Tag: Travel Hacking

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. […]

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 exciting journey. The trip marks our longest vacation in our three years together at seventeen days and sixteen nights. Since the flight is broken up into two five hour segments, it will actually tie our trip to Boston a couple years back for the longest flight.

Without a doubt, the question I get asked most often, is how did you do it? And I tell anyone who cares to listen, because it really was quite simple, just how much the world of points and miles can work if you’re willing to put in a little effort. As a complete novice at the time, here’s how we made it happen.

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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 out there from people far more advanced than I. At this point, I still consider myself to be beginner-intermediate on the hobby scale, so there remains much to learn.

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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 […]

The Long and Crummy Road Out of Credit Card Debt

It almost goes without saying that one of the worst financial mistakes you can make is carrying a credit card balance month to month. Yet, until this week, I was one of the many, many Americans that had outstanding credit card debt.  While it has […]

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 traveled sparingly and when I have, the trips have been small, and domestic. Although I love living in Southern California, my domestic travel list is much smaller than that of its international counterpart. Meeting Julie in 2012 only intensified my desire to travel outside of the United States. I can’t wait until she has the chance to soak in the history and excitement that I experience some six years ago.

Oxford Castle: A View from the Hill in ’09

To help get us there, I started to delve into the world of points and miles. It really is a fantastic hobby and I recommend everyone who has some level of interest in travel get involved in some capacity. While there are many levels of this hobby (I classify myself somewhere within the category of intermediate) some of the most basic components are things that require minimal effort and can help get you to a new destination.

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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 […]