Every time winter rolls around, I wrap myself up in a blanket burrito, pour myself a cup of hot tea and wonder aloud why I haven't yet ditched my snowy Chicago prison for a beachy island paradise. And then I talk to my friends who actually DID this, friends who left behind their chilly lives on the mainland for Hawaiian adventures, and I realize my dreams cost a LOT more than I've ever imagined.
So, you've decided to start traveling on the cheap using points and miles! Good for you. They've served me well over the years, but I know firsthand that getting started can be overwhelming. Here are some tools to help get you organized and ready to maximize your miles!
You book a flight to your cousin's wedding in Tampa, only to realize in horror a few hours later that you booked it for the wrong weekend.
Last week, I had the pleasure of flying JetSuiteX from Burbank to Las Vegas, an experience I can't wait to repeat! Here's how you can get the private jet experience for less, and take an additional $50 off to boot!
2016 may be more than halfway through, but there’s plenty of travel left to do. As a travel expert, I pay close attention to any travel industry changes, because they often mean new ways to save money on airfare, hotel stays and trip booking. Here are the top 10 trends I've noticed popping up this year, and how you can use them to your advantage the next time you travel.
I spend a lot of my time in the airport, in fact, I flew over 130,000 miles last year alone. If you're a casual traveler, grabbing an overpriced beer or burger at an airport bar and grill isn't such a big deal. But if you travel as much as I do, buying a burger or a beer twice a week can really add up. Here's how I save money while at the airport.
Delta flights across the world were cancelled yesterday due to an outage of the company's global computer system. While Delta is doing its best to rebook people on different flights, the backlog has left some passengers stranded for days, subsisting on expensive airport food and stuck paying for unanticipated hotel stays.
I love cruises. In my eyes, there's no better resort vacation. I love sailing the open seas and stopping on island after island: the mobile nature of cruises is built-in safegard against getting bored while on holiday.
With 28 member airlines hailing from around the world, Star Alliance is one of the biggest airline alliances on the planet. Many people don't know that if you fly one Star Alliance airline, you can credit your miles to another. For loyal United customers, this means that you can earn miles and gain status without so much as booking a single ticket on United. Here are our favorite little-known tricks to help you maximize your miles with Star Alliance.
Scottsdale, Arizona is the special place that I call home. Most of the year, the weather is lovely, with winter temperatures rarely dipping below 75 degrees. But the summer is a different story. For three months per year, we deal with extreme heat that often hits more than 120 degrees! While this isn't ideal, it means that the snowbirds, or part-time residents who live in Arizona during the winter, take off for more temperate climates. Once they're gone, the five-star resorts in the area start discounting heavily to attract customers, which means it's prime staycation time for me!