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…

What is the difference between a layover and a stopover?

Last week, a reader asked me to explain the difference between a layover and a stopover. I don’t think that I did it justice in person, so here’s the full explanation. Layover Simply put, a layover happens any time you switch planes during your journey. Most people use connection and layover interchangeably. Stopover Generally, if…

Eating healthy while flying

It may seem hard to eat healthy while flying, but it’s much easier than you might think. Here are three things to keep in mind to help you eat better while flying. 1. Drink water. Drink lots of it. According to builtlean.com, “It is important to stay hydrated while traveling, which is especially important on…

The “Six Pack” – Six packing techniques

Recently I posted about leaving items with your hotel. While doing some research on packing, I found a fantastic thread on FlyerTalk about six different packing techniques. About the author: Till Richter is the Founder and Director of the Till Richter Museum of Contemporary Art in Buggenhagen, Germany. For more information about Till, visit his…

Ideas for generating spending on credit cards

So you’ve signed up for a credit card that promises a bonus after you’ve spend a few thousand dollars in 90 days. If you aren’t spending someone else’s money (think business travel, purchasing items for a business, etc.) you might be thinking, “How the heck am I going to spend $3000 on a credit card…