[editor’s note: my worthless Macbook Pro has finally stopped working completely, so I’m using an aged clamshell laptop for my blogging this week. Grammar and punctuation will suf..
One of the reasons I started blogging, all the way back in the long long ago, was that I was disillusioned and furious with bloggers who each week or month
Now that the three biggest US carriers (Delta, already followed by United, and soon to be followed by American) have moved to revenue-based mileage earning, at least on flights m..
The Fidelity Investment Rewards American Express has long been popular in the travel hacking community. The reason is simple: transactions are processed on American Express’s net..
Last month I shared my experience getting a Haytt Gold Passport Diamond tier match. I mentioned that I was unable to use Hyatt’s online tool to match my Diamond status
Whenever I get a new offer through from mLife I want to write about the gig again. The reason is that it’s just working.. and better than expected. I’m going
In the spirit of shamelessly ripping off Frequent Miler, I thought it would be interesting to see what my most popular new posts in 2015 were. Since I don’t use
Happy New Year’s Eve to all my readers (and especially to my beloved subscribers)!2016 is almost upon us, so I thought it might be interesting to share my manufactured spend
BackgroundFrom my local airport, Delta is by far the most convenient airline to fly. With daily flights to Salt Lake City, Detroit, Minneapolis, Atlanta, and New York City, it’s ..
It’s difficult to know how to frame information you receive from US Bank over the phone. For example, a US Bank representative once told me I could product change my
There’s a tempting intuition that says high balances across a variety of programs are a goal worth pursuing, since they allow you to deploy the right rewards currency for the
One of the first questions people ask, after finding out that comped cruises don’t come from mLife matches via Hyatt is: what about the shipboard perks? If you recall the
I’m undecided as to whether loyalty programs are stupid or genius at this time. I see them as stupid as I can gain huge value from them, but in the
The frame of reference for my manufactured spend practice is not usually the cost I pay per point that I earn, although I naturally privilege cheaper techniques above more expens..
The two browser trick is a way in which to multiply an event for your benefit. There are a number of applications of it already known, some published openly, and
BackgroundAs my regular readers no doubt already know, on November 19, 2015, the official Hyatt Concierge Twitter account sent out a tweet asking, “Looking for a new loyalty prog..
When it rains it pours. Just as Discover it, Citi Dividend, and US Bank Cash+ bonus categories are now available for registration, so are the Chase Freedom bonus categories for the
Part of my talk at TravelCon was a theory that I might be able to obtain cruise benefits from mLife based on an unwritten rule system. Upon my return, I
The Citi Dividend credit card is absolutely the most frustrating of the quarterly cash back bonus category cards. That’s for two reasons:Cash back is capped at $300 per calendar ..
I don’t write about making Kiva loans very much anymore, mainly because I don’t make Kiva loans anymore! But Kiva loans are a still-working technique to manufacture an uncapped a..
In Chapter 5 of my occasionally-selling ebook, I discussed the technique of using All Nippon Airways’ search tool to find Star Alliance award space. Recently, they made some chan..
Registration is now open (log into your Discover account first) for the Discover it cashback bonus categories of “Gas & Ground Transportation” for the first calendar quarter of 2..
There are a lot of websites you can use to search for paid flights. Kayak is one of the most popular, but Orbitz, Expedia and Priceline will all find you