Guests Posts

Here are all the guest posts I've commissioned on Hack My Trip.

Do We Always Have To Earn and Burn?


"Look at all those naive folks out there with their slow building mileage balances and run of the mill credit profiles," say the Conventional Wisdomers. "They save up their frequent flyer points over years and years to take that big trip of their lives, and then just before they're going … [Read more...]

Respect the Unloved Standard Award Redemption

Featured Standard Awards

"I've got to get from Los Angeles to New York this upcoming Friday and then back by Sunday because my buddy just told me he got us tickets to see the Islanders in Game 7 of their playoff series!" Clearly this is a fictional and highly implausible scenario, as it has the words "Islanders" … [Read more...]

App-O-Ramas Are Your Father’s Oldsmobile


The term "app-o-rama" is a familiar one to miles and points junkies. In short, app-o-ramas involve applying for multiple credit products (usually credit cards) as close to each other as possible, ideally within a few hours or even a few minutes. App-o-ramas appear to have originated with … [Read more...]

Yes, You DID Get 10 Cents Per Mile for Your Award Redemption


Since I'll be starting a "real" job on Monday, I'd like to introduce Julian, who has agreed to help out by writing a new weekly series. Every Thursday morning he'll take the position of the Devil's Advocate and argue a contrarian view on travel and loyalty programs. I think it will be a … [Read more...]

Katherine Reviews Virgin America (plus a 15% Discount!)

Virgin America Cabin Lighting

Hello everyone! I'm Scottrick's favorite little sister, here to do another post. This time I'm reviewing Virgin America. I don't travel as often as Scott, so while I do participate in some points programs, I'm not doing mileage runs or long-distance flights. I go for the cheapest way to … [Read more...]

From Booking to Arrival: A Guide to Airbnb

Thanks to Angie from NerdWallet for today's post expanding on how to use Airbnb to book apartments, homes, or just an extra room as an alternative to traditional hotel stays. Eric surveyed Airbnb and similar services like Couchsurfing and VRBO last week, but Angie volunteered to go into … [Read more...]