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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Who Flies There?

OpenFlights Southwest

I led three sessions at FTU Advanced last weekend, and all of them were open ended. But for the most part I was leading people through different tools like ExpertFlyer, Award Nexus, and ITA Matrix. I'll spend some time over the next couple weeks revisiting the most common questions to help … [Read more...]

Kimpton Revamps Loyalty Program: Karma Rewards

Introducing Kimpton Karma

Last year I matched to Kimpton's loyalty program, InTouch, and made good use of it with stays at Hotel Vintage Plaza in Portland, EPIC Hotel in Miami, Lorien Hotel & Spa in Alexandria, and Alexis Hotel in Seattle. Alexis remains my favorite, though it didn't hurt that my wedding party … [Read more...]

Hyatt and MGM Create New Digital Hub for Las Vegas

Make Vegas Yours

I've been fairly impressed with Hyatt Gold Passport's online media efforts lately. They had a blog for a while, but sometime last year they relaunched Keyed into Hyatt, which has since offered some really stellar content surrounding their different properties and corporate activities. I … [Read more...]

Review: Hyatt Regency DFW Airport


Last December I took a trip to Amarillo to visit my in-laws and spent a night at the Hyatt Regency DFW International Airport along the way. It's one of two Hyatt hotels located at DFW, though unlike the Grand Hyatt directly attached to Terminal D, this one is a little older and located on … [Read more...]

T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan Works Well for International Travelers

Cellular Carrier international fees comparison

About a month ago I wrote about T-Mobile’s new Simple Choice Plan, which includes free international data and text message in over 120 countries as well as calls for only 20 cents a minute. It could be a great deal for a frequent traveler who wants to stay connected on the road, and … [Read more...]

Free $25 Uber Gift Card at Some Banana Republic Stores

Uber 25 Embark

I'm really not sure how broadly available this offer is, but it appears that many Banana Republic stores in the Seattle area are offering a free $25 Uber gift card this weekend and this may be possible in other cities, as well. Just show up at any of four Seattle area stores this weekend … [Read more...]