Swimming, Eating, and Playing at the St. Regis Punta Mita


A few weeks ago our family of four hit the skies together for the first time and headed south to Mexico and the St. Regis Punta Mita.  We were a bit apprehensive going into the first trip for our two month old, but all of that apprehension and stress melted away quicker than the ice in the first margarita when we saw our insane upgrade and quickly learned how over-the-top the service was at this resort.  This trip was part…

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Learn About Miles and Points in Chicago This Month


In less than two weeks myself and hundreds of other miles and points newbies, old timers, and those in-between will be descending into Elk Grove Village, just a few miles from Chicago O’Hare for the annual “Chicago Seminars”.  The Chicago Seminars is an annual miles and points conference that goes from Friday night to Sunday late afternoon and plays host to lots of formal and informal discussions about airline miles, hotel points, credit cards, elite status, loyalty programs, and more…

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150% Bonus on Purchased Star Alliance Miles!

Inside Flyer

Overnight the frequent flyer community, Milepoint.com, rebranded and underwent a pretty significant overhaul to become InsideFlyer.com.  Inside Flyer was a print magazine about miles, points, and travel that was run by Randy Peterson (same person who runs BoardingArea.com where this blog is hosted) until a few months ago when they printed their final copy.  However, they clearly had something else up their sleeve as they have now created a whole online hub for travelers around the world.  I haven’t had…

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Eleven Ways to Earn SPG Starpoints

SPG Logo

After I launched a post yesterday reviewing the (gorgeous) St. Regis Punta Mita, I received multiple emails asking me how to earn more SPG points.  This isn’t exactly surprising because the reality is, as I pointed out in that post, they are one of the harder types of miles and points to earn unless you naturally have lots of paid SPG hotel stays.  I’ll cut to the chase and tell you now there is no magic way to freely and…

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National News: Woman Holds Baby on a Plane

Baby on Plane

As you may have seen, we just flew our first couple of flights with our two month old.  On the first flight the four of us were all seated together in a row of three with the baby as a very content sleeping lap infant.  On the second flight, a regional jet this time, my five year old and I took the upgrade to “first class” (which really is a bit of a misnomer on a regional jet) in order…

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Earning SPG Points Internationally at St. Regis Punta Mita


One of my absolute favorite types of points are Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints.  They are so versatile and valuable whether you use them for SPG hotels as I usually do, or you transfer them to one of their many airline partners.  They only thing I “don’t like” about Starpoints is how hard they are for me to earn.  If you are like me and don’t have a ton of SPG hotel stays, your primary way of earning Starpoints will likely…

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Save $30 on Disney World Tickets and More!

Breakfast with a side of princess

I’m still a bit depressed that Amex won’t be offering the Small Business Saturday statement credits this year, but there is no doubt that Amex is still in the business of offering some pretty interesting statement credits to cardholders.  This morning I already mentioned a $25 statement credit you get if you are interested in a Sam’s Club membership, but that isn’t the only new statement credit available today from Amex.  There are several other new ones that have appeared,…

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Save $25 on Sam’s Club Memberships This Month

Sams Club

Several months ago it was announced that American Express would no longer be the issuer of Costco credit cards beginning next year, but today it was announced that American Express cards are now accepted at the Sam’s Club stores in the US and Puerto Rico. They were already accepted at the Sam’s Club online site as anyone who took advantage of this offer knew. That is useful info for all of us with credit cards to have, but the even…

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Amex Frees Up Saturday After Thanksgiving: No Statement Credits

Small Business Saturday

For the past several years we have spent part of the Saturday after Thanksgiving driving around taking advantage of Amex statement credits that were available as part of their “Small Business Saturday” celebration that started in 2010.  Last year each registered Amex was eligible for three $10 statement credits at small businesses, so that translated in up to $30 “free” dollars per Amex card.  I loved Small Business Saturday not just for the statement credits, but because they were used…

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How We Are Getting Free $15 Pizza Today from Sapphire Preferred

Visa Checkout

Lots of different deals are ending today since it is both the end of the month and the end of the quarter.  One deal that is ending today involves a virtually free $15 for many of us!  Through today (9/30/15) you can get a $15 statement credit by using your Chase Sapphire® card or Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card with Visa Checkout. The stores that accept Visa Checkout include: Staples, Newegg, Gap, Pizza Hut, Neiman Marcus, Williams Sonoma, Gymboree, Orbitz, Zulily,…

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