What to Do with Your Extra Max Interest This Summer

Mackinac Island's celebrated Grand Hotel.

Mackinac Island’s celebrated Grand Hotel.

It’s summertime — and Max members continue to accrue extra interest on their cash in the bank. We’re taking a look at some of the fun things you can do with the money you earn, which you wouldn’t be earning without Max optimizing your cash.

If you keep $1 million optimized through Max, you’re going to earn about $2500 additionally this summer. Some ideas to consider:

  • Video Drone

Drones are a great way to see new terrain or get fantastic video from the sky. For the sport-minded, there’s also drone-fighting. This $2300 camera quadcopter has 4K video and 2 controllers, one for the remote pilot and one for the cameraperson.

  • The Perfect Chair

Is it time to update your decor? Coveted handmade furniture and pottery from Vermont’s husband-wife duo Charles Shackleton and Miranda Thomas always looks tasteful. The couple recently opened a new Brooklyn shop, giving their works access to elegant brownstone living rooms. A pair of walnut Ricardo chairs upholstered in green fabric is $2600.

  • Pastry Chef Boot Camp

Learn to make better eclairs than you can buy in a fine French patisserie. A 3-day dessert boot camp at the ultra-serious Culinary Institute of America’s Napa Valley campus will show you how. $2600 for two people.

  • Make a Difference with Robinhood

Fight poverty by supporting Robinhood, the largest nonprofit in New York doing this work. Max members can set their Max accounts to donate some or all of the interest they earn directly to Robinhood.


A Max member with a $250,000 account will earn an extra $625 this summer. Some fun ways to spend it:

  • Luxury Fitness Classes

Boutique fitness studios are the new trend. They’re more personal and rigorous than a typical gym, with classes that make you work hard. SLT (Strengthen, Lengthen, Tone) has attracted serious fitness nuts in New York City and elsewhere. $680 for a 20-pack of classes will keep you in good shape all summer.

  • Championship Golf Clubs

Up your game with some of this year’s hottest new clubs.

Driver: Cobra King F6+ Pro $400

Fairway wood: Ping G $270

  • Historic Island Resorts

Off the coast of California south of Los Angeles is the celebrated Catalina Island, a historic resort long popular with Angelenos. At the Avalon, a top-rated hotel, you can recline on the rooftop terrace while looking out into Avalon Harbor.  Two nights in a king room with a garden view will be about $700 on a weekend this summer.

Or visit the Grand Hotel on Michigan’s Mackinac Island, an elegant resort where midwesterners have been vacationing since 1887. For about $700, a deluxe room at the hotel includes breakfast, lunch, and a 5-course dinner.

  • Meet the Animals

Why jostle with crowds to see the animals at the San Diego Zoo when you can meet them up close? The world-famous zoo’s exclusive VIP Experience is $599 per person, plus zoo admission, and comes with behind-the-scenes interactions, a personal tour guide, and lunch.

  • Leave Holding the Bag

Suede envelope clutch bags are sweeping the fashion magazines. The Christopher Kane studded suede clutch is $645 while Mansur Gavriel’s Flamma suede envelope flat clutch is $695.

  • Buy the Cow

For $500, the international nonprofit Heifer will donate a female cow to a needy family in the developing world. A cow yields milk for the family’s children as well as income, since they can now sell milk to others. The money they earn can pay for food, school, and housing, helping them climb out of poverty. Heifer is one of the most respected development nonprofits.

What Not to Miss in Dubai and Ras al-Khaimah

Dubai's skyline.

Dubai’s skyline.

Dubai, the Arab world’s financial hub, is also a high-end destination attracting a growing number of world travelers. The tiny Persian Gulf city-state promises a luxury urban vacation between the desert and the beach. Home to an ever-increasing number of tall towers and over-the-top developments, Dubai is a destination for royalty, celebrities, and travelers seeking architectural fantasies and unique experiences. Nearby Ras al-Khaimah has yet to make it onto many itineraries, but it provides a rare look into Bedouin culture in an upscale oasis setting.

We asked a friend of Max Luxe to fill us in on the highlights from her travels in these Gulf destinations.


Dubai’s skyline is iconic, including as it does the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower. From the Atlantis The Palm hotel on the Palm’s manmade resort island, visitors can take in the panorama. Atlantis itself is a luxury waterpark resort, a cousin to the Bahamas showplace of the same name. Other high-end hotels include the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, which also boasts a waterpark. The Burj al-Arab, known as the world’s first seven-star hotel, is also situated on its own specially-constructed island and was designed to look like a sailing ship.

The view from the top of the Burj Khalifa.

The view from the top of the Burj Khalifa.

Dubai Creek, which splits the city in two, is where visitors can find dhows, an authentic form of Arab trading vessel that still supplies a small fraction of the emirate’s now huge volume of port traffic. The Dhow Wharfage is the place to see the boats in action as they take on freight; visitors can also get a tour of one of the boats or ride on one that’s been repurposed as a harbor-cruise ship. Little remains of old-time Dubai’s economy, and the dhows are one reminder of the city’s origins as a desert trading outpost.

Barrels of spices at a spice vendor's shop.

Barrels of spices at a spice vendor’s shop.

Shopping is one of Dubai’s major draws. Two enormous malls, the Dubai Mall and the Mall of the Emirates, offer nearly every luxury brand, including brands that don’t typically have their own boutiques in other countries. Shoppers can also go skiing and ice skating — a novelty in the middle of the desert — as well as visit an aquarium within the complex.


The Bastakia Mosque in old Dubai.

To step back in time, visit one of Dubai’s market districts that hearken back to early trading days. In the Bastakia Quarter, where Persian merchants built homes with distinctive wind-towers for cooling, shops and galleries set on winding alleyways sell spices and art. The souks are street markets where haggling is expected; visit the well-known Gold Souk for stalls piled high with jewelry.

From the observatory at the top of the Burj Khalifa, the view is unparalleled. A museum explains how the tower was constructed, answering visitors’ questions about how one can build safely on sand. The tower complex’s fountain show, in the mall at the building’s base, is also well-attended.

For cultural appreciation, stop in at the Jumeriah Mosque, the only mosque in Dubai that non-Muslims can visit. (Be sure to dress appropriately.) Also visit Majlis Ghorfat Um Al-Sheef, a former sheikh’s summer home in the Jumeirah district that’s been restored to glory with a beautiful garden.

Ras al-Khaimah:

Bedouin-style villas with infinity pools at the Banyan Tree resort.

Bedouin-style villas with infinity pools at the Banyan Tree resort.

A smaller member of the United Arab Emirates, Ras al-Khaimah is a short drive from Dubai. Its low profile among tourists makes it a perfect place to see the desert, our correspondent notes. One place to find quiet relaxation is the Banyan Tree Ras al-Khaimah Beach resort, where the tented suites offer an opulent take on traditional Bedouin life. While in the emirate, make sure to take a camel ride, go off-roading on the sand dunes, or try your hand at sand-boarding.