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Use loyalty points and miles to travel more often, better, and for less money.  Reward points have helped me travel to nearly 50 countries and experience other parts of the world.  Now I am combining my love for travel with my knowledge of points and miles to benefit others.

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Twin Cities Manufactured Spend Implosion
15 Aug. 2018
Twin Cities Manufactured Spend Implosion
Meltdown This past weekend, some big news hit in the Twin Cities points and miles community.  A friendly Walmart (Store ...
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What I did With My Marriott / SPG Points
8 Aug. 2018
What I did With My Marriott / SPG Points
Intro By now it’s no secret that big changes to Marriott’s merger with SPG are underway and others in the process of being final...
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Fallout From A Bank Shutdown
7 Aug. 2018
Fallout From A Bank Shutdown
Shutdown I recently wrote a post about a bank shutdown linked to manufactured spending (MS).  It was my first checking deposit related bank ...
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New Music:  August 2018 Playlist
1 Aug. 2018
New Music: August 2018 Playlist
The Jam I have many thousands of types of songs and music saved in various media forms.  Spotify has been a pretty good interactive platform...
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Twin Cities Manufactured Spend Implosion
15 Aug. 2018
Twin Cities Manufactured Spend Implosion
Meltdown This past weekend, some big news hit in the Twin Cities points and miles community.  A friendly Walmart (Store ...
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What I did With My Marriott / SPG Points
8 Aug. 2018
What I did With My Marriott / SPG Points
Intro By now it’s no secret that big changes to Marriott’s merger with SPG are underway and others in the process of being final...
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Fallout From A Bank Shutdown
7 Aug. 2018
Fallout From A Bank Shutdown
Shutdown I recently wrote a post about a bank shutdown linked to manufactured spending (MS).  It was my first checking deposit related bank ...
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Manufactured Spend Backup Plans
29 Jul. 2018
Manufactured Spend Backup Plans
Increasing Spend, Increasing Risk Over the past 30 days or so, plenty of SPG Amex cardholders have rushed to increase the spend on their car...
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25 Tips for Safari in South Africa
9 Jun. 2018
25 Tips for Safari in South Africa
Big, Big, Game South Africa is probably the most beautiful country that I’ve visited in nearly 50 countries of tra...
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Lufthansa First Class 747-8 Review:  Chicago to Frankfurt
13 May. 2018
Lufthansa First Class 747-8 Review: Chicago to Frankfurt
Splash Cashing in fancy award redemptions in up front cabin space seems like a right of passage within the travel hacking community.  Facebo...
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Lufthansa First Class Lounge Frankfurt Review
12 May. 2018
Lufthansa First Class Lounge Frankfurt Review
Homeward Bound After 2.5 weeks in Eastern Europe it was time to return home.  I didn’t want to go, and neither did my buddy that I was...
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Travels in Kiev, Ukraine
3 May. 2018
Travels in Kiev, Ukraine
Ooo-Kraine In over 30 countries of travel throughout Europe, I had never been to Ukraine.  Even though I’ve been to other former Sovie...
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Citi AA Hack:  How to Get Targeted Offers
23 May. 2018
Citi AA Hack: How to Get Targeted Offers
Excerpt from forthcoming book:  “Travel For Free” Why Me A complaint that I hear from points and miles enthu...
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How to Find Cheap Flights on MillionMileGuy
1 Jan. 2018
How to Find Cheap Flights on MillionMileGuy
High Tech & High Hopes Our nearly instant access to information and technology is pretty amazing.  Sure there’s plenty of downside...
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The 15 Best Websites for finding Cheap Flights and Travel
30 Oct. 2017
The 15 Best Websites for finding Cheap Flights and Travel
Think you miss out on deals that others get?  Want to find cheap flights for your next trip?  The internet is full of various websites that ...
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The Best Travel Daypacks & Carry Ons
17 Oct. 2017
The Best Travel Daypacks & Carry Ons
Great Day Packs. Period. Americans love the latest and greatest tech, gadgets, and travel gear.  I have soft spots for those things too, and...
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Why Travel Has Made Me More Conservative
5 May. 2018
Why Travel Has Made Me More Conservative
Interest With Age History has grown on me, and travel has helped that growth.  When I was younger, I had no interest in ...
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My Encounter With Radical Islam
8 Apr. 2018
My Encounter With Radical Islam
Bueno Buenos Aires In 2010 I was in a bit of a lull.  The economy was terrible and still very much inside the country’s recession.  I ...
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New Zealand Trans Weightlifter Dominates
6 Dec. 2017
New Zealand Trans Weightlifter Dominates
Girl Power? There’s some tension in the weightlifting ranks in New Zealand.  A 39-year-old weightlifting champ who was born male, and ...
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Car Burnings In Sweden
28 Nov. 2017
Car Burnings In Sweden
Echo Chamber There aren’t many conservative media sources in Europe.  Conservative media is like a needle in a haystack, and that hays...
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New Podcast:  PGA Tour Caddy Mark Urbanek
14 Apr. 2018
New Podcast: PGA Tour Caddy Mark Urbanek
You Da Man! Mark Urbanek is THE man on the bag and a professional golf caddy on the PGA Tour.  For those that don’...
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Thanksgiving, Happiness, & Being Grateful
23 Nov. 2017
Thanksgiving, Happiness, & Being Grateful
Thanksgiving and Happiness The holidays are a nice time to reflect on the important things in life.  For many people much of that importance...
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How much money would it take to travel for life?
7 Jun. 2017
How much money would it take to travel for life?
All The Travel You Could Handle Have you ever thought about how much money it would take to travel the world full time? In a meeting a few y...
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Vacation Time Off Around the World
3 Jun. 2017
Vacation Time Off Around the World
Needing A Break? I have a friend that lives in the middle of Venice.  When I visit the area, she often cooks for me in her flat, taking hour...
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Interview:  John “Flying Mustache” Klukas on Award Booking
29 May. 2018
Interview: John “Flying Mustache” Klukas on Award Booking
Smart guys finish first From a psychology degree in college to the fashion runways in New York, to his own award booking service dolling out countless hours of points and miles advice, John Klukas is an interes...
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New Podcast:  PGA Tour Caddie Mark Urbanek
14 Apr. 2018
New Podcast: PGA Tour Caddie Mark Urbanek
You Da Man! Mark Urbanek is THE man on the bag and a professional golf caddie on the PGA Tour.  For those that don’t watch golf, he’s one of the guys carrying the golf clubs, giving his player advice, and basic...
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Trip Report:  Oahu, Hawaii
6 Apr. 2018
Trip Report: Oahu, Hawaii
Surf’s Up Episode from my recent trip to Oahu, Hawaii.  First time trip to any part of Hawaii.  I used Flexperks for the flight costs, Choice points for the hotel stay, and also stayed at a local surf hos...
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United – $169: Los Angeles – Memphis, Tennessee (and vice versa). Roundtrip, including all Taxes
17 Aug. 2018
United – $169: Los Angeles – Memphis, Tennessee (and vice versa). Roundtrip, including all Taxes
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5* Akyra Beach Club Phuket for only €51! (€25.5/ £23 pp)
17 Aug. 2018
5* Akyra Beach Club Phuket for only €51! (€25.5/ £23 pp)
Nice deal! Treat yourself to a luxurious stay at 5* Akyra Beach Club Phuket  for only €25.5/ £23/ $29/ AU$40 per person/nigh...
[HOT Flight Deal] $886: Houston to Melbourne & Sydney, Australia (R/T)
12 Oct. 2016
[HOT Flight Deal] $886: Houston to Melbourne & Sydney, Australia (R/T)
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Delta – $435: Washington D.C. / Baltimore – Milan, Italy. Roundtrip, including all Taxes
17 Aug. 2018
Delta – $435: Washington D.C. / Baltimore – Milan, Italy. Roundtrip, including all Taxes
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Swiss Airlines Joins TSA PreCheck, Adding to its Growing Roster
17 Aug. 2018
Swiss Airlines Joins TSA PreCheck, Adding to its Growing Roster
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Cheap non-stop flights from Chicago to San Juan, Puerto Rico from only $248!
12 Aug. 2018
Cheap non-stop flights from Chicago to San Juan, Puerto Rico from only $248!
Chill out in the Caribbean with cheap United Airlines flight from Chicago to Puerto Rico! Book non-stop flights from only $248! Looking...
[Delta] $98: Cincinnati to Denver (Nonstop / Roundtrip)
16 Aug. 2018
[Delta] $98: Cincinnati to Denver (Nonstop / Roundtrip)
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[Delta] $96: Denver to Salt Lake City (Nonstop / Roundtrip)
15 Aug. 2018
[Delta] $96: Denver to Salt Lake City (Nonstop / Roundtrip)
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Get $100 Airbnb & Southwest Gift Cards For $92 With PPDG
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2 Jun. 2017
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Great Time to Earn Companion Pass! All 3 Southwest Cards Now Offering 60,000 Points
25 Feb. 2018
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Giant 5x Gas Points Select Merchant Gift Cards Purchase: Amex, Sears & Nike Gift Cards
16 Aug. 2018
[Targeted] Barclays: $15 Bonus for Adding an Authorized User to your Credit Card
3 Apr. 2018
Radisson Announces Radisson Blu Anaheim and New Manhattan Hotel
2 Jun. 2017
This Weekend: Free Access to Museums, Zoos, Aquariums, & More for Bank of America Cardholders
1 Mar. 2018
Man Ejected from Flight Strips Down, Punches Ground Crew
16 Aug. 2018
Hilton Bits: 2,500 Lufthansa Miles Per Stay & Refund Non-Refundable Rates
16 Aug. 2018
Dosh: 20% Back on Sam’s Club Store Purchases, Max $15 Cashback [8/16-8/22]
2 Mar. 2018
How to get top-tier Hyatt elite benefits without status
24 Jul. 2018
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13 Aug. 2018
Paris residents peeved at very public eco-friendly urinals
10 Jul. 2018
Giant crocodile captured in Australia to stop it going to town
1 Aug. 2018
Fields Medal stolen from Kurdish mathematician in Rio
25 Jul. 2018
And the world record for swimming along in a sack with hands & feet tied up goes to..
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Georgia police use coin toss to decide whether to arrest woman
11 Jul. 2018
Florida man with no arms charged with stabbing man with scissors
14 Aug. 2018
Trump ‘live figure’ thumps Merkel at Berlin’s Madame Tussauds
2 Aug. 2018
Christmas comes early for London department store
16 Aug. 2018
Karachi’s rooftop cattle get a crane lift to the ground
3 Aug. 2018
Who let the goats out? Runaway herd invades Idaho neighborhood
15 Jul. 2018
Buyan the bear predicts Croatia will beat France in World Cup final
24 Jul. 2018
Shaggy sheep shorn of massive fleece in Australia
15 Aug. 2018
Muja the alligator still alive and snapping in his 80s at Belgrade Zoo
24 Jul. 2018
Ready, steady, slow: snails slug it out at racing world championship
16 Aug. 2018
Swiss brothers get ready to refloat the bubble car
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‘Brides’ enjoy match-making on World Cup stage
15 Aug. 2018
Scorching weather helps uncover archeological sites around Britain
8 Jul. 2018
Lithuanian couple win world wife-carrying championship title in Finland
19 Oct. 2017
Yes, Weinstein Accusers Are Brave — So Were Jones, Willey and Broaddrick
23 Nov. 2017
I got fired for calling out liberal hypocrisy on Clintons
8 Feb. 2018
Larry Elder: “Take the ‘Racist Xenophobe’ Quiz–Who Said This About Illegal Immigration?”
14 Dec. 2017
Trump’s ‘Abysmal’ Poll Numbers? What About Those of Merkel, Macron, May and Trudeau?
1 Mar. 2018
How Many Lives Are Saved by Guns — and Why Don’t Gun Controllers Care?
22 Feb. 2018
SKIN COLOR AND SPORTS: IT’S NOT 1947 ANYMORE
26 Oct. 2017
My Own Harvey Weinstein Experience
25 Jan. 2018
The Great S—hole Hypocrisy
30 Nov. 2017
Dump Roy Moore
1 Feb. 2018
Had ‘News’ Media Done Its Job, Obama Would Not Have Become President
7 Dec. 2017
Leadership Malpractice: John Conyers’ Resignation Is 50 Years Too Late
16 Nov. 2017
No, Colin Kaepernick Is No Muhammad Ali
3 Nov. 2017
Our Ex-Presidents’ Insincere Praise of ‘American Generosity’
16 Feb. 2018
What Left-Wing Educators Don’t Teach During ‘Black History Month’
18 Jan. 2018
Under the New Trump Standard, Why Wasn’t Obama Impeached?
10 Nov. 2017
Black-on-Black Racism at Cornell
15 Jan. 2018
Where’s Hollywood’s Apology for Donating to the Clintons While Ignoring Sex Abuse Allegations Against Them?
4 Jan. 2018
Instead of ‘Infrastructure Investment,’ How About Killing Davis-Bacon?
21 Dec. 2017
What if Obama Spent Year 1 Battling ‘Collusion’?
28 Dec. 2017
Larry Elder: “Why Is Maxine Waters Silent On The Terrorist-Drug Dealing Probe That Obama Shut Down?”