6 Simple Steps to Get Started With Miles and Points and Make Your Dream Travels Happen

6 Simple Steps to Get Started With Miles and Points and Make Your Dream Travels Happen

6 Simple Steps to Get Started With Miles and Points and Make Your Dream Travels Happen by Gary Leff on January 12, 2017 I receive compensation for many links on this blog. You don’t have to use these links, but I am grateful to you if you do. American Express, Citibank, Chase, and other banks are advertising partners of this site. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own, and have not been reviewed, approved, or endorsed by my advertising partners. I do not write about all credit cards…

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14 Major Travel Scams to Avoid

14 Major Travel Scams to Avoid

On my first big non-tour trip, I got scammed twice on the same day. My friend Scott and I had just arrived in Thailand. We were in Bangkok trying to find a boat cruise to take us up and down the Chao Phraya River. A taxi driver suggested this one company; we went there, and found out that an hour-long tour was only $30 USD. Not even thinking about whether that was a deal or not, we agreed. To us — still thinking about prices back home — that offer…

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AMAZING RATE: Club Rooms at Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor Just $72 + 3000 Points

AMAZING RATE: Club Rooms at Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor Just $72 + 3000 Points

AMAZING RATE: Club Rooms at Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor Just $72 + 3000 Points by Gary Leff on January 5, 2017 Via Le Chic Geek the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor has an unbelievably great sale — they have club level rooms for $72 plus 3000 points per night available most nights. Now, regular rooms can be reasonably priced. During off season nights you can find the hotel for about $144. But getting club rooms for half that price (more premium, less cash) is still pretty great even when…

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My List of Must See Things To Do When in Austin

My List of Must See Things To Do When in Austin

Austin is known for its incredible music, delicious restaurants and food trucks, excellent university, and vibrant tech scene. It’s a city on the move, where people who love the outdoors, warm weather, and succulent BBQ flock to live. And with its never-ending conferences and music and sports events, it’s one that attracts people from around the world. Austin is a weird little big city that I have yet to see someone not love. I’ve been living here since May, and in the last couple of months since taking a break…

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New York – Paris Flight Diverts to Ireland So Passengers Can Use the Bathroom

New York – Paris Flight Diverts to Ireland So Passengers Can Use the Bathroom

New York – Paris Flight Diverts to Ireland So Passengers Can Use the Bathroom by Gary Leff on December 28, 2016 The Christmas Day departure of British Airways subsidiary OpenSkies flight BA8004 from Newark to Paris diverted to Shannon, Ireland for a bathroom break. All toilets on the plane failed over the Atlantic and with 172 people on board that’s an emergency. So they made a pit stop, taxiing directly to the terminal to allow passengers to use the airport facilities.. A maintenance crew serviced the lavatories and the plane…

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Travel: The Ultimate Personal Development Tool

Travel: The Ultimate Personal Development Tool

With the explosion of websites, podcasts, and conferences teaching you how to improve your life (this one being no exception), it’s clear many of us want to become a better version of ourselves. We all want to be the person we imagine we could be if given just the right circumstances. We want to learn more languages. We want to be less awkward in social situations. We want to eat better. We want to read more. We want to work out more. We want to travel more. We want to…

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Cathay Pacific Admits it Made a Mistake, Will Again Check Bags Through on Separate Tickets. Will American Relent Too?

Cathay Pacific Admits it Made a Mistake, Will Again Check Bags Through on Separate Tickets. Will American Relent Too?

Cathay Pacific Admits it Made a Mistake, Will Again Check Bags Through on Separate Tickets. Will American Relent Too? by Gary Leff on December 21, 2016 On June 1 the oneworld alliance (which includes airlines like American, British Airways, Iberia, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, and more) changed its policies so that member airlines no longer had to check bags to their final destination for passengers traveling on more than one reservation on a oneworld airline. Almost immediately British Airways and Cathay Pacific became the first oneworld carriers to forbid through-checking bags…

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Grape, Olive, Pig: Inside Spain’s Food Culture with Matt Goulding

Grape, Olive, Pig: Inside Spain’s Food Culture with Matt Goulding

Many moons ago, a friend e-mailed me and said “Hey, my buddy is starting a website. Can you give him some advice?” I hate those emails but, as a favor to my friend, I said yes. That guy, Nathan Thornburgh, turned out to be really cool and we became good friends. But this article isn’t about Nathan, it’s about his partner Matt Goulding. Together, they started one of my favorite travel websites, Roads and Kingdoms. It’s one of the few websites I read daily. Last year, they partnered with Anthony…

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Free Airports Rides for (the War On) Christmas and Miles for Health Care Bills

Free Airports Rides for (the War On) Christmas and Miles for Health Care Bills

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel – a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community Milepoint.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the “World’s Top Travel Experts” by Conde’ Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary » More articles by Gary Leff »

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Why Being Broke is the Best Time to Travel

Why Being Broke is the Best Time to Travel

When you don’t have much money, travel seems only a nice fantasy. When you have debts, loans, or a crummy job; sleep on your friend’s couch; or can barely afford McDonald’s, it seems that traveling is a pipe dream that will probably never come true, something you’re going to have to put off until you have money. But I don’t think that’s the case! I think being broke is the best reason to start traveling. When you have the fewest options is when you really have the most options. When…

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How To Visit Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor (Safety, Visas, Cost)

How To Visit Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor (Safety, Visas, Cost)

How to Travel Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor Afghanistan In August 2016 I traveled through Afghanistan for two weeks, an American backpacking across the beautiful Pamir mountains in the Wakhan Corridor. This is how I did it. DISCLAIMER: Both the US and British governments warn against travel to Afghanistan. Just because I went, does not mean I recommend everyone should go. The safety situation changes on a weekly basis, and requires a good deal of research/planning beforehand. When I told family & friends I was planning a trip to Afghanistan, they thought…

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Searching for the Perfect Dram on Islay

Searching for the Perfect Dram on Islay

Whisky and I got off to a rocky start. The first time I tried it was in college. It tasted like rocket fuel. I only drank it when I had no other options — and drowned what little I poured into my glass under a ton of Coke. Then I met my friend Dan, whose home collection of various Scotches and whiskies rivaled any bar I knew. He and Choun, the manager of Rye House in NYC, slowly walked me through the world of whisky. From sweet to smoky to…

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Hurry to Double Dip on Your Travel Credits for Big Money Savings

Hurry to Double Dip on Your Travel Credits for Big Money Savings

I receive compensation for many links on this blog. You don’t have to use these links, but I am grateful to you if you do. American Express, Citibank, Chase, and other banks are advertising partners of this site. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own, and have not been reviewed, approved, or endorsed by my advertising partners. I do not write about all credit cards that are available — instead focusing on miles, points, and cash back (and currencies that can be converted into the same). I don’t…

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An Inside Look at Living and Working in Saudi Arabia

An Inside Look at Living and Working in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is a country of mystery: it’s not easy to visit as a tourist as tourist visas are rarely approved, non-Muslims can’t visit the holy sites like Mecca and Medina, and most workers live on special compounds. My friends who have lived there have told me that’s a weird life – you stay mostly on the work compounds, you can’t really travel many places, and it’s often suggested you don’t wander the streets alone, especially as a woman. So when Ceil write me explaining that she was a Jamaican…

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Driving Dartmoor National Park With The Vauxhall Mokka X

Driving Dartmoor National Park With The Vauxhall Mokka X

Exploring Dartmoor in the Vauxhall Mokka X United Kingdom Petting a wild pony in Dartmoor National Park probably wasn’t the best idea. It lunged for my hand, attempting to bite. There’s a reason these furry ponies are called “wild!” Dartmoor has sometimes been described as the ‘last wilderness’ of the United Kingdom. Its vast open landscape is home to a variety of unique features — wet peaty bogs, stunted oak forests, rocky outcroppings called “tors”, and icy mountain waterfalls. If you’re looking to escape London for a while, Dartmoor National…

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Airport Expects Qantas to Offer Dallas-Brisbane Flight Next Year, Blissfully Unaware US Government Sticking a Fork in It…

Airport Expects Qantas to Offer Dallas-Brisbane Flight Next Year, Blissfully Unaware US Government Sticking a Fork in It…

Airport Expects Qantas to Offer Dallas-Brisbane Flight Next Year, Blissfully Unaware US Government Sticking a Fork in It… by Gary Leff on November 20, 2016 The head of the Brisbane, Australia airport is projecting Dallas service when Qantas gets Boeing 787s next year. When Qantas operated Sydney – Dallas with a Boeing 747, the plane made a stop in Brisbane in one direction. Brisbane Airport chief Julieanne Alroe has declared the Queensland capital is ready for Qantas to launch direct flights to the US city of Dallas on the airline’s…

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10 Awesome Destinations for Solo Female Travelers

10 Awesome Destinations for Solo Female Travelers

Every month (most of the time), Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice for solo female travelers as I obviously can’t talk expertly on the subject! She’s back this month with an awesome list of destinations for female travelers! Traveling solo is a unique opportunity to find out exactly who you are in completely new surroundings and without anyone around from your past to influence you. That can be a scary prospect, but the good news is there are plenty of places out there that…

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