Points and Miles

Maximizing Points with the Chase Ink Plus Business Card

Maximizing Points with the Chase Ink Plus Business Card

Written by Brian Callender I’ve talked about before, the ways in which “travel hacking” has played in important role in helping us travel. Much of our every day credit card spend is done through the Chase Sapphire Preferred, and I detailed here why I love the card. […]

2016 Trip Plans – More Adventures!

2016 Trip Plans – More Adventures!

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Summer has officially made its way to Southern California, so we have our fans and air conditioner working overtime. All this heat has us daydreaming of cooler locales, foggy mornings, rainy afternoons, and snowy weekend getaways. […]

Traveling for “Free” with my Favorite Credit Card

Traveling for “Free” with my Favorite Credit Card

Written by Brian Callender One of the questions I have been getting more and more of late, has been, “what is a good travel rewards credit card to start earning points for free flights?” Previously, I wrote about how I stumbled across “travel hacking” by […]

Three Days in Dublin | Ireland

Three Days in Dublin | Ireland

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Brian Callender & Julie Boyd We touched down in Dublin close to 10:00 p.m. on Monday night after a short flight from Brussels. I had pre-booked our transportation taking the 700 Route with AirCoach which came out to about $25 roundtrip […]

How We Booked Our Flight to Europe for $88.80.

How We Booked Our Flight to Europe for $88.80.

By now, you’ve heard that Julie and I are going to Europe. A fact that has been discussed at great length thanks to some serious enthusiasm on both our parts. In just fifteen fourteen days, we’ll be on a plane embarking on a big and incredibly […]

90 Days Out – Europe 2015

90 Days Out – Europe 2015

Last September, Julie and I booked our first trip to Europe together. As I talked about before, this is Julie’s first trip abroad (brief visits to Canada and Mexico of course, are excluded). The trip also marks the culmination of our foray into the points and […]

Review – TravelCon OC 2015

I first heard about TravelCon OC a few months back through one of the blogs I follow, Travel Codex. Several of the main contributors from that site were putting together a one day points and miles convention in Anaheim. While many of these events are […]

I’m Going to TravelCon OC!

After getting my start late in 2013, I have established a pretty solid base understanding of the points and miles world. And while that base certainly gets me by in my day to day spending, I know that there is a tremendous amount of knowledge […]

I Almost Booked a Mistake Fare (and it wouldn’t have mattered)

One of the challenges in being able to take advantage of great deals is, when they are truly GREAT deals, they aren’t around very long. And chances are high that I’m either asleep, at work, or some combination of both (hello 5 o’clock)! If collecting […]

Our 2015 Miles and Points Strategy

Our 2015 Miles and Points Strategy

This post is a bit late, since we are already in the second week of February (wow—really? I had to stop and read that again! This year is already moving quickly!) But alas, sometimes cube life doesn’t coincide well with writing. Anyways, better late than […]

Airline Shopping Portals – What They Are and Why You Should Be Using Them

Airline Shopping Portals – What They Are and Why You Should Be Using Them

Why? I have certainly made no secret of my love to travel. From small weekend getaways, to multi-country adventures, my thirst for travel really got a fire lit in 2009 when I spent ten weeks in Oxford. In the five years since that trip, I have […]

Europe 2015 – So I Booked the Wrong Month For Our Hotel

Our big trip to Europe is scheduled for June & July of this year. While we booked our flights in September on points, the trip is still evolving. So far, we have nine of a possible sixteen room nights booked either on points or cash […]

A Brief Introduction to “Travel Hacking”

A Brief Introduction to “Travel Hacking”

“Travel Hacking…that sounds sketchy, what is it?” While the word “hack” certainly gets a bad rap, especially in light of the recent issues at Sony, “travel hacking” is best viewed simply as a way to save money on travel. A brief internet search will net you […]