“Why Does Your Passport Have So Many Stamps?”

Hello from Santiago, Chile! I arrived yesterday evening from Buenos Aires and am staying here for the next few days before I continue my South American journey. I just wanted to share a small detail from my journey yesterday involving my passport. I flew Aerolíneas Argentinas from Buenos Aires to Santiago yesterday on a Boeing 737-800.. I mean there isn’t really a better way to use… Read More

Is Three Days in One Place Enough?

I travel a bit differently than most in that I don’t go to the major tourist attractions in each city, but rather walk around, get lost, and just enjoy where I end up – exploring different paths of a new place. Most often than not, I don’t spend more than three days in one place (unless it is maybe a “real” holiday where I’m on… Read More

Hola from Buenos Aires!

Hola from Buenos Aires! I landed in Argentina this morning, from Frankfurt, in Lufthansa First Class.. on Lufthansa’s longest flight. It was one of the best Lufthansa First Class flights ever – the crew was amazing and the food was delicious. The only downside is that I slept for nearly 10 hours! The total flight time was around 13 hours and therefore I didn’t enjoy… Read More

All of my Travel is Booked Last Minute

Booking last minute provides greater availability and more options since airlines and hotels will usually open up all unsold seats/rooms as awards, which means they are bookable using points. Back in the days, I would plan all of my trips months in advance. Literally, like 8 months out. Thankfully those days are over, because when I did that, I would be locked into a certain… Read More

Booked 4 Hours Before Departure: Hello Europe!

You can consider this post to be part two to the adventure I wrote about yesterday. Basically I didn’t know if I will be flying to Europe today.. and well, I am! Hello from the sky! I’m currently flying to San Francisco from where I will board a flight to Europe. So I can now tell my friends who think I am crazy that I… Read More

When You’re Not Sure If You’ll Fly to Europe. Tomorrow.

Oh the life of a frequent flyer and miles-loving person. Who is going to Europe tomorrow? I don’t know, maybe me… So it is almost midnight in Seattle and I have no idea if in 12 or so hours I will be on a plane to Europe. My parents and friends think I am crazy, but that is my life. Basically, a flight I have… Read More

Amenity Kits and PJs are 50% of My “Stuff”

What does a frequent flyer and miles-obsessed person collect? Not only miles and points… but also airline Amenity Kits, PJs, and slippers. So I’m packing and trying to reduce my physical “stuff”. I’m a minimalist so at the moment I only have a carry-on full of clothing, one big suitcase full of amenity kits, slippers, and PJs I’ve collected over the years, and one more… Read More

Fuel Surcharges on Award Tickets Need to Go Away

Fuel Surcharges on award tickets need to go away. Seriously. As you all know, I run an award booking service and with 90% of our clients, we book awards through United MileagePlus – meaning no fuel surcharges, and taxes on award tickets are usually no more than $100 per person. Very reasonable. However, I’ve been booking more and more award tickets from programmes that impose fuel… Read More

Weekend in Honolulu

Aloha! This past weekend I decided to go to Honolulu for 2 days (but really only 1 night). The trip was funded by Bank of America’s MERRILL + Visa Signature Credit Card, which offers up to $1000 USD in free travel upon completing minimum spend. My last minute flight to Hawaii cost around $600 USD, and therefore it was completely covered by the credit card, meaning… Read More

Weekend at the Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta

Hola! This past weekend I took my mum on a “weekend getaway” to Puerto Vallarta and we stayed at the Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta, which is an all inclusive hotel/resort. So I’m a bit of an idiot and forgot that she signed up for the Chase Hyatt credit card about a year ago and totally forgot that her two free nights were set to expire.. and I… Read More