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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 a pretty high percentag...
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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 a p...
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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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[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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Our Favorite Black Friday 2022 Deals on Travel Gear
25 Nov. 2022
Our Favorite Black Friday 2022 Deals on Travel Gear
Having Black Friday deal paralysis? Not sure where to start to find the best deal on the travel gear you want? We’re here to help. The...
Premium Travel Card Showdown: Venture X, Amex Platinum or Sapphire Reserve?
28 Nov. 2022
Premium Travel Card Showdown: Venture X, Amex Platinum or Sapphire Reserve?
There are dozens, even hundreds, of travel credit cards out there to pick from … but three of them are a cut above the rest: The Chase...
Our Cyber Monday Sale: Get 30% Off Flight Deal Alerts!
28 Nov. 2022
Our Cyber Monday Sale: Get 30% Off Flight Deal Alerts!
Black Friday and Cyber Monday can be great days to score a deal on travel gear and accessories. But when it comes to finding cheap flights, ...
Skip the Lines, Order Ahead via Mobile at Most Starbucks Airport Locations!
23 Nov. 2022
Skip the Lines, Order Ahead via Mobile at Most Starbucks Airport Locations!
The longest lines at the airport this hectic holiday travel week might not be at security or bag drop: They’re at Starbucks. But savvy...
Wow: Venture X Cardholders Get Unlimited Guests for Priority Pass
25 Nov. 2022
Wow: Venture X Cardholders Get Unlimited Guests for Priority Pass
Capital One made a serious splash last year with its first premium travel credit card, the Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card. With g...
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 – ...
Get up to $80 Off Amazon Purchases by Using Amex Points!
23 Nov. 2022
Get up to $80 Off Amazon Purchases by Using Amex Points!
Right in time for Black Friday, here’s your chance to save even more on your next Amazon order. Some American Express cardholders can ...
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2 Jun. 2017
New Chase Ink Business Preferred Credit Card Review: 80,000 Bonus Points
10 Jul. 2019
Citi Cards’ Travel Protection Benefits Drop September 22
3 Apr. 2018
Daily Getaways Return in 2018 with More Points on Sale
3 Jun. 2017
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31 May. 2017
Increased Offer! 50,000 Miles With This Airline Card
19 Nov. 2019
British Airways Boeing 787-10 Details: Cabins, Routes, And More
19 Nov. 2019
WestJet Offering Status Match Challenge
25 Oct. 2019
Book now: 4+ Star Alliance business-class awards to Europe during peak summer months
2 Jun. 2017
Hapo Community Credit Union Savings Promotion: $25 Bonus (OR, WA)
8 Oct. 2019
[Targeted] AmEx Offer: Staples, Spend $100+ & Receive $25 Statement Credit
4 Apr. 2018
Barclays’ New Arrival Premier Card Is One to Avoid
16 Mar. 2020
Apple card offers skipped payment
1 Jun. 2017
Free Doughnuts in Select Cities This Summer If You Have These Cards!
27 May. 2022
How to think about stockpiling Series I savings bonds
6 Apr. 2018
How to Maximize the Alaska Airlines Stopover on Awards to Hawaii
15 Mar. 2020
Q2 2020 Activation Links For Freedom, Discover, Cash+, Dividend & ABOC
8 Oct. 2019
T-Mobile Tuesdays: $4 Atom Ticket, Shell 10¢ + Free Taco Bell
25 Oct. 2019
Earn up to 65,000 miles with targeted Alaska Airlines Visa Signature offer
8 Oct. 2019
Hong Kong-Based Gamer Suspended, Forced To Return Winnings For Supporting Protests
2 Mar. 2018
Two arrested in Japanese fast-train bid-rigging case
28 Nov. 2022
Was San Francisco Election Official Not Rehired Because He Wasn't 'Diverse' Enough?
2 Mar. 2018
Indian fugitive in Hong Kong court under heavy security
1 Mar. 2018
Colombia’s FARC leader Timochenko hospitalized with chest pains
24 Nov. 2022
Very Happiest Thanksgiving
9 Oct. 2019
Turkey Launches Military Offensive In Northern Syria As US Troops Leave The Region
15 Nov. 2022
Socialized Medicine Is No Cure: Britain's Broken Benefit System
21 Feb. 2017
Why Professors Object to Being Recorded
2 Mar. 2018
Germany says ‘acute threat’ of hack averted after detection
17 Nov. 2022
Urgent Call for a Podesta Watchdog: The $750 Billion Schumer-Manchin So-Called Inflation Reduction Act
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
Russian military says new five-hour truce starts in Syria’s Ghouta: Ifax
24 Jan. 2017
America’s Second Civil War
23 Nov. 2022
Liberty Is Worth the Fight
14 Nov. 2022
TikTok Time Is Running Out
8 Oct. 2019
US Blacklists Chinese Firms For Role In Abuse Of Muslim Minorities
2 Mar. 2018
Burkina Faso police director general says capital is being attacked by suspected Islamic extremists
2 Mar. 2018
Fire kills at least 26 people in drug treatment center in capital of Azerbaijan
2 Mar. 2018
Egypt arrests mother cited in BBC report; lawyer disappears