Beginner’s Guide: Burning Miles

 Beginners Guide: Burning MilesWhen you think about it, there are really only two steps required to travel for “free.” First, you need to earn miles. Then, you need to burn them. Simple right? Well, sort of.

Now, I’m the first to admit that I’m not an expert when it comes to burning miles. I understand the concepts and I’m okay at finding award tickets, but remembering stopover rules and booking complex itineraries is not my forte. If that’s what you’re looking for, this post is not for you – hence the title. On the other hand, if you’re new to the world of award travel or simply want to start learning about booking your own tickets, hit the break and I’ll help you with just that. Read More

Reselling: Kohl’s

 Reselling: KohlsKohl’s is one of my favorite stores to shop at, primarily because they are extremely generous when it comes to coupons, rewards, and portals. Not only that, but they also offer decently competitive prices on their product. I say “decently,” because they’re no Amazon (I mean c’mon, who is?) But compared to most non-Amazon retailers, they price their product very affordably.

With their charge card, coupons, Kohl’s cash, and rewards program, it’s hard NOT to find something worth reselling.

If you want to check out my other reselling guides, you can do so below:

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Cadillac Conundrum and UFB Direct Chime Loads

 Cadillac Conundrum and UFB Direct Chime Loads

Cadillac and AA Promo

The recent Cadillac promotion was great while it lasted. Fortunately, I got in on it at the last-minute. Here’s how my test drive went:

The promotion went live on October 15, but I waited until the 23rd to actually take my test drive. This was primarily because I was being lazy, but I also I didn’t want to sit on the phone for an hour to book my appointment. Anyway, on the 21st I came across an article or a thread (I’m not exactly sure where) that mentioned I could book my test drive in a chat on Cadillac’s website. So, I did just that.

After playing 20 questions with the customer service representative, I had my appointment booked for the 23rd. Now, let’s fast forward two days, when I actually showed up for the appointment. Read More

The Cost of a Weekend Trip to Denver

 The Cost of a Weekend Trip to DenverLast week, I went over the fun, probably more exciting, trip report of our recent weekend in Denver. Today, I’ll be covering just how much that trip cost us, in miles, points, and cash. I know numbers may not be quite as thrilling as pictures, but to me, they’re fascinating. It helps shed a little light on the nitty-gritty inner workings of free travel.

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Trip Report: A Weekend Trip to Denver, CO

 Trip Report: A Weekend Trip to Denver, COBefore we dive into this trip report, let me give you a little back story. This summer, Anberlin released their final album, Lowborn. It’s an awesome album, but that’s no surprise considering how great every other one of their albums is. Because it was their final album, they planned on one last world tour.

I saw them a total of three times prior to this, but I had to go to at least one of their final shows. I grew up listening to Anberlin, so I’m a huge fan of their music. Sadly, we missed their concerts in Adelaide and Sydney by just a few days, which meant our last chance to see them would be during the US portion of their tour.

They didn’t plan on coming to Grand Rapids, which isn’t a surprise. GR is often overlooked in favor of Detroit and Auburn Hills, when it comes to big name concerts. My closest options in this case were Detroit and Chicago. The problem with both of those cities was that the concerts were on weekdays and I didn’t want to take work off.

I ultimately decided to fly to one of their concerts, because I would finally be able to make use of my Southwest Companion Pass. I checked out which weekends I had available and what cities they were playing in during those weekends. My two options ended up being Denver and Dallas. As you can tell by the title of this post, I chose Denver. Why? Because, Denver was a direct flight and Dallas wasn’t.

Now on to the actual report… Read More