25k or 50k United Miles For Buying a Mercedes

This might be the most useless offer I’ve ever received. On top of not being able to afford the monthly payment on a C-Class, nevermind a $90,000+ S-Class, having a car in Manhattan is pointless. Plus, 50k miles won’t even get you halfway to Europe in business-class anymore. Sigh. Lotto, come to me, baby. Rich folks…

Double Miles on United until November 21, 2013

United just sent out an email stating that all travel purchased for and traveled by November 21, 2013 in the continental U.S. is eligible for double miles. This is good news for people who haven’t bought Thanksgiving plane tickets, but not for frequent fliers looking to achieve status with United, as the T&C’s state that:…

Paris-Bangkok-Koh Samui-Hong Kong-Tokyo-Seattle. One Vacation. 13 days. (Part 2 of 2)

The goal of this blog is to show how a regular person with a job can afford to jet set on a grand level. Well, time to prove, as I showed in Part 1. In this post, I will detail exactly the miles, points and dollars required for my next vacation. 1) Lufthansa Business-Class: New…

Paris-Bangkok-Koh Samui-Hong Kong-Tokyo-Seattle. One Vacation. 13 days. (Part 1 of 2)

What’s your dream vacation? No, five days at Tranquility Base doesn’t count – the Moon would be be a scientific expedition. Same with Antarctica. Atlantis isn’t real and while I’m sure drinking Moet in the Gardens of Babylon would be super, those plants have ceased to be anything but topsoil. So, we are stuck with…

New Benefit of Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Credit Card – Starting June 1st

The Chase Explorer card is getting a new benefit starting June 1st – no more foreign transaction fees, as they helpfully explain in the email, below: This is an ancillary benefit – in other words, it’s not one of the primary reasons to apply for the card. Here’s why – Chase charges 3% on each foreign transaction and…

United Redeems Itself

I like United, mostly because I can fly Economy Plus to see family and friends on the p.s. New York-San Francisco service, the New York-Denver flight is more often than not only $213 and MileagePlus is probably the best or second best frequent flyer program for redeeming miles; this depends on your view of OneWorld versus Star Alliance.…

I Have 14 Credit Cards And Can’t Wait To Get More!

This post could alternatively be titled: Why (Almost) Everything You Have Been Told You About Credit Cards Was Wrong! So – for full disclosure’s sake – here are all my past and current credit cards. All are active, except the American Express Business Gold card that I canceled.   645,000 points and miles – from sign-up bonuses alone! I know…

Songkran/Pi Mai 2012: EWR-ZRH-BKK

April 2013 – Flying to Thailand and Laos for the New’s Years Festivities (Songkran in Thai and Pi Mai in Lao) Without question, this is the greatest vacation I have ever taken – 10 days of paradise in the air and on the ground. My friend BP had casually mentioned to me that, next month, he was going to…