas City!)
Middle Age Miles, atop the island of Capri on Monte Solaro, with the Faraglioni Rocks in the background

We stayed at 3 places during our trip:

  • 3 nights in the Grand Hotel Palace in Rome (a Millennium hotel and a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts (iPrefer loyalty program))
  • 4 nights at an Airbnb apartment in Positano with an incredible view of the water and the town
  • 1 night at the Rome Airport Hilton
Grand Hotel Palace, Rome – entryway

We’re looking forward to publishing our Trip Report. We did a very similar trip to Italy one year ago in April 2018, so we’ll combine the two trips into a single Trip Report. In terms of timing, we’ll first complete our in-progress trip report on Our Summer Holiday in Dubrovnik and Beyond, then we’ll roll into the Trip Report for Italy.

As usual, we’ll mix the Trip Report articles in with our regular reporting on credit cards, points and miles. We have a long list of “to do” articles in the queue, which we look forward to writing and sharing over the coming weeks in addition to the news that pops up along the way. And speaking of news popping up, we had hardly left on our trip when the major news from United broke, that it’s doing away with award charts for flights on United metal and moving to dynamic pricing. This looks like a significant devaluation to us, but we’ll take a closer look and report in more depth in the future. And best we can tell, American will be headed down the same dynamic-pricing path soon.

We’ve also been thinking about our evolution in terms of fulfilling our mission to help you live your dreams through travel and points. We want to get more news out to you, so you may see more shorter articles in the future. At the same time, we’ll continue to dive deep on subjects that merit more investigation and/or more thoughtful analysis. It seems that Middle Age Miles readers really enjoy this content and feel like it distinguishes us from other travel/points-and-miles blogs. Finally, we also want to add more content that’s focused on award redemptions, particularly for flights. We feel like we’re doing a good job covering the earning side of points and miles, as well as hotel redemptions, but we also feel like we can add more value in terms of airline award redemptions.

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