Festivals of Speed will be coming to Orlando FL December 2nd 2018

The 13th Annual Festivals of Speed at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, is set for Sunday, December 3, 2017. The luxury lifestyle display will showcase over 300 exotic cars, motorcycles, watercraft and luxury brands. The Festivals of Speed show field has become known for its unique diversity, showcasing both vintage and contemporary vehicles of all makes and models placed for display amongst the splendor and hospitality of the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. Guests will experience automotive designs by Porsche, Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Aston-Martin, BMW, Mercedes, McLaren, and more and while enjoying fine wines, exciting culinary offerings, cigar lounge, on site cafes, smooth jazz in the gardens, and luxury brands.

Staged inside an actual aircraft hangar guests will enjoy premium brand open bars serving vibrant craft cocktails with fine wines & unique spirits. In addition, brand ambassadors will be offering samples of rare boutique spirits, including bourbons, scotches & more. For the wine enthusiast, there will be a wide variety of fine wines offered for tasting. Culinary pursuits will include a selection of sumptuous-themed food displays from local well known restaurants and our award winning catering team. Culinary offerings are too much to list but here is an example of the chef attended stations, Asian station, Italian station, Classic American cuisine station, Dessert station and many others. The reception will host a fabulous display of exotic cars, custom motorcycles, race boats, vintage and contemporary aircraft and luxury brands. As for entertainment a live band will play throughout the evening.

This exclusive VIP only section will feature a fabulous culinary display and premium brand open bars. Culinary offerings are too much to list here but include, Roasted Tomato soup, Mediterranean salads, Garlic roasted Pork Loin with creamy herb polenta, Salmon ratatouille with basil oil, Tagine style chicken with olives, lemons and Tomato, artisan breads and butters, French pastries, exotic coffee, teas and more. VIP tickets can be purchased on their website and are limited in quantity. 

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Excellence Playa Mujeres room tour Excellence Club private swim up room

My wife and I just returned from celebrating our ten year anniversary at the Excellence Playa Mujeres and we were thrilled with our accommodations from beginning to end. When we arrived at the property the staff greeted us by saying “Welcome Home’ and that is exactly how we felt, only our home is nowhere near as beautiful! The customer service was exceptional at every step, with friendly smiles everywhere and people to attend to our every desire. At one point after swimming in the ocean a staff member came up just to clean our sunglasses, we were floored.

I have posted a video tour on youtube of our room accommodations.

The room was spacious and comfortable. The bed was clean and comfortable. The mini-bar was well stocked and the in-suite hot tub was a good size, and I’m 6’4″.   Room service was slow at times and of lesser quality and limited selection as compared to the restaurants. The restaurants provided ample selection for a 7-10 day stay, and the quality of food was very good. I will say that the Indian cuisine did seem a bit less than authentic.

Overall we were very happy during our stay at Excellence Playa Mujeres, and we would be happy to stay at an Excellence property again in the future.

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Black is the New White

It’s a scene as old as time, people are cheering, rice is flying through the air, and the bride and groom pause for just a moment before stepping into a luxury car to be whisked away. While that car is important, the focus is still on the bride, the groom, and of course her lovely white dress. Perhaps this is why more and more wedding planners have shifted to booking black luxury cars instead of white ones, so that the focus can remain where it belongs.

Weddings are often a celebration of purity, the purity of true love, the bond of the marriage, and the solitude of this newly formed relationship. Traditionally the bride will don a lovely white dress, which further symbolizes the purity of her intentions. As the rest of the wedding falls into place people have selected other white colored items in hope of completing a theme of color for the day. Recently however, it has been noticed that this can be a mistake, especially when it comes time to select a getaway vehicle.

Vehicles used in weddings have a unique role, not only do they transport the newly wed bride and groom from one location to another, but they act as a character of the wedding itself. The getaway car will end up being the backdrop of pictures that will hang on the walls of homes for years to com, and be posted all over social media sites. While the car should be beautiful in its own right, it would be amiss for it to take your focus away from this couple in love. If the vehicle parked behind the lovely white dress is black, as opposed to white, it can provide a beautiful contrast that makes the bride pop into the foreground of every picture.

A black colored luxury sedan or suv also has the added benefit of matching the current style trends that you see on the road today. From Jay-Z to Gerard Butler celebrities everywhere have chosen black cars for their day to day travel. As you drive around locally it seems that you can count 4 or 5 black cars for every white one that you see. There is no questioning that the classic look of a black luxury car is definitely “in” right now, and the same should apply for your wedding. If you do not have a black luxury car of your own then Request A Quote from Imagine Lifestyles and we can provide you with a luxury rental for the day, or even a chauffeur service so the newlywed couple can sit back and relax.

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Security Tips to Guarantee Your Safety While Driving

Driving can be a fun experience. Yet, as with everything else, it does have its risks. Not everyone on the road has good intentions. That’s why whereas it’s important that you glean as much driving tips as you can from sites such as the Ultimate Guide for Drivers, it’s equally important to understand the safety precautions you need to take.

Driving inadvertently places you at risk of car thieves, burglars, fleeing carjackers and malicious hooligans. Some seek to rob you of your possessions while others relish the thought of harming you or damaging your car for no reason at all.

Nothing can absolutely guarantee your security on the road but the following tips can keep you fairly safe when you are driving.

1.    Do Not Switch On the Inner Light at Night

Whether you are driving, temporarily pulled over on the side of the highway or are sitting in a car park, do not switch on your inner light at night unless you absolutely have to. Under the cover of darkness, the inner light makes it easier for a potential assailant to get a clear of view of who is in the car and where they are seated.

Thieves always prefer a target whose strengths and weaknesses they can assess beforehand. The less information they have about the car’s occupants, the less confident they will be about carrying out their plan.

Another reason to keep the inner light off when driving is because the light’s reflection off the car’s windows inhibits your ability to clearly see anyone approaching the vehicle.

2.    Look Out for Anyone Trailing You

Some incidents of car theft and vandalism are spontaneous in the sense that the attacker was not specifically targeting you but simply happened upon an opportunity. However, most instances have some level of preplanning. The attacker would seek to gather as much information about you and the car as they can.

This may mean trailing you on the highway as they seek the perfect opportunity to strike. Ergo, keeping an eye on your rear view mirror is a habit every driver must learn. Anyone trailing you with ill intent will usually not drive too far behind you since they don’t want to lose sight of you.

To be sure it’s not just a coincidence that they are going in the same direction as you, take some random turns. Do not turn into deserted roads though as this could be just what the assailants want in order to execute their scheme. If you ascertain that they are indeed trailing you, drive into the nearest police station.

3.    Don’t Pick Up Strangers

Hitchhiking has long been a low cost means of traveling long distances. The hitchhiker gets to make a new friend while drastically cutting their transport cost. Unfortunately, the dangers of picking up a stranger on the road (especially on an isolated road) outweigh any good feeling you’d experience for helping someone in need.

Irrespective of how clean, friendly and sane the person may seem, you have no clue as to their background. If you are just the two of you in the car, they could attack you when you least expect it. Some purported hitchhikers also work in cahoots with organized criminals which could place you in much greater danger than you may have envisaged.

4.    Take the Key with You When You Go on a Bathroom Break

When you go on a long drive, you are bound to eat and drink both in and out of the car at several points during your journey. Chances are though that over the course of your trip, you’ll need to urgently go to the bathroom despite being dozens of miles from the nearest town or motel.

The logical thing to do is to pull over and relieve yourself somewhere off the highway. If you have to do that, turn off the car’s engine and carry your car keys with you. Not everything is always as it seems. What may seem like a deserted stretch of road may harbor criminals lurking waiting to strike. Carrying your car keys makes it harder for thieves to drive off with the car.

Staying secure when driving largely comes down to common sense precautions. Do not do anything that makes you an easy target. Always be conscious of your surroundings.

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August is Awesome with Imagine Lifestyles

Imagine Lifestyles is in the business of making your good times even better and all August long we want to make sure the fun doesn’t stop! Book a luxury or exotic car rental and you can enjoy THREE (3) nights for the price of TWO(2). With our weekend special you can pick up a vehicle Friday after 2pm and return it by 11am on Monday and only pay for a two day rental. That is basically A FREE DAY on a weekend rental!! Call us today because with a deal like this the most fun cars are sure to be reserved fast!

The fine print:

  • Must be 21 years old or older
  • Must provide a valid License and Insurance
  • Must provide security deposit
  • Subject to availability
  • Must mention this ad when booking rental
  • Rental must be redeemed by August 31st 2018
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Shoot your next video with Imagine Lifestyles

So you just finished recording a hot new song, and you want to film a video. Maybe you have a product that you’re about to launch, and you need to capture some promo shots. You’re about to host a sweet 16 party, and you need an elegant shot for the invitations. Having a beautiful car as part of your photo or video could really make things pop! Imagine Lifestyles wants to help you to create awesome content, and you can do it right here in our New Jersey warehouse.

When you reserve our New Jersey warehouse for a photo or video shoot we can help you capture stunning content. We will provide you access to any vehicle that is in stock the day of your shoot. You could have a Ferrari, Lamborghini, and a Rolls-Royce all for one low price. Our staff will be available to help move the vehicles around, put convertible tops up or down, or wipe the cars off so that they look just right.

Our facility looks great, but you can make it look even better. With white walls and a black floor our garage makes for a great muted backdrop for your shoot. We have bright fluorescent lights to provide ample light for your subject. You are also welcome to bring in your own set dressings, lighting equipment, or even a smoke machine. We will even provide you with use of our lounge area, restrooms and changing areas, and access to our high speed wi-fi. Call us today for pricing and availability, or Request a Quote online.

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Fuming Over Gas Prices? Here are 4 of the Best Gas Credit Cards on the US Market

Long gone are the days of the $2 gallon of gasoline. Since 2015, the US has seen a steady increase in gas prices nationwide, with this summer being forecasted to have the highest gas prices seen in years.  As of writing, a gallon costs $3.106 in New York City and $3.025 in Philadelphia. However, there are ways to take advantage of this situation. Numerous credit cards on the US market have rewards that specifically cater to gas purchases, giving you cash back or points every time you’re at the gas pump. These rewards are either a cash percentage of your overall purchase or a specific number of points for every dollar you spend on gas. This means that as gas prices increase, so do the rewards. With a variety of gas credit cards on the market, choosing the right gas credit card can become a headache. Luckily for you, we have chosen four of the best gas credit cards on the market for your consideration.

AARP Visa Signature Card by Chase

 

Who’s this card for?

 

Someone who wants decent rewards and benefits without an annual credit card fee. Someone who drives often and eats out frequently.

 

AARP Visa Signature: The Facts

 

  • 3% cash back at gas stations

  • 3% cash back at restaurants

  • 1% cash back everywhere else

  • $200 cash back signup bonus for spending $500 in the first 3 months

  • No annual fee

  • Requires good credit (approximately a 670+ FICO Score 8) or better

 

AARP Visa Signature: The Summary

 

At first glance, the AARP Visa Signature may seem a bit modest in its rewards. Yet, this gas card is not one to underestimate. Many cards have a 2% and a 3% cash back category. However, the AARP Visa Signature offers 3% unlimited cash back for both gas stations and restaurants. The signup bonus also offers a good deal in comparison to other rewards cards. Most $200 dollar signup bonuses require at least $1000 of expenditure, like the American Express Blue Cash Preferred.

 

The AARP Visa Signature has no annual fee and you do not need to be a member of the AARP to apply. If you pay off your balance in full and on time, the AARP Card is completely free to use. That means 3% unlimited cash back on both gas and dining at no cost.

 

The AARP card is available at two different levels, Visa Platinum and Visa Signature. You need to qualify with a credit limit of at least $5000 to be eligible for the Visa Signature. These two different levels will affect the protections that come with the card.

 

The Visa Platinum comes with basic shopping and traveling protections including:

  • Purchase protections against damage and theft,

  • Return Protection to help you return items more easily, and

  • Extended manufacturers’ warranties on eligible products.

 

The Visa Signature Card comes with additional protections and benefits including:

  • A personal concierge that assists with a number of tasks such as making reservations and getting travel information,

  • Access to the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection, providing discounts and complementary services while traveling, and

  • A range of shopping discounts at select retailers.

 

Overall, the AARP Visa Signature is a great gas card and more. It boasts decent gas and dining cash back, no annual fees, a great signup bonus, and the Visa Signature suite of benefits. This is definitely a gas credit card worth your consideration.

PenFed Platinum Rewards Visa Signature Card

 

Who is this card for?

Someone who is looking for insanely good gas rewards with no annual fee. Someone who does not mind a potentially awkward rewards redemption program.

 

PenFed Platinum Rewards: The Facts

 

  • 5x points per dollar at gas stations

  • 3x points per dollar at grocery stores

  • 1x point per dollar everywhere else

  • $100 signup bonus for spending $1500 in the first 90 days

  • No annual fee, but you need to be a PenFed Credit Union Member

  • Requires fair credit (approximately a 580+ FICO Score 8) or better

PenFed Platinum Rewards: The Summary

 

The PenFed Platinum Rewards Visa Signature Card does not require an annual fee. It does require you to be a PenFed Credit Union member, however. Becoming a member is not a large task. It requires you to deposit $5 in a savings or Share Account with PenFed. This card has a number of interesting rewards so don’t let the membership turn you away.

 

As opposed to receiving cash back, the PenFed card gives its user points. Every point can be worth a maximum of one cent. This means you’ll earn 5% cash back on gas (limited to road vehicle fuel) and 3% cash back on groceries. Therefore, the PenFed card offers one of the best gas credit card deals on the market.

 

The signup bonus is subpar, especially in comparison to other gas cards. A $100 signup bonus is far from great, especially when you are required to spend $1500 in 90 days to get it. As a comparison, the AARP card signup bonus is $200 when you spend $500 in the first 3 months.

 

Since the PenFed card is also a Visa, it has the same additional benefits as the AARP card. The Visa Platinum level offers basic shopping and travel protections. The Visa Signature level offers valuable travel-related discounts and services. For example, exclusive shopping discounts at select retailers and a personal concierge service.

 

Prior to applying for this card, there are a couple issues that should be considered. Firstly, redemption options are limited with this card. Unlike other cards in this list, you cannot redeem your points as a statement of credit. Your redemption options are:

 

  • Retail cards and certificates

  • Flights with participating airlines

  • Merchandise at participating retailers

  • Hotel bookings

  • Car rentals

  • Other travel expense, for example, vacation packages

 

Keep note that your points also expire after 5 years.

 

A second issue is that you are charged $1 for every mailed paper statement you get with this card. However, this is easily avoided by using electronic statements.

 

There are some clear issues with the PenFed card. However, the fact you effectively earn 5% cash back on gas makes it a gas card worth considering. You just need to determine if the rewards scheme would be the right fit for you.

Discover it Chrome

 

Who’s this card for?

 

For people who drive and eat out frequently, who want no annual fee, but spend less than $4000 on gas a year.

 

Discover it Chrome: The Facts

 

  • 2% cash back at gas stations and restaurants, on up to $1000 in combined purchases each quarter

  • 1% cash back everywhere else

  • Cashback Match: the rewards you earn in your first year will be doubled automatically (only for new members)

  • Requires good credit (approximately 670+ FICO Score 8) or better

 

Discover it Chrome: The Summary

 

For new cardmembers, the Discover it Chrome offers an amazing cash back match signup deal. New Discover it Chrome card members receive a cash back match in their first year, effectively doubling all rewards earned. This means 4% cash back on both gas and dining, and 2% cash back everywhere else for a year. However, do take note that there is a quarterly limit of $1000 for combined gas and dining purchases. This means there is a cap of earning $160 cash back in your first year. If you spend a large amount on gas a year, a card without a cash back limit may be a better choice.

 

The Discover it Chrome also offers 0% APR for 14 months for both purchases and balance transfers. If you have a large balance on another account that’s accruing interest, you can transfer said balance to this card and pay it off with no interest.

 

In terms of benefits, the Discover it Chrome has the usual shopping and travel protections. However, it has one additional noteworthy perk: it allows cardholders to check their FICO 8 Credit Scores from their TransUnion credit report.

 

Overall, the Discover it Chrome is a great gas card for new applicants, offering an insanely high 4% cash back on gas. However, prior to your application consider the amount you generally spend on gas each year. If your gas expenses are high ($4000+), a gas card without a cash back limit may bring you more value for your time on the road. It should be noted that both gas and dining purchases chip into the same cash back limit. If you are someone who spends a lot on both, this limit will hinder your cash back rewards.

American Express Blue Cash Preferred Card

 

Who’s this card for?

 

Someone who drives often, regularly shops in department stores and spends a lot on groceries. Someone who wants a great range of rewards and does not mind paying an annual fee to get them.

 

American Express Blue Cash Preferred: The Facts

 

  • 3% cash back at gas stations

  • 6% cash back at grocery stores on your first $6000 spent annually

  • 3% cash back at selected US department stores

  • 1% cash back everywhere else

  • $200 cash back sign up bonus after spending $1000 in the first 3 months

  • Annual Fee: $95

  • Requires excellent credit (approximately 740+ FICO Score 8)

 

American Express Blue Cash Preferred: The Summary

 

The Amex  Blue Cash Preferred is the only card with an annual fee in this list, being $95 per annum. However, as seen above, the rewards are significant. Not only do you get 3% unlimited cash back on gas station and at department stores, but also 6% cash back for your first $6000 spent on groceries in a year. This means you can potentially earn $360 cash back on groceries in one year alone.

 

The Amex Blue Cash Preferred also comes with a 0% introductory APR on balance transfers and purchases for the first year.

 

The additional benefits for this card are fairly run of the mill. The benefits consist of basic shopping and travel protections, such as  purchase and fraud protections, and extended warranties. You will also be able to avail of Amex Offers program, which offers alternating deals on different products and services.

 

Overall, the Amex Blue Cash Preferred offers a great suite of rewards and not only in the gas category. Are you an individual who spends a lot on gas, department stores, and groceries? Then the Amex Blue Cash Preferred could definitely be worth the annual fee.

There is no way for you to avoid the gas price increases aside from riding a bike, investing in an electric car, or being close family friends with the Saudi Arabian Royal family. However, a great gas credit card can help you make the best of a bad situation by getting you cash back or points on all your gas purchases. Whether driving your own car or a luxury rental, you can claim rewards with these cards as long as you’re at the pump.

While all four of these cards are fantastic gas credit cards, there isn’t one that is objectively better than the rest. When choosing the right gas credit card, compare and contrast the rewards and benefits, check for an annual fee, and consider the other rewards categories apart from gas that best suit your lifestyle.

 

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Use #BoomPhilly to save

Imagine Lifestyles has teamed up with Boom 103.9 Philadelphia to bring you some serious savings. Now you can rent the luxury or exotic car of your dreams without having to break the bank. This special is open to anyone that listens to Boom 103.9

Save 15% by doing the following:

  • Post any picture of your favorite luxury or exotic vehicle
  • Tag @Imagine.Lifestyles
  • Use the hashtag #BoomPhilly

That’s IT! It’s that simple to earn your 15% off at Imagine Lifestyles Luxury and Exotic Rentals! Fun Savings!

The fine print…

  • Must be 21 or older to rent
  • Must provide valid insurance and security deposit
  • Open to new clients only
  • Must complete post prior to booking
  • Must mention this special when obtaining your quote
  • Subject to availability
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4th of July photo shoot – The pictures you didn’t see

Three Cheers to the Red, White, and Blue!!!!!

This 4th of July we at Imagine Lifestyles Luxury and Exotic Rentals decided to commemorate our nations’s independence with a Star Spangled photo shoot. Our models, donned in their finest Americana ensembles, made the perfect accessories to our 1965 Shelby Cobra and Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.  We debuted them on our official Instagram ( @imagine.lifestyles) but here are the pictures you didn’t see.

See all of our pictures on our official instagram page @imagine.lifestyles

Thanks to our model @_fitnugget

For more behind the scenes shots and cool car pictures follow our Director of Sales Tom Messenger @AutoFocusTom

If you are interested in renting the 1965 Shelby Cobra or the Corvette Stingray that we used here please call us at 1-866-436-3514 or Request a Quote for more information.

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Imagine Lifestyles to display at The Elite New York

Imagine Lifestyles invites you to attend New York’s only exclusive jet-set lifestyle event, The Elite New York on September 8th and 9th. This extravagant one stop shop will be held at the Essex County Airport and will specialize in a gathering of luxury goods and related services in one private venue that is accessible by both road and air.

The event will be divided into four categories including The Jet-Set Lifestyle, The Marine Showcase, The Luxury Brand Show and The Supercar Showcase, for guests to explore. In total, there will be over 100 luxury brands and exhibitors showcasing what the luxe life is all about.

Amplify your attendance by adding on a range of unique experiences to your day out. Choose from:

  • Helicopter pleasure flights
  • Beauty & Wellness Treatments
  • Golf Simulator
  • Fixed Wing Demo Flights
  • Saturday Drink Reception
  • Runway Test Drives in one of our luxury or exotic cars.

And so much more!!!

To get your complimentary one day entry use promo code ENY2456 to reserve your spot. Then simply pre-book one of the experiences listed above prior to the event. We hope to see you there!

For more information head on over to TheEliteEvents.com

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