About Scott Mackenzie

Scott created Hack My Trip while traveling on a budget during graduate school and continues to share his thoughts on better travel. He maintains elite status with American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Hyatt, and Starwood.
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Buy SPG Starpoints at 25% Discount

Starpoints discount promo

Starwood Preferred Guest runs semi-regular promotions when purchasing Starpoints -- typically 25% off for a limited period twice a year. I bought some points last year to redeem for my honeymoon at the St. Regis Bali and don't regret it. This is likely one of the lowest prices you will … [Read more...]

PGA Grand Slam Sweepstakes from National Car Rental

National PGA sweepstakes

National Car Rental is an official sponsor of the Professional Golfer's Association Grand Slam tournament in Bermuda and is running a sweepstakes that includes a free trip to the event. You can enter every day through August 15 on their Facebook page. One winner will receive a VIP package … [Read more...]

Earn Triple Points with SPG Summer Promo

SPG Summer Promo 2014

Starwood Preferred Guest announced today its new Earn Away, Get Away summer promo, which runs from May 1 through July 31, 2014. Registration is open now and will end on June 30, so sign up even if you're not yet sure that you'll have a qualifying stay. The rules of the promotion are … [Read more...]

A Revenue Model for Alaska’s Mileage Plan Could Be Good

Alaska_Sphere

I first heard rumors from One Mile at a Time that Alaska Airlines is sending out a survey with questions that suggest it plans to implement a new revenue-based loyalty program instead of the traditional model that awards miles and status based on distance flown. The Points Guy took this … [Read more...]

New Delta Sky Club Guest Fee for Alaska Board Room Members

New Delta Alaska lounge policy

Last month I wrote about reciprocal lounge access policies for people flying on Alaska Airlines or who have an Alaska Airlines Board Room membership. I mentioned that Board Room membership is a cost effective alternative to purchasing a membership with Delta Sky Clubs even if you never fly … [Read more...]

Win Free Admission to FTU Seattle

Amol has been asked to speak at Frequent Traveler University in Seattle and no longer needs his ticket, so it's up for grabs to a lucky reader who can make it to the event. It will be held April 25-27 at the Seattle Airport Marriott. To enter the giveaway, please leave one comment … [Read more...]