Guests Posts

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

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

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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 the Computer to the Host’s House: 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...]

Finding a Place to Stay When Hotels Don’t Make Sense

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Big thanks to Eric B. for today's post! I've used VRBO a few times, but I'm not a regular customer of this or other alternative resources for finding a place to stay. He kindly volunteered to share some of his experiences. My name is Eric and like Scott I'm an avid fan of points and … [Read more...]

Visiting Machu Picchu (Part III: Visiting the Ruins of Machu Picchu)

Machu Picchu at 6AM.

Check out Part I: Advance Preparation and Part II: Getting There Buses for Machu Picchu begin departing as early as 5AM (and for this reason, some restaurants begin serving breakfast as early as 4:30). Taking the first bus is unnecessary: the trip is about twenty minutes and the gates … [Read more...]

Visiting Machu Picchu (Part II: Getting There)

Higher class train service on Peru Rail.

Check out Part I: Advance Preparation There are only two ways to get to Machu Picchu: by foot or by train. If you have the time, money and inclination to do so, traveling to the ruins by foot sounds like an incredible experience. Most accomplish this through a guided four-day trek along … [Read more...]