Coming Soon: Birthdays in Costa Rica & Nicaragua

Brendan's PropertyThis Friday, I'm headed out of Portland with my friend Cristina to Liberia, Costa Rica and soon after to the west side of Nicaragua to see my friend Brendan's property.  Brendan has been out there since the middle of January and I figure it is about time to pay a visit and see what this land is all about.  I've never been to Nicaragua before, so I'm quite excited about seeing a new country.  Costa Rica on the other hand happens to be the first trip I ever did solo (2012), which I loved, and am glad to visit once again. Cristina's birthday is the 17th and my birthday is the 18th, and I'm excited to go to another part of the world to celebrate our birthdays. (more…)


Mileage Plan Program Changes | Alaska Airlines

Just got a surprising email this morning that Alaska Airlines is changing the number of miles needed domestically for flights.  Instead of the normal information I'm seeing about airlines devaluing their mileage plan, Alaska is going the other way and making their miles go further.  That's awesome for those who fly Alaska.  Thanks Alaska Airlines! (more…)

Travel Hacking

How To Score 50K On Hawaiian Airlines

I was scanning the interwebs the other day and came across a way to get 50,000 miles from Hawaiian Airlines.  Normally they give a reward for 35K miles, but if you go through the process of booking a dummy flight, and before paying for it, you'll see an offer to get 50,000 Hawaiian Airline miles.  Click the link to apply and you're on your way.  I did this myself as I am out of Hawaiian Airline miles and am looking forward to relaxing under some palm trees with a drink in hand. (more…)

Travel Hacking

Southwest Companion Pass: Round 2

Companion Pass UPDATE: It's been pointed out to me that sometime here in March, Marriott/Southwest (not sure which) is going to stop the rewarding of the Southwest Companion Pass when following the steps below.  Hopefully this will still be of use to peoples before they stop. Today, I'm writing about how I just got another couple years with the beloved Southwest Companion Pass.  Unlike before, where I received the pass from using credit cards, this time around, I used a bunch of Marriott points that I acquired.  Either way you choose to go about getting the pass, it isn't too hard.  Let's dive into the details. (more…)


How I Saved Over $3,000 On A Flight!

KLM Airbus 330-200 Foto:KLMThis Christmas, I decided that I'm going to go to The Netherlands for New Years.  I'm not totally sure on my plans, but I knew that I needed to get my flight soon to avoid it getting too expensive.  I'm not sure if I'll be returning from Amsterdam, so rather than booking a round trip (RT) ticket, I just wanted a one way.  In doing so, I realized that I saved my self over $3,000 on that one-way direct flight from Portland to Amsterdam.  Here's how I did it. (more…)

Travel Hacking

Save Money Flying KLM-AMS Direct

My friend Melissa pointed this hack out to me and I'm glad she did.  Melissa hit me up the other day asking me a way to save some money on getting to Amsterdam from Portland towards the end of May.  I told her to consider other directs from places like Seattle or Vancouver, but she was able to make her direct from PDX a lot cheaper. (more…)


PDX->SNA (FTU)->SFO (Work)->PDX->SEA->LWS->Home

travel-newport-beach The title of this post is quite the cluster, but it is what my upcoming week is going to look like.  Prior to yesterday, I was going to go to Newport Beach, CA to attend Frequent Travel University (FTU) and then come back to Portland, work here through Thursday, and then fly out to Lewiston, Idaho to visit my grandma.  Well, a wrench was throne into the situation and now I'm also going to San Ramon for a four-day deep-dive for my work.  Now, I'm hitting the following airports before finally getting back home next Sunday. (more…)