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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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Latest Podcasts
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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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[HOT Flight Deal] $571: Chicago to Singapore (Round-trip)
12 Oct. 2016
[HOT Flight Deal] $571: Chicago to Singapore (Round-trip)
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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)
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Capital One to Aquire Discover in a $35.3 Billion Deal
20 Feb. 2024
Capital One to Aquire Discover in a $35.3 Billion Deal
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Head Spinning? When Changes to Delta Status, Sky Clubs & Credit Cards Kick In
19 Feb. 2024
Head Spinning? When Changes to Delta Status, Sky Clubs & Credit Cards Kick In
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5 Reasons to Pick Up the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card
16 Feb. 2024
5 Reasons to Pick Up the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card
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Thinking About Canceling Your Delta Card? Do This First
20 Feb. 2024
Thinking About Canceling Your Delta Card? Do This First
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Targeted: Get an Extra 10x Points on Dining When You Refer Your Amex Card!
22 Feb. 2024
Targeted: Get an Extra 10x Points on Dining When You Refer Your Amex Card!
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Get 30% More Virgin Atlantic Points with New Citi Transfer Bonus
19 Feb. 2024
Get 30% More Virgin Atlantic Points with New Citi Transfer Bonus
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News
6 Feb. 2024
3 U.S. Soldiers Died Because Biden Won't Stand Up to Iran
15 Feb. 2024
The South Africa-Hamas-Iran Axis
7 Feb. 2024
The Genocide of 'The Sunday People': 365,000,000 Christians Persecuted Worldwide
8 Feb. 2024
Why Don't We Want a War with Iran?
9 May. 2017
From Johnny Carson to Stephen Colbert
2 Mar. 2018
Serbia’s throne-less royals welcome baby boy into family
10 Oct. 2019
Turkey Launches Ground And Air Assault Against Kurdish Fighters, Killing At Least Seven
1 Mar. 2018
Colombia’s FARC leader Timochenko hospitalized with chest pains
2 Mar. 2018
Indian fugitive in Hong Kong court under heavy security
9 Oct. 2019
US Military Gains Custody Of 2 British Men Accused Of Involvement In Death Of Journalist James Foley
7 Mar. 2017
Why Do American Jews Want Thousands of Jew Haters in America?
14 Mar. 2017
Some on the Left Now Criticize the Students They Created
1 Mar. 2018
A police official in Afghanistan says a large explosion has occurred in eastern Kabul
2 Mar. 2018
Police say 10 Maoist rebels killed in raid in eastern India
9 Feb. 2024
A Quick Look at the 21st Century So Far
30 May. 2017
Why Conservatives Still Attack Trump
2 Mar. 2018
Azerbaijan: 25 die in morning fire at drug rehab center
12 Feb. 2024
'Why Doesn't Hamas Go to Hell and Hide There?': Other Voices from Gaza
8 Oct. 2019
It’s Not Just The NBA — These Other American Companies Are Groveling At China’s Feet To Turn A Buck
28 Feb. 2017
A Nation of Immigrants — Only If They Assimilate
6 Mar. 2020
Look: Cat rescued from inside wall of Massachusetts home
4 Mar. 2020
Watch: Woman nearly stomped by moose in Colorado
13 Sep. 2019
Rugby: Octopuses predict Japan will beat Ireland but not reach knockouts
5 Mar. 2020
Look: Moose rescued after falling through ice of frozen pond
2 Mar. 2020
Maryland Lottery player wins $50,000 Fast Play jackpot on first try
25 Feb. 2020
Facebook post alerts man to winning lottery ticket on his dashboard
12 Sep. 2019
Cockpit coffee spill forces commercial jet to make emergency landing
10 Mar. 2020
Farm fire caused by pedometer-eating pigs
5 Sep. 2019
Just not cricket: Australian charged $68,000 for a beer in Britain
4 Mar. 2020
Man brings tux-wearing llama to sister’s wedding
17 Sep. 2019
Rugby: Tattooed Samoans don skin suits to avoid offending Japanese hosts
19 Sep. 2019
Philippines’ Duterte pestered again as gecko stalls speech
28 Sep. 2019
China’s ‘national flag baby’ raises flag, captivates millions
27 Feb. 2020
Watch: Venomous snake found hiding behind family’s toaster
16 Sep. 2019
If marathons weren’t hard enough already: strap a tree to your back
3 Mar. 2020
Change from sandwich purchase leads to $500,000 lottery jackpot
6 Oct. 2019
A 70-year-old biking grandmother conquers Bolivia’s ‘Death Road’
9 Oct. 2019
Squirrels’ stash of winter walnuts causes car chaos
10 Mar. 2020
Maryland man wins a second lottery jackpot one year later
2 Sep. 2019
Czech doctors deliver baby girl 117 days after mother’s brain-death
1 Feb. 2018
Had ‘News’ Media Done Its Job, Obama Would Not Have Become President
17 Oct. 2019
Trump Should Imitate Ellen DeGeneres
14 Dec. 2017
Trump’s ‘Abysmal’ Poll Numbers? What About Those of Merkel, Macron, May and Trudeau?
3 Nov. 2017
Our Ex-Presidents’ Insincere Praise of ‘American Generosity’
4 Jan. 2018
Instead of ‘Infrastructure Investment,’ How About Killing Davis-Bacon?
17 Oct. 2019
FCC’s Ajit Pai Issues Ominous Warning, Says China’s Reaction to NBA Fracas Is Only the Tip of the Iceberg
26 Oct. 2017
My Own Harvey Weinstein Experience
17 Oct. 2019
How California and Foreign Carmakers Got in Bed to Keep Crony, Obama-Era Rules
16 Oct. 2019
‘Batwoman’ Actress Ruby Rose Is Happy She Didn’t Transition to a Man
17 Oct. 2019
4 Big Indicators of What’s Next in Impeachment Process
17 Oct. 2019
San Francisco Blacklists 22 States With Pro-Life Laws
17 Oct. 2019
Boris Johnson Strikes a Brexit Deal
7 Dec. 2017
Leadership Malpractice: John Conyers’ Resignation Is 50 Years Too Late
28 Dec. 2017
Larry Elder: “Why Is Maxine Waters Silent On The Terrorist-Drug Dealing Probe That Obama Shut Down?”
19 Oct. 2017
Yes, Weinstein Accusers Are Brave — So Were Jones, Willey and Broaddrick
17 Oct. 2019
This Type of Voting Doesn’t Rank as Real Election Reform
16 Nov. 2017
No, Colin Kaepernick Is No Muhammad Ali
30 Nov. 2017
Dump Roy Moore
17 Oct. 2019
Maryland’s Rep. Elijah Cummings Dies at 68
16 Feb. 2018
What Left-Wing Educators Don’t Teach During ‘Black History Month’