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…

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…

United Promotion: Up to 40% off purchased miles

Last Thursday, I arrived home to find a postcard in my mailbox advertising a United promotion offering up to 40% off purchased miles until June 20, 2013. At these prices, I wouldn’t purchase tons of United miles speculatively, but if I were topping off my United MileagePlus account with a specific award redemption in mind,…