Edward Pizzarello

About the Author

My goal in life is to fill my family’s passports with stamps, creating buckets of memories along the way. You’ll find me writing about realistic ways for normal people to travel the world, whether you’re on a budget or enjoy luxury. I also enjoy taking us on the occasional detour to explore the inner workings of the travel industry.

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Great Rent Day Promo: 100% Transfer Bonus To Hawaiian Airlines, One Day Only

I earn affiliate credit if you sign up for the Bilt Rewards Mastercard using links in this story. In 2022 Bilt Rewards introduced the concept of bonus earning on the first of each month, referred to as “Rent Day”.  It started with double points on all transactions (except for rent) on the first day of the month for Bilt Rewards Mastercard holders.  Now, Bilt has started announcing additional promotions for Rent Day, and this month is excellent.  In fact, I’m debating draining my entire Bilt Rewards account for this one. […]

EXTREME? I Had Five Different Tickets Booked For Our Flight Home This Week

It still amazes me how much a seemingly small change during the pandemic has come to my rescue so many times.  Near the beginning of the pandemic virtually all US airlines eliminated change fees.  United went first, Delta and American quickly followed suit.  At the time it wasn’t something that moved the needle because nobody was traveling.  But, I had the sense then that this would be a big deal. One of the biggest benefit to elite status was the ability to reduce or waive some fees that airlines typically […]

2022 Airline Status Recap & 2023 Status Goals

I’m finally getting a moment to breathe and look back on my 2022 year in travel.  Let’s start with airline status.  If you want to hear more about my airline status goals we had a detailed discussion this week on the pod.  At a high level, 2022 was a year where I continued to choose whatever airline offered me the best itinerary to maximize my time.  A nod was paid to cheap first class fares since it’s virtually impossible to be at peak productivity.  It was also about trying to […]

Today Only: Easily Earn Up To 600 Free Points!

I earn affiliate credit if you sign up for the Bilt Rewards Mastercard using links in this story. It’s the first of the month which means Rent Day rewards from the folks at Bilt. If you hold the Bilt Rewards Mastercard you can earn double points on all non-rent spend today.  And, even if you don’t hold the credit card you can earn up to 600 free points just by playing trivia in the Bilt Rewards App. The easiest way to earn free points is to download the Bilt Rewards […]

American Airlines Makes Changes To Their New Loyalty Program Less Than A Year After Launch

Less than a year after American Airlines launched their new loyalty program they’re tweaking the requirements to earn status as well as the benefits. This is on the heels of United Airlines finally adopting the requirements they announced in 2019 and Delta increasing their qualification requirements.  I’m not surprised to see American making changes a year in.  Okay, maybe a bit surprised.  But, I wholeheartedly agree this is the right approach.  Smart companies continue to innovate where they see opportunities.  In most cases, small tweaks are more well-received by customers […]

Delta Should Proactively Offer All Sky Club Members A Refund

Delta Air Lines has what some folks might call a “good problem”.  In reality, this problem is causing frustration with many of the airline’s best customers, something we discussed in detail this week.  For quite some time the domestic airlines ran very mediocre lounges in the US. The lounges were a quieter place for members to catch up on work or relax in between flights.  Food offerings were meager as were drink choices. Delta set out to change that, and has done an excellent job.  Massive renovations and staffing increases […]

Starting Today: 7 Days Worth Of 6X On Dining, 4X on Travel And 2X On Virtually Everything Else

I earn affiliate credit if you sign up for the Bilt Rewards Mastercard using links in this story. If you’re not going to sign-up for a really lucrative, no annual fee card this week, when are you?  For the next seven days you can earn double points on virtually all charges on the Bilt Rewards Mastercard, and that’s even if you procrastinated until today to apply for the card.  That’s: 6 points per dollar on all dining charges (normally 3X) 4 points per dollar on all travel charges (normally 2X) […]

DC, MD, VA Meet-Up Thursday, December 8th! Benefits Toys For Tots

Those of you that have followed my blog over the years will recall that we used to have occasional meet-ups with other travel geeks in the DC area.  The pandemic put a pause on that for quite some time but we’ve been talking about getting back to it for quite some time. Thanks to my friend Jeanne Hoffman for kicking me in the butt to get this tradition started again. Thursday, December 8th is when we get this tradition back under way.  I’ll be joined by Jeanne and our friend […]

LAST DAY? Unlimited Flying For One Year On Frontier For $599

Of course there are plenty of limitations in the T&C, but Frontier Airlines launched one of the most interesting offers in recent memory this week.  Their GoWild Pass gives you unlimited Frontier flights for one year for the price of $599. The last announced opportunity to purchase the pass is 11:59pm MST on Friday, November 18th. What’s The Catch? Well, there’s more than one.  But, if you fork over $599 for a year of flying, here are some of the major restrictions: You can only book a domestic flight one […]

Back To The Future: United Finally Implementing Higher Status Requirements, With Some New Twists

Back in 2019 the airlines were gearing up to thin their elite ranks.  Travel was booming, though not the unbelievable demand we’re seeing this year.  Late in 2019 United announced a pretty significant revamp of how customers would earn elite status.  Just a few months later, the reality of COVID-19 caused the airlines to rapidly change direction.  In essence, the tougher qualification requirements wouldn’t see the light of day in 2020.  Nor 2021 or 2022.  As we head into 2023, United has announced that they will be adopting the increased […]