Updated on March 1, 2017
Welcome. Thank you for stopping by!
I love to travel and love to do it for free. Yes, free. Traveling means the world to me. And that is what this site is about.
How it all started…
I spent 3 years working as a consultant and lived in hotels the entire time. I gave up my apartment and sold my car because I didn't use or need either. When I was not living in a hotel for work, I was usually staying in a hotel for pleasure. That's a lot of time in hotel rooms — I spent some of this time learning how to take advantage of the point/mile system to travel the world for free. There were so many promotions at the time that every quarter, I would earn over 12 free nights (which had to be used within 90 days). This, of course, meant that I had to constantly find some ways to use the free nights. I would not have been able to travel as much as I have otherwise. So far my obsession has brought me to
5 6 continents (only Australia and Antarctica remains), 27+ countries, about 100 cities. The next two goal s are is to cross off the remaining two continent s and then work towards visiting most countries. My trips are fast paced to see many things but I prefer to take my time to get to know a country vs 5 countries in a week (and way too much time in airports)
what is my site about?
I have earned and used millions of miles and points to travel the world for next to nothing. During my trips, I may stay in some of the best and most expensive hotels and fly first, business, or coach class. Since I love remote places and the outdoors, sometimes points cannot be used so I usually find a low cost place to stay (like that $5 hostel in the middle of nowhere on the way to Chang Mai, Thailand).
I write about travel/miles/points related deals that I'm usually taking advantage of and recommending for my friends and family (too bad my family doesn't share my passion to travel). I check everything I post myself to make sure it works and really is a good deal (read: lots of miles and points as easily as possible) or something that will help you earn and redeem miles. When a deal requires some effort, I try to figure out the fastest and cheapest way and show readers the shortcuts I find. Although I don't have many credit card affiliate links (meaning those where I get paid if you apply using my link), I post the best offers I can find, even if I don't get paid. If my site gets more popular, maybe the big banks will consider me (but I will still post only the best I can find, commission or not).
You can spend hours on end cutting through all the junk on the internet for great deals — I know I do. Follow along to learn how to accumulate and redeem points without wasting them and feel free to ask questions.
Starwood hotels are my favorite! I've been Platinum 6 years and working towards Platinum for Life. Most of my trips, therefore, focus on staying at as many Starwood hotels as possible (it helps me maintain my platinum status, I usually get upgraded to a suite, get lots of free stuff, and I dont spend much).
my status history:
Starwood: Platinum (6 years)
Hyatt: Formerly Diamond (3 years), Platinum currently since most of my business goes to Starwood
IHG Club: Platinum (5 years)
disHHonors: formerly Diamond VIP (3 years) (not a big fan after the huge point devaluation)
Marriott: Formerly Gold Elite (2 years)
Hertz: Five Star
my goals / bucket list:
My time on this earth is limited. My goal is to live life to the fullest, as best I can, right now. I spent a lot of my life focusing on studying and working my butt off – almost nothing else. Back then money and time were the big limiting factors. As I get older, there may be things I may not be able to physically do. I would like to do these things now, use miles and points to pay my way there, and to share these experiences with you. Here is my bucket list so far:
- Visit every continent. 6 down, only
AustraliaONE LEFT: Antarctica!
- Visit every country in South America
- Visit every country in Central America
- Visit most countries – 27 down, lots to go
- Hike Mount Kilimanjaro (to the summit)
Visit Australia and New Zealand
- Lifetime Starwood Gold & Platinum status
- Join the Mile High Club
- to be continued
I'm not just ocd about travel and deals. When it comes to movies, I love documentaries… about food… are some of my favorite. Ignorance is bliss. Watching these might make you change your ways
- Food Inc (2009)
- Food Matters (2008)
- American Meat (2013) – organic sustainable farming system IS possible
- King Corn (2007) – “you are what you eat”
- Fed Up (2014) – American's obesity & sugar
- Cowspiracy (2014) – “A documentary that will rock and inspire the environmental movement.”