Top 10 Travel Experiences of 2017 (Part 2)

2017 was a great year of travel, thanks to my continued accumulation and usage of miles and points. This post is the conclusion of my favorite travel experiences of 2017. 5. Sea to Sky Gondola   From the moment I saw pictures of this place online, I knew it was somewhere I wanted to visit during my trip to Vancouver. It’s located outside of the … Continue reading Top 10 Travel Experiences of 2017 (Part 2)

Top 10 Travel Experiences of 2017 (Part 1)

2017 was a great year of travel, thanks to my continued accumulation and usage of miles and points. I visited five new countries this year and made return trips to a few previously visited countries to see new cities. I actually have one final trip this year, but I decided to go ahead and determine my favorite travel experiences of 2017, excluding my last trip. … Continue reading Top 10 Travel Experiences of 2017 (Part 1)

Meet Me at Frequent Traveler University

Big news! I am excited to announce that I will be speaking at Frequent Traveler University (FTU) this November in Chicago. FTU bills itself as “the world’s premier education series of seminars devoted to teaching travelers the best way to maximize their frequent flyer miles, hotel points and credit card rewards, while learning about new destinations, tools, and loyalty program intricacies to help make their … Continue reading Meet Me at Frequent Traveler University

Hawaiian Airlines Business Class BNE-HNL

Hawaiian Flight 444 BNE-HNL (Brisbane to Honolulu) July 2014 This is the continuation of my award flight from this post. I redeemed 125,000 American Airlines and paid $153.30 in taxes for this round-trip award ticket. As of August 2017, this award now requires 160,000 miles. After a quick flight from Cairns to Brisbane, I checked in to my next flight at the international terminal, Hawaiian … Continue reading Hawaiian Airlines Business Class BNE-HNL

Success! Wyndham Visa Approved

A little over a week ago, I applied for the Wyndham Rewards Visa credit card as part of my 3-card app-o-rama. My application wasn’t immediately approved; instead I received a message that my application needed further review. This was no big deal as it has happened with other applications, including my Arrival Plus app last year. I decided to wait and see if it would … Continue reading Success! Wyndham Visa Approved

Qantas Business Class CNS-BNE

Qantas Flight 649 CNS-BNE (Cairns to Brisbane) July 2014 This is the continuation of my award flight from this post. I redeemed 125,000 American Airlines and paid $153.30 in taxes for this round-trip award ticket. As of August 2017, this award now requires 160,000 miles. My return flight to the USA was 3 legs, Cairns to Brisbane on Qantas, Brisbane to Honolulu on Hawaiian Airlines … Continue reading Qantas Business Class CNS-BNE

Qantas Business Class BNE-SYD

Qantas Flight 505 BNE-SYD (Brisbane to Sydney) July 2014 This is the continuation of my award flight from this post. I redeemed 125,000 American Airlines and paid $153.30 in taxes for this round-trip award ticket. As of August 2017, this award now requires 160,000 miles. My prior Qantas flight from Dallas actually continued on to Sydney, unfortunately, the award ticket I booked had me on … Continue reading Qantas Business Class BNE-SYD

My August 2017 “App-o-Rama”

Sign-up bonuses on new credit cards are a great way to get a large number of miles/points quickly. So that’s why I sign up for new cards every few months. It used to be that app-o-ramas, also known as AORs, were a good strategy because it meant that the card issuers (banks) might not see all your new inquiries at the time of application. Now, … Continue reading My August 2017 “App-o-Rama”