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Rocketmiles Review

I used Rocketmiles to book a hotel for the first time this past trip – the lovely Hotel Santa Maria Inn, on the outskirts of Alajuela.

For those of you that aren’t aware of the site, Rocketmiles essentially acts as a travel agent, charges a bit extra, and throws some airline miles your way for the hassle.

Here’s my experience.

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The First Time I bought Points…

First time for everything, right?

This hobby has taught me a lot.  First, I was appalled by paying annual fees on credit cards.  I mean, I had my trusty Discover card.  Who needs a card that’s going to charge you just to use it?  Plus, way before all of that, I thought all credit cards were evil!

Then, I thought people chasing status were crazy.  I’m too tough for premium level service anyway, that’s for sissies.  That may have changed too.

And up until recently, I thought buying your miles was nuts.

Well, that’s all changed.

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Just another ride home from the airport: Triple stacking an Uber promotion

No, unfortunately, it wasn’t me heading home from the airport.  Full disclosure…I haven’t gotten time to travel since exploring Chicago this past October.

I know!  I’m getting restless, but don’t worry.  I do have a few travel ideas coming up in the next couple of months.

I happened to have friend flying into Boston last week though, and that flight just happened to land after the public transportation system had shut down for the night.

Hey, did you know you could request an Uber ride for a friend?

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Electric Miles – The NRG United Promotion

You’ve heard of those deals before.  They draw you in with a great promotional rate or a free month of something.  You’re pretty happy with what you get, and then they smack you with a high charge, just when you thought you were safe!

If you’re careful though, you can come out ahead.  I was able to net a decent chunk of MileagePlus miles with a recent offer from NRG Home.  We’ll likely be using our MileagePlus miles to fly Lufthansa to Germany.  We have some family that will be there for a few years, what better way to explore a new country, than on free miles with your family and friends?

So, here’s what I did.

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Earning Virgin America Miles with AirBnB

I love new partnerships between companies I use!

And although this one isn’t new, it’s great.  AirBnB is a fantastic option for lodging while you’re travelling.  Usually the cost comes in low, and it offers a bit more local flair to your journey.  We’ve used AirBnB in Peru, and then again in Mexico (twice!).  All three times, I’ve been happy with the process, and with our hosts.

If you’re keeping up with travel hacking news, you’ve been able top earn Virgin America points on AirBnB bookings for the past year or so.  Using my recent Mexico bookings, I decided to figure out the process, and a time frame for it.

Here’s what I did:

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I’ll take a boarding pass with a side of miles, please.

Back to the travel hacking bit..

I’m still very much in the accumulation phase.  As you read more about the game, you’ll see different types of folks.  Earn & Burn type people rack up points and then jet off to somewhere far away as soon as they have the points for the trip.  Some people get all their points through clever spending.  Some just take a vacation once a year with their miles, and accumulate very steadily, over time.

Me?

I’m a bit of a hoarder at the moment.  Now, eventually I’ll be able to get to see the world, but for now, I’m content to watch my frequent flyer accounts grow.

As you know, I was able to get down to North Carolina for a weekend recently.  I love to crunch the numbers, and see how I did, what I could maximize, and how best to travel hack.  By reviewing each trip, I’m able to improve and learn more about this hobby, and you know what they say:  knowledge is travel.

Or power, or something like that..

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Ok, ok.

So I know I’m a week late on this one, but I wanted to post a great deal for Mother’s Day.  It’s not around any longer, but I know from experience that this kind of deal comes around every year, coinciding with this little holiday.

Every year in May, tons of companies run Mother’s Day specials.  From your local diner’s brunch menu to the credit cards in your wallet, you’ll find a way to save on something for mom, trust me.

What’s better (or more cliche…) than flowers?

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