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A weekend in Paris for just over $500: How I made it work

Trip length: 3.5 days Total cost: $520 per person Vacation days used: 1.5 God, I love mistake fares. A few months back, one of my favorite deal bloggers, The Flight Deal, shared a mistake fare on Air Canada to Europe. Since I get deals sent to my phone via text, I was quickly able to jump on […]

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A luxury Adriatic vacation for 3 for under $2000: Hacked!

The results are in! After more than a year of racking up points and miles as I worked towards hacking an Adriatic cruise for my parents and me, I’ve totaled the results and have finalized the remaining balances. What an adventure it’s been! In hindsight, I probably should have started out with a more modest trip […]

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An Adriatic cruise on points and miles: Exploring Rome

Just in case you haven’t been following along on my points-hoarding progress, I took my parents on a trip of a lifetime to Italy and the Adriatic for two weeks using points and miles to offset almost 95% of the cost. I’m finalizing my totals as the last of my points are added up, so be the […]

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An Adriatic cruise on points and miles: Venice and the JW Marriott

Points and miles pay off! Just in case you haven’t been following along on my points-hoarding progress, I took my parents on a trip of a lifetime to Italy and the Adriatic for two weeks using points and miles to offset almost 95% of the cost. I’ll be writing up my final totals within the coming […]

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Hack this trip: A Key West getaway

In this series, I plan to share practical examples of how to turn perceivably unattainable trips into affordable travel options using a little creativity and some more traditional travel hacking techniques. If you’d like to have a trip hacked, complete the online form through this link. Goal Trip Details A couple is looking to get away […]

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Hacking my way to a Mediterranean Cruise, Update: May & June 2015

I’m back! After two weeks enjoying the history, food, and gorgeous weather of the Adriatic, I can safely say that hacking this trip has been well worth the effort. It was an amazing trip, made even better because I got to share it with my family. Everything went off without a hitch (aside from running out […]

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Common Budget Travel Myths

Travel can be pricey, and most of us who value our money are constantly on the lookout for the best ways to save a few bucks on our travel expenses. Rumors swirl around the media and by word of mouth, promising tips and tricks for saving, but unfortunately not all of those rumors have any […]

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Hack this trip: A Honeymoon in Costa Rica

   In this series, I plan to share practical examples of how to turn perceivably unattainable trips into affordable travel options using a little creativity and some more traditional travel hacking techniques. If you’d like to have a trip hacked, complete the online form through this link. Goal Trip Details A couple is looking to […]

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So you wanna fly first class…here’s how to afford it

Up until last January of last year, I had never flown in first class. Ever. Since then, I’ve flown in first or business class on more than 20 flights. Did I suddenly hit the lottery? Unfortunately, no. I just learned a few methods of hacking the system that have allowed me to fly up front […]