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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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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 gre...
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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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New Credit Cards
25 Sep. 2020
New Credit Cards
Plastics It’s been awhile since I last applied for new credit cards.  In August 2019, I applied, and was approved for, 7 new credit ca...
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MoneyGram Banned….Again!
24 Jul. 2020
MoneyGram Banned….Again!
Back Scratch Fever You provide a service.  I use that service.  I pay you fees for your service.  You complete the service.  The cycle conti...
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New Credit Cards
25 Sep. 2020
New Credit Cards
Plastics It’s been awhile since I last applied for new credit cards.  In August 2019, I applied, and was approved ...
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MoneyGram Banned….Again!
24 Jul. 2020
MoneyGram Banned….Again!
Back Scratch Fever You provide a service.  I use that service.  I pay you fees for your service.  You complete the service.  The cycle conti...
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Update on Missing Points
24 Jul. 2020
Update on Missing Points
Missing You By now it should be no secret that Amex increased a number of benefits due to the Covid crisis.  That bump in benefits enabled p...
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PenFed Suspends Rewards for Manufactured Spend
10 Jul. 2020
PenFed Suspends Rewards for Manufactured Spend
A View To A Kill When talking to people about bad news, the phrase “well it could be worse” often arises.  Sometimes it doesn...
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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 gre...
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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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Podcast #16 – Varanasi, India
6 Mar. 2020
Podcast #16 – Varanasi, India
Varanasi This podcast episode explores a special and unusual place in NE India called Varanasi. India’s most religious city, millions ...
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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...
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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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ANA Business Class Lounge Narita Airport Review
5 Feb. 2019
ANA Business Class Lounge Narita Airport Review
Feeling It On my way from Tokyo, Japan to New Delhi, India, I had the pleasure of visiting one of (two) ANA business class lounges at the Na...
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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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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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[Nonstop] $136: Atlanta to Key West
18 Jun. 2021
[Nonstop] $136: Atlanta to Key West
  Flights to Key West, Florida under $298 were recently featured on Thrifty Traveler Premium last week! You’re missing out o...
The Cheapest Places to Fly to in 2021 (& 2022!)
18 Jun. 2021
The Cheapest Places to Fly to in 2021 (& 2022!)
Travel is coming back, and it’s coming back fast. After more than a year stuck at home, travelers are coming out of the woodwork to pl...
Amex Eyes Atlanta For Its Next New Centurion Lounge
16 Jun. 2021
Amex Eyes Atlanta For Its Next New Centurion Lounge
After shutting down its beloved Centurion Lounges last year due to the pandemic, American Express is on a tear. Nearly all of its 13 U.S. lo...
U.S. Hits Air Canada with a $25M Fine For Refusing Refunds
15 Jun. 2021
U.S. Hits Air Canada with a $25M Fine For Refusing Refunds
For more than a year, Air Canada broke U.S. law by refusing to give thousands of travelers refunds after the airline canceled their flights....
Bad News: American Airlines Plans to Ditch its Award Chart
14 Jun. 2021
Bad News: American Airlines Plans to Ditch its Award Chart
Award charts are a traveler’s best friend. They’re a cheat sheet that tells you how many miles you need to book a flight, keepin...
[Nonstop] $118: Seattle to Fairbanks, Alaska
18 Jun. 2021
[Nonstop] $118: Seattle to Fairbanks, Alaska
Flights to Fairbanks, Alaska from $117 were recently featured on Thrifty Traveler Premium last week! You’re missing out on 99% of...
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 – ...
GRAPHIC: U.S. Hits Pandemic Milestone of 2M Travelers Daily
14 Jun. 2021
GRAPHIC: U.S. Hits Pandemic Milestone of 2M Travelers Daily
The U.S. recorded more than 2 million travelers moving through U.S. airports twice over the weekend, setting pandemic-era travel records and...
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2 Apr. 2018
Review: Park Hyatt Milan
20 Aug. 2019
When Was the Last Transfer Bonus? Part 1: Membership Rewards
20 Nov. 2019
The 9 Best Small Business Credit Cards (2019)
3 Apr. 2018
Radisson Announces Radisson Blu Anaheim and New Manhattan Hotel
2 Jun. 2017
Amex Offers Upwork Twitter Sync Promotion: $100 Statement Credit For $200 Purchase
25 Oct. 2019
Amex introduces international credit checking for applicants from some countries
8 Sep. 2019
There’s Still an American Airlines MD80 in Dallas, After All
19 Nov. 2019
WestJet Offering Status Match Challenge
7 Oct. 2019
Rakuten: 15% Off Sitewide With Promo Code SAVE15
25 Oct. 2019
Is New York City’s hottest new attraction a department store?
7 Sep. 2019
Airline Cancels Flight to Avoid Police – All Over $276
8 Oct. 2019
[Targeted] AmEx Offer: Staples, Spend $100+ & Receive $25 Statement Credit
25 Oct. 2019
The wait is over: Clear will open at United terminals in Houston next week
25 Oct. 2019
Maximizing benefits with the Amex Platinum Card
8 Oct. 2019
[Targeted] Plastiq: Pay 1.5% Fee on up to Three Payments
3 Jun. 2017
BTH Bank Worry-Free Money Market Account Review: 1.78% APY Rate (TX)
16 Mar. 2020
Staples $25 off $100 (works on toilet paper; stack w/ Chase Offer)
7 Oct. 2019
Discover: Buy Sam’s Club Membership ($45) and Get $45 or $25 Back
5 Sep. 2019
The Pan Am Flight Attendant Who Gave Her Life Saving Passengers on a Hijacked Flight 33 Years Ago
2 Jun. 2017
able Banking Money Market Savings Account Review: 1.30% APY Rate (Online & Nationwide)
3 Mar. 2020
Change from sandwich purchase leads to $500,000 lottery jackpot
25 Feb. 2020
Watch: Deer crashes through Ohio couple’s house
13 Sep. 2019
Rugby: Octopuses predict Japan will beat Ireland but not reach knockouts
13 Sep. 2019
Egyptian masseur plays with fire to ease muscle pain
16 Sep. 2019
If marathons weren’t hard enough already: strap a tree to your back
2 Sep. 2019
Czech doctors deliver baby girl 117 days after mother’s brain-death
25 Feb. 2020
Facebook post alerts man to winning lottery ticket on his dashboard
4 Mar. 2020
Checkout clerk’s advice earns Maryland woman $100,000
2 Mar. 2020
Maryland Lottery player wins $50,000 Fast Play jackpot on first try
12 Sep. 2019
Cockpit coffee spill forces commercial jet to make emergency landing
17 Sep. 2019
Rugby: Tattooed Samoans don skin suits to avoid offending Japanese hosts
24 Sep. 2019
Loo and behold! Japan’s high-tech toilets bemuse fans
2 Sep. 2019
UK PM Johnson to the rescue: girlfriend adopts a rescue puppy
20 Sep. 2019
Alien enthusiasts descend on Nevada desert near secretive U.S. base
14 Sep. 2019
Thieves steal $5 million gold toilet from Britain’s Blenheim Palace
19 Sep. 2019
Philippines’ Duterte pestered again as gecko stalls speech
5 Sep. 2019
Just not cricket: Australian charged $68,000 for a beer in Britain
6 Mar. 2020
Look: Cat rescued from inside wall of Massachusetts home
4 Mar. 2020
Watch: Woman nearly stomped by moose in Colorado
6 Sep. 2019
Climbing: Polish climber Dzienski pips lift in man vs. machine race