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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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How to Survive (Or Avoid) Flight Cancellations & Delays This Summer
29 Jun. 2022
How to Survive (Or Avoid) Flight Cancellations & Delays This Summer
It happened again. And while we hate to be the bearer of bad news, after the latest round of mass cancellations and delays over the weekend,...
Bilt Rewards Launches New Travel Booking Portal Powered by Expedia
30 Jun. 2022
Bilt Rewards Launches New Travel Booking Portal Powered by Expedia
Bilt Rewards, the new rewards program that lets renters earn points for their monthly rent payments is giving members a new way to use those...
Airlines’ Flight Cancelations & Delays: Here’s What You Can Do
27 Jun. 2022
Airlines’ Flight Cancelations & Delays: Here’s What You Can Do
It just keeps happening: With flyers flocking to the skies in record numbers as the summer travel season takes off, airline flight cancellat...
From $231 Roundtrip, Flights to Europe Don’t Have to Be Expensive
30 Jun. 2022
From $231 Roundtrip, Flights to Europe Don’t Have to Be Expensive
Your eyes don’t deceive you: Flight prices are going up. But sky-high domestic airfare and some higher prices for transatlantic flight...
Frontier Has a Serious Problem with Overselling Flights & Bumping Passengers
30 Jun. 2022
Frontier Has a Serious Problem with Overselling Flights & Bumping Passengers
Scared of getting bumped from an oversold flight? You might want to avoid flying Frontier Airlines. That’s the unavoidable takeaway fr...
5 Great Ways to Use Citi ThankYou Points in 2022
27 Jun. 2022
5 Great Ways to Use Citi ThankYou Points in 2022
Citi and its suite of credit cards that earn ThankYou points often get overlooked in favor of American Express and Chase. But thanks to a bi...
Get Thrifty Traveler Premium Flight Deal Alerts for Free Using Capital One Miles!
28 Jun. 2022
Get Thrifty Traveler Premium Flight Deal Alerts for Free Using Capital One Miles!
Got the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card or the Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card in your wallet? You can use just a few thou...
[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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5 Apr. 2018
Review: Qantas First Class, Airbus A380 Sydney to Los Angeles
25 Oct. 2019
Book now: 4+ Star Alliance business-class awards to Europe during peak summer months
25 Oct. 2019
United’s ConnectionSaver: 50,000 made connections and counting
1 Jun. 2017
Update: This Trick to Booking Southwest Flights Still Works!
29 Mar. 2018
Review: Hotel Sofitel Dubai Downtown
25 Oct. 2019
Double miles on everything: Capital One Spark Miles for Business credit card review
5 Apr. 2018
Using the Points Transfer Calculator to Plan Your Next Award
14 Mar. 2020
Hilton extending free night certificates to August 31, 2021
3 Jun. 2017
North American Savings Bank CD Account Review: 0.10% to 2.02% APY CD Rate (MO)
7 Oct. 2019
Chase Offers/BofA: Save 10% on Verizon, CVS, Stubhub, Old Navy, Instacart, Hannaford, Dunkin Donuts & More
1 Jun. 2017
Free Doughnuts in Select Cities This Summer If You Have These Cards!
26 Jul. 2019
Top 10 Credit Cards for Travel Rewards: July 2019
4 Apr. 2018
Coming Soon: Book Finnair Award Travel via Alaska Airlines Website
18 Mar. 2020
Best cash back credit card offers
7 Oct. 2019
[YMMV] Amazon: Use One Chase Ultimate Rewards Points & Get $15 Off $60 (Working Second Time For Some)
2 Jun. 2017
Targeted: Up to 50% Off These Hotel Points
2 Jun. 2017
Corner Bakery Birthday Freebie Review: Free Birthday Sweet
7 Aug. 2019
Last Chance to Opt Out of Chase’s Binding Arbitration
6 Sep. 2019
American Airlines Mechanic Charged With Sabotaging an Aircraft About to Depart
31 May. 2017
“My ~$14 Trip to Las Vegas, Including a Private Jet Flight!”
17 Oct. 2019
Problematic Women: Abortion, Pornography, and Transgender Models
15 Jan. 2018
Where’s Hollywood’s Apology for Donating to the Clintons While Ignoring Sex Abuse Allegations Against Them?
16 Oct. 2019
House Democrats’ New Bill Would Drive Up College Costs Even Further
3 Nov. 2017
Our Ex-Presidents’ Insincere Praise of ‘American Generosity’
1 Feb. 2018
Had ‘News’ Media Done Its Job, Obama Would Not Have Become President
17 Oct. 2019
4 Big Indicators of What’s Next in Impeachment Process
10 Nov. 2017
Black-on-Black Racism at Cornell
22 Feb. 2018
SKIN COLOR AND SPORTS: IT’S NOT 1947 ANYMORE
17 Oct. 2019
Boris Johnson Strikes a Brexit Deal
17 Oct. 2019
This Type of Voting Doesn’t Rank as Real Election Reform
17 Oct. 2019
Trump Should Imitate Ellen DeGeneres
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
White House Enters Into Hopeful ‘Phase 1’ of China Trade Deal
25 Jan. 2018
The Great S—hole Hypocrisy
16 Oct. 2019
‘Batwoman’ Actress Ruby Rose Is Happy She Didn’t Transition to a Man
17 Oct. 2019
How California and Foreign Carmakers Got in Bed to Keep Crony, Obama-Era Rules
16 Oct. 2019
Trump Vetoes Second Resolution to End Border Emergency Declaration
19 Oct. 2017
Yes, Weinstein Accusers Are Brave — So Were Jones, Willey and Broaddrick
17 Oct. 2019
Maryland’s Rep. Elijah Cummings Dies at 68