So Many Trips, So Little Time. Help Me Build The List

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I often preach to people about making sure they’re finding awesome places to visit every year.  After all, time flies.  Before I realized it, 40 snuck up on me and there’s all these places I haven’t even visited yet.  I also mention the math of enjoying travel and it goes something like this: The average life expectancy of someone living in the United States is just shy of 80 years old.  Interestingly, my country of origin doesn’t even rank in the top 30 according to the WHO and Wikipedia.  Residents… Read More »

I’m Grounded! Can I Buy You A Drink?

Due to some minor elbow surgery, I’m not allowed to get on an airplane for 4 weeks.  That’s probably more blessing than curse, since I’m really enjoying time home with the family.  It’s also the longest stretch I’ve been home in roughly 4 years.  Yikes! The curse part is that I’m only allowed to type 10-15 minutes a day for the next few days and then maybe another 15 minutes next week and so on an so forth.  Double Yikes! At any rate, I enjoyed the first Pizza in Motion… Read More »

United Airlines Beverage Voucher Winners

Thanks to everyone who took the time to enter my United Airlines beverage voucher giveaway.  I found a couple extra laying on my desk while doing spring cleaning 3 months late, so there are a few extra winners.  Winners, please shoot me an e-mail at ed -at- milepoint dot com with your mailing address.  Winners below: Zachary Adams:  SFO-IAH on the Dreamliner… And drinks to help me forget it’s not somewhere exotic. Justin:  My girlfriend and I are flying United to Calgary, so we can visit beautiful Banff National Park!… Read More »

Westin Diplomat Leaving Starwood Preferred Guest October 30, 2014

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Effective October 30, 2014, Starwood will no longer be affiliated with the Westin Diplomat in Hollywood, FL. I was majorly bummed when I read this news on One Mile at a Time.  I had read about the sale of the property recently but didn’t internalize that a change like this could come so quickly. This property was always phenomenal about upgrading Starwood Platinum members to beautiful wrap-around suites in the oceanfront tower.  They had tons of them (96, iirc), so upgrades were frequent.  They had a VIP manager who made… Read More »

15% iTunes Discount Through August 31, 2014

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I was actually pretty surprised to see this sign when I walked into Costco yesterday.     Costco had a huge display of iTunes gift cards.  The “list” price was $94.49, a 5% discount.  But, through the end of the month, they’re featuring a $10 manufacturer rebate, bringing the price down to $84.49, or a 15% discount.  That’s the biggest discount I’ve ever seen on iTunes cards. The “limit” is 3 $100 packs per transaction, but they’ll let you do multiple transactions at the register. For a long time, Costco… Read More »

Southwest and American Airlines Union Issues, Another Fight With Orbitz and Other Things I Find Interesting On Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Apologies for the lack of content over the past few days.  This whole one-handed typing thing is slowing me down more than I expected and a lot more than I want.  Here are some things I’ve been reading with interest recently: Southwest Airlines is having union issues, which is a fairly rare occurrence for them.  If you’re only a casual observer of the airline industry, you might not even know they have unions.  The interesting thing here is that this group of employees still have a contract.  They’re negotiating for… Read More »

More United Beverage Vouchers To Give Away


It seems that the generosity of my readers continues…. Reader David H. (who also happens to be my best friend) read about my anonymous reader who pledged his United beverage vouchers, and decided to offer up 10 United Airlines beverage vouchers for me to give away. I’ll give them away as 5 pairs, and all you have to do is leave me a comment letting me know where you’re headed and what flight you’d like a free drink on.  Extra points as always for making me laugh. I’ll draw the… Read More »

No Wimping Out On The ALS #IceBucketChallenge!

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I was nominated a couple of days ago by Randy Petersen to take the popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  For those newsletter subscribers reading this, you’ll need to click through to see the embedded videos. I just had surgery and needed to get something to protect it from getting wet (doctor’s orders!), and since I’m one-handed, needed to enlist the help of my kids to complete the challenge! I’ll be making a $100 donation and I nominated: Jeff Zidell, VP of Hyatt Gold Passport Summer from Mommy Points Scott from… Read More »

Winning Captions Get $5 In Starbucks Cash


Since I’m still typing one-handed it’s tougher to bang out longer posts.  To keep things fun, I figured I’d give away a $5 Starbucks gift card per my ongoing Tweet A Coffee adventure.  So, tweet your caption suggestions for the picture of our puppy below to @pizzainmotion   If you don’t use Twitter, you can leave an old-fashioned comment here, but Tweeting a coffee is easier.

Hitting 3 Million Lifetime Miles On American Airlines

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Apologies for the lack of posts over the past few days.  I had minor surgery on my elbow Wednesday, so I’m typing one-handed with my left hand (and I’m a righty).  Someone with more free time might have gotten a bunch of posts written ahead of time.  That would have been smart, but alas, that’s not what happened. I’m away from home for the day which means I also can’t complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Randy Petersen until tomorrow when I have the big goofy plastic cover to… Read More »