Nomad Handbook – Free WiFi, Luggage Storage and Printing

Free-Wifi but only if you, like Scott, have a PhD :P 

We'll take a turn to the details of luggage storage, finding free wifi abroad how to print those pesky visa invitation letters Scott and I are looking how to better package these for general consumption. Since the list keeps growing, I'm going to make it a 2-3 tips per week sort of … [Continue]

Review: The US Grant San Diego Hotel

US Grant lobby 1

Megan and I have been traveling a lot with our families this year, so on Labor Day weekend we took our first vacation alone, visiting San Diego. I'd heard a lot about the Gaslamp Quarter but never been there. The US Grant Hotel, one of Starwood's Luxury Collection hotels, seemed like a … [Continue]

Is It Ever Worth Paying The Second Year Annual Fee?


From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... When opening a new credit card, a big selling point is the waived first year annual fee. The banks hope you'll like the card well enough to hang onto it for the second year and beyond, paying an annual fee over and over again for the privilege … [Continue]

Amazon Payments Is Dead, Long Live Amazon Payments

Amazon Payments

View from the Wing shared yesterday afternoon that Amazon Payments -- one of the easiest and cheapest ways to generate free miles through manufactured spend -- is pulling the plug on peer-to-peer transactions. Beginning on October 13 you will no longer be able to send money to another … [Continue]

Earn Double or Triple Points with SPG “More for You”

Starwood Fall Promotion 1

Starwood Preferred Guest announced their fall promotion, "More for You," that provides double or triple points on your next stay. While single night stays receive no bonus, you'll get twice as many Starpoints for stays of two nights or more. If your stay includes a Friday or Saturday -- … [Continue]

The Difference Between Award Miles and Elite Qualifying Miles

United RDM and EQM

Ross emailed me yesterday with a question about the United MileagePlus Explorer credit card. His question wasn’t so much about how to earn the bonus miles offered for new applications but what the difference is between award miles, qualifying miles, and qualifying dollars. It is probably … [Continue]