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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Hyatt Announces A New Fall Promo: Double Points (And Double Nights At All-Inclusives)

Hyatt announced a new promo today that offers members the opportunity to earn increased rewards and a potential fast-track to elite status.  In an environment where hotel promos have been lackluster or absent, the new Hyatt promo should be a nice bonus for fall travel.  Let’s take a look at the two components. Double Points On Stays Of 2 Nights Or More Starting September 15th, 2022 and continuing through December 20th, 2022 members can earn double base points on all stays of two nights or more.  You’ll earn an additional […]

Week 2 Of Deals! Daily Getaways Has 20% Off Marriott Gift Cards And More

Week two of Daily Getaways is here and it’s better than week one.  Some of the best Daily Getaways have been gone for years but week two brings back a fan favorite.  More on that in a bit. If you’re unfamiliar with Daily Getaways, it’s an annual promotion sponsored by the US Travel Association. You’ll find daily travel deals that go on sale each day at 1pm ET.  Daily Getaways took a break during the pandemic but is back again in 2022, getting started today.  While all the deals may […]

Daily Getaways Is Back! Here’s A Quick Look At Week One

If you’re new to the points and miles world you might wonder what Daily Getaways is.  It’s an annual promotion sponsored by the US Travel Association.  Daily Getaways took a break during the pandemic but is back again in 2022, getting started today.  While all the deals may not be spectacular, there are some gems.  And, for folks who don’t travel for a living or have a ton of credit card spend it can be a great way to jump start a vacation plan. There are four weeks of deals […]

Earn 250 Free Bilt Rewards Linking To Amazon (And Another 250 For Redeeming)

I earn affiliate credit if you sign up for the Bilt Rewards Mastercard using links in this story. Bilt Rewards has rolled out another partner for redeeming your points and they’re offering a bonus to celebrate the new partnership.  You don’t need to sign up for their credit card to be a member of Bilt Rewards and earn the bonus points. Bilt Rewards is the only program that allows you to earn valuable points when paying rent at no cost to yourself.  There are other ways to earn points for […]

Planning Our Trip To Iceland

Iceland has been on our radar for a while.  Coming out of the pandemic, which significantly curtailed our international travel, we asked both of our children to pick out a destination that was high on their list.  Our teenage daughter quickly picked Iceland.  I knew I had my work cut out for me in terms of paying for the trip. I plan to write quite a bit about Iceland.  Here’s what I hope to write about in the future: Hotel reviews of the Konsulat and Canopy (Hilton properties) in Rekyjavik, […]

Catching Up After 10 Days On The Road

Wow!  So much to cover after our trip to Iceland.  This was my 30th country visited, a small number compared to some of my friends.  It was also one of my favorites.  I’ll have a lot more to say on that in the near future.  I also need to catch up on some recent events. I didn’t want to wait too long after getting back just to check-in with folks, especially since I haven’t been writing much.  I’m happy to answer questions about Iceland or anything travel-related.  Leave a comment […]

Maya Leibman, Chief Information Officer At American Airlines, Stepping Down

We learned today that Maya Leibman, CIO of American Airlines, is stepping down from her role with the airline.  Normally, this wouldn’t be the type of story I would cover, an airline exec stepping down.  But, Maya Leibman is no normal airline exec. I had the good fortune to meet Maya for the first time when she served as President of the airline’s loyalty program, AAdvantage.  While I don’t recall the exact date it was in early 2011.  Maya was attending a conference that I was helping organize.  Since I […]

A Good Illustration That Not All Points Are Created Equally

I recall a conversation with my father-in-law a number of years ago where he was taking about points he earned with a Navy Federal credit card.  He felt like no matter how much he spent on the card he never got any worthwhile travel rewards.  Because of that, he assumed there was no reason to bother collecting points and miles.  It’s a discussion I’ve had dozens of times over the years with folks and likely half a dozen with my father-in-law (I’m a glutton for punishment). How you earn points […]