Watch Out for Scams on Expedia.com

expediaI have been a big fan of online booking site Expedia for nearly a decade, and have used it to book thousands of dollars in airfare, hotel stays, rental cars, and more.  I’ve used it so much that I currently have $225 built up in my Expedia Rewards account, which is quite a bit when you consider how long those points take to earn.

Still, I recently encountered an issue with them that infuriates me- bait and switch pricing. [Read more...]

My Upcoming Trips with Credit Card Rewards, Part Two

Me and some random guy in New Orleans.  He told me he felt queasy because he "just ate a sammich."

Me in New Orleans with my….ummmm…..friend…..

Yesterday I wrote about our upcoming trips with credit card rewards, and how we used points and miles to pay for the majority of our travels.  Today I’m simply picking up where I left off.  And that, my friends, will be in one of my favorite places on Earth- New Orleans, Louisiana. [Read more...]

My Upcoming Trips with Credit Card Rewards, Part One

My Worst Nightmare....

My Worst Nightmare….

Good morning, party people!  Happy Monday!

I just got done planning out the details of my August budget, and it’s…ummmm…..slightly on the pricey side.  That’s because some of the trips we’ve been planning are coming up this month and, as we all know, travel ain’t cheap.    [Read more...]

Want to see Europe for FREE? Do This.

milanThere are so many places I want to see in the world, and – as a travel writer - I’m always scheming different ways to get there.  I could pay with real money, of course, but who wants to do that?

Psshhhhtttt….. [Read more...]

Credit Card Rewards: What Am I Doing Now?

The pool area at the Holiday Inn in Montego Bay

The pool area at the Holiday Inn in Montego Bay

Even though I write plenty about credit card rewards over at Frugal Travel Guy, I like to write about it on my home turf from time to time.  I guess it’s partly because I get so many personal emails and questions from people wondering which rewards they should pursue and which deals are H-O-T.

To be honest, it can sometimes be hard to answer those questions.  After all, we all have different travel goals and the best option for one person isn’t always the same for someone else.  Therefore, I thought it would be fun to give a rundown of the cards we’ve signed up for over the past six months and why. 

Whether you want to travel abroad, sail the Mediterranean Sea with Royal Holiday, or simply earn a few free flights, the following strategies might help: [Read more...]

Starwood Preferred 30K Bonus is Back, You In?

DSCF2981Sometimes a credit card offer is so exciting that I literally want to shout it from the rooftops.  Usually, I just call Greg at work when that happens.  He typically listens for a while and feigns interest while simultaneously asking me what’s for dinner.  He’s not all that into it, folks.  Nope, not at all.

But he’s busy today, so instead I’m going to lay it on you- right here and right now.  Are you ready?  Please don’t go.  I just want to talk.  I swear it’s an amazing deal!!!!! Don’t hang up…..

Ahem. [Read more...]