How a Little Math and ExpertFlyer Scored us Upgrades to SFO!

Monica and I are heading to California this evening for a quick weekend getaway. As usual, we are flying Delta, having taken advantage of the Delta Companion Certificate issued from my Delta Platinum American Express – score! As far as upgrades go, MSP-SFO is a pretty…

Hotel Review: Hilton San Francisco Financial District

I recently had a trip out to California and decided I would spend a night in San Francisco before flying back home to Minneapolis. San Francisco has no shortage of hotels, and typically is known for high nightly rates! As a result, I was looking for…

A Simple Way I Saved $200 on Car Insurance

Ah car insurance. Seemingly expensive when you don’t need it, but instantly worth it when you do. Typically car insurance can be purchased in six month increments, and usually you are presented with the option of paying all at once, or monthly. I have my insurance…

A Posh British Christmas – Part 2: Planning to Get Home

A few weeks ago, I shared my plans to go to England in style this Christmas by using some Delta SkyMiles for a fun redemption on Virgin Atlantic. When I wrote that post, however, I didn’t yet have a plan to get home. That’s changed now!…

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Hilton Points Savings in Vegas – How We Did It

Yesterday, I posted how we saved $1,800 in Las Vegas using points and miles. Thanks to a promotion that’s occurring right now, we also got back a good portion of the Hilton points that were used to stay at the Waldorf Astoria… Hilton typically offers some…

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A Posh British Christmas – Part 1: Outbound Planning

I’m often asked how I go about booking a points and miles trip, and what factors go through my mind when searching for flights. So, in this post, I’m going to share some of the planning steps for an upcoming opportunity to visit my family in…

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Results from My Amex Delta Platinum Retention Call

One of my most used credit cards is the American Express Delta Platinum card. I spend at least $25,000 per year on the card to unlock the Medallion status spend requirement exemption, which means I don’t have to spend $9,000/year with Delta to earn Platinum status.…

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Bellinis in Economy? Yes Please!

The ‘pre-departure beverage’ is often associated with sitting up front on planes. Settle into your comfy seat at the pointy end and the flight attendant asks ‘what would you like to drink before we depart’… That’s at least how the story used to go, but Delta…

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SkyMiles 101: Earning the Obvious Way – Flying!

Welcome to the second post in my SkyMiles 101 series! Today, I’m going to walk you through the most logical way of earning SkyMiles – by flying on Delta and their partners. In this post: The Basic Earnings Formula. How many miles will I earn flying…