Ensure You’ll Meet Spend By Changing Your Auto Insurance

Minimum Required Spend (MRS), or just plain “Spend”, is the amount you’ll purchase to earn initial credit card signup bonuses. It doesn’t include annual fees or cash back. Spend can vary from “1st purchase” (perhaps a dollar’s worth of gas) to 10K or more. Typical Spend for many credit cards runs between $1,000 and $3,000. By rethinking your auto insurance, you can save money while also meeting Spend on a new credit card. How does it all work?

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(Almost) Free Disney Annual Passes With Points

Recently my wife and I moved to Florida. Being lifelong Disney fans, we obtained (almost) free Disney annual passes with points. I call it the Disney Tax–the cost of fun while living in Central Florida. While not 100% free, we greatly reduced our costs using Bank of America Travel Rewards credit cards. You could do the same to obtain (almost) free Walt Disney World annual passes (in or out of State), free Disney theme park tickets, or free tickets to nearly any theme park; or obtain a large variety of travel items free. Among them: free cruises, free on-board credit (OBC), car rentals, and hotel nights. But we’ll focus on getting (almost) free Disney annual passes using points.

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Welcome Gifts Gallery from Hotel Room Special Requests

As promised in blog post “Dear Hotel Manager: Email Your Way to Free Room Upgrades and Welcome Gifts“, here’s a gallery of various welcome gifts we’ve received in our travels. Undoubtedly, we’ve forgotten to photograph some of them along the way. So think of this as a Selection. Looking forward to seeing what hotels will gift us this September on our Anniversary trip to Japan; the Japanese being famous for gorgeous food presentation.

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Hotel Room Upgrade Success Stories: 4 Video Walkthroughs

In a previous post, we learned how to email hotel managers for free hotel room upgrades. Here, I’ll share some success stories. The point? I want to inspire you to do the same. Then you’ll have success stories of your own to share: with friends, family, colleagues, and, if you’ll have us, My Points Blog. Do so in the comments section below or reach out to us via the Contact page. No textual Deep Dives here–just plenty of eye candy sorted by year. Enjoy. Or try to. Please excuse the poor videography in advance.

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Dear Hotel Manager: Email Your Way to Free Room Upgrades and Welcome Gifts

Gimme dat! “Say please first,” your mom always said. Mom’s right. Asking for something nicely like free room upgrades, spa access, and welcome gifts greatly increases your probability of success with a hotel manager. And as some wise person once declared: “half of life is in the asking.” Further, giving a good reason why your wish should be granted tilts the playing field in your favor.

Put these concepts into practice by writing friendly, concise, and specific emails to hotel managers and I predict Great and Wondrous Things shall be granted to you. Sometimes it’s better to receive than give. However, if you show good character, courtesy, and respect in a hotel manager email for a special room request, you’re in a sense giving kindness. And Kindness is King. From my perspective specifically, a King Corner Suite, Top Floor with lounge access. 🙂 Join me as we learn how to soft-sell our way into hotel perks typically reserved for Elites.

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Hotel Search Tools: a few of my favorite travel hacking things

Whiskers on kittens. Warm woolen mittens. Confess. You know the rest, right? If you don’t, you have no soul. If you do, you have no shame. But did you know about hotel search and other travel hacking tools unadvertised by TV and Film? Of course you don’t unless you’ve been in the frequent flyer miles and points Hobby. Let’s remedy that, shall we? Within, we’ll go round the travel search tool world and observe a few of my favorite ones. Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy night; I mean ride. 🙂

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AutoSlash: Save money on car rentals while you sleep

“Save money on car rentals while you sleep.” If it’s not their slogan, it oughta be. Because you may have asked yourself. Self? This AutoSlash thing. Is it an Urban Dictionary definition? For example, a thug deflates one’s tires for sporting a controversial bumper sticker. “Vote Cthulu: Why settle for the lesser of two evils?” or some such. Ain’t got nothin’ to do with that folks. Nothin’. AutoSlash is the best thing since sliced skinny bagels. And no Martha, MyPointsBlog.com has no financial relationship with AutoSlash. We just enjoy raking in the savings on car rentals, yo, and believe you will too. So what is AutoSlash and how does it all work Now, seriously folks…

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