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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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Travel Horror Stories
31 Oct. 2023
Travel Horror Stories
I was listening to a recent podcast about travel horror stories.  Anyone who has traveled for any length of time probabl...
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Volunteering in Europe for Ukraine – Part 2
28 Oct. 2022
Volunteering in Europe for Ukraine – Part 2
Second Verse, Same as the First I recently wrote about volunteering for refugees fleeing from the war on the border of Ukraine and Poland.  ...
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Volunteering in Europe for Ukraine
7 Oct. 2022
Volunteering in Europe for Ukraine
Putka I don’t know what percent of the world knows that Russia invaded Ukraine, but I’d guess it’s pretty high.  I’m...
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A Points Blog You Should Be Reading
18 Jun. 2022
A Points Blog You Should Be Reading
David vs. Goliath The covid pandemic was tough on small business.  The path the government chose crushed so many small businesses and favore...
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A Points Blog You Should Be Reading
18 Jun. 2022
A Points Blog You Should Be Reading
David vs. Goliath The covid pandemic was tough on small business.  The path the government chose crushed so many small b...
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Moving, Manufactured Spend, and The Police?
18 Jun. 2022
Moving, Manufactured Spend, and The Police?
Movin-On Out I recently left Minnesota and moved out of state.  There were several factors involved in the move including better weather, th...
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Walmart Western Union Money Order Changes
4 Jan. 2022
Walmart Western Union Money Order Changes
In With The New Out With The Old? Manufactured spend (MS) that involves Walmart money orders has definitely gone out of fashion for most peo...
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Amex Revival
11 Dec. 2021
Amex Revival
Alive….Again A few months ago, and shortly after after trying to make a gas purchase with one of my American Express cards, I found ou...
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My Podcast is Taken Down….For Now
10 Oct. 2021
My Podcast is Taken Down….For Now
Tune-Out I’ve decided to take my podcast, The Travel Points, down for now.  This past week I was finishing up a ne...
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Podcast #19 – 2020 Travel Music
4 Jan. 2021
Podcast #19 – 2020 Travel Music
Juke-Box Eating scorpion tails on a trip doesn’t entice me, but hearing new music does. Sometimes the music is great, other times not ...
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Podcast #18 – Free National Park Road Trip
11 Nov. 2020
Podcast #18 – Free National Park Road Trip
Freewheelin’ In and outside of the loyalty and reward points and miles space, there’s plenty of talk about “free” tr...
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Podcast #17 – Cheap Flights with Steven @ Notiflyr
10 Apr. 2020
Podcast #17 – Cheap Flights with Steven @ Notiflyr
Notiflyr is one of the best cheap airfare services in the world, period. Although I’ve kept tabs on the best cheap airfare websites ar...
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Travel Horror Stories
31 Oct. 2023
Travel Horror Stories
I was listening to a recent podcast about travel horror stories.  Anyone who has traveled for any length of time probabl...
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Utah’s 5 National Parks on Points
22 Sep. 2021
Utah’s 5 National Parks on Points
Amazing Grace I love America’s national parks.  The amount of geographic diversity we have in our country is incredible.  One of my fa...
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$300+ Flights to Australia via Notiflyr
2 Apr. 2020
$300+ Flights to Australia via Notiflyr
Notiflyr Haven’t heard of Notiflyr? You might not be alone, but that will likely change in the near future.  It’s a company that...
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Video:  Tuk-Tuk Ride Through Delhi, India
14 Apr. 2019
Video: Tuk-Tuk Ride Through Delhi, India
Disclosure:  I have inserted a couple of Amazon affiliate links to a few travel products mentioned in this post. Cruisin for a Bruisin It...
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Travel Tune:  July 8, 2019
8 Jul. 2019
Travel Tune: July 8, 2019
A New Old Song I have lots of music from all around the world, but found this song last night browsing some 1950’s...
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Travel Tune – May 3, 2019
3 May. 2019
Travel Tune – May 3, 2019
Spirits I’m currently in Quebec City having a look around.  I was in Montreal several months ago and wanted to compare it to Quebec Ci...
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Travel Tune – April 14, 2019
14 Apr. 2019
Travel Tune – April 14, 2019
Yim Yames In about a month, Jim James (also goes by Yim Yames) will be performing here in my city. I’m not sure if I’ll go, as s...
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Travel Tune – April 7, 2019
7 Apr. 2019
Travel Tune – April 7, 2019
Audiophilia This is a song from 2 American guys living in L.A. along with 2 guys from Sao Paulo, Brazil.  The song translates into “wa...
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Escape:  New Website for Finding Cheap Flights
4 Apr. 2019
Escape: New Website for Finding Cheap Flights
New Tools I love tools that help make the cost of travel lower.  When I first started my blog, I wrote about the best we...
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Hopper Websites Not Working Anymore?
20 Oct. 2018
Hopper Websites Not Working Anymore?
Permanent Vacation Like many others in the points “hobby”, I monitor cheap flights on a pretty regular basis.  I don’t boo...
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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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Volunteering in Europe for Ukraine
7 Oct. 2022
Volunteering in Europe for Ukraine
Putka I don’t know what percent of the world knows that Russia invaded Ukraine, but I’d guess it’s pre...
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Left Wing Violence in Minneapolis and Beyond
21 Jun. 2020
Left Wing Violence in Minneapolis and Beyond
Peace-Full? On May 25, George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police offer while being arrested.  A 911 complaint said that Floyd used cou...
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A New Way Forward?
12 Feb. 2020
A New Way Forward?
Forward?  One of the reasons that I love to travel is that I use it as an opportunity to tune out.  When I travel, I usually don’t wat...
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UPS, Immigration, Crime, and Sweden
11 Mar. 2019
UPS, Immigration, Crime, and Sweden
I took this post offline for awhile, because it seemed to be very controversial.  People in the U.S., including myself, are overwhelmed with...
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Volunteering in Europe for Ukraine – Part 2
28 Oct. 2022
Volunteering in Europe for Ukraine – Part 2
Second Verse, Same as the First I recently wrote about volunteering for refugees fleeing from the war on the border of U...
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Recommended Podcasts and Movies during Covid
6 Jun. 2020
Recommended Podcasts and Movies during Covid
Covid has slowed down things for a lot people, giving them more time for family, hobbies, and getting into things they otherwise didn’...
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Losing a Friend
2 Sep. 2019
Losing a Friend
News Last weekend I lost a friend of mine.  Death isn’t an uncommon thing, but my friend (Gary) died in a rare and freakish boat accid...
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Hoarding Points and Saving Money
26 Aug. 2019
Hoarding Points and Saving Money
No Savings When I was in my 20’s I didn’t save money towards retirement.  Zero, zilch, nada, zip.  That period wasn’t savi...
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Latest Podcasts
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Podcast #19 – 2020 Travel Music
4 Jan. 2021
Podcast #19 – 2020 Travel Music
Juke-Box Eating scorpion tails on a trip doesn’t entice me, but hearing new music does. Sometimes the music is great, other times not so good.  I think music helps people absorb a trip, either in memories...
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Podcast #18 – Free National Park Road Trip
11 Nov. 2020
Podcast #18 – Free National Park Road Trip
FreeWheelin’ In and outside of the loyalty and reward points and miles space, there’s plenty of talk about “free” travel, almost all of which doesn’t end up to actually be free tra...
Listen to the podcast
Podcast #17 – Cheap Flights with Steven @ Notiflyr
10 Apr. 2020
Podcast #17 – Cheap Flights with Steven @ Notiflyr
Notiflyr is one of the best cheap airfare services in the world, period. Although I’ve kept tabs on the best cheap airfare websites around the world, until fairly recently I hadn’t heard of the comp...
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Thinking About Canceling Your Delta Card? Do This First
20 Feb. 2024
Thinking About Canceling Your Delta Card? Do This First
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We’re Hiring! Join Thrifty Traveler as a Points & Miles Deal Analyst
22 Feb. 2024
We’re Hiring! Join Thrifty Traveler as a Points & Miles Deal Analyst
Are you a points and miles aficionado who loves scouring the internet for award availability and finding ways to book award tickets for fewe...
Don’t Wait in Line: Queue up for Capital One Lounges via App!
16 Feb. 2024
Don’t Wait in Line: Queue up for Capital One Lounges via App!
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Don’t Cancel, Downgrade: How to Product Change Your Credit Card (& Why You Should)
22 Feb. 2024
Don’t Cancel, Downgrade: How to Product Change Your Credit Card (& Why You Should)
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Capital One to Aquire Discover in a $35.3 Billion Deal
20 Feb. 2024
Capital One to Aquire Discover in a $35.3 Billion Deal
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The 10 Best Delta SkyMiles Deals We’ve Found Recently
22 Feb. 2024
The 10 Best Delta SkyMiles Deals We’ve Found Recently
Say what you want about Delta and its SkyMiles program, but Delta SkyMiles flight deals have arguably been better than ever lately. After di...
Ending Soon! Earn up to 300K Miles with the Capital One Venture X Business Card
21 Feb. 2024
Ending Soon! Earn up to 300K Miles with the Capital One Venture X Business Card
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[WOW Air] $328: New York to Amsterdam (Round-trip)
12 Oct. 2016
[WOW Air] $328: New York to Amsterdam (Round-trip)
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2 Jun. 2017
Free Food Deals, Restaurant Promotions & Offers – June 2017
2 Jun. 2017
Targeted: Up to 50% Off These Hotel Points
9 Aug. 2019
Using Hawaiian Miles for Travel to & Within Hawaii
19 Nov. 2019
Japan Airlines Adds Six Haneda Flights To The US
14 Mar. 2020
Hilton extending free night certificates to August 31, 2021
3 Jul. 2023
Tagging Miles Portal Updates – 03 July 2023
7 Sep. 2019
The Moment Two Passengers Emerge Together From a United Airlines Lavatory
8 Sep. 2019
Man Stands in Aisle for 6 Hour Flight So His Wife Could Sleep: Sweet or Toxic Marriage?
6 Sep. 2019
American’s Internal Memo on the Miami Mechanic Who Sabotages a Plane
14 Aug. 2019
Google Tests New Price Drop Guarantee
2 Jun. 2017
Giant 5x Gas Points Select Merchant Gift Cards Purchase: Amex, Sears & Nike Gift Cards
7 Oct. 2019
Priority Pass To Lose P.F. Chang’s From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
8 Oct. 2019
[YMMV] Amazon: Smart Plug For $0.99 With Promo Code SMARTPLUG99
3 Jun. 2017
20,000 Hilton Points Winner!
8 Oct. 2019
Discover Savings Bonus $150/$200 with $15,000/$25,000 Deposit
30 Mar. 2018
Review: Grand Suite at the Grand Hyatt Istanbul and More
8 Oct. 2019
[Targeted] Plastiq: Pay 1.5% Fee on up to Three Payments
2 Jun. 2017
New Chase Ink Business Preferred Credit Card Review: 80,000 Bonus Points
31 May. 2017
Great Time to Earn Companion Pass! All 3 Southwest Cards Now Offering 60,000 Points
2 Jun. 2017
This Weekend: Free Access to Museums, Zoos, Aquariums, & More for Bank of America Cardholders
31 Jan. 2017
Why My Stepsons’ Father Killed Himself
2 Mar. 2018
Kenyan university lecturers strike again over low pay
10 Feb. 2024
The Dangerous Global Order with a Nuclear Armed Iran
2 Mar. 2018
Indonesia considers house arrest for ailing radical cleric
7 Feb. 2017
Audi: The Car for the Unhappy Woman
10 Oct. 2019
Security At NBA Game Confiscated Pro-Hong Kong Signs. Fans Are Pushing Back
7 Feb. 2024
The Genocide of 'The Sunday People': 365,000,000 Christians Persecuted Worldwide
18 Feb. 2024
Western Farmers: Fork in the Road
7 Mar. 2017
Why Do American Jews Want Thousands of Jew Haters in America?
10 Oct. 2019
After Billions Spent Rebuilding Iraq, Russia And China Are Gaining Ground There
1 Mar. 2018
Large explosion in Afghan capital kills young girl, wounds 6
7 Oct. 2019
A US Diplomat’s Wife Appears To Have Fled England After Killing A Kid In A Crash
1 Mar. 2018
Explosion heard in Afghan capital Kabul: Reuters witness
21 Feb. 2024
France's Skyrocketing Threat
9 Oct. 2019
All Of The NBA’s Chinese Partners Have Severed Their Relationships
2 Mar. 2018
Fire kills at least 26 people in drug treatment center in capital of Azerbaijan
11 Feb. 2024
The Middle East: Un-ask Your Question
8 Oct. 2019
US Blacklists Chinese Firms For Role In Abuse Of Muslim Minorities
21 Mar. 2017
The Most Dangerous Addiction of Them All: Entitlements
7 Oct. 2019
Stop What You’re Doing And Read The Blockbuster Speech That Got This French Conservative Investigated By Government Censors
2 Mar. 2020
Maryland Lottery player wins $50,000 Fast Play jackpot on first try
23 Sep. 2019
From tree to chair without the carpentry: UK couple grows furniture
10 Mar. 2020
Farm fire caused by pedometer-eating pigs
17 Sep. 2019
Rugby: Tattooed Samoans don skin suits to avoid offending Japanese hosts
5 Sep. 2019
Just not cricket: Australian charged $68,000 for a beer in Britain
4 Mar. 2020
Checkout clerk’s advice earns Maryland woman $100,000
5 Mar. 2020
Look: Dog rescued from 20 feet up in Kansas tree
31 Aug. 2019
Maurice the Rooster pitches city slickers against locals in rural France
9 Oct. 2019
Squirrels’ stash of winter walnuts causes car chaos
3 Mar. 2020
Change from sandwich purchase leads to $500,000 lottery jackpot
24 Sep. 2019
Loo and behold! Japan’s high-tech toilets bemuse fans
14 Sep. 2019
Thieves steal $5 million gold toilet from Britain’s Blenheim Palace
10 Mar. 2020
Maryland man wins a second lottery jackpot one year later
5 Mar. 2020
Look: Moose rescued after falling through ice of frozen pond
13 Sep. 2019
Egyptian masseur plays with fire to ease muscle pain
2 Sep. 2019
UK PM Johnson to the rescue: girlfriend adopts a rescue puppy
25 Feb. 2020
Facebook post alerts man to winning lottery ticket on his dashboard
13 Sep. 2019
Rugby: Octopuses predict Japan will beat Ireland but not reach knockouts
4 Mar. 2020
Man brings tux-wearing llama to sister’s wedding
28 Sep. 2019
China’s ‘national flag baby’ raises flag, captivates millions
28 Dec. 2017
Larry Elder: “Why Is Maxine Waters Silent On The Terrorist-Drug Dealing Probe That Obama Shut Down?”
17 Oct. 2019
4 Big Indicators of What’s Next in Impeachment Process
16 Feb. 2018
What Left-Wing Educators Don’t Teach During ‘Black History Month’
17 Oct. 2019
This Student Refused to Bow to Trans Ideology at Berkeley
26 Oct. 2017
My Own Harvey Weinstein Experience
16 Oct. 2019
House Democrats’ New Bill Would Drive Up College Costs Even Further
4 Jan. 2018
Instead of ‘Infrastructure Investment,’ How About Killing Davis-Bacon?
17 Oct. 2019
Trump Should Imitate Ellen DeGeneres
17 Oct. 2019
In Georgia, Parents Win Battle Over Transgender Bathrooms at School
17 Oct. 2019
Maryland’s Rep. Elijah Cummings Dies at 68
21 Dec. 2017
What if Obama Spent Year 1 Battling ‘Collusion’?
16 Oct. 2019
2 Years On, #MeToo Needs a Course Correction
16 Oct. 2019
Trump Vetoes Second Resolution to End Border Emergency Declaration
22 Feb. 2018
SKIN COLOR AND SPORTS: IT’S NOT 1947 ANYMORE
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?”
17 Oct. 2019
How California and Foreign Carmakers Got in Bed to Keep Crony, Obama-Era Rules
16 Oct. 2019
The Left Targets Supreme Court With ‘Packing’ Threat, ‘Shortlist’ of Activist Nominees
16 Oct. 2019
‘Batwoman’ Actress Ruby Rose Is Happy She Didn’t Transition to a Man
17 Oct. 2019
Problematic Women: Abortion, Pornography, and Transgender Models