An average human can live 3 weeks without food, 3 days without water and 3 seconds without checking their iPhone. But how long can you live without money? I’m not talking crazy here (well I am) about going off to live in the caves of Utah like Daniel Suelo. I’m talking living the life you […]
Archives for December 2014
Learning from Criminals- how to value points
I’ve been bothered by this for the longest time. But I think we are all screwing up big time when it comes to Credit Card points. By valuing them high, we are stagnating, and losing real money. I find it interesting that people (myself included) who have been in ‘the game’ for any length of […]
Should you inflate your income on a credit card application?
No you bloody well shouldn’t.But strangely many people do. There are so many reasons why it is desirable to inflate your income, here are a few: Higher Income = higher individual credit line Higher Income = higher total credit allocation Higher Income = generally more important a person and more likely to be accepted The […]
The Power of Travel
I recently returned from our first family international trip – we travelled through Spain, starting at Madrid, and moving South to stop at Toledo, Granada and Cordoba. It was a fabulous trip, and I highly recommend all of these towns. We booked this as I typically do – with a one way to somewhere, (MAD […]
Using your iPhone and Apple Maps oversees without a data plan
I just returned from a great trip to Spain, and stumbled upon something pretty useful when playing around with my iPhone. You can access street level maps overseas, along with the ‘where am I now?’ blue dot, and the compass feature – without using data (cellular or wifi) I found this useful for navigating the […]
Kimpton acquired by IHG! Why I think it is great news
I just received an email from Kimpton to inform me that IHG has acquired them. This is interesting news since IHG themselves were the subject of a failed acquisition just a few months ago, as SPG made a bid for them. Often, as a consumer, mergers and acquisitions are bad things. It is typically the […]
How my Hotel stacks up against my House
I’m traveling again, it seems like forever since we have done this, and it is fantastic! As I walked into this latest hotel room, the Radisson Blu Madrid Prado, I had the same thought strike me again – how does this stack up against my home? It is especially relevant now as I am wrapping […]
Swagbucks – review and $200 giveaway!
I’d heard of Swagbucks as a shopping portal, and was recently approached by them regarding their product. Upon further exploration I learned that they a lot more going on than just that, so I decided to dive and review what they have going on. For full disclosure, I was offered the chance to earn a […]
Analysis – is Whining or Begging more effective?
One thing all travel pro’s know is that you can add considerable alpha to your points strategy by whining and begging for more. The most effective location to deliver your message is Twitter, since the company reps you encounter there are more worried about promoting the brand than giving away a few points.So, which of […]
I need @Kickstarter to get me to LAX!
In case you live under a rock, and otherwise haven’t heard – TravelCon is happening on February 28th in Anaheim, CA. I’ve been invited there to present, and am a little nervous about it. Thus far I’ve managed to host two #DOs without having to talk about anything in depth. But more importantly, I can’t afford […]