Travel hacking is an iterative game: the options you have available today are restricted by the decisions you made in the past. That’s one reason I avoid giving advice whenever
I’ve written quite a few times about Seth Miller the Wandering Aramean and Hotel Hustle, his tool for searching for award space across hotel chains.Like most (all?) his online to..
Next week there will be a confluence of frequent flyer people in Vegas. Apparently there is the FreddieAwards on Thursday and then FTU on Friday/Saturday. Friday evening there i..
Pure mattress running for hotel elite status rarely makes sense: you only receive status benefits for nights you stay, so the further away from elite status you are, the less wor..
Quick recap: Miles are dead, yadda, yadda, yadda…
What’s the value you earned from using your miles instead of buying a ticket in cash? This is an important metric to use;
Miles are addictive. This addiction causes two types of actions in almost all afflicted parties: Greed for more miles and Hoarding of existing stock. Today we’ll discuss the h..
Wherein we discuss low fares and much more with George Hobica, the president and founder of www.airfarewatchdog.com! Listen to find out more about
If you’ve ever visited Las Vegas, you’ve no doubt seen the constant parade of advertisements run by the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling, with the campaign slogan “When the Fun
I had an interesting exchange on Twitter the other day with Seth, the Wandering Aramean, who was arguing in response to Trevor at Tagging Miles that loyalty currencies are on a
The idea for this post came to me last weekend when a reader I met in DC suggested that I’m “mainly a domestic traveler,” in contrast to his own travel
Last week I wrote about the option of redeeming Wells Fargo’s Go Far reward points for 1.22 cents each when using them to purchase Hyatt gift cards (an offer that’s
About a year ago, I had heard about a new app for text messaging where I thought “Great.. Another app that will likely be bloatware.” The text messaging app had
Given that we have eaten out most of the time for the last 5 years, we’ve learned how to do it for cheap. Which is really easy, as most of the
I love meeting readers, for a lot of reasons. It lets me get a sense of what kind of people are attracted to this site, and what they like about
Maybe you got in on the Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond status match in time. Maybe you didn’t.But if you have a Wells Fargo credit card that’s earning 5 “Go Far”
I’ve now travelled on a substantial minority of long-haul Amtrak routes, depending on your definition:Empire Builder (entire route, both directions)Coast Starlight (entire route,..
If you follow me on Twitter (as you should!) you know I spent last week in San Francisco. It was only upon returning that I realized I hadn’t posted an
Second quarter registration is now open for credit cards earning quarterly rotating bonuses, and it’s shaping up to be a pretty lucrative quarter.Chase FreedomBetween April 1 and..
Not just among travel hackers, but also in the civilian population, the conventional wisdom for a long time has been that it’s usually better to make roundtrip airline reservatio..
Last week a reader wrote in to suggest that I address the topic of saving up miles and points for emergencies, which gave me an excuse to think about two
For the last two years, I’ve shared an accounting of my year in earning and burning miles and points (2013 and 2014). A reader recently reached out and asked whether
If having too many points in a single program is one kind of problem, both because of the increased exposure to devaluations and the fact that the least valuable point
Travel hacking is a specialized combination of knowledge, skills, and opportunities, plus of course making the time to take advantage of them. For those willing to invest in this..