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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Cancel Your Alaska Airlines Flights without Penalty

Alaska Airlines cancellation fee

To be clear, I'm not suggesting you'll get a full refund for your Alaska Airlines flight, but the airline does have some pretty generous policies when it comes to canceling a flight and getting a credit for a future trip. Typically, you change your mind, try to change a flight, and then … [Read more...]

Was a Distracted Passenger to Blame for Evacuating an Airport?

Of all places, CNET had a story yesterday about a passenger in Sydney who was so distracted by staring down at his iPad he exited the security check point, only later realizing he forgot something. When he tried to go back through (the wrong way) he set off an alarm that forced an … [Read more...]

Hotel Review: Aria Las Vegas

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Disclosure: Accommodations, dining, and activities were provided by MGM Resorts. Transportation was self-supplied. No other compensation was provided. This content is the opinion of the author and was not reviewed or approved by MGM Resorts. During my visit to Las Vegas as a guest of … [Read more...]

Vote for the Next Hilton HHonors Promotion

Hilton vote for promotion

Hotel loyalty programs generally run three or four quarterly promotions each year. And they tend to be variations on a theme: triple points in Q1, double points in Q2, triple points on weekends only in Q3, etc. Hilton HHonors is mixing it up just a little with its latest promotion by … [Read more...]

M life Moments: Franklin at Delano Las Vegas

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Disclosure: Accommodations, dining, and activities were provided by MGM Resorts. Transportation was self-supplied. No other compensation was provided. This content is the opinion of the author and was not reviewed or approved by MGM Resorts. Although you've heard a lot from the other … [Read more...]

FTU and FTU Advanced Coming to DC on December 5

FTU DC

This December, Frequent Traveler University is making a big change by partnering with newspaper USA Today to help market the event to a bigger audience interested in learning about miles and points. And for those of you who already have some knowledge, FTU Advanced will be held … [Read more...]