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.
Well, this is the first time I’ve ever purchased points outright.
I mean, you can only be in this hobby so long before you drink the Kool-Aid, right?
In all seriousness though, this represented a pretty good buy for me. Let’s walk through the process, and then I’ll get to the math behind it.
You know what I find really interesting?
All the stats on this blog, any blog, really. Come to think of it, I guess I just like statistics! (Hey, anyone that tells you travel hacking doesn’t attract folks with a geek side…is lying.)
It’s not a big blog over here in my corner of the internet, by any means, but there are enough people stopping by every month that I’m starting to see some trends. One of the more interesting trends is seeing which posts are the most popular.
My write-up and first impressions on the American Express Platinum Card for Charles Schwab is still holding down third place for all time popularity!
I wrote that one when I opened up the card in July of 2016, and it continues to bring in an audience. Last year, it was in 4th place for total views, even though it was only up for less than half the year! Given the popularity, I thought I’d do some experiments with the Schwab card.
Ok, so here’s the post where I get on my high horse, and explain how I beat the system and everything, right? I mean, isn’t that what bloggers do? Especially in travel hacking?
Well, I’m not going to do that. And it’s not because I’m modest, or a great guy – though I also like to think I’m those things. It’s because I can’t.
I won’t be getting status on Amtrak, because my plan won’t work.
So, Wednesday I completed my first rail run. It was a pretty pleasant trip!
Don’t worry, I did not physically run on the rails. That’s dangerous – please don’t do that. Check out my rail running intro post for a detailed explanation.
Here’s the scoop.
So. Here’s my new experiment.
Sticking with the side hustle theme from my post on Gift Card Arbitrage a few days ago, here’s my next experiment:
Long story short, I saw a great sign-up promotion, and thought to myself, “What the hell, I like trying new things!” So here I find myself, staring at the bright pink Lyft app on my phone, and trying to find time to drive a bit more (not something I usually say).
It seems like I’m addicted to sign-up bonuses. Credit cards, banks, and now this? Do they have a self-help program for this?