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Rudy Maxa’s Tours: Newsletter #3


Your Swimming Pool at JFK Airport

Care to spend a few hours relaxing poolside at JFK before taking that evening flight to Europe? (Or anywhere else.) The TWA Hotel offers day passes to its rooftop pool, a great perch that offers a view of planes taking off and landing on the airport’s busiest runway, 4 Left/22 Right.

A weekday day pass costs $25 per person, a weekend day pass is twice that. Kids over two pay the same price. If you spend at least $50 (plus a 20% tip) at the pool’s restaurant and bar, you have free access to the pool for two hours. The day pass lets you linger as long as you want between 11 am and 11 pm

You must reserve your pool and/or poolside dining time on the hotel’s website here.

The TWA Hotel opened in May after a massive renovation of what began life as TWA’s terminal in 1962. It closed in 2001 but was declared a city landmark three years later because of its architectural significance.

Pool fun facts: The outdoor, infinity-edge pool is open 365 days a year—the water can be heated up to 100 degrees in the winter. The filtered pool water is purified every 30 minutes; the hotel says standard pools are only purified every six hours. And it’s fashioned after the pool at the swanky Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on Cap d’Antibes, though that pool doesn’t have a TWA logo on its bottom.


Short Takes

Amex just announced it will stop granting Amex Membership Points to purchasers of its gift cards. That was an easy way to collect points toward airline award tickets and other benefits. And because you could use the gift cards for purchases, those points hardly cost you anything. Frequent-flyer-mileage geeks are not happy at losing one way of what’s called “MS” or “manufactured spend.”

Tourism is way off in Sri Lanka since the bomb attacks last Easter that killed 253 people. In an effort to make visiting the country’s beaches, hill stations, and tea plantations more attractive, Sri Lanka is now granting one-month free visas to visitors upon arrival from nearly 50 countries, including the United States.

To avoid the crowds at the Louvre, visit Paris’ most famous museum Wednesday and Friday nights when the museum stays open until 9:45 pm.



  • The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Vegas offers deep discounts on rooms good through Dec. 29th if you book by the last day of August. Stay one night, get 30% off, stay two nights and get 35% off, and stay three nights to receive 40% off regular rates.
  • Istanbul is one of the world’s great cities, and Turkey’s national airline boasts an enormous route structure. If you’re headed somewhere Turkish Airlines flies, the airline will allow you to stay free for two nights in Istanbul on a layover that won’t increase the price of your airline ticket. Economy class flyers receive two free nights at a four-star hotel in Istanbul; business-class passengers bunk in a five-star hotel. Details here.
  • Aer Lingus wants to let two of you fly in business class to Europe for the price of one. The deal is good for non-stop flights from Newark, Hartford, and Minneapolis-St. Paul to Ireland. Travel this month through mid-September 15th. You can’t find this deal online—call Aer Lingus on weekdays at 877-351-6665. Unlike usual business class tickets, no changes are allowed after you book.
  • Right now through Oct. 1st, you may convert American Express Membership points to British Airways Avios points and receive a 40% or more bonus on the transfer. I use Avios points on partner airlines because British Airways charges quite a bit in taxes and fees on award tickets. Partners airlines include American, Japan, and Cathay Pacific airlines, among others.
  • Need a last-minute vacation? Get up to $1500 off (per person) on select 2019 Maxatours. Contact us today for details: 628-400-3450.


— Rudy
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