Beginner’s Guide

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Our ABC Nightline Segment and How We Travel for Much Less

Last night our traveling trio was featured on ABC’s Nightline, and the story about how our family travels for much, much less (and sometimes nearly free) was shared with anyone who happened to tune in to watch.  I have no clue how people stay up that late on a regular basis, so here is the online clip in case you missed it snoozing! There was an accompanying online story as well. Spending a couple of days with a film crew,…

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Five Things to Do When Starting Out With Airline Miles and Points

With almost everything in life, you will usually be better and more knowledgeable about something if you do some research and/or practice.  For example, if I headed out the door this muggy morning with my rainbow colored Asics laced up tight and tried to run a marathon, I would likely die…or at least would want to die and pass out from exhaustion at some point along the way.  However, if I did some research on training techniques and spent months…

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The Best Father’s Day Gift

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads, grandpas, and father figures out there.  Being a good dad is one of the toughest and most important jobs out there, and we all appreciate every one of your piggy back rides, daddy/daughter doughnut dates, baseball practices, and more.  We couldn’t do it without you, and to celebrate I wanted to offer a bit of inspiration for those who are trying to figure out how to do something really special for dad. Not…

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Getting Started in Miles and Points Tips + Presentation Slides

My passion in the world of miles and points is helping those new to the hobby get on the right path toward earning trips they never thought would be possible, as well as providing tips that “normal” folks can integrate into their daily lives.  So, as you might expect, the sessions that I usually like to provide at miles and points events and seminars such as Frequent Traveler University or Chicago Seminars are centered around those topics.  I’ll leave the…

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Six Tips to Begin Your Miles and Points Journey

Recently I wrote a few articles for a website called WiseBread (a play on the term smart money).  This site has the tagline of “living large on a small budget”.  There is no doubt that the goal of “traveling large on a small budget” translates perfectly for many miles and points collectors, so I thought it was a good fit to share some pretty basic miles and points advice with Wisebread to perhaps help out a few folks who didn’t…

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I’m Out of Miles and Points

I try to practice what I preach, and as a result I have been on a booking frenzy to beat the Hyatt and United devaluations (psst, Hyatt is tomorrow in case you have been sleeping since before Thanksgiving).  Now some of the reservations I have made ahead of the devaluations are speculative and I may not use them, and I also have some I know I need to cancel and just haven’t gotten around to yet.  Even still, my balances…

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Starting (or Continuing) Your Points Journey

A question I frequently see posted on message boards like Milepoint and Flyertalk (and that I receive via email) is how to get started in the world of miles and points. Sometimes this question is related to how to get the necessary miles and points for a specific trip, and sometimes it comes without a specific destination in mind. A common theme I see in these types of questions is both excitement for the new possibilities, and a sense of…

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