Nomad Series – 12 months out of a suitcase – Tips for Points and Miles Globetrotters

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While it’s cute that Lucky is living a full year in hotels, some of us don’t have the cash flow to be paying nightly rates and it still hurts to burn 40,000 star points for 5 nights at a Category 4 Sheraton, even if you’re a savvy points and miles traveler and you recognize the value in … [Read more...]

Winning the Hearts and Minds of Airline Phone Agents: A Complete Diagnostic Guide

UA Award (likely not bookable anymore with routing rule changes)

This may be old hat for more seasoned readers, but I tried to compile all the conventional wisdom for booking awards with agents over the phone. Feel free to forward to friends or family members that are about to book their first "complicated" awards. Within the frequent flyer … [Read more...]

Up to 25,000 Bonus Points with Marriott MegaBonus

Marriott MegaBonus fall 2014

Marriott's fall MegaBonus promotion now has its registration page up, and it appears -- to me, at least -- to be offering a maximum of 25,000 points to all members. This promotion will run from September 15, 2014, through January 15, 2015. Registration must be done by November … [Read more...]

Hacking Award Seats Down Under – All 31 Routes to Australia/NZ

gcmap - all oz-nz routes

Over the past two weeks, we looked at finding the routes with the least demand to Europe and the Asia: Hacking Award Seats to Europe - All 403 Routes - Part 1 of 5 Hacking Award Seats to Asia - All 177 Routes - Part 2 of 5 In this next short installment, we look at some of the … [Read more...]

How to Buy American Airlines Miles in a Hurry

Buy AA miles

When I was traveling in Asia last week with my sister, we were fortunate to fly out on Cathay Pacific in first class. The route from SFO to HKG was a great choice: Katherine lives in the Bay Area, and it's one of the few where Cathay still operates a Boeing 747. Unfortunately we didn't … [Read more...]

Review: Hyatt Regency Chicago


I previously wrote about my visit to the Hyatt Place Chicago River North, but I only stayed there one night and spent the next two at the Hyatt Regency near the river. Why? Megan’s an architect and was flying in on the second day to do some sightseeing. I used an expiring Diamond suite … [Read more...]