Category: Travel Tools

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Now that we’re blabla car pros…

Awhile ago I wrote a brief, introductory post about cutting costs with carpooling sites in Europe. Since then we’ve gone on many many more carpool rides and I’ve learned a bit of the carpooling….etiquette? The low down. The ropes… Click to keep reading…

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How to transfer bank points to miles

I’ve talked a lot about the different rewards currencies there are. There are frequent flyer miles, hotel points, and bank points, basically. What i’m concerned about today is how to transfer points to miles. Specifically bank points.

Drew and I find that the most valuable of all of the aforementioned rewards currencies are frequent flyer miles. So even when you’re earning bank points, you’ll get the most value out of those points by transferring them to miles.

Click to keep reading…

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8 Cool Travel Tools (Add to my list please!)

I am not the most tech-y person under the sun, but this hobby (and blogging, honestly) has given me exposure to some tools that may be useful for all of you as well.

Some of these tools are handy for travel and some of them are handy for this miles & points hobby, but for each one I’ll give a little blurb as to why I think its neat, and why you might like it too. Click to keep reading…

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Why you need to check out our “Complete Guides”

Perhaps you’ve noticed that Drew and I have been releasing some visual-heavy content on his blog recently. Or perhaps my facebook friends have noticed that my drivel feed has been lacking in drivel as of late. That is because infographics and complete guides take me an embarrassingly long time to make.

BECAUSE they take so much work for the Drew and I, I wanted to take a moment to share why we believe they’re worth making. Click to keep reading…

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Can you use your hotel points where you’re going?

For all of you hotel points collectors out there it is imperative to know whether or not your hotel points will be of any actual use for your travel goals. Why collect hotel points only to find out you’re traveling to a part of the world with scarcely any hotels in that hotel chain?

So I decided to put together a rough list of where each hotel chain has a strong presence and where they have a weak or non-existent presence. Click to keep reading…

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The two expenses bringin me down

Thanks to frequent flyer miles, we keep the expenses of international flights at bay. AND YET there are still some culprits raising our expenses more than I’d like. So I wanted to know, what expenses are coming between me and the super low budget I want? Well, I took a look at the stats to see what I could find…Click to keep reading…

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Reaching credit card spend requirements

Well we are back in the States for Drew’s sister’s wedding and for the holidays. One thing that’s nice about being back in the States is taking care of “manufactured spends.” Click to keep reading…

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Cracking the "mystery" of hotwire

Last night Drew, MaryAnn and I arrived in Salzburg in our rental car without a plan (are you starting to get the idea of how we function?), assuming we’d be able to find a cheap “Pension,” or something outside of town. A Dutch friend of ours told us that “Pensions” and “GastHofs” were great little discount options in the Germany/Austria region. Unfortunately we didn’t realize that these places tend to close down their reception offices by around 7 pm. We also didn’t realize that there was a huge event in town.

As though we were back in the old days before internet bookings, we drove around knocking on hotel doors, asking for the lowest 3 person room rate. Click to keep reading…