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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Buy a House, Earn Frequent Flyer Miles!

I was checking my frequent flyer miles online the other day and made a really interesting discovery. It is possible to earn frequent flyer miles by buying, selling, financing, or refinancing a home!

I checked the websites of the major US airlines and most of them have some type of program where you can earn miles. A few also offer miles for new home warranties or other moving services. There are a variety of qualifications, such as using a particular mortgage company or an approved real estate agent. Be careful, at least one airline requires that you request to receive miles and state your intention of applying through their frequent flyer program at time of application. Check the airline websites under the advantage program partner guides for more detailed information.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Moving to Austin?

If you are thinking of moving to Austin or if you have already arrived, here are just a few of the things that make Austin a great place to live.

Mount Bonnell is one of the oldest tourist spots in Austin. It is the highest point within the city limits and
offers a great view of the downtown skyline, Lake Austin, and the hill country. An interesting fact; just to the east of Mt Bonnell is the Mt Bonnell fault (no worries, it's seismically dead) which is the boundary between the American South and the American West.

Barton Springs is a three acre pool that is located within Zilker Park. The sides have been cemented but the bottom was left natural creek bed. The water is generally about 68 degrees year round, which sounds really cold until you hit the 100+ degree summers. Then it feels great to go and cool off in the water!

Lady Bird Lake, formerly known as Town Lake, is actually part of the Colorado River. It was renamed this summer in honor of Lady Bird Johnson for her work beautifying the lake and the Hike and Bike Trail. Motorized craft is prohibited, but you will see a lot of people in canoeing, kayaking, and sculling. On the shores of Lady Bird Lake is Auditorium Shores,where the Austin City Limits Music Festival takes place along with other events during the year.

Austin City Limits is a television concert series that has been running on PBS since 1971. It has featured artists such as Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, B.B. King, Los Lonely Boys, Ray Charles, Etta James, Dixie Chicks...and the list just goes on! Once a year is the Austin City Limits Music Festival, a three day event with a lot of stages and a lot of performers! This year the event is Sept 14, 15, and 16. Tickets are still available!

South Congress is the portion of Congress Avenue that starts at Lady Bird Lake and runs south to a street named Oltorf. It's one of those places that is better to just experience. It's creative, funky, eclectic, and has fun shopping and great food. There is an event called First Thursday, which happens (surprise!) every first Thursday of the month. There is live music, and the merchants stay open late and host different events and activities.