Ways CBP is being innovative

I still remember the long lines and paper forms from my first international trip in 1999. Today things look much different at the CBP. Here’s an overview of the ways CBP is making entry into the U.S. more efficient. Global Entry (and other trusted traveler programs) Global Entry is a CBP program that allows expedited clearance for…

Where I find incredible airfares

This past year, if you’ve been following me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ve probably seen me post something about an absolutely incredible airfare to some exotic place. Want to know how I find these incredible airfares? First, here are some of the deals I have scored just in the past year: $450 from Toronto to Hong…

Friday blog roundup

It’s been an interesting week in the travel blogosphere. We have Starwood hotels allegedly running brothels, and the found out that the option to add extra pages to U.S. passports will end in 2016. Delta continues to gut its frequent flyer benefits with abandon, axing round-the-world award tickets and reducing medallion upgrade benefits…. oh and apparently increasing…

Google Flights: Find cheap flights easily

For the average person looking for cheap airfares in the United States, Google Flights is probably the best tool to search for flights. Google Flights offers a combination of powerful search features and ease of use that make it my go-to site for searching for airfares. Here are the basics. Note: I searched for these flights on…

The basics of manufactured spending

A while back, a colleague was asking me some questions about manufactured spending. In response, I wrote up a guide to manufactured spending. Here it is again, updated to reflect the unfortunate demise of Amazon Payments. Dollar Coins: The Original Manufactured Spending Several years ago the U.S. Mint started producing presidential dollar coins, but discovered that…