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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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Travel Horror Stories
31 Oct. 2023
Travel Horror Stories
I was listening to a recent podcast about travel horror stories.  Anyone who has traveled for any length of time probabl...
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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 Ukraine and Poland.  ...
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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 pretty high.  I’m...
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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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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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Travel Horror Stories
31 Oct. 2023
Travel Horror Stories
I was listening to a recent podcast about travel horror stories.  Anyone who has traveled for any length of time probabl...
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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 incredible.  One of my fa...
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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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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 pre...
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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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How to Book Award Tickets with Air France/KLM Flying Blue Miles
19 Apr. 2024
How to Book Award Tickets with Air France/KLM Flying Blue Miles
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[WOW Air] $328: New York to Amsterdam (Round-trip)
12 Oct. 2016
[WOW Air] $328: New York to Amsterdam (Round-trip)
Typi non habent claritatem insitam; est usus legentis in iis qui facit eorum claritatem. Investigationes demonstraverunt lectores legere me ...
Virgin Atlantic Restores its Best Feature to Find Points Deals
19 Apr. 2024
Virgin Atlantic Restores its Best Feature to Find Points Deals
From cheap flights within the U.S. to nonstops to Rome (FCO) in lie-flat seats to the holy grail of booking Delta One business class to Euro...
Delta Comfort Plus vs. Premium Select: What’s the Difference?
22 Apr. 2024
Delta Comfort Plus vs. Premium Select: What’s the Difference?
If you’re flying one of Delta’s long-haul routes you’ll see two booking options between Delta One Business class and econo...
[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)
Typi non habent claritatem insitam; est usus legentis in iis qui facit eorum claritatem. Investigationes demonstraverunt lectores legere me ...
How to Quickly Earn 145K American Airlines Miles (And Why You Should)
23 Apr. 2024
How to Quickly Earn 145K American Airlines Miles (And Why You Should)
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Get Outside: Your Guide to Visiting the U.S. National Parks in 2024
23 Apr. 2024
Get Outside: Your Guide to Visiting the U.S. National Parks in 2024
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Cheap Flights We’ve Found to the National Parks This Summer
24 Apr. 2024
Cheap Flights We’ve Found to the National Parks This Summer
To live in the United States is to live among some of the greatest natural wonders on earth. And thanks to the efforts of presidents Woodrow...
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7 Oct. 2019
FACT CHECK: Did George Bernard Shaw Say A Quote Comparing Apples To Ideas?
2 Mar. 2018
Serbia’s throne-less royals welcome baby boy into family
16 Apr. 2024
This Was Not the Actual Iranian Attack
2 May. 2017
Will the Second Civil War Turn Violent?
2 Mar. 2018
Indonesia considers house arrest for ailing radical cleric
2 Mar. 2018
Burkina Faso police director general says capital is being attacked by suspected Islamic extremists
17 Apr. 2024
The Social Compact with Canadian Jews Is Broken and Needs to be Restored
7 Feb. 2017
Audi: The Car for the Unhappy Woman
9 Oct. 2019
US Military Gains Custody Of 2 British Men Accused Of Involvement In Death Of Journalist James Foley
28 Mar. 2017
Purists Kill Whatever They Believe In
9 Oct. 2019
Trudeau Gets Embarrassed By Little Girl’s Blackface Questions
28 Feb. 2017
A Nation of Immigrants — Only If They Assimilate
8 Oct. 2019
Conservative Leader Calls Trudeau A ‘Fraud’ And ‘Phony’ In Election Debate
7 Oct. 2019
‘The Trick Is Not To Expect It But To Delight In It When It Comes’ – Did Charles Dickens Say This Quote About Happiness?
9 Oct. 2019
Turkey Launches Military Offensive In Northern Syria As US Troops Leave The Region
8 Oct. 2019
US Blacklists Chinese Firms For Role In Abuse Of Muslim Minorities
1 Mar. 2018
How Many Lives Are Saved by Guns — and Why Don’t Gun Controllers Care?
4 Jan. 2018
Instead of ‘Infrastructure Investment,’ How About Killing Davis-Bacon?
17 Oct. 2019
This Student Refused to Bow to Trans Ideology at Berkeley
3 Nov. 2017
Our Ex-Presidents’ Insincere Praise of ‘American Generosity’
17 Oct. 2019
How California and Foreign Carmakers Got in Bed to Keep Crony, Obama-Era Rules
22 Feb. 2018
SKIN COLOR AND SPORTS: IT’S NOT 1947 ANYMORE
17 Oct. 2019
US Must Prevent Rise of New ISIS Caliphate in Syria Following Our Troop Withdrawal
17 Oct. 2019
This Type of Voting Doesn’t Rank as Real Election Reform
17 Oct. 2019
We’re Becoming More Like China Than China Is Like Us
17 Oct. 2019
San Francisco Blacklists 22 States With Pro-Life Laws
26 Oct. 2017
My Own Harvey Weinstein Experience
17 Oct. 2019
Boris Johnson Strikes a Brexit Deal
16 Feb. 2018
What Left-Wing Educators Don’t Teach During ‘Black History Month’
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?”
17 Oct. 2019
In Georgia, Parents Win Battle Over Transgender Bathrooms at School
16 Oct. 2019
Trump Vetoes Second Resolution to End Border Emergency Declaration
21 Dec. 2017
What if Obama Spent Year 1 Battling ‘Collusion’?
16 Oct. 2019
The Left Targets Supreme Court With ‘Packing’ Threat, ‘Shortlist’ of Activist Nominees
14 Dec. 2017
Trump’s ‘Abysmal’ Poll Numbers? What About Those of Merkel, Macron, May and Trudeau?