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Ann Arbor Re-DO?

As you all know, I was supposed to speak at the Ann Arbor DO last Saturday. I committed to this many months ago and was really looking forward to the event. Aside from my presentation, I was excited about meeting readers, fellow bloggers, and catching up with friends. My presentation […]

View from the airplane flying over Chicago
Travel Tips

Planning an Over-the-Top Surprise Trip To…

Over the past six years, I’ve helped a lot of people book their dream vacations on points and miles. Whether it was readers, friends or family members, I’ve offered advice and booking strategies to anyone who’s asked. The one person who hasn’t benefited from all of this, but who absolutely […]

JAL Sky Suite Business Class Seat
Travel Tips

4 Cheap Ways to Redeem Miles for JAL Sky Suites to Japan

I started a new job recently and my co-workers have been curious about this hobby and how I’ve managed to get incredible value out of points and miles. After an informal Q&A, one person relayed her goal to travel to Japan. “And you know how on the plane they give […]

Ear Pain from Bose QuietComfort 35 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Travel Tips

What No One Tells You About Noise Cancelling Headphones

About a year ago, I began thinking about  picking up some noise cancelling headphones. I asked for feedback on Twitter and I learned the Bose QuietComfort 35‘s were the best noise cancelling headphones out there. But I wasn’t really traveling much, so the $350 price tag seemed unjustified in my case. I […]

Al Khair Foundation's truck at Softex Refugee Camp in Thessaloniki Greece
Travel Tips

Everything You Need to Know About Volunteering With Refugee Aid Organizations in Europe

Since my trip to Calais and Thessaloniki last summer, I’ve gotten a steady stream of emails from readers interested in volunteering abroad. When I was researching organizations helping refugees in Europe, I had a hard time finding accurate information. A lot of people are having trouble finding reputable organizations to volunteer […]

Uber cars lined up in a parking lot
Rideshare Apps, Travel Tips

5 Ways to Improve Your Rideshare Experience

Most of us use rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft throughout our travels or even on a daily basis. It’s incredibly convenient to pull out your phone, order a ride, and have a driver pick you up in a nice clean car within minutes. The fact that Uber and Lyft […]

Thai Airways A380 First Class Seat Tokyo Narita - Bangkok
Travel Tips

The World Won’t End If You Can’t Fly First Class Anymore

I have an undeserved reputation in some circles as someone who “kills deals.” To my knowledge, no travel or manufactured spending hack has ever been shut down because of the limited exposure on this blog. I’m aware of hacks that got shut down after mass media exposure or after prominent bloggers shared […]

IKEA UPPTÄCKA collapsable carry-on bag
Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Invest in an IKEA UPPTÄCKA Carry-on Bag

I’m a light packer. No matter how long the trip, I never take more than a carry-on bag with me. And I make it a point to return with less stuff than I departed with. This involves bringing worn t-shirts to sleep in or old sneakers that I can wear […]

Park Hyatt Maldives on points and miles
Travel Tips

Combating the Herd Mentality in This Hobby

There is a tendency in this community to follow the herd. That’s normal in any group . People look towards each other for advice and in this case, that pertains to how we earn and redeem our miles. There’s nothing innately wrong with that, but sometimes I wonder whether this herd mentality […]

Kaaba Masjid al-Haram and Clock Tower in Mecca
Travel Tips

How to Book Umrah Travel With Points and Miles

Back in December, I booked a trip to Mecca and Medina to perform Umrah with my family. For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, Umrah is the “lesser” pilgrimage Muslims make to Mecca. It’s much less rigorous and there are fewer restrictions around when it can be performed. This information […]