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The Opposite of Travel Hacking
26 Feb. 2018
The Opposite of Travel Hacking
Distorted Morality When I describe the points hobby with people I know and meet, a common response often arises. “Oh, so you’re scamming the system!” When I initially heard that, I was confused and maybe even a little insulted.  However, after some thought, I realized that the people making those remarks didn’t understand th...
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Not Sure I’m Going To Publish My Points Book
21 Feb. 2018
Not Sure I’m Going To Publish My Points Book
Just Not Sure I’ve been working on a travel hacking book for the better part of a year now.  It’s my first book, although I’ve done some independent writing at various times in my life, and it’s been a personal goal of mine to accomplish.  The book has taken many hours to write and research,
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US Bank Flexperks vs. Chase Sapphire Reserve?
17 Feb. 2018
US Bank Flexperks vs. Chase Sapphire Reserve?
Say What? For some comparing the FlexPerks Travel Rewards Visa Signature to the Chase Sapphire Reserve is blasphomy.  In many ways it is for me too.  They are totally separate products with different benefits, earn rates, and annual fees.  The Flexperks has an annual fee of $49, while the much publicized Sapphire Reserve has a
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US Bank Fined for Facilitating Money Laundering
15 Feb. 2018
US Bank Fined for Facilitating Money Laundering
Guilty As Charged US Bank has been found guilty by federal regulators of two felony violations of the Bank Secrecy Act and will pay a total of $613 million (including $528 million in a deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. attorney in Manhattan) in fines for ties to facilitating money laundering. The lawsuit centers around Scott Tucker,
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The Real Costs of Manufactured Spend?
13 Feb. 2018
The Real Costs of Manufactured Spend?
Show Me the Money At times, manufactured spend (MS) or non-organic spend seems like it’s at near religeous proportions in some circles within the points and miles community.  For some it’s nonesistant, for others it’s very casual, and then for a minority it’s basically a compulsary routine.  Whatever your interest level is w...
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Best New Manufactured Spending Blog of 2017?
13 Feb. 2018
Best New Manufactured Spending Blog of 2017?
Embarrased Even with a moniker like MillionMileGuy, I’m not much into self promotion.  The moniker was chosen mostly for fun, but also because it’s an accurate way of looking at my award point accumulation and outlook each year.  Earning a million award points was my first big goal in the points and miles hobby, and
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New Music Added:  February 2018 Playlist
11 Feb. 2018
New Music Added: February 2018 Playlist
Pump Up the Jam(s) I enjoy music, audio and video.  When I was creating my website, I wanted to have some of those aspects included.  When I travel, I pick up on various media pretty quickly.  Some of it’s amazing, some okay, others aren’t so great.  With that said, I’m trying to add new music
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$318 Minneapolis to Honolulu
10 Feb. 2018
$318 Minneapolis to Honolulu
Get Out of the Cold I just returned from the island of Oahu from a week long vacation in Hawaii.  It was my first time to the island, and I had a nice time.  The other islands are better IMO than Oahu, but if you’re looking to escape the cold, then this is a smoking
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