Winter in Edmonton has a tendency to drag on in an endless manner and because of that, I prefer to escape the weather a couple times throughout the dreary season. My favourite quick getaway is to Palm Springs. It’s relatively close, it’s warm, and the mid-century modern design is a feast for my eyes; I never tire of that town!
The last two times I’ve flown down to PSP have both been spur of the moment decisions which were only made possible because of my CIBC Aventura® Visa Infinite points.
They’re so easy to accrue and go a long way. The best part about them is that there’s no blackout dates so I can fly whenever I please! Being freelance, my schedule is forever in flux so it is handy to have such flexible travel points that work seamlessly with me and my timelines. For once my spontaneity is being encouraged!
Whenever I’m in Palm Springs, I have a couple of places I try to check out every time:
- Lunch at the Parker Hotel – appreciate the interior design details done by Jonathan Adler
- Milkshake from Great Shakes – each one comes with a mini doughnut around the straw
- Get a mojito from at Bootlegger Tiki
- Moorten Cactus Museum – check out an old man cactus!
- Breakfast at the Kings Highway at the Ace Hotel
- Robolights for the ultimate art installation in the desert
Having been an CIBC Aventura card carrier for the past three years, I’ve discovered my formula for collecting more points which allows me to travel quite frequently.
Originally, I would only charge purchases over $20 and I went on two trips the first year. The following year, I changed my strategy to anything over $10 and by the end of the year had accrued even more points. I then realized that the majority of my purchases were in between $5 – $20. Rather than spending cash when buying a milkshake, I now charge it because it gets me closer to my travel aspirations for the year. It’s the small purchases that really add up in the end.