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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...
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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 around the world, until fairly recently I hadn’t heard of the comp...
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Review: What’s it Like to Fly Norse Atlantic Airways?
28 Sep. 2022
Review: What’s it Like to Fly Norse Atlantic Airways?
What do you really get when paying as little as $110 for a one-way flight across the pond – and is it worth the savings? That’s ...
Qatar Airways Wins Top Spot in SkyTrax Airline Rankings for 2022
23 Sep. 2022
Qatar Airways Wins Top Spot in SkyTrax Airline Rankings for 2022
Call it a three-peat: Qatar Airways once again claimed the top spot in the annual SkyTrax airline rankings for 2022 released Friday. It̵...
T-Mobile Customers Can Soon Get Free Wi-Fi Flying United, Too
23 Sep. 2022
T-Mobile Customers Can Soon Get Free Wi-Fi Flying United, Too
Many T-Mobile customers can soon get inflight Wi-Fi on four major U.S. airlines. This week, T-Mobile and United Airlines announced a deal al...
Virgin Atlantic Will Join the SkyTeam Alliance in 2023
27 Sep. 2022
Virgin Atlantic Will Join the SkyTeam Alliance in 2023
After decades as a free agent, Virgin Atlantic will officially join the SkyTeam airline alliance in early 2023 – becoming the only Uni...
Why It’s Time to Start Planning (& Booking) Your 2023 Trip to Europe
23 Sep. 2022
Why It’s Time to Start Planning (& Booking) Your 2023 Trip to Europe
Europe is wide-open for travel again, and it’s incredible … but maybe too incredible. Everyone is itching to head across the pon...
Marriott Launches 2 New Cards, Ups Bonuses & Adds New Perks
22 Sep. 2022
Marriott Launches 2 New Cards, Ups Bonuses & Adds New Perks
Big changes are on the way for Marriott’s massive suite of co-branded credit cards. The hotel chain’s top-tier card is getting e...
[HOT Flight Deal] $171: Minneapolis to New York (or Vice Versa)
12 Oct. 2016
[HOT Flight Deal] $171: Minneapolis to New York (or Vice Versa)
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[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)
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3 Jun. 2017
Blog Giveaway: $200 in Southwest Gift Cards!
2 Jun. 2017
able Banking Money Market Savings Account Review: 1.30% APY Rate (Online & Nationwide)
19 Nov. 2019
Ghana Ordering Three 787s To Launch National Airline
6 Sep. 2019
Should Airport Lounges Be Designed More Like Starbucks?
7 Oct. 2019
Bank Amerideals/Chase Offers: Save 5% at Airbnb, Max $28 Cashback
2 Jun. 2017
WesBanco Bank Checking Promotion: $100 Bonus + $50 Donation (OH)
25 Oct. 2019
Earn up to 65,000 miles with targeted Alaska Airlines Visa Signature offer
1 Apr. 2018
Delta Air Lines Is Ending SkyMiles and Replacing It with Cryptocurrency
8 Jul. 2019
Why I Lowered the Credit Limit on my Chase Card
8 Oct. 2019
Recap: Rewards Points Missing, $10 For Galaxy S4 Owners & More
15 Mar. 2020
Q2 2020 Activation Links For Freedom, Discover, Cash+, Dividend & ABOC
27 Jun. 2022
Free and discounted “micromobility” services
8 Oct. 2019
[In Branch Only, Some States Excluded] Wells Fargo $500 Business Checking Bonus
2 Jun. 2017
Top Ten Hot Deals for June 2, 2017
30 Mar. 2022
If supply and the rate of profit were fixed, then all wage increases would be inflationary (they’re not)
27 May. 2022
How to think about stockpiling Series I savings bonds
7 Oct. 2019
UberEats: Promo Codes, Discounts & Other Savings (Free Delivery/50% Off)
25 Oct. 2019
Maximizing benefits with the Amex Platinum Card
18 Mar. 2020
Simon Mall to close all properties from 7pm tonight to March 29th
13 Apr. 2018
Trip Report: Buzios, Brazil
2 Mar. 2018
Burkina Faso police director general says capital is being attacked by suspected Islamic extremists
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
15 Sep. 2022
China's Commentary on Mistakes of Gorbachev to Make Sure the Chinese Communist Party Endures
2 Mar. 2018
Fire kills at least 26 people in drug treatment center in capital of Azerbaijan
19 Sep. 2022
US Must Treat Iran Like Russia
7 Feb. 2017
Audi: The Car for the Unhappy Woman
9 Oct. 2019
Trump Administration Imposes Travel Ban On Chinese Officials Linked To Muslim Persecutions
8 Oct. 2019
US Blacklists Chinese Firms For Role In Abuse Of Muslim Minorities
8 Oct. 2019
Conservative Leader Calls Trudeau A ‘Fraud’ And ‘Phony’ In Election Debate
18 Sep. 2022
Christians 'Face Routine Torture' in Afghanistan
1 Mar. 2018
Explosion heard in Afghan capital Kabul: Reuters witness
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?
2 Mar. 2018
Britain to protect Hungarians’ rights in UK after Brexit-formin
22 Sep. 2022
How the US Squandered Its Strategic Minerals
21 Mar. 2017
The Most Dangerous Addiction of Them All: Entitlements
7 Oct. 2019
FACT CHECK: Did George Bernard Shaw Say A Quote Comparing Apples To Ideas?
1 Mar. 2018
Colombia’s FARC leader Timochenko hospitalized with chest pains
9 Oct. 2019
US Military Gains Custody Of 2 British Men Accused Of Involvement In Death Of Journalist James Foley
14 Mar. 2017
Some on the Left Now Criticize the Students They Created
15 Jan. 2018
Where’s Hollywood’s Apology for Donating to the Clintons While Ignoring Sex Abuse Allegations Against Them?
17 Oct. 2019
This Student Refused to Bow to Trans Ideology at Berkeley
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?
4 Jan. 2018
Instead of ‘Infrastructure Investment,’ How About Killing Davis-Bacon?
28 Dec. 2017
Larry Elder: “Why Is Maxine Waters Silent On The Terrorist-Drug Dealing Probe That Obama Shut Down?”
16 Oct. 2019
2 Years On, #MeToo Needs a Course Correction
3 Nov. 2017
Our Ex-Presidents’ Insincere Praise of ‘American Generosity’
30 Nov. 2017
Dump Roy Moore
1 Feb. 2018
Had ‘News’ Media Done Its Job, Obama Would Not Have Become President
17 Oct. 2019
This Type of Voting Doesn’t Rank as Real Election Reform
17 Oct. 2019
4 Big Indicators of What’s Next in Impeachment Process
16 Oct. 2019
House Democrats’ New Bill Would Drive Up College Costs Even Further
16 Nov. 2017
No, Colin Kaepernick Is No Muhammad Ali
14 Dec. 2017
Trump’s ‘Abysmal’ Poll Numbers? What About Those of Merkel, Macron, May and Trudeau?
16 Oct. 2019
The Left Targets Supreme Court With ‘Packing’ Threat, ‘Shortlist’ of Activist Nominees
17 Oct. 2019
San Francisco Blacklists 22 States With Pro-Life Laws
10 Nov. 2017
Black-on-Black Racism at Cornell
25 Jan. 2018
The Great S—hole Hypocrisy
16 Feb. 2018
What Left-Wing Educators Don’t Teach During ‘Black History Month’