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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
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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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 a pretty high percentag...
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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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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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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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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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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 a p...
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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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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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Huge Rakuten Cyber Monday Deal: Get 20% Cashback (or 20X Amex Points!)
28 Nov. 2022
Huge Rakuten Cyber Monday Deal: Get 20% Cashback (or 20X Amex Points!)
Rakuten is one of the best online shopping portals to earn cashback or extra points on your online purchases. For Cyber Monday, Rakuten is o...
Why Now’s the Time to Lock in Cheap Summer 2023 Flights
23 Nov. 2022
Why Now’s the Time to Lock in Cheap Summer 2023 Flights
Remember this past summer, when flight prices skyrocketed as people returned to the skies during the peak summer travel season? I’ve g...
[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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Give the Gift of Cheap Flights with a Thrifty Traveler Premium Gift Card
29 Nov. 2022
Give the Gift of Cheap Flights with a Thrifty Traveler Premium Gift Card
Looking for the perfect no-shipping, no-hassle gift for the traveler in your life? We’ve got just the thing. Instead of giving your fa...
No, Black Friday Isn’t the Best Day to Score Flight Deals
24 Nov. 2022
No, Black Friday Isn’t the Best Day to Score Flight Deals
Black Friday is coming. And like clockwork, we get messages from fellow travelers asking about finding cheap Black Friday flight deals. But ...
Get 15% Cashback (or 15x Amex Points) on Black Friday Shopping with Rakuten!
25 Nov. 2022
Get 15% Cashback (or 15x Amex Points) on Black Friday Shopping with Rakuten!
Rakuten is one of the best (and easiest to use) online shopping portals to earn cashback or extra points on your online purchases. For Black...
[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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Wireless Bose QC45 Noise-Canceling Headphones for Just $249!
25 Nov. 2022
Wireless Bose QC45 Noise-Canceling Headphones for Just $249!
Black Friday is the best day of the year if you’re in the market for top-of-the-line Bose noise canceling headphones. You can currentl...
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13 Apr. 2018
Ink Business Preferred: 3x on Plastiq
7 Sep. 2019
Airline Cancels Flight to Avoid Police – All Over $276
4 Apr. 2018
Barclays’ New Arrival Premier Card Is One to Avoid
2 Jun. 2017
How to Fly Round-Trip to Japan in Business Class for ~$100 Round Trip: Part 5 – 3 Weeks of Lodging for Only ~$450!
7 Oct. 2019
[Targeted] Get 20%-50% off Uber, 10 Rides, $10 Max Discount Per Ride
8 Sep. 2019
There’s Still an American Airlines MD80 in Dallas, After All
16 Mar. 2020
Coronavirus cancellation policies: Cruises, Flights, Hotels, and more
8 Oct. 2019
Chase IHG Premier Up To 125,000 Points + $50 Statement Credit
6 Apr. 2018
Review: Delta SkyClub, New York JFK Terminal 4
20 Aug. 2019
When Was the Last Transfer Bonus? Part 1: Membership Rewards
7 Oct. 2019
Chase Offers/BofA: Save 10% on Verizon, CVS, Stubhub, Old Navy, Instacart, Hannaford, Dunkin Donuts & More
10 Feb. 2022
Inflation-proofing your life
7 Oct. 2019
$100 Lowe’s E-Gift for $90 from Staples.com (Limit 3)
7 Oct. 2019
Discover: Buy Sam’s Club Membership ($45) and Get $45 or $25 Back
25 Oct. 2019
United plans new New York-Washington shuttle amid growth spurt
7 Oct. 2019
Bank Amerideals/Chase Offers: Save 5% at Airbnb, Max $28 Cashback
8 Oct. 2019
[In Branch Only, Some States Excluded] Wells Fargo $500 Business Checking Bonus
2 Jun. 2017
This Weekend: Free Access to Museums, Zoos, Aquariums, & More for Bank of America Cardholders
7 Sep. 2019
Holy Markup: Hotel Charged a Man Nearly $70,000 for a Beer, and It’ll Take 10 Days to Get His Money Back
2 Jun. 2017
Hapo Community Credit Union Savings Promotion: $25 Bonus (OR, WA)
7 Oct. 2019
FACT CHECK: Did George Bernard Shaw Say A Quote Comparing Apples To Ideas?
24 Jan. 2017
America’s Second Civil War
10 Oct. 2019
After Billions Spent Rebuilding Iraq, Russia And China Are Gaining Ground There
28 Nov. 2022
Was San Francisco Election Official Not Rehired Because He Wasn't 'Diverse' Enough?
14 Feb. 2017
Note to the Left: Four Years Ago, Conservatives Were Just as Depressed
8 Oct. 2019
Hong Kong-Based Gamer Suspended, Forced To Return Winnings For Supporting Protests
24 Nov. 2022
Very Happiest Thanksgiving
17 Nov. 2022
It Is Time for NATO to Confront Iran
2 Mar. 2018
Police say 10 Maoist rebels killed in raid in eastern India
10 Oct. 2019
Meghan McCain Lashes Out At Rand Paul, Calls Him A ‘Chicken Heart Isolationist’
18 Apr. 2017
Two Weeks of Great Clarity
20 Nov. 2022
Is Multiculturalism Destroying Western National Identities?
2 Mar. 2018
Fire kills at least 26 people in drug treatment center in capital of Azerbaijan
2 Mar. 2018
Britain to protect Hungarians’ rights in UK after Brexit-formin
2 May. 2017
Will the Second Civil War Turn Violent?
19 Nov. 2022
Biden Administration's Inaction Legitimizes Iran's Brutality
9 Oct. 2019
Trump Says He’ll ‘Wipe Out’ Turkish Economy If Turkey Takes Out Kurdish Population
21 Nov. 2022
Qatar's Double Game: Funding Islamists While Pretending to Be America's Ally
2 Mar. 2018
Slovaks to rally across country in honor of slain journalist
2 Mar. 2018
Indian fugitive in Hong Kong court under heavy security
25 Feb. 2020
Facebook post alerts man to winning lottery ticket on his dashboard
10 Mar. 2020
Maryland man wins a second lottery jackpot one year later
2 Sep. 2019
UK PM Johnson to the rescue: girlfriend adopts a rescue puppy
3 Oct. 2019
Italian astronaut to watch World Cup match from space
31 Aug. 2019
Maurice the Rooster pitches city slickers against locals in rural France
6 Mar. 2020
Look: Cat rescued from inside wall of Massachusetts home
5 Mar. 2020
Look: Dog rescued from 20 feet up in Kansas tree
14 Sep. 2019
Thieves steal $5 million gold toilet from Britain’s Blenheim Palace
6 Mar. 2020
Jackpot-winning lottery ticket was on man’s table for a month
17 Sep. 2019
Rugby: Tattooed Samoans don skin suits to avoid offending Japanese hosts
6 Sep. 2019
Climbing: Polish climber Dzienski pips lift in man vs. machine race
2 Sep. 2019
Czech doctors deliver baby girl 117 days after mother’s brain-death
16 Sep. 2019
If marathons weren’t hard enough already: strap a tree to your back
25 Feb. 2020
Watch: Deer crashes through Ohio couple’s house
20 Sep. 2019
Alien enthusiasts descend on Nevada desert near secretive U.S. base
2 Mar. 2020
Look: RSPCA officer uses dish soap to free deer from metal gate
13 Sep. 2019
Rugby: Octopuses predict Japan will beat Ireland but not reach knockouts
3 Mar. 2020
Change from sandwich purchase leads to $500,000 lottery jackpot
13 Sep. 2019
Egyptian masseur plays with fire to ease muscle pain
5 Sep. 2019
Just not cricket: Australian charged $68,000 for a beer in Britain