How I Booked a $5,000+ Trip to Thessaloniki, Calais and London with Points and Miles

About a month ago, I booked a spontaneous trip to Europe in order to volunteer with two organizations helping refugees in Greece and France. The route outlined in the title is the same one hundreds of thousands of refugees are… Continue Reading


Points and Miles Checklist: Things to Do in February

By now most of you have probably thrown out or forgotten your list of New Year’s Resolutions and you need something more feasible to focus on. It’s a good thing you found this hobby and can direct your energy on a… Continue Reading


Points and Miles Checklist: Things to Do in January

It’s been almost two weeks since I’ve posted, so what better way to start things up again than with a points and miles checklist for January 2016? As I’ve pointed out before, there’s lots to look forward to this year… Continue Reading


Points and Miles Checklist: Things To Do in November

It’s November and by now many of you are experiencing year-end fatigue. Maybe you’re planning a trip for next year to recharge and that requires all kinds of work in and of itself. There are miles to be earned, miles… Continue Reading


New Aeroplan Redemption Rates Compared to Other Programs

Air Canada’s frequent flyer program, Aeroplan, has announced some changes to their award chart that will take effect on December 15, 2015. Some award redemptions originating outside of the U.S. and Canada are decreasing. In addition, one-way redemptions on award… Continue Reading


British Airways Opens Business Class Award Space on San Jose – London Route: Should You Book It?

Recently, British Airways announced a new route between San Jose and London, starting May 4, 2016. As is usually the case when an airline announces a new route, a ton of award space has opened up for next summer. Booking… Continue Reading


Travel Hacking From Abroad

Most of my readers are based in the U.S., but every once in a while I’ll get an email from an American living abroad who wants to know how to continue earning points and miles while away from home. I’m… Continue Reading


Points and Miles Checklist: Things to Do in May

I dropped the ball on publishing the points and miles checklist on the first of the month, but we’ll just blame it on the fact that I was too busy to write it it fell on a weekend and most of… Continue Reading


Earning Miles on Tax Payments

I just got an email from the guy that does my taxes and it makes me wish I lived in Switzerland, because it might just be cheaper and they have better chocolate. If you find yourself owing taxes this year, take solace… Continue Reading


Points and Miles Checklist: Things to Do in April

Compared to last month’s points and miles checklist, April is looking a little sparse. We have about half the action items and word count. This is good because it means there’s less for you to do and read so you… Continue Reading