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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 Round of Credit Card Applications?
21 Jan. 2019
Latest Round of Credit Card Applications?
One Foot Out, Two Back In I tried to hold out, but just couldn’t help myself.  After my last round of credit card ...
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Trip Report:  Montreal, Canada
16 Jan. 2019
Trip Report: Montreal, Canada
Oh Canada! For a few years now, I’ve wanted to visit Montreal and Quebec City.  Talk of visiting started with a buddy of mine who is i...
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Just booked, Quebec City!
1 Jan. 2019
Just booked, Quebec City!
Cheap While working on my book today, I saw an email from Thrifty Traveler about a cheap flight from MSP to Quebec City (YUL).  What I didn&...
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2018 Points & Miles & Beyond
31 Dec. 2018
2018 Points & Miles & Beyond
Roller Coaster This past year was a big one in the travel rewards/points and miles scene.  Much of the news was surprising too, which was ki...
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Latest Round of Credit Card Applications?
21 Jan. 2019
Latest Round of Credit Card Applications?
One Foot Out, Two Back In I tried to hold out, but just couldn’t help myself.  After my last round of credit card ...
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Just booked, Quebec City!
1 Jan. 2019
Just booked, Quebec City!
Cheap While working on my book today, I saw an email from Thrifty Traveler about a cheap flight from MSP to Quebec City (YUL).  What I didn&...
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2018 Points & Miles & Beyond
31 Dec. 2018
2018 Points & Miles & Beyond
Roller Coaster This past year was a big one in the travel rewards/points and miles scene.  Much of the news was surprising too, which was ki...
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Hilton Honors Transfers to Airbnb?
26 Dec. 2018
Hilton Honors Transfers to Airbnb?
Skeptic A few months ago, Hilton allowed its members the option of cashing out points at half a cent ($0.05) for credit with Amazon.  Decemb...
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Trip Report:  Montreal, Canada
16 Jan. 2019
Trip Report: Montreal, Canada
Oh Canada! For a few years now, I’ve wanted to visit Montreal and Quebec City.  Talk of visiting started with a bu...
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New Podcast:  Minsk, Belarus
29 Sep. 2018
New Podcast: Minsk, Belarus
Privet (Hello)? As part of a couple of trips through Eastern Europe, I’ve traveled to Minsk, Belarus twice this year (and will also be visit...
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Poznan:  Poland’s Hidden Gem
23 Aug. 2018
Poznan: Poland’s Hidden Gem
The Great Unknown It’s hard to find great places in Europe that aren’t flooded with tourists.  Harder to reach and formerly obscure travel d...
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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 travel.  Before I was s...
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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...
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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 enthusiasts is that they ...
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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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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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Montreal, Canada
11 Dec. 2018
Montreal, Canada
Oui (pronounced “we” meaning “yes” in French) A breakdown of my recent trip to Montreal, Canada.  It isn’t warm this time of year, but the city still has plenty of charm and quaintness.  Great food and restaura...
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Minsk, Belarus
29 Sep. 2018
Minsk, Belarus
Privet (Hello)? As part of a couple of trips through Eastern Europe, I’ve traveled to Minsk, Belarus twice this year (and will also be visiting again early next year).  This podcast episode talks about vi...
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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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January 2019

Flight Deals
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[Delta] $389: El Paso to Nassau, Bahamas (Roundtrip)
21 Jan. 2019
[Delta] $389: El Paso to Nassau, Bahamas (Roundtrip)
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[HOT Flight Deal] $171: Minneapolis to New York (or Vice Versa)
12 Oct. 2016
[HOT Flight Deal] $171: Minneapolis to New York (or Vice Versa)
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17 Jan. 2019
[Delta] $198: Minneapolis to Washington DC (Nonstop / Roundtrip)
20 Jan. 2019
[Delta] $198: Minneapolis to Washington DC (Nonstop / Roundtrip)
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Brazil Plans to Drop Visa Requirements for U.S. Visitors this Year
21 Jan. 2019
Brazil Plans to Drop Visa Requirements for U.S. Visitors this Year
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The Airbnb of Cars: How to Use Turo to Save on Car Rentals
21 Jan. 2019
The Airbnb of Cars: How to Use Turo to Save on Car Rentals
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[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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[American] $459: Los Angeles to Beijing, China (Nonstop / Roundtrip)
22 Jan. 2019
[American] $459: Los Angeles to Beijing, China (Nonstop / Roundtrip)
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11 Dec. 2018
The Best Cards For Everyday Spending
24 Feb. 2018
US Bank makes Real-Time Mobile Rewards awesome. Are you listening Chase? Amex? Citi?
26 Nov. 2018
[YMMV] Amazon: Use One ThankYou Point & Get $15 Off $100, Works On Giftcards
2 Jun. 2017
Amex Offers Upwork Twitter Sync Promotion: $100 Statement Credit For $200 Purchase
1 Mar. 2018
You Could Soon Find the Head of the EPA Sitting Next to You in Coach
6 Dec. 2018
Delta Now Punishing Frequent Flyers: Starting to Book Some Award Tickets Into Basic Economy
23 Jul. 2018
6 Hidden Gems in the Historic Sites of St. Augustine
31 May. 2017
Increased Offer! 50,000 Miles With This Airline Card
1 Mar. 2018
Earn up to 70k SkyMiles With These Delta Offers
12 Dec. 2018
United’s “Historic” Announcement: More International Flights From SFO
15 Jan. 2019
Tidying Up Your Miles and Points Balances, Marie Kondo style
1 Mar. 2018
Four new offers for 70K/60K SkyMiles each
28 Mar. 2018
35k Offer on SPG Business Amex: Ends Tonight!
1 Jun. 2017
These Hilton Cards Will Be Discontinued – What It Means for You
24 Feb. 2018
Singapore Business Class $1995 round trip NYC to Frankfurt
4 Dec. 2018
Flight Attendant Credit Card Signup Promotion Plus Talking Politics With Uber Driver Turns Dangerous
6 Apr. 2018
Major Airline Routes Launched or Announced in March 2018
5 Apr. 2018
Review: Qantas First Class, Airbus A380 Sydney to Los Angeles
29 Mar. 2018
A Few Limited Time Transfer Bonuses
25 Feb. 2018
50K points w/ Citi ThankYou Premier is back
30 May. 2017
Why Conservatives Still Attack Trump
2 Jun. 2017
China Is ‘Sticking’ to the Paris Agreement in Name Only, Its Plans Show a Much Different Intent
28 Feb. 2017
A Nation of Immigrants — Only If They Assimilate
28 Feb. 2018
Irish Hero Stabs Neighbor For Reciting Poetry Instead Of Shutting Up
1 Mar. 2018
Facebook Censors 30,000-Year-Old Naked Woman Statue
2 Mar. 2018
Two arrested in Japanese fast-train bid-rigging case
9 May. 2017
From Johnny Carson to Stephen Colbert
28 Feb. 2018
France Finally Admits Jewish Woman’s Death Was ‘Anti-Semitic Murder’
2 Jun. 2017
China Is Abusing Human Rights in Tibet. Here’s What the US Can Do to Help.
2 Jun. 2017
US Missile Defense Technology Has Reached a New High. Why the US Must Keep Expanding Its Edge.
1 Mar. 2018
Apparently Tweeting Pictures Of ISIS Brutality Is Enough To Get You Prosecuted As France Goes After Far-Right Politician
2 Mar. 2018
Police say 10 Maoist rebels killed in raid in eastern India
28 Feb. 2018
Trudeau Budget Aims For Gender-Neutral, LGBTQ2-Friendly Data Collection
2 Jun. 2017
New Report Shows Visa Overstays Are Up. How Congress Can Help Better Enforce Immigration Law.
10 Jan. 2019
UK: Can Javid Stop the Boats?
28 Feb. 2018
South Africa Votes To Seize White-Owned Land Without Compensation
14 Jan. 2019
Italy Building Anti-EU Axis
13 Jan. 2019
Trump and a World Without Gary Cooper
2 Mar. 2018
Indonesia considers house arrest for ailing radical cleric
1 Mar. 2018
Explosion heard in Afghan capital Kabul: Reuters witness
18 Dec. 2018
Korean Air to raise refund fees after K-pop fans get the picture, get off
6 Dec. 2018
Enter the Bull: Fighters mix kung fu and bullfighting in China
13 Dec. 2018
Chirp perp: Finches found in luggage at NY airport
14 Dec. 2018
Worth the sting: Cuba’s scorpion pain remedy
22 Jan. 2019
Brexit survival kit helps Britons face the worst with freeze-dried fajita
13 Dec. 2018
Craps: Dice roll sinks Arkansas candidate who twice missed voting for himself
17 Jan. 2019
Pets, owners flock to Madrid church for blessing of animals
13 Dec. 2018
‘Benny the Beluga’ facing Christmas in the Thames far from home
13 Dec. 2018
No free money in New Jersey: Police want spilled banknotes back
16 Jan. 2019
Face value: One-time Afghan wedding singer a ringer for Canada’s Trudeau
17 Dec. 2018
Bees, brothels and monkey selfies: oh my; 2018 abuzz with odd U.S. stories
2 Jan. 2019
Thieves use mechanical diggers to tear open Italian security van
12 Dec. 2018
Bug business: Cockroaches corralled by the millions in China to crunch waste
2 Jan. 2019
‘Why don’t you die?’: Australian’s fight with a spider sparks police call
13 Jan. 2019
All the rage: Beijingers vent their stress in ‘anger room’
11 Dec. 2018
Monkeys run amok in India’s corridors of power
2 Dec. 2018
Cops seek suitor who dropped engagement ring down NYC grating
11 Dec. 2018
Curry signals willingness to meet with NASA over Moon landing doubts
11 Dec. 2018
Firefighters to the rescue after German chocolate factory spill
29 Nov. 2018
Air New Zealand Christmas ad replicates Trump’s U.N. laughter moment
16 Feb. 2018
What Left-Wing Educators Don’t Teach During ‘Black History Month’
19 Oct. 2017
Yes, Weinstein Accusers Are Brave — So Were Jones, Willey and Broaddrick
18 Jan. 2018
Under the New Trump Standard, Why Wasn’t Obama Impeached?
15 Jan. 2018
Where’s Hollywood’s Apology for Donating to the Clintons While Ignoring Sex Abuse Allegations Against Them?
22 Feb. 2018
SKIN COLOR AND SPORTS: IT’S NOT 1947 ANYMORE
1 Feb. 2018
Had ‘News’ Media Done Its Job, Obama Would Not Have Become President
4 Jan. 2018
Instead of ‘Infrastructure Investment,’ How About Killing Davis-Bacon?
25 Jan. 2018
The Great S—hole Hypocrisy
1 Mar. 2018
How Many Lives Are Saved by Guns — and Why Don’t Gun Controllers Care?
14 Dec. 2017
Trump’s ‘Abysmal’ Poll Numbers? What About Those of Merkel, Macron, May and Trudeau?
28 Dec. 2017
Larry Elder: “Why Is Maxine Waters Silent On The Terrorist-Drug Dealing Probe That Obama Shut Down?”
7 Dec. 2017
Leadership Malpractice: John Conyers’ Resignation Is 50 Years Too Late
8 Feb. 2018
Larry Elder: “Take the ‘Racist Xenophobe’ Quiz–Who Said This About Illegal Immigration?”
3 Nov. 2017
Our Ex-Presidents’ Insincere Praise of ‘American Generosity’
16 Nov. 2017
No, Colin Kaepernick Is No Muhammad Ali
26 Oct. 2017
My Own Harvey Weinstein Experience
30 Nov. 2017
Dump Roy Moore
23 Nov. 2017
I got fired for calling out liberal hypocrisy on Clintons
21 Dec. 2017
What if Obama Spent Year 1 Battling ‘Collusion’?
10 Nov. 2017
Black-on-Black Racism at Cornell