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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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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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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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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...
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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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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 history as it seemed...
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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 o...
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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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20 Best Documentary Movies of All Time
27 Nov. 2018
20 Best Documentary Movies of All Time
Doco’s It’s getting colder in many parts of the country and for man, that means more time indoors.  Along with your favorite cha...
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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 Fly Around the World with ANA Miles
12 Aug. 2022
How to Fly Around the World with ANA Miles
It’s a bucket list trip for many and the pinnacle of using points and miles: to fly around the world. You can stitch together your own...
[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 ...
[HOT Flight Deal] $571: Chicago to Singapore (Round-trip)
12 Oct. 2016
[HOT Flight Deal] $571: Chicago to Singapore (Round-trip)
Typi non habent claritatem insitam; est usus legentis in iis qui facit eorum claritatem. Investigationes demonstraverunt lectores legere me ...
Why the Amex Hilton Aspire Card is the Best Hotel Credit Card
11 Aug. 2022
Why the Amex Hilton Aspire Card is the Best Hotel Credit Card
Over the past few years, few credit cards have caught our attention more than the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card. And yes, that&...
[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 ...
AeroLOPA: A Great Site to Find the Best Seats on Your Flight
16 Aug. 2022
AeroLOPA: A Great Site to Find the Best Seats on Your Flight
For years, SeatGuru had been our go-to tool to pick the best seat on the plane, with color-coded seat maps that steer you toward seats with ...
Master Guide to Credit Card Applications: All the Rules You Need to Know, Bank by Bank
16 Aug. 2022
Master Guide to Credit Card Applications: All the Rules You Need to Know, Bank by Bank
Applying for credit cards earn points and perks for travel comes with all kinds of considerations. You’ll want to protect your credit ...
7 Underrated Benefits of the Capital One Venture X Card
16 Aug. 2022
7 Underrated Benefits of the Capital One Venture X Card
There’s a lot to love about the Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card. There’s the huge 75,000-mile welcome offer bonus afte...
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10 Apr. 2018
Easy Extra 2 Membership Rewards Per Dollar Spent (Up to 5k)
9 Aug. 2019
Top 10 Business Credit Cards for Travel Rewards: August 2019
25 Oct. 2019
United Airlines to add a 6th daily nonstop flight between Newark and London
7 Oct. 2019
Best Cryptocurrency Deals (Get Cryptocurrency For Free)
15 Jul. 2019
I Wasn’t Expecting That Auto-Approval!
8 Oct. 2019
Discover Savings Bonus $150/$200 with $15,000/$25,000 Deposit
31 May. 2017
“My ~$14 Trip to Las Vegas, Including a Private Jet Flight!”
25 Oct. 2019
The Force is strong with this one: United goes to a galaxy far, far away
2 Jun. 2017
Hapo Community Credit Union Savings Promotion: $25 Bonus (OR, WA)
29 Mar. 2018
Learn to Travel Like a High Roller at ZorkFest in Las Vegas
17 Mar. 2020
Shifting strategies in light of coronavirus
18 Mar. 2020
Best cash back credit card offers
7 Oct. 2019
Rakuten: 15% Off Sitewide With Promo Code SAVE15
2 Jun. 2017
Unlocked Galaxy S8+ 64GB Android Phone via eBay: $769.99 + Free Shipping
2 Apr. 2018
Review: Park Hyatt Milan
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!
17 Mar. 2020
AA SimplyMiles: Earn 3x AAdvantage Miles Per Dollar On IHG Reservations
7 Sep. 2019
Man Loses Job After Demanding Only White Flight Attendants Serve Him on British Airways
20 Nov. 2019
Juneyao Airlines Adds Manchester Fifth Freedom Flight
31 May. 2017
How to Book Award Flights on Condor With Alaska Airlines Miles
5 Aug. 2022
The Growing Threat from North Korea
24 Jan. 2017
America’s Second Civil War
8 Oct. 2019
It’s Not Just The NBA — These Other American Companies Are Groveling At China’s Feet To Turn A Buck
6 Aug. 2022
Thanks to the EU, Iran Mullahs Will Continue Taking Even More Hostages
9 Oct. 2019
Trudeau Gets Embarrassed By Little Girl’s Blackface Questions
21 Mar. 2017
The Most Dangerous Addiction of Them All: Entitlements
2 Mar. 2018
Egypt arrests mother cited in BBC report; lawyer disappears
10 Oct. 2019
After Billions Spent Rebuilding Iraq, Russia And China Are Gaining Ground There
2 Mar. 2018
Indian fugitive in Hong Kong court under heavy security
15 Aug. 2022
Iran's Proxy War Against Israel Caused by Biden's Weakness
1 Mar. 2018
Colombia’s FARC leader Timochenko hospitalized with chest pains
2 Mar. 2018
Serbia’s throne-less royals welcome baby boy into family
14 Feb. 2017
Note to the Left: Four Years Ago, Conservatives Were Just as Depressed
8 Oct. 2019
US Blacklists Chinese Firms For Role In Abuse Of Muslim Minorities
2 Mar. 2018
Germany says ‘acute threat’ of hack averted after detection
31 Jan. 2017
Why My Stepsons’ Father Killed Himself
1 Mar. 2018
A police official in Afghanistan says a large explosion has occurred in eastern Kabul
10 Aug. 2022
China and Russia—With Help from Biden—Attack the Dollar
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?
6 Mar. 2020
Jackpot-winning lottery ticket was on man’s table for a month
10 Mar. 2020
Farm fire caused by pedometer-eating pigs
20 Sep. 2019
Alien enthusiasts descend on Nevada desert near secretive U.S. base
2 Sep. 2019
Czech doctors deliver baby girl 117 days after mother’s brain-death
2 Mar. 2020
Maryland Lottery player wins $50,000 Fast Play jackpot on first try
4 Mar. 2020
Watch: Woman nearly stomped by moose in Colorado
23 Sep. 2019
From tree to chair without the carpentry: UK couple grows furniture
10 Mar. 2020
Maryland man wins a second lottery jackpot one year later
25 Feb. 2020
Watch: Deer crashes through Ohio couple’s house
2 Mar. 2020
Look: RSPCA officer uses dish soap to free deer from metal gate
6 Mar. 2020
Look: Cat rescued from inside wall of Massachusetts home
13 Sep. 2019
Rugby: Octopuses predict Japan will beat Ireland but not reach knockouts
12 Sep. 2019
Cockpit coffee spill forces commercial jet to make emergency landing
5 Mar. 2020
Look: Moose rescued after falling through ice of frozen pond
17 Sep. 2019
Rugby: Tattooed Samoans don skin suits to avoid offending Japanese hosts
5 Sep. 2019
Just not cricket: Australian charged $68,000 for a beer in Britain
25 Feb. 2020
Facebook post alerts man to winning lottery ticket on his dashboard
5 Mar. 2020
Look: Dog rescued from 20 feet up in Kansas tree
16 Sep. 2019
If marathons weren’t hard enough already: strap a tree to your back
6 Sep. 2019
Climbing: Polish climber Dzienski pips lift in man vs. machine race
17 Oct. 2019
4 Big Indicators of What’s Next in Impeachment Process
16 Nov. 2017
No, Colin Kaepernick Is No Muhammad Ali
17 Oct. 2019
Problematic Women: Abortion, Pornography, and Transgender Models
4 Jan. 2018
Instead of ‘Infrastructure Investment,’ How About Killing Davis-Bacon?
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’
14 Dec. 2017
Trump’s ‘Abysmal’ Poll Numbers? What About Those of Merkel, Macron, May and Trudeau?
23 Nov. 2017
I got fired for calling out liberal hypocrisy on Clintons
28 Dec. 2017
Larry Elder: “Why Is Maxine Waters Silent On The Terrorist-Drug Dealing Probe That Obama Shut Down?”
16 Oct. 2019
The Left Targets Supreme Court With ‘Packing’ Threat, ‘Shortlist’ of Activist Nominees
26 Oct. 2017
My Own Harvey Weinstein Experience
25 Jan. 2018
The Great S—hole Hypocrisy
17 Oct. 2019
In Georgia, Parents Win Battle Over Transgender Bathrooms at School
16 Oct. 2019
2 Years On, #MeToo Needs a Course Correction
17 Oct. 2019
We’re Becoming More Like China Than China Is Like Us
16 Oct. 2019
These 3 Countries Tried Socialism. Here’s What Happened.
16 Oct. 2019
White House Enters Into Hopeful ‘Phase 1’ of China Trade Deal
17 Oct. 2019
Boris Johnson Strikes a Brexit Deal
1 Mar. 2018
How Many Lives Are Saved by Guns — and Why Don’t Gun Controllers Care?
7 Dec. 2017
Leadership Malpractice: John Conyers’ Resignation Is 50 Years Too Late