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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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Latest blog posts
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 situati...
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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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New Credit Cards
25 Sep. 2020
New Credit Cards
Plastics It’s been awhile since I last applied for new credit cards.  In August 2019, I applied, and was approved for, 7 new credit ca...
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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 situati...
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New Credit Cards
25 Sep. 2020
New Credit Cards
Plastics It’s been awhile since I last applied for new credit cards.  In August 2019, I applied, and was approved for, 7 new credit ca...
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MoneyGram Banned….Again!
24 Jul. 2020
MoneyGram Banned….Again!
Back Scratch Fever You provide a service.  I use that service.  I pay you fees for your service.  You complete the service.  The cycle conti...
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Update on Missing Points
24 Jul. 2020
Update on Missing Points
Missing You By now it should be no secret that Amex increased a number of benefits due to the Covid crisis.  That bump in benefits enabled p...
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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 gre...
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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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Podcast #16 – Varanasi, India
6 Mar. 2020
Podcast #16 – Varanasi, India
Varanasi This podcast episode explores a special and unusual place in NE India called Varanasi. India’s most religious city, millions ...
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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...
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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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ANA Business Class Lounge Narita Airport Review
5 Feb. 2019
ANA Business Class Lounge Narita Airport Review
Feeling It On my way from Tokyo, Japan to New Delhi, India, I had the pleasure of visiting one of (two) ANA business class lounges at the Na...
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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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$228: Indianapolis to Liberia, Costa Rica
15 Sep. 2021
$228: Indianapolis to Liberia, Costa Rica
Flights to Costa Rica under $294 were recently featured on Thrifty Traveler Premium last week! You’re missing out on 99% of the f...
Southwest Flights are Now Bookable into Late April 2022!
16 Sep. 2021
Southwest Flights are Now Bookable into Late April 2022!
Spring break is calling. Or maybe it’s a trip to the mountains this winter. Either way, it’s time to book your Southwest flights...
[Nonstop] $198: Oakland to Maui, Hawaii
17 Sep. 2021
[Nonstop] $198: Oakland to Maui, Hawaii
Flights to California to Hawaii for $197 were recently featured on Thrifty Traveler Premium last week! You’re missing out on 99% ...
[HOT Flight Deal] $571: Chicago to Singapore (Round-trip)
12 Oct. 2016
[HOT Flight Deal] $571: Chicago to Singapore (Round-trip)
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[Nonstop] $313: Dallas to Paris, France
14 Sep. 2021
[Nonstop] $313: Dallas to Paris, France
Flights to France under $369 were recently featured on Thrifty Traveler Premium last week! You’re missing out on 99% of the fligh...
COVID-19 & Travel Insurance: All Your Questions Answered
15 Sep. 2021
COVID-19 & Travel Insurance: All Your Questions Answered
Even in the best of times, any trip can make you nervous. Travelers lean on trip insurance to make sure they won’t get stuck with big ...
[Nonstop] $159: Chicago to Cancun, Mexico
14 Sep. 2021
[Nonstop] $159: Chicago to Cancun, Mexico
Flights to Cancún, Mexico under $194 were recently featured on Thrifty Traveler Premium last week! You’re missing out on 9...
[Nonstop] $96: Chicago to Orlando
15 Sep. 2021
[Nonstop] $96: Chicago to Orlando
  Flights to Orlando, Florida from $96 were recently featured on Thrifty Traveler Premium last week! You’re missing out on 9...
News
7 Oct. 2019
Rakuten: 15% Off Sitewide With Promo Code SAVE15
8 Oct. 2019
[Targeted] AmEx Offer: Staples, Spend $100+ & Receive $25 Statement Credit
15 Mar. 2020
Last Chance Deals: …And Then There Were None
7 Oct. 2019
UberEats: Promo Codes, Discounts & Other Savings (Free Delivery/50% Off)
17 Mar. 2020
AA SimplyMiles: Earn 3x AAdvantage Miles Per Dollar On IHG Reservations
18 Mar. 2020
Chase may match 100K offer for some
2 Jun. 2017
US Bank Apple Pay Promotion: $10 Statement Credit (Targeted)
25 Oct. 2019
Amex introduces international credit checking for applicants from some countries
25 Oct. 2019
Earn up to 65,000 miles with targeted Alaska Airlines Visa Signature offer
1 Jun. 2017
New AMEX Offers: Omni Hotels, Glasses.com, Texas de Brazil, and More!
7 Oct. 2019
Chase Offers/BofA: Save 10% on Verizon, CVS, Stubhub, Old Navy, Instacart, Hannaford, Dunkin Donuts & More
7 Sep. 2019
It Gets Worse: Hotels Now Stacking “Venue Fees” on Top of Resort Fees
25 Oct. 2019
U.S. to ban all routes to Cuba except Havana, reports say
3 Jun. 2017
E*Trade Brokerage Promotion: Up to $2500 in Cash + 60 Days Of Free Trades
3 Jun. 2017
Blog Giveaway: $200 in Southwest Gift Cards!
6 Apr. 2018
Major Airline Routes Launched or Announced in March 2018
2 Jul. 2019
Amex Cardholders Get Up to $50 Off Amazon Order
30 Mar. 2018
Review: Grand Suite at the Grand Hyatt Istanbul and More
25 Oct. 2019
United’s CEO: Flyers will need convincing to fly the Boeing 737 MAX again
8 Sep. 2019
I Can’t Believe I Have to Write This Post
5 Mar. 2020
Look: Dog rescued from 20 feet up in Kansas tree
28 Sep. 2019
China’s ‘national flag baby’ raises flag, captivates millions
6 Mar. 2020
Jackpot-winning lottery ticket was on man’s table for a month
3 Oct. 2019
Italian astronaut to watch World Cup match from space
12 Sep. 2019
Cockpit coffee spill forces commercial jet to make emergency landing
27 Feb. 2020
Watch: Venomous snake found hiding behind family’s toaster
16 Sep. 2019
If marathons weren’t hard enough already: strap a tree to your back
6 Sep. 2019
Climbing: Polish climber Dzienski pips lift in man vs. machine race
6 Oct. 2019
A 70-year-old biking grandmother conquers Bolivia’s ‘Death Road’
5 Sep. 2019
Just not cricket: Australian charged $68,000 for a beer in Britain
5 Mar. 2020
Look: Moose rescued after falling through ice of frozen pond
31 Aug. 2019
Maurice the Rooster pitches city slickers against locals in rural France
14 Sep. 2019
Thieves steal $5 million gold toilet from Britain’s Blenheim Palace
2 Sep. 2019
UK PM Johnson to the rescue: girlfriend adopts a rescue puppy
25 Feb. 2020
Watch: Deer crashes through Ohio couple’s house
24 Sep. 2019
Loo and behold! Japan’s high-tech toilets bemuse fans
13 Sep. 2019
Egyptian masseur plays with fire to ease muscle pain
2 Sep. 2019
Czech doctors deliver baby girl 117 days after mother’s brain-death
6 Mar. 2020
Look: Cat rescued from inside wall of Massachusetts home
9 Oct. 2019
Squirrels’ stash of winter walnuts causes car chaos
16 Oct. 2019
Trump Vetoes Second Resolution to End Border Emergency Declaration
16 Oct. 2019
The Left Targets Supreme Court With ‘Packing’ Threat, ‘Shortlist’ of Activist Nominees
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
28 Dec. 2017
Larry Elder: “Why Is Maxine Waters Silent On The Terrorist-Drug Dealing Probe That Obama Shut Down?”
17 Oct. 2019
Problematic Women: Abortion, Pornography, and Transgender Models
17 Oct. 2019
How California and Foreign Carmakers Got in Bed to Keep Crony, Obama-Era Rules
1 Feb. 2018
Had ‘News’ Media Done Its Job, Obama Would Not Have Become President
17 Oct. 2019
San Francisco Blacklists 22 States With Pro-Life Laws
16 Oct. 2019
White House Enters Into Hopeful ‘Phase 1’ of China Trade Deal
17 Oct. 2019
US Must Prevent Rise of New ISIS Caliphate in Syria Following Our Troop Withdrawal
8 Feb. 2018
Larry Elder: “Take the ‘Racist Xenophobe’ Quiz–Who Said This About Illegal Immigration?”
17 Oct. 2019
This Type of Voting Doesn’t Rank as Real Election Reform
30 Nov. 2017
Dump Roy Moore
16 Nov. 2017
No, Colin Kaepernick Is No Muhammad Ali
7 Dec. 2017
Leadership Malpractice: John Conyers’ Resignation Is 50 Years Too Late
18 Jan. 2018
Under the New Trump Standard, Why Wasn’t Obama Impeached?
16 Oct. 2019
These 3 Countries Tried Socialism. Here’s What Happened.
25 Jan. 2018
The Great S—hole Hypocrisy
16 Oct. 2019
‘Batwoman’ Actress Ruby Rose Is Happy She Didn’t Transition to a Man