Tag: Points

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. […]

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 for two people. Not bad considering it can easily be booked online and you ride in a comfortable coach bus. The Airlink Express is another option that runs between the airport and city centre for around the same cost and is more similar to a regular city bus (double decker).

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Our Adventure Begins | Edinburgh, Scotland

Our Adventure Begins | Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, Here We Come Our adventure began bright and early on Tuesday morning. We were fortunate that Julie’s dad was willing to give us a ride down to San Diego to catch our outbound flight to New Jersey where we would catch our connecting flight […]

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 miles world. From the beginning, my immediate goal was to get to Europe on points. Originally, the thought was we would get there in Business or First class, arriving both in style and fully rested. However, after some discussion, we both agreed that the points would take us further if we opted to fly coach. Sure it’s boring and I didn’t sleep one minute of the 10 hour flight last time around, but this will allow us to take more than one trip and prevent us from blowing through all of our miles at once. A good plan I think. With two incomes, we earn a decent amount of miles, but we aren’t experts. We make mistakes and learn from them along the way and our points earning reflects that.

When we first planned this trip, it seemed like decades away. Nearly ten months stood between us and jolly old England. Once the calendar flipped over to 2015, it started to feel real. We are now in the same year as the trip, and that definitely makes a difference. So here we sit now, just 90 days out (well, 88 days as of the writing of this post – it’s been a busy couple of weeks) and the trip is right around the corner. What have we done to prepare so far?

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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 […]

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 never, right?

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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 […]

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 […]