AcCountingYourPoints

Derek is a CPA (the reason behind the “Accounting” nod in the title of the blog) who happens to have some serious experience and insight into the world of points, miles and credit cards. Derek has picked up an array of points and miles techniques that allow him to travel around the world for pennies on the dollar. And the best news is that he is willing to share them all with you! Your next trip is waiting…

Should Immature Idiots Be Allowed To Sit In The Exit Row?

It is a valid question! Exit row passengers should possess the ability to physically and mentally assist the flight crew and passengers in the event of an emergency. While the pair of idiots on my last flight might have met the physical and mental standard, their actions off and on the plane made me question that….  When I use the term “idiots” to refer to specific passengers on my recent flight, it has nothing to do with their level of intelligence, but everything to do with their immaturity and foolish behavior. Disclaimer: The two passengers featured in my story...

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Review: American Airlines 767-300 Business Class MIA-MXP – Pretty Good!

For our most recent trip to Europe, my wife and I experienced American Airlines Flight 206 from Miami to Milan in Business Class on their Boeing 767-300 aircraft. Our experience on this flight is just one of many interesting ones that occurred during our last trip, Milan & London, for a New Year in Europe! Like our experience with the WILDLY INEFFICIENT AMERICAN AIRLINES CHECKED BAG POLICY… And some aditional posts from this trip still to come… But for now, lets stick to the experience at hand… AA 767-300 Business Class The Decision & Booking Why Milan and why did we...

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Wildly Inefficient American Airlines Checked Bag Policy

Traveling the world in 2017 is more efficient than ever before. I am certain that this efficiency will continue to improve unless American Airlines has anything to say about it. Yes, I am complaining about American Airlines new policy regarding through-checked baggage. The Policy A few months ago, in order to maximize profits and inconvenience travelers, American Airlines enacted the following policy: To align American Airlines (AA) with our oneworld partners and to reduce baggage mishandlings, we will now only through check customers and baggage when all the tickets are in the same PNR. Through check-in will be honored...

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Mistakes & Lessons Learned Traveling Havana

My father and I spent two days and two nights in Havana, Cuba this past weekend. It ended up being a great trip and we both had a blast experiencing a new city/country together. Looking back though, I am realizing that we made some pretty big and pretty rookie travel mistakes… While my travel mistakes happened while in Havana, they apply to a much broader scope of travel. Hopefully these mistakes will serve as a great example of what NOT to do on your next adventure! Do as I say, not as I do, and don’t screw things up...

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Four Points Sheraton Havana: The Only US Branded Hotel in Havana, Cuba

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to stay at the only US-branded hotel in the forbidden fruit city that is Havana, Cuba? Well, stop with your fanciful curiosity! I recently experienced Starwood’s Four Points by Sheraton Havana and am bringing it all directly to a computer (or smart phone) near you! The Booking The hotel is managed by Starwood and is bookable with cash or points on spg.com. While I love that this hotel provides the opportunity to redeem Starpoints for award stays, I do not like the redemption rate. Since this property is a Category...

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A Barclaycard Arrival Miles Redemption & Strategy

In the points and miles world, there is a strategy for just about everything. A strategy for credit card applications, a strategy for point/mile redemptions, and even a strategy for earning/retaining elite hotel and airline status! So, in an effort to avoid navigating the overwhelming world of point strategizing, you may have opted for a simple point system – like the one offered by the Barclaycard Arrival Plus! I recently applied for this card myself and was initially drawn to the card because of the simple point earning and redemption structure. The sign-up bonus is a straight forward 50,000...

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Lounge Review: The Club at ATL

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is the “World’s Busiest Airport” 18 years running. While I think the airport is run efficiently most of the time, over 100 million passengers passed through ATL in 2015, meaning it is consistently PACKED! While you may enjoy sitting at the ATL gates with 100 million of your closest friends, I much prefer to escape to an airport lounge – specifically, The Club at ATL! Why visit The Club at ATL? With Headquarters in Atlanta, the ATL airport is Delta’s home turf. The Delta presence in ATL is evident – with a Delta SkyClub (or...

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Still Alive – Free Money – Alaska Airlines to Better Balance Rewards!

In August I attended Frequent Traveler University – Advanced in Washington D.C. and I learned a TON from some points and miles legends! From “How to Fly United like a Pro” with Matthew of Live and Let’s Fly to “Manufactured Spending without Leaving Home” with Greg – Frequent Miler, I gathered a wealth of new information and reinforced some skills. One of my favorite and most helpful tips came from Stefan of Rapid Travel Chai regarding downgrading Alaska Airlines credit cards. In his presentation, he explained how a change from the Alaska cobranded credit card to the BankAmericard Better...

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Hotel Experience: Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

What is it that motivates your travels? Personally, I travel to experience culture, adventure and cuisine. There have been times that I have traveled to see monuments, museums and natural wonders. And there is one time that I traveled to experience a hotel in Amsterdam – the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam. It all started when I began researching a plan for a fall 2015 trip to Europe. I had 11 nights to spend on the continent and now just needed to decide on the specific cities I would experience. I began my travel planning like I begin most of my...

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