Washington locals and visitors alike can celebrate President’s Day in style by visiting George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon.
This year marks the 285th birthday of the first President, and lots of festivities are planned at George Washington’s historic home and estate on the Potomac River.
You can enjoy period music, character performances, story-time, tours of the mansion and birthday cake with General Washington.
Regular admission to Mount Vernon is $20 for persons age 12 and older but admission will be free on President’s Day — February 20, 2016 — and on George Washington’s actual birthday — February 22, 2016.
There is lots to see including the historic mansion, many outbuildings where trades were practiced, the slave memorial, gardens, a pioneer farm, and George and Martha Washington’s tomb. The setting is on the Potomac River is quite spectacular, making for a pleasant family outing.
To qualify for the free ride, you must demonstrate that you spent 50,000 yen on a JCB credit card during your visit to Japan. (At the current exchange rate, 50,000 yen is equivalent to about $412.) It would be pretty easy to meet that threshold after spending a few days in Japan.
The regular one-way fare on the airport limo bus is about 3000 yen (about $26).
You can get two free airport limo tickets per JCB card! To get your free tickets toNarita International Airport (NRT), bring your JCB credit card receipts totaling at least 50,000 yen of purchases in Japan (including tax) to JCB PLAZA in Tokyo.
The fine print:
Offer applies for all JCB brand card issuing companies.
JCB cards issued in Japan are not eligible.
Cash advances are excluded.
The offer runs through June 30, 2016.
Get 20 Percent Discount on Airport Limo From Narita (NRT) or Kansai (KIX)
JCB cardholders can also get a discount on the airport limousine busfromTokyo’s Narita airport (NRT)to downtown hotels.
Passengers arriving at Osaka’s Kansai (KIX) airport can get a 20 percent discount on select bus linesfrom the airport.
Just show your JCB credit card when you purchase your bus tickets at the airport.
You can get four tickets at the discount price!
JCB issues several different credit cards in the United States, but they are only available to residents of certain states:
JCB Standard or Mitsuwa JCB Card California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon or Washington
Marukai Premium and Marukai JCB Card (California)
California, Nevada, Oregon or Washington
Marukai Premium and Marukai JCB Card (Hawaii)
Earn up to 3% Cash Back Points with the JCB Card!
The JCB Marukai credit card is an all around great deal because it pays cash back on all purchases, with no limit on how much you can earn. It pays:
1% cash back points on first $1,000 spent yearly
2% cash back points on next $2,000 spent yearly
3% cash back points on over $3,000 spent yearly
That is an outstanding payout for a rewards credit card but it is only available to residents of Hawaii, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.
But, what if you don’t have a JCB credit card?
Discover Card Offers 20% Discount on the Airport Limo in Japan!
The AAdvantage frequent flyer program of American Airlines has a new promo offer to earn 2,000 miles.
The offer involves signing up for a free 30-day trial of the Next Issue digital magazine service. After your free trial, you can earn 2,000 AAdvantage miles if you subscribe to the service.
This is Not an Offer for 2,000 Free AAdvantage Miles!
I misread the offer and thought I could get 2,000 easy miles for signing up for Next Issue, after which I would cancel my subscription. That is not the case. You only earn the miles if you subscribe to the premium service for $14.95 a month, after your free trial ends.
I registered for the service, downloaded the Next Issue app, and took at look at the magazine offerings.
First up was the complete Consumer Reports 2016 Auto Guide. I could access vehicle specs, crash test results, reliability data, ratings, and the results of the Consumer Reports road tests. This is tremendously useful information for me as I am in the process of researching new cars.
Remember to cancel your registration before the 30-day trial ends or you will be charged $14.95.
If you want to spend $14.95 on a one month subscription, however, you can earn 2,000 AAdvanatage frequent flyer miles. You can cancel your subscription at any time.
I’m Not Going to Subscribe to Next Issue
Next Issue allows you to read 100 popular magazines online or offline.
Current titles include People, US Weekly, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Time, GQ, Consumer Reports, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Parents, Dwell and dozens of others.
Enjoy unlimited access to all the magazines you love — all in one app, for one low price — with Next Issue. Plus, earn 2,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® miles when you become a subscriber before October 1, 2015.
A subscription gives you access to past as well as current issue.
The service works on iPhones and iPads, Android phones and tablets, and Windows tablets and PCs. I found it difficult to read magazine articles on my iPhone 5s — it’s just too small. I don’t have a tablet, and the service won’t work on my Macbook, so I won’t be subscribing.
In the olden days before the internet, you could pick up lots of great tourist information and maps at various international tourism offices in New York.
Walking down Fifth Avenue on our way to JNTO, we passed the main entrance of the New York Public Library and stopped. I had never been inside the library to see the iconic Reading Room. We were there. We had to go in.
It turned out that the Reading Room was closed to the public due to ongoing repairs. I asked the lady at the information desk what other parts of the library we should see, and she encouraged us to sign up for the free building tour. So we did.
Free Building Tours of the New York Public Library
The tour guide was terrific. We got to see the Periodicals Room, the Map Room, and learn about the history of the library and the history of New York City. We never made it to JNTO, but this was a most worthwhile detour.
The New York Public Library offers free one-hour tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Mondays to Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays (except during the summer.) Sign up at the reception desk in Astor Hall.
By the way, if you are in New York at Christmastime, the New York Public Library displays an enormous Christmas tree, decorated with beautiful birds. There were lots of people taking family photos in front of the tree.
Free Ice Skating at Bryant Park
While you are in the vicinity, you might want to try out the free ice skating in Bryant Park, which is right behind the library. There is a large skating rink and during the holiday season the park is ringed with vendors like a European Christmas market. If you need to rent skates the cost is $15. Compare that to Rockefeller Center where admission is $12 for adults, $15 for children, and skate rental is $12.
The rink at Bryant Park is open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day from late October through through March 1, 2015.
Juggling Class and More at Bryant Park
Bryant Park offers lots of other free entertainment: Ping pong; juggling classes; Tai Chi; fitness club; and more.
Take a ride on Le Carrousel, which plays French cabaret music. It costs $3 per ride, or $15 for ten tickets. There is no charge for parents to ride alongside their small children.
On Saturday February 14, 2015 at 1 p.m. there will be a free Mardi Gras celebration at Le Carrousel, featuring a Cajun band and a magician.
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I can’t tell you how many reports I’ve read about the Andaz Fifth Avenue on other miles and points blogs. They all praise the view of the New York Public Library.
Next time you are passing by, I suggest you go in.