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Travel can be achieved for pennies on the dollar, and even free on occasion.  Each year I earn over a million frequent flyer miles, hotel and other points to travel more often, better, and for less money.  Loyalty points and miles 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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Thanksgiving, Happiness, & Gratefulness
23 Nov. 2017
Thanksgiving, Happiness, & Gratefulness
Thanksgiving and Happiness The holidays are a nice time to reflect on the important things in life.  For many people muc...
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Genderless Child Born in Canada
22 Nov. 2017
Genderless Child Born in Canada
No Gender Babies? A parent in Canada just had a baby and wants the child to be “gender free”. If this person was asked if they t...
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Simon Mall 5backs…Plastic Frankenstein
21 Nov. 2017
Simon Mall 5backs…Plastic Frankenstein
Dead or Alive? I recently wrote a post titled “Manufactured Spending Magic: Goodbye 5backs” that lamented about what I had thoug...
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The Latest Manufactured Spending Scam at Walmart
19 Nov. 2017
The Latest Manufactured Spending Scam at Walmart
Theft I just don’t get it.  When there’s a good thing going on, why do some people have to ruin it not only for themselves, but ...
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Simon Mall 5backs…Plastic Frankenstein
21 Nov. 2017
Simon Mall 5backs…Plastic Frankenstein
Dead or Alive? I recently wrote a post titled “Manufactured Spending Magic: Goodbye 5backs” that lamented ab...
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The Latest Manufactured Spending Scam at Walmart
19 Nov. 2017
The Latest Manufactured Spending Scam at Walmart
Theft I just don’t get it.  When there’s a good thing going on, why do some people have to ruin it not only for themselves, but ...
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Just Booked: Lufthansa First Class !!
14 Nov. 2017
Just Booked: Lufthansa First Class !!
Splashy Awards Sitting up front in premium cabins with lots of room, great food and service, and all the creature comforts that are possible...
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Getting A Walmart to Reconsider Manufactured Spend
3 Nov. 2017
Getting A Walmart to Reconsider Manufactured Spend
Manufactured Spending Ban In my area there are several metro Walmarts that don’t allow manufactured spending (MS) to take place becaus...
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Great White Shark Cage Diving Photos from Australia
13 Oct. 2017
Great White Shark Cage Diving Photos from Australia
Points Saved Me Thousands The best thing about cage diving with great white sharks, was seeing great white sharks up clo...
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Emergency Room:  Cape Town South Africa
3 Oct. 2017
Emergency Room:  Cape Town South Africa
I recently visited South Africa for a month.  I had an amazing time and was able to see much of probably the prettiest country that I’...
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What to See, Do and Avoid When Visiting Fiji
2 Oct. 2017
What to See, Do and Avoid When Visiting Fiji
Fiji is on many people’s bucket lists of exotic locals to visit.  It’s a beautiful, but fairly impoverished country consisting o...
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What to See and Do in and around Melbourne, Australia
22 Sep. 2017
What to See and Do in and around Melbourne, Australia
Utopia? Melbourne might be as close to Utopia as any city in the world that I’ve seen.  I miss Melbourne.  It’s definitely one o...
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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 va...
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My Picks:  5 Best Award Websites To Help You Find Your Award Flight
3 Jun. 2017
My Picks: 5 Best Award Websites To Help You Find Your Award Flight
Navigating all of the flight routing and trip planning options options for award tickets can be a challenging process, and for points and mi...
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Genderless Child Born in Canada
22 Nov. 2017
Genderless Child Born in Canada
No Gender Babies? A parent in Canada just had a baby and wants the child to be “gender free”. If this person...
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Who’s The Racist?
16 Nov. 2017
Who’s The Racist?
Can A Leftist Be A Racist? During her Halifax Pop Explosion gig at the Marquee Ballroom in Nova Scotia’s capital on October 19th,  Colombian...
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Ireland Releases Che Guevara Postage Stamp
3 Nov. 2017
Ireland Releases Che Guevara Postage Stamp
A Hero To Some, A Terrorist To Others In October, the Republic of Ireland released a postage stamp with Che Guevara to mark the the 50th ann...
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Real Racism and Intolerance:  Evergreen College and The Left
6 Jun. 2017
Real Racism and Intolerance: Evergreen College and The Left
“There is a civil war happening in this country;  It’s a civil war of ideas.” – Dennis Prager   Throughout the ...
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Thanksgiving, Happiness, & Gratefulness
23 Nov. 2017
Thanksgiving, Happiness, & Gratefulness
Thanksgiving and Happiness The holidays are a nice time to reflect on the important things in life.  For many people muc...
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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?
Have you ever thought about how much money it would take to travel the world full time? In a meeting a few years ago, an executive at my com...
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Vacation Time Off Around the World
3 Jun. 2017
Vacation Time Off Around the World
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 hours to make fresh m...
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Flight Deals
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Top-rated bamboo houses with breakfasts on Bali for only €5.5/night per person!
21 Nov. 2017
Top-rated bamboo houses with breakfasts on Bali for only €5.5/night per person!
Dominican Republic One of the Caribbean’s most geographically diverse countries attracts visitors with its tropical cli… Souther...
[HOT Flight Deal] $467: New York to Madrid, Spain (R/T)
23 Nov. 2017
[HOT Flight Deal] $467: New York to Madrid, Spain (R/T)
Flights from 20+ cities to Spain were recently featured on Thrifty Traveler Premium Cheap sale on American (or partner) round-trip fare...
Non-stop from Los Angeles to Tokyo, Japan for only $396!
22 Nov. 2017
Non-stop from Los Angeles to Tokyo, Japan for only $396!
Fly cheap with Delta from Los Angeles to Tokyo for only $396 for a roundtrip! Tokyo is the capital of Japan. This huge, wealthy and fas...
Flights to Jakarta in the $500s roundtrip, or Bali for $80 more! (5-star airline)
19 Nov. 2017
Flights to Jakarta in the $500s roundtrip, or Bali for $80 more! (5-star airline)
Flights to Jakarta in the $500s roundtrip, or Bali for $80 more! (5-star airline) This website or its third party tools use cookies, which a...
[Summer Flight Deal] $199: Minneapolis to New York (or vice versa)
21 Nov. 2017
[Summer Flight Deal] $199: Minneapolis to New York (or vice versa)
 It’s back! Rare sale on nonstop American Airlines flights round-trip from Minneapolis to New York. Available peak summer May &nd...
Non-stop from New York to Milan, Italy for only $380 roundtrip
24 Nov. 2017
Non-stop from New York to Milan, Italy for only $380 roundtrip
Non-stop flights from New York to Milan, Italy for only $380 roundtrip with Emirates. DEPART:New York, USA ARRIVE:Milan, Italy RET...
SUMMER: Cheap flights from Dallas to Iceland for just $342!
22 Nov. 2017
SUMMER: Cheap flights from Dallas to Iceland for just $342!
Good deal on summer flights from Dallas to Reykjavik! Book your tickets from Texas to Iceland for only $342 for a round trip! The energy is ...
Black Friday Flight Deals
24 Nov. 2017
Black Friday Flight Deals
Black Friday and Cyber Monday offer many of the best sales of the year. We’ve consolidated the top flight deals in one place. This lis...
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24 Nov. 2017
Chinese authorities investigate kindergarten abuse claims
2 Jun. 2017
This New Hampshire County Switched From Obama to Trump. How the Opioid Crisis May Have Influenced That.
14 Nov. 2017
Lebanon’s Fall Would Be Iran’s Gain
28 Mar. 2017
Purists Kill Whatever They Believe In
15 Nov. 2017
Europe’s Collusion in Palestinian Illegal Land Grab
24 Nov. 2017
Saudi Crown Prince calls Iran leader ‘new Hitler’: NYT
4 Apr. 2017
It’s Time for Conservatives to Celebrate This President
2 Jun. 2017
China Is Abusing Human Rights in Tibet. Here’s What the US Can Do to Help.
21 Nov. 2017
FLASHBACK: Japan Thought It Would Take One Million Men 100 Years To Take This Fortified Island, But The US Marines Did It In Three Days
7 Mar. 2017
Why Do American Jews Want Thousands of Jew Haters in America?
23 Nov. 2017
Message for Thanksgiving Day
24 Nov. 2017
Egypt militants attack mosque in Sinai, casualties reported
21 Mar. 2017
The Most Dangerous Addiction of Them All: Entitlements
17 Nov. 2017
Germany: Spike in Stabbings
22 Nov. 2017
Stanford University’s Duplicitous Morality Police
21 Nov. 2017
The iPhone X Is Being Put Together By Student Interns Illegally, Says Report
22 Nov. 2017
French Prime Minister Completely Shuts Down Gender-Inclusive Language
24 Nov. 2017
Defector Reveals How Orphaned North Koreans Survived The Great Famine
2 Jun. 2017
New Report Shows Visa Overstays Are Up. How Congress Can Help Better Enforce Immigration Law.
2 May. 2017
Will the Second Civil War Turn Violent?
4 Nov. 2017
Paintings by Indian elephant auctioned off in Hungary
24 Oct. 2017
Thousands of migrating pelicans get free lunch in Israel
20 Nov. 2017
British embassy cat in Jordan appointed chief mouser
23 Oct. 2017
Macron’s dog Nemo caught peeing on presidential fireplace
8 Nov. 2017
Eurek-baa: Scientists find sheep can recognize human faces
8 Nov. 2017
New Zealand’s Prime Moggy, Paddles the six-toed cat, meets an untimely end
14 Nov. 2017
India gives ‘king of sweets’ a geographical tag to end bitter rivalry
14 Nov. 2017
Suitcase of sapphires and other gems worth 1 million pounds stolen from London train
9 Nov. 2017
‘That’s art?’ Baby turns heads in Manhattan auction house window
8 Nov. 2017
Lift up your hearts, not your cell phones, pope tells priests, bishops
10 Nov. 2017
Kenya craftsmen to build boat out of plastic waste
23 Nov. 2017
Finland baker launches bread made from crushed crickets
18 Nov. 2017
U.S. Navy crew grounded after pilot draws penis in the sky
16 Nov. 2017
‘No cash, Carney?’ Bank of England Governor unable to find wallet
27 Oct. 2017
Axe to grind? Paris hangout has a better idea: throw one
16 Nov. 2017
I went to Brazil for a bath, says McLaren reserve Norris
17 Nov. 2017
Finnish police rap deputy minister for hiding in car boot in government crisis
14 Nov. 2017
Australia ‘brings a smile’ with Ferry McFerryface, but not everyone gets the joke
31 Oct. 2017
Runaway 7-year-old takes train to airport, boards plane with no ticket
3 Nov. 2017
Polly want a broadband connection? Cockatoos cost Australian cable company
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Interview with Andre Hartman “Shark Whisperer”
9 Jun. 2017
Interview with Andre Hartman “Shark Whisperer”
Few people know more about great white sharks than Andre Hartman.  He has been diving with sharks for the past 20 years, often without a cage or protection.  He has been bitten by great whites, ridden on top of...
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Interview with “Sharkman” Michael Rutzen
8 Jun. 2017
Interview with “Sharkman” Michael Rutzen
Michael Rutzen has spent more time free diving with great white sharks without a cage than any other person.  He’s a South African conservationist, film maker, cage diving operator and is one of the few p...
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