In my experience, last minute trips are the product of a sales deal that needs to close for business or an emergency in someone’s personal life. I’ve had my fair share of days when I was a sales engineer where my week would start with five planned days at home and by lunchtime Monday, I’d Read full post »
To a certain degree, there are some clear winners for the best cities to live in/near if you love points and miles. In no particular order here are my favorites: New York Washington, D.C. Los Angeles San Francisco Chicago Boston Seattle Cities that absolutely wouldn’t make my list are: Atlanta Charlotte Denver Salt Lake City Read full post »
Top-tier elite status is important to a lot of people. Folks who chase top-tier elite status like the perks that come along with it (room upgrades, complimentary breakfast, lounge access, etc.). I myself determined it made more sense to mattress run for Hyatt Diamond status ahead of my family trip to Asia last year than Read full post »
The more things change, the more things stay the same — at least when it comes to the “New” American Airlines. Although the airline has completely merged frequent flyer programs, loyalty status tiers and reservation systems, certain aspects of the old US Airways Dividend Miles program remain, including the sporadic award mile sales. Many American Read full post »
We spend a lot of time focusing on how to reduce the costs of travel by using frequent flier miles and hotel points here, but if you are flexible on where you would like to travel and are okay with flying in economy class, there are many cases where miles my not be the best Read full post »
The IHG Priceless Surprises promotion just might be one of the best promotions of the year so far. It is possible to get, at a minimum, 47,000 IHG points for $46.06 in postage, plus a few more dollars in supplies, and a few hours of work. Here’s what you need to do by Feb 15, Read full post »
So far I am sort of underwhelmed by the low number of attractive Cyber Monday offers. When it comes to travel-related offers, the options are even worse. However, earlier today I took advantage of Amazon’s Cyber Monday gift cards offers and saved $40 in five minutes. I personally purchased one $50 gift card for P.F. Read full post »
In this hobby, we frequently hear travel being described as “free,” followed by protests over the use of that word. Award travel isn’t completely free unless annual fees are waived and you use flexible rewards points to off-set award redemption fees. However, there is a way to travel free and it doesn’t involve points and Read full post »
As I wrote about recently, the travel industry is full of myths. If you choose to believe some of these myths, you might end up losing out on some amazing opportunities. You might also be greatly disappointed when things do not go as planned, which brings us to this Fox News article about the five Read full post »
Thanks to the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), individuals have more options when it comes to buying individual health insurance and paying for it themselves. I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether the law was good or bad, but I do know one thing: Paying for individual insurance Read full post »
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