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My Initial Experience in the Overwhelming World of Travel Hacking

Over the past few years, my wife and I have had the good fortune of getting to enjoy an increasing amount of travel. This includes heading to domestic locations such as Los Angeles for the D23 Expo and Orlando to visiting Walt Disney World, as well as international travels to Paris, Hong...
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Travel Tuesday: The Club CLE Lounge Review

Last fall, my wife and I kicked off a multi-city excursion by flying out of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. As we arrived for our short flight to Detroit (before an extremely long flight to Hong Kong), I was surprised to find that a lounge we had access to was available...
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Travel Tuesday: Delta is Changing Its Boarding Procedures... Kind Of

As a loyal-ish Delta customer, I like to think that I have a pretty good handle on what to expect when flying the airline. This includes knowing the order of their boarding groups — and even what I'd need to do in order to move up the food chain. Well,...
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Travel Tuesday: Hilton Grand Vacations Tuscany Village Orlando Review

When we returned from our trip to Hong Kong, we didn't go back home. Instead, we headed straight to Florida for a friend's wedding. But, with a week to spend in Orlando, we decided to try a few different places during our time there. We also happened to wait until...
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Travel Tuesday: How I Earned $50 with MGM's Resort Hopping Offer for Las Vegas

Last week, I attended my fourth CES in Las Vegas. Ahead of the show's actual start, I had a chance to check out some of what was new on the Strip — or at least new to me, since I haven't been there in 18+ months. Incidentally, something new to...
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Travel Tuesday: Matina Lounge ICN Review

In the time that I've had my American Express Platinum Card, I had only ever visited one lounge via the Priority Pass that the card comes with — and even that wasn't a real lounge (it was a Minute Suites where my pass got me one hour for free and...

Travel Tuesday: Using Octopus Card on Apple Wallet in Hong Kong

If you've ever been to Hong Kong, you've probably seen a logo that looks reminiscent of the infinity symbol. You may have spotted it at a convenience store, grocery store, train station, or even a vending machine. This logo actually represents the city's Octopus card system — which, as I...
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Travel Tuesday: Donating Your Travel Currency on Giving Tuesday

Lest you think we're done with the retail holidays, today marks another — albeit quite different — one: Giving Tuesday. For those unaware, this is the day that emphasizes charitable donations over retail purchases. Incidentally, while travelers and credit card customers may earn various loyalty points and miles from their...
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Travel Tuesday: Amex Centurion Hong Kong Lounge Review

Even though I've been an American Express Platinum cardmember since 2019, prior to last month, I had only been to three Centurion Lounge locations: LAS (multiple times), PHL, and CLT. That's partially because my travel took a bit of a dip soon after gaining my card (for obvious reasons) and...
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Travel Tuesday: Alaska Airlines is Offering a Status Match Challenge to Delta Elites

A few weeks back, Delta announced numerous changes impacting their most loyal customers. While I personally focused on the SkyClub entry rules and restrictions that are on the way, the adjustments made to the SkyMiles program were arguably even more disruptive. Not only did the airline move to a model...
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Travel Tuesday: Amex Centurion Lounge Coming to EWR in 2026

When I was a kid, my family would travel between Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey at least once per year. Because of this, I have plenty of distinct memories from both hubs — but especially EWR. I still think about the signs at...
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Travel Tuesday: Google Flights is a Adding Money-Saving Feature

Travelers who are looking at flight options and fares have often found Google Flights to be a useful tool. Now, thanks to some updates, the service could further help flyers save some money on bookings. This week, Google Flights announced that it would be upgrading the insights it provides to...
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You'll Soon Be Able to Redeem Credit Card Rewards in Apple Pay

Earlier this week, during its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote, Apple made a slew of announcements. While the main hype was about the company's use of AI — or, in the case, "Apple Intelligence" — non-AI related updates to iOS, iPad OS, and Mac OS were also revealed. Among the...
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The Cost of Pet Ownership: Our Actual Expenses with a New Dog (So Far)

Editor's note: This article was first published in August 2022. We're republishing it here on Money@30 as part of my new Pets series. Last week, my wife and I welcomed a new member to our family as we brought home a pup we've decided to name Rigby (in case you...
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Lemonade Pet Insurance Review (2024): Policy Options & What's Covered

Pets have always been an important part of many American families. Yet, I don’t think I’d ever really considered the idea of purchasing insurance for a dog or cat until I learned that Lemonade was adding such an option. Cut to a mere month after when my wife and I...
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Delta is Changing the Way You Earn SkyMiles at Starbucks

Look, I didn't intend to write about Starbucks two weeks in a row — so let's call this a Delta story instead. Earlier this week, Delta sent out an email to Skymiles members who had linked their Starbucks Rewards accounts to let them know of an upcoming change. Now, rather...