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Great White Shark Cage Diving with Chris Fallows in South Africa
4 Jun. 2017
Great White Shark Cage Diving with Chris Fallows in South Africa
Jaws If you want to see or cage dive with great white sharks, there are 5 main places to do so: California, Mexico, South Africa, Australia and now also New Zealand in the world to do so.  South Africa is probably the easiest (and cheapest) place to accomplish that goal, the problem is getting there.  It’s
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Europe’s Killing Fields:  Srebrenica, Bosnia (and Modern Genocide)
4 Jun. 2017
Europe’s Killing Fields: Srebrenica, Bosnia (and Modern Genocide)
Can’t Forget In over 30 countries of travel in Europe, one country that had a profound impact on me was Bosnia and Herzegovina.  People often ask me what is my favorite country that I’ve traveled too.  I don’t have a favorite country yet, but one that I’ll never forget is Bosnia.  Bosnia is a relatively small
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5 Best Flight Award Websites
3 Jun. 2017
5 Best Flight Award Websites
Navigating all of the trip planning options can be a challenging process, and for points and miles beginners, it can really be daunting. Best Flight Award Websites Here are some of my favorite resources to help you plan your award flight better and make use out of those hard earned miles 1.  Award Hacker Kind of
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Greatest Points and Miles Stories of All Time
10 Nov. 2016
Greatest Points and Miles Stories of All Time
Irrational Exuberance Alan Greenspan once talked about rising stock prices as “irrational exuberance”.  Much of that kind of excitement in the award points and miles world now is manufactured spend.  But what seems like a new thing has roots many years old, and with it, some great and now nearly mythic people and stories to
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Points and Miles Inflation
10 Nov. 2016
Points and Miles Inflation
Collecting a Depreciating Asset It’s great to have award points and miles to reduce or even eliminate the cost of travel, but points and miles inflation makes that increasingly difficult to keep up with the Joneses. Most enthusiasts in this hobby refer to the various award points programs as “currency”, as each point earned has value.  ...
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Manufactured Spend and the Story of the US Mint
10 Nov. 2016
Manufactured Spend and the Story of the US Mint
Manufacturing Spend For those who are new to the points and miles landscape, there are different definitions of manufactured spend circulating, but one that I think is agreeable is: “Manufactured spend” (MS) is the process of using promotions, resources and techniques that allow a person to accrue maximum rewards (cash, points, miles, benefits) whi...
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Points Goals For 2018
13 Dec. 2017
Points Goals For 2018
Aim High Every year since I’ve been in the points and miles hobby, I’ve had goals.  Initially it was just to get a rewards card and earn enough miles for a “free” flight somewhere.  That was accomplished with a single rewards card.  Shortly after I had the lofty goal of earning a million frequent flyer
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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 because they have banned multiple debit card swipes to pay for transactions.  If that wasn’t bad enough news, the stores that I’m referring to are in nice locations within the metro so they are more conve...
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