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Why I Bought Points for the First Time

Why I Bought Points for the First Time

Another first for me happen this week - I bought hotel points.  And it's probably not at the chain you would have probably guessed.  I bought Wyndham points. Wyndham is currently selling points at the lowest price ever after a 40% bonus.  This works out to less than a...

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My 2019 Year in Review

My 2019 Year in Review

2019 turned out to be a pretty typical travel year for me.  I ended the year with 33 flights and 40,513 miles flown.  Of the 33 flights, 25 were domestic and 8 were international.  We ended up taking one long international family trip during summer break. My longest...

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Wyndham & Fairmont Class Action Settlements

Wyndham & Fairmont Class Action Settlements

Two surprises came in in the mail yesterday.  First a postcard about a class action lawsuit against Wyndham Hotels.  Apparently if you paid a resort fee at a Wyndham hotel in the US and booked it using Wynhdam's website you can get a $22 payment or 2200 Wyndham Reward...

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PFS Buyers Club – Earn Cash & Points

PFS Buyers Club – Earn Cash & Points

  PFS Buyers Club is an easy way to help you earn extra miles and points on your credit card AND make a few extra dollars.  It's also a great way to meet minimum spending requirements on new credit cards.  Let me explain. Every so often the US Mint releases new...

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A Quick $50/$200 with SoFi

A Quick $50/$200 with SoFi

  I've been a big fan of the Charles Schwab Investor Checking Account since it has no monthly fee, no foreign transaction fee, and reimburses you for all ATM fees including foreign ATM fees.  I've used it the extensively in Thailand, Hong Kong, and all over...

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Last Chance – SW Companion Pass

Last Chance – SW Companion Pass

  Arguably called the 'best deal in travel', my wife and I each held the CP for 6 years running with each of us designating one of our two children as our companions.  That meant both our kids flew FREE when we booked a Southwest flight. But Southwest's Companion...

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Breaking Bills for Tips without a Bank

Breaking Bills for Tips without a Bank

As a travel hacker I use credit cards for just about everything to earn miles and points.  But I still carry some cash, mainly a bunch of 20s from the ATM, in my pocket for the unexpected.   But before heading out on a trip, I always like to break a bunch of $20s...

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3 Mistakes I Made with my First Airbnb Booking

3 Mistakes I Made with my First Airbnb Booking

  We recently returned from our trip to Europe which included stops in Venice, Prague, and Croatia.  If you've ever travel with a family to Europe you probably know how difficult it is to find hotel rooms that will fit 3 let alone 4 people.  We ended up with two...

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The First 5 Credit Cards You Should Apply For

The First 5 Credit Cards You Should Apply For

  The question I'm asked most from newbies who want to start earning miles and points for travel is: "Which card should I get first/next?" My answer is always a Chase card first. Why? In late 2015, Chase implemented what's known as the ‘5/24’ rule for their best...

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Skip This Disney Deluxe Resort

Skip This Disney Deluxe Resort

It's been 30 years since I last stayed at Disney's Polynesian so I was excited to knock out one of the last two deluxe resorts (Yacht Club being the other, but how much different is it than Beach Club anyway?) that my family hadn't yet stayed out in the past 10 years....

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A Year of Tracking – Autoslash’s Results

A Year of Tracking – Autoslash’s Results

A year ago I shared my favorite travel hack - Autoslash for car rentals.  If you aren't familiar with it, it is basically a service that will track a car rental for you and when the price drops, it will either automatically rebook you at the lower rate or notify you...

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Stay at Disney Deluxe Resorts for Moderate Prices

Stay at Disney Deluxe Resorts for Moderate Prices

Families new to the travel hacking hobby typically have two trips on their mind when first starting out - Hawaii and Disney.  I know those two places were high on my travel goal list before finding this hobby realizing I could travel half way across the world to a...

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