• Is paying $1,000 for roundtrip business class worth it?

    A few weeks back there was a $1,000 Aeromexico fare in business class, round trip between Orlando or New York-JFK and Santiago, Chile. I am usually at least aware when these sales are made public, but I have never come as close to buying a ticket as I was when this sale came up. While this shouldn’t be a legitimate reason to spend $1,000, I got a rush from the possibility of planning and booking a trip to the other side of the world all in a few hours. Besides the innocent rush, this deal looked maybe too good to pass up. But why was it so appealing… The schedule…

  • My 2018 Goals: Elite Statuses

    As a follow-up to the previous post about my goals for 2018 credit cards, I now want to talk about my goals for achieving or maintaining elite status. As I mentioned, 2017 was my first full year chasing credit card points and accumulating miles. With that came the chance to earn a lot of really valuable elite statuses. I want to quickly go over what I received this year in terms of elite status, and where I intend to focus my business for the year ahead. 2017 Elite Status Inventory Marriott Platinum: Through work travel I was able to easily accumulate Marriott nights. In order to get to Platinum quicker…

  • My 2018 Goals: Credit Cards

    I put together a long post about my overall travel goals for 2018 — unfortunately, that post got deleted and I can’t recover it. Instead of recreating all of that, I am going to spread it out over 3 separate posts — one about my goals with credit cards, one about actual travel, and finally one about my elite status strategy. I have some lofty goals for 2018. With 2017 being my first full year as a travel hacker, I traveled a lot but also learned some valuable lessons. Recap of my year with credit cards 1) Meticulously track your credit cards! Most importantly, as long as you are under…

  • A potentially lucrative opportunity using Apple Pay

    For many that know me, I think they’d say I am skeptical about personal “security.” That means randomly generating passwords for every site I sign up for, or generally avoiding putting any information on the “internet” that isn’t totally necessary. (I don’t pay bills manually, I’m not a caveman). But recently I have embraced the Information Age that we live in. With the newest iPhone now having face recognition, I think we can all agree there is no point in trying to hide anything. Everything that we do in a normal business day is in the palm of our hands. And before this post gets too political, what I’m referencing…

  • View of the Space Needle from the Hyatt Place Seattle-Downtown

    Should I make a hotel “mileage run” to maintain Discoverist status?

    A lot of things have been written recently about Hyatt, and not necessarily great things. I have admittedly been out of blog game recently, and I am not one to make excuses, but certain “things” in my personal life have forced me to be off my game. Nevertheless, back to the things that matter. A few weeks back I got an email from Hyatt:  I have talked recently about how I am very pro-Hyatt. There have been a lot of changes recently, and from what I’ve read, a lot of Hyatt loyalists are not happy with those changes. With the introduction of the World of Hyatt program came a lot…

  • Booking my first trip — much to learn!

    I recently took a weeks vacation to the great Pacific Northwest. It was a last minute booking, but the vacation days were there for the taking! This was my first true vacation focused around points and miles. While I didn’t get to fly in a First Class suite, I got a lot out of the trip — from learning about the hobby to exploring new terrain. In classic millennial fashion, I would have loved to book some sort of business class award ticket across the world. But with such a small window my options were limited. So without depleting all of my miles, the PNW was a great option —…

  • My new credit card strategy, and why I got INCREDIBLY lucky

    I have alluded recently to my next move in the credit card game. Being the millennial that I am, I am never satisfied — I need to own every company I work for, and there is absolutely no way I am paying for any travel. I also intend to sit first class and stay in a presidential suite. On that note, it has probably been too long since I added another credit card to my arsenal. I have talked about my inventory in other posts, but a quick recap.. The Chase Sapphire Reserve. I obviously didn’t just jump in with the premier Chase card, but this is the only card…

  • I have the options, but I’ve chosen to be loyal to Delta. Did I make a mistake?

    I came across a FlyerTalk thread recently with the headline reading, “Serious question, why do people choose to remain loyal to Delta” (or something like that, I can’t seem to find it)–so I was obviously intrigued. I have started travelling regularly for work over the past year, and before I really knew it I was pledging my allegiance to an airline. I usually have options from all the major domestic carriers and I have always stuck with Delta, this was before learning about the infamous Sky Pesos. I don’t plan on changing my allegiance any time soon, but reading through this thread made me consider why I have remained loyal.…