I’ve seen a few posts from folks lately about US Bank’s introduction of so-called “Real-Time Rewards,” which allow you to book travel reservations with your card directly instead..
When I tell people I took a 9 hour train across Sri Lanka, half of the time standing on the jam-packed car without air conditioning, almost unable to move an inch, the reactions ..
My kid stayed home from school last Thursday as did 3/4 of his high school. Not due to illness or bad weather, but because someone threatened to shoot his school
I hate to get into politics, but there is an aviation-linked story that is just too amazing to skip. You see, Delta Airlines posted last week that it would no
SPG is my favorite program for low category hotel redemptions. They have the most such properties that are interesting throughout the world – even in Western Europe, as you’ll s..
Welcome to my new series, Summer Suggestions, where I recommend places for you to visit this summer because we can’t! While I’ll offer some ideas about how to get there,
“Sam, the funniest thing happened, I was cleaning my car and I found an old unopened $500 VGC. Hilarious, right?”
No. Not hilarious.
Or maybe you’ve cleaned out a drawer and found
The miles and points game has definitely changed over the past few years. These days, you may get more value using points to book cash flights instead of stressing searching
Paired with a ride on the World Famous Jungle Cruise, Skipper’s Canteen is one of our favorites
We’re just back from a trip to Walt Disney World during the week Massachusetts
I’ve been watching with interest as datapoints have rolled in of American Express signup bonuses being denied to people who meet the minimum spend requirement with manufactured s..
Free-quent Flyer returns to talk thoughts on Hyatt Globalist status and solid ways of earning Ultimate Rewards..
The lives of Americans my age are overwhelmingly defined by a single formative experience. Not the September 11 attacks, which happened at the beginning of my junior year of high
Some people, including myself, are seeing a 75k offer for upgrading their no-annual fee Amex Hilton Honors card to the $95 annual fee Ascend card (aka Surpass refresh). Importan..
Cinderella’s Castle at dusk
We’re just back from a trip to Walt Disney World during the week Massachusetts schools have off for President’s Day each February. The weather was per..
Rachel Berkey, a moderator at the Award Travel 101 Facebook group, inspired me with this tip. One of the benefits touted with the Chase Disney credit card is a free meet and
Main Street USA right before Park opening
We’re just back from a trip to Walt Disney World during the week Massachusetts schools have off for President’s Day each February. The w..
In my last post, I detailed my (mostly) successful experience flying alone with my two young children, which went much better than my first attempt. If you’re flying alone with
About a year ago, I told myself my attempt at flying alone with preschoolers or toddlers probably sufficiently broke me to the point of avoiding traveling alone with the kids.
Magic Kingdom before park opening
We’re just back from a trip to Walt Disney World during the week Massachusetts schools have off for President’s Day each February. The weather w..
I’ve now had 2 cases where I didn’t complete a spending requirement on an Amex card until 15-20 days after the official deadline, but the bonus posted automatically anyway. I th..
On Tuesday I wrote that so-called “charitably clumping” was a fairly transparent marketing campaign by the philanthropy and money management industries to generate more contribut..
I usually try to write up a post for each award trip I take, both to share my thinking about my points and miles strategy and to keep myself honest
The “meh” is compared to the easy-to-obtain Gold status. I’ve been Hilton Diamond for 2 years. During this time, I’ve had the following stays booked from my Diamond account: