If you follow me on Twitter (or read View From the Wing yesterday), you may have already heard that some of the work I have been doing with the Travel Channel over the last couple of months is now available online. It’s actually been available for a couple days now, but I just find the whole thing so strange and surreal that I have had a hard time writing about it. I’m honestly still having a hard time writing about it, but I do think that some of the info can be very helpful, especially to some of the newer folks in our miles and points hobby, so I want you all to know it is available.
The Travel Channel is in the process of launching a bunch of new deals and rewards content on their website, and a portion of that content is ten short video clips that I did on different travel related topics. They are short, to the point, and hopefully filled with some good tips and information. They are not geared toward the miles and points expert, but rather they are geared for the average person who likes travel, and wants to be able to do more of it.
The ten topics are:
What’s the Best Rewards Card?
Earn Airline Elite Status
Save Big on Airfare
Hotel Deals With Hotwire
Score Big With Priceline
How to Earn Hotel Elite Status
Tips to Earn Miles and Points
When to Redeem Miles and Points
Tips to Redeem Miles and Points
Save Money While on Vacation
Eventually I am going to get these linked to a “Beginner’s Page” on my site (that it is taking me far too long to build), but here they are for now in case you want to check them out. I really hope that they can be of some use to you, or a more novice traveler that you know. There is also some written content I created available on the Travel Channel’s site both in terms of static articles, and on their blog “The Traveling Type”.
I posted some about my experience traveling to the Travel Channel in Washington DC to do the videos here. I still haven’t done Part 2 of the post, in part because writing about the process is just so strange. I used to make fake news reports in my backyard with my best friends growing up. We would come up with stuff to talk about, and then record our news reports and skits. I guess this isn’t all that different. Well, maybe just a little. I think one of our favorite things to record when we were kids was each other’s fake fart noises. Hopefully this is a bit more helpful than that was.
I can’t tell you how weird it was on Friday to see my bio and info up on their “New Talent” page. I think I clicked on it and then promptly closed the laptop as it was just too strange for me to look at.
As if that wasn’t strange enough, I really haven’t processed how weird it was when they emailed me a screen shot today of my info featured on their home page.
I am totally humbled and honored to be able to bring some travel deals and miles/points info to travelers who visit TravelChannel.com – especially for those who otherwise might not have found their way to blogs or miles and points forums. I also know without a shadow of a doubt that none of this would be possible were it not for every single person who reads this blog (and my family, and all the folks at BoardingArea.com for that matter!). While not everyone always agrees with what I have to say, I am extremely grateful any time any of you takes a moment out of your busy day to visit my site. Time is precious, and I don’t take for granted any of the time that you choose to spend with me. I know that isn’t directly related to the new Travel Channel videos, but I wouldn’t feel right posting a link to the videos if I didn’t at least take a moment to thank you for making this opportunity possible.
I really hope that some of the travel info I share in the videos, or somewhere else, in some way helps pay forward the gratitude I have for every one of you. Thank you.