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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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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 ...
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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 new podcast related to...
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Amex Shutdown
6 Oct. 2021
Amex Shutdown
Say It Ain’t So Some shutdowns are not a complete surprise.  If you’ve read this blog before, you likely know that I’ve ha...
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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 ...
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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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Amex Shutdown
6 Oct. 2021
Amex Shutdown
Say It Ain’t So Some shutdowns are not a complete surprise.  If you’ve read this blog before, you likely know that I’ve ha...
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Unblogging ?
19 Sep. 2021
Unblogging ?
Gut Check I haven’t blogged for awhile.  As odd as it may sound, part of the reason has been the political situation in the country an...
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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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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 incre...
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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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Some of My Favorite Travel Clothing
21 Mar. 2019
Some of My Favorite Travel Clothing
So you know, I don’t receive any commission on any product reviewed or recommended here. Intro Clothes worn on travel can be very pers...
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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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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...
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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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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 history as it seemed...
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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 o...
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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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20 Best Documentary Movies of All Time
27 Nov. 2018
20 Best Documentary Movies of All Time
Doco’s It’s getting colder in many parts of the country and for man, that means more time indoors.  Along with your favorite cha...
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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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[Nonstop] $165: Chicago to Cancun, Mexico
19 Jan. 2022
[Nonstop] $165: Chicago to Cancun, Mexico
Flights to Cancún, Mexico from $165 recently featured on Thrifty Traveler Premium last week! You’re missing out on 99% of the flight deals w...
Now Available: Request a New Artist-Designed Amex Platinum Card
20 Jan. 2022
Now Available: Request a New Artist-Designed Amex Platinum Card
Last month, American Express unveiled two new designs on its Platinum Card® from American Express premium credit card. Today, those new desi...
[Nonstop] $187: Los Angeles to New York City
20 Jan. 2022
[Nonstop] $187: Los Angeles to New York City
  Flights to New York City from $77 were recently featured on Thrifty Traveler Premium last week! You’re missing out on 99% of the flig...
How to Use Delta eCredits & Vouchers to Book New Flights
21 Jan. 2022
How to Use Delta eCredits & Vouchers to Book New Flights
Cancel a flight during the pandemic? Sitting on an airline credit or voucher, not sure how to put it to use? Trust us: You’re not alon...
Chase is Planning to Open Sapphire Airport Lounges Starting in 2022
24 Jan. 2022
Chase is Planning to Open Sapphire Airport Lounges Starting in 2022
It’s official: Chase is getting in the airport lounge business. The bank behind the ultra-popular Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and C...
[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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Earn Delta SkyMiles Renting Cars on Turo (2K Bonus on First Rental!)
20 Jan. 2022
Earn Delta SkyMiles Renting Cars on Turo (2K Bonus on First Rental!)
Delta Air Lines and Turo have launched a new partnership allowing Delta SkyMiles members to earn miles each time they rent through the car-s...
Visiting Venice? Expect Entry Fees & Reservations in 2022
21 Jan. 2022
Visiting Venice? Expect Entry Fees & Reservations in 2022
You’re probably used to entering turnstiles at sporting events and when riding the subway. But a similar system could be implemented a...
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2 Jun. 2017
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25 Oct. 2019
6 ways the American Express Platinum Card can save your family money
15 Mar. 2020
Q2 2020 Activation Links For Freedom, Discover, Cash+, Dividend & ABOC
19 Nov. 2019
TAP Air Portugal’s New Boston To Azores Flight (And More)
26 Jul. 2019
Top 10 Credit Cards for Travel Rewards: July 2019
18 Mar. 2020
IRS extends payment deadline 90 days (but still have to file by 4/15)
8 Sep. 2019
As United Negotiates a New Pilot Contract, Heads We Lose Tails We Lose
16 Mar. 2020
Apple card offers skipped payment
7 Oct. 2019
Chase Offers/BofA: Save 10% on Verizon, CVS, Stubhub, Old Navy, Instacart, Hannaford, Dunkin Donuts & More
25 Oct. 2019
Book now: 4+ Star Alliance business-class awards to Europe during peak summer months
25 Oct. 2019
The Force is strong with this one: United goes to a galaxy far, far away
20 Nov. 2019
Avatar Airlines: America’s New All-747 Airline (Or Not)
8 Sep. 2019
8 Simple Tips to Avoid Travel Scams
2 Jun. 2017
Targeted: Up to 50% Off These Hotel Points
30 Mar. 2018
Last Chance to Extend Your Hilton Honors Diamond Status
31 May. 2017
Increased Offer! 50,000 Miles With This Airline Card
3 Aug. 2021
Oregon first-time home buyer savings accounts: is the juice worth the squeeze?
13 Apr. 2018
Ink Business Preferred: 3x on Plastiq
19 Nov. 2019
WestJet Offering Status Match Challenge
2 Jun. 2017
able Banking Money Market Savings Account Review: 1.30% APY Rate (Online & Nationwide)
2 Mar. 2018
Burkina Faso police director general says capital is being attacked by suspected Islamic extremists
22 Jan. 2022
Thanks to Biden Administration's Weak Leadership, Iran-China Threat Growing
2 Mar. 2018
The Latest: Geneva airport reopens after 2nd weather closure
2 Mar. 2018
Indonesia considers house arrest for ailing radical cleric
19 Jan. 2022
The UAE Is America's Friend, Not Rival
16 Jan. 2022
Europe's Multicultural Volcano
11 Jan. 2022
Arabs 'Frustrated' With Biden's Iran Policy
21 Mar. 2017
The Most Dangerous Addiction of Them All: Entitlements
14 Jan. 2022
China: Buying Up Europe
8 Oct. 2019
Hong Kong-Based Gamer Suspended, Forced To Return Winnings For Supporting Protests
12 Jan. 2022
Biden's Budget Priorities and the China Threat
1 Mar. 2018
Explosion heard in Afghan capital Kabul: Reuters witness
15 Jan. 2022
Responding to Chinese Diplomatic and Economic Aggression: Why on Earth Is the U.S. Attacking Its Best Allies?
2 Mar. 2018
Indian fugitive in Hong Kong court under heavy security
31 Jan. 2017
Why My Stepsons’ Father Killed Himself
9 Oct. 2019
Trump Administration Imposes Travel Ban On Chinese Officials Linked To Muslim Persecutions
14 Jan. 2022
USA: Reliving the Nightmare of a Shocking Christmas Carnage Every Day
2 Mar. 2018
Egypt arrests mother cited in BBC report; lawyer disappears
14 Feb. 2017
Note to the Left: Four Years Ago, Conservatives Were Just as Depressed
10 Oct. 2019
Meghan McCain Lashes Out At Rand Paul, Calls Him A ‘Chicken Heart Isolationist’