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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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Latest blog posts
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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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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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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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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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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PSA: You May Want to Use Your Starbucks Rewards This Week
6 Feb. 2023
PSA: You May Want to Use Your Starbucks Rewards This Week
In the unpredictable, constantly changing world of travel, there’s one thing of which you can be certain: Your points and miles will g...
[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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Cheap non-stop flights from New York to Sao Paulo, Brazil for only $475!
16 Sep. 2018
Cheap non-stop flights from New York to Sao Paulo, Brazil for only $475!
Avianca is offering a great deal on flights from New York to Sao Paulo, Brazil! Now only $475 round-trip Travel dates:November 2018 – ...
It’s Live! Delta’s New Credit Card Benefit for 15% Off Award Flights
2 Feb. 2023
It’s Live! Delta’s New Credit Card Benefit for 15% Off Award Flights
On Thursday, Delta and American Express officially launched TakeOff 15 – a splashy benefit for both new and existing Delta SkyMiles Am...
Use Positioning Flights to Save Hundreds on International Travel
6 Feb. 2023
Use Positioning Flights to Save Hundreds on International Travel
Most travelers searching for airfare start and stop with their home airport. And unless they get lucky with a great deal, they may be forced...
[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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Airline Vouchers & Travel Credits: What They Are and How to Use Them
3 Feb. 2023
Airline Vouchers & Travel Credits: What They Are and How to Use Them
If you change or cancel your flight – or get bumped – airlines will often give you at least some of that money back in the form ...
Review: Why the Flighty Pro App is Our Favorite Travel Tool Right Now
1 Feb. 2023
Review: Why the Flighty Pro App is Our Favorite Travel Tool Right Now
I would have to swipe through five or six different mobile phone apps and websites to get the information Flighty puts all in one place for ...
News
25 Oct. 2019
The wait is over: Clear will open at United terminals in Houston next week
4 Jul. 2019
Walking Across America with Points: Week 2
8 Oct. 2019
Robinhood Relaunches Cash Account – This Time with 2.05% APY & FDIC Insurance
1 Jun. 2017
7 Best Credit Cards to Help Achieve Your Travel Goals – June 2017
25 Oct. 2019
Take to the ‘skies’ with Virgin Atlantic’s A350 flight simulator in Heathrow Terminal 3 for a limited time
31 May. 2017
Family Fun in New York City Using Southwest Points
8 Oct. 2019
[YMMV] Amazon: Smart Plug For $0.99 With Promo Code SMARTPLUG99
15 Mar. 2020
MyGiftCardsPlus: Earn 15% Cashback On Hotels.com Gift Cards (Limit $500 Per Household)
8 Oct. 2019
Amazon: Additional 20% Off Some Products For Discover Cardholders (Plus 5% Cashback)
7 Oct. 2019
[Targeted] Get 20%-50% off Uber, 10 Rides, $10 Max Discount Per Ride
8 Oct. 2019
[Targeted] AmEx Offer: Staples, Spend $100+ & Receive $25 Statement Credit
19 Nov. 2019
British Airways Boeing 787-10 Details: Cabins, Routes, And More
25 Oct. 2019
Is New York City’s hottest new attraction a department store?
3 Aug. 2019
GREAT DEAL: 40% Transfer Bonus Membership Rewards to Avios
20 Aug. 2019
When Was the Last Transfer Bonus? Part 1: Membership Rewards
3 Jun. 2017
One Source Credit Union Youth Promotion: $25 Bonus (TX, NM)
6 Sep. 2019
American Airlines Mechanic Charged With Sabotaging an Aircraft About to Depart
12 Dec. 2022
Tagging Miles Portal Updates – 12 December 2022
25 Oct. 2019
Double miles on everything: Capital One Spark Miles for Business credit card review
20 Nov. 2019
Norwegian Air’s Surprising New CEO Pick
20 Sep. 2019
Alien enthusiasts descend on Nevada desert near secretive U.S. base
28 Sep. 2019
China’s ‘national flag baby’ raises flag, captivates millions
6 Oct. 2019
A 70-year-old biking grandmother conquers Bolivia’s ‘Death Road’
19 Sep. 2019
Philippines’ Duterte pestered again as gecko stalls speech
6 Sep. 2019
Climbing: Polish climber Dzienski pips lift in man vs. machine race
14 Sep. 2019
Thieves steal $5 million gold toilet from Britain’s Blenheim Palace
10 Mar. 2020
Maryland man wins a second lottery jackpot one year later
31 Aug. 2019
Maurice the Rooster pitches city slickers against locals in rural France
3 Oct. 2019
Italian astronaut to watch World Cup match from space
4 Mar. 2020
Watch: Woman nearly stomped by moose in Colorado
25 Feb. 2020
Watch: Deer crashes through Ohio couple’s house
5 Sep. 2019
Just not cricket: Australian charged $68,000 for a beer in Britain
2 Mar. 2020
Maryland Lottery player wins $50,000 Fast Play jackpot on first try
3 Mar. 2020
Change from sandwich purchase leads to $500,000 lottery jackpot
13 Sep. 2019
Egyptian masseur plays with fire to ease muscle pain
2 Mar. 2020
Look: RSPCA officer uses dish soap to free deer from metal gate
17 Sep. 2019
Rugby: Tattooed Samoans don skin suits to avoid offending Japanese hosts
5 Mar. 2020
Look: Moose rescued after falling through ice of frozen pond
9 Oct. 2019
Squirrels’ stash of winter walnuts causes car chaos
2 Sep. 2019
UK PM Johnson to the rescue: girlfriend adopts a rescue puppy
26 Oct. 2017
My Own Harvey Weinstein Experience
17 Oct. 2019
Problematic Women: Abortion, Pornography, and Transgender Models
17 Oct. 2019
Trump Should Imitate Ellen DeGeneres
21 Dec. 2017
What if Obama Spent Year 1 Battling ‘Collusion’?
16 Oct. 2019
‘Batwoman’ Actress Ruby Rose Is Happy She Didn’t Transition to a Man
16 Nov. 2017
No, Colin Kaepernick Is No Muhammad Ali
25 Jan. 2018
The Great S—hole Hypocrisy
19 Oct. 2017
Yes, Weinstein Accusers Are Brave — So Were Jones, Willey and Broaddrick
23 Nov. 2017
I got fired for calling out liberal hypocrisy on Clintons
14 Dec. 2017
Trump’s ‘Abysmal’ Poll Numbers? What About Those of Merkel, Macron, May and Trudeau?
16 Oct. 2019
White House Enters Into Hopeful ‘Phase 1’ of China Trade Deal
17 Oct. 2019
Maryland’s Rep. Elijah Cummings Dies at 68
17 Oct. 2019
FCC’s Ajit Pai Issues Ominous Warning, Says China’s Reaction to NBA Fracas Is Only the Tip of the Iceberg
17 Oct. 2019
San Francisco Blacklists 22 States With Pro-Life Laws
17 Oct. 2019
US Must Prevent Rise of New ISIS Caliphate in Syria Following Our Troop Withdrawal
8 Feb. 2018
Larry Elder: “Take the ‘Racist Xenophobe’ Quiz–Who Said This About Illegal Immigration?”
15 Jan. 2018
Where’s Hollywood’s Apology for Donating to the Clintons While Ignoring Sex Abuse Allegations Against Them?
10 Nov. 2017
Black-on-Black Racism at Cornell
17 Oct. 2019
4 Big Indicators of What’s Next in Impeachment Process
30 Nov. 2017
Dump Roy Moore