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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Targeted Awesome Offer, 1,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles For Each Night At Hyatt!

As we start to return to travel after what seems to be the worst of the pandemic, travel companies are starting to flex their ability to encourage customers to travel.  Early on, though prices were low we didn’t see too many promotions.  That was probably an indication that airlines and hotels didn’t think they could convince people to get out there and book a trip.  We’ve actually seen fewer incentives than I would have expected so far.  Low prices are certainly an incentive, but I don’t think that alone is […]

It’s Time To Stop Losing Sleep Over No-Notice Devaluations

Let’s cover the basics before the pitchforks come out.  Plenty of time for those in a few minutes.  But first, a few clarifying statements: At a high level, the miles and points you earn today will be worth less in the future. Airline and hotel loyalty programs will make changes to the value of those miles and points in a variety of ways.  In many cases they will not provide notice. When programs change value without notice, you will frequently see bloggers and other members of the miles and points […]

Air Canada Launches Cool New Feature: Status Pass!

If you live in the United States and haven’t been paying attention to Air Canada, continue to do so at your own risk.  Since the middle of last year, Air Canada has been announcing new components of a completely reimagined loyalty program under a familiar name, Aeroplan.  While it’s certainly good news for Canadian residents, it’s also good news for US residents. When Air Canada announced the new program last year, there was plenty to be excited about. New status perks and new credit cards were really enticing. In two […]

United Cuts Deep On International Flights at Dulles

The pandemic has yielded plenty of unexpected decisions by airlines and hotel chains over the past year.  Recent moves by United Airlines aren’t all that surprising in general, but the depth of the cuts did surprise me.  It’s clear from these cuts that United doesn’t think international travel will come roaring back as more vaccines find their ways into people’s arms. United Cuts International Flights At Dulles Airport The Points Guy reported on a deep number of cuts on international flights at Dulles Airport.  Dulles Airport, located outside of Washington, […]

VIDEO: Truck Crashes Into Rental Counter

There are a lot of ways to return a rental car when you’re in a hurry. This video is over a year old, but I hadn’t seen it.  And, the potential for driver injury aside, this has to be one of the more amazing/amusing car rental returns I’ve seen: Best comment in the comment section?  “Guy that built those counters should see this!” Thx to David H for sending it along! Did you enjoy this post?  Please share it! There’s plenty of ways to do that below. You can also […]

HURRY: As Low As $245 ROUND-TRIP Business Class To Europe Through This Summer

I’ll keep this short so you can have as much time to book as possible, and I’ll update the post with some more details shortly.  There are business class fares from several US cities to several European cities for as low as ~$250 round-trip.  Miles Talk and View From The Wing have some examples. Remember that you have 24 hours to cancel any flight you book that departs or arrives in the US with no penalty. While this fare is bookable with a few OTAs, my recommendation is to search […]

Quick Reminder: 50 Transactions On Your World of Hyatt Card By Tomorrow

If you’re a World of Hyatt credit card holder and you registered for the February promotion to earn up to 5,000 bonus points you have until tomorrow to get your 50 transactions. There’s not a whole lot of restrictions on what the transactions can be. They do need to be at least $1 each, but in theory could be multiple transactions at the same store if you’re really close to one of these point thresholds.  Because the Hyatt award chart doesn’t stretch nearly as high as Hilton or Marriott 5,000 […]

Whoa: American Airlines Is Treating Executive Platinum Members Like It’s 2007

What a long, strange trip it’s been.  American Airlines is treating some of their best customers like they did a long time ago.  The airline industry has been through so much the past 20 years.  I traveled a bit here and there for work in the 90s.  I never really traveled enough to earn elite status until 2000, and then started chasing status in earnest in the wake of 9/11 as business travel returned. Leading up to 9/11 my father was a road warrior who traveled almost exclusively with TWA.  […]

Great For Families! Hyatt Residence Club Adding 9 Properties

Most hotels that are good for families are also good for other types of travelers.  With the exception of people looking for a secluded, romantic getaway at a boutique hotel, most hotels in vacation destinations meet the needs of most travelers.  Families usually have unique needs such as extra space, multiple bathrooms and connecting rooms.  That’s where properties like Hyatt Residence Clubs come in. Hyatt Residence Club is a small collection of vacation ownership (timeshare) properties.  What’s fairly unique is that these properties can also be booked using Hyatt points.  […]

Hyatt Announces Their Spring Promo Featuring Bonus Points And Free Nights

Hyatt has announced a spring promotion that should be rewarding to those folks who are traveling.  While it may be a bit early for business travel, this promotion can even serve as a rebate on leisure travel when redeeming your points. Hyatt Bonus Journeys Promotion Details Here are the details on the promotion: From February 23 through May 15, 2021, all members can register to earn 2,000 Bonus Points every two qualifying nights from March 1 through June 15, 2021. Nights do not have to be consecutive and can include stays across 1,000+ locations worldwide, […]