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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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 […]

Following Up After Our Crazy Fundraising Day

Two days after and I’m still sore.  We descended on Central Florida last week to see how much money we could raise for an incredible organization, Give Kids The World.  Give Kids The World provides cost-free vacations to families with critically ill children.  These kids get a great place to stay, free tickets to Disney World and Universal, presents and a virtually unlimited supply of ice cream.  Last year we raised over $20,000 to support their mission. How Did We Do This Year? This year we set out to break […]

I Need Your Help Again To Do Something Wonderful And Crazy

Things have been way too quiet lately, which means it’s time to do something crazy again.  If you’ve followed along here over the years, you know how much I enjoy helping others.  If you enjoy helping others and/or I’ve helped you over the years, I hope you’ll consider helping with my next crazy effort. There are so many incredible charitable organizations out there.  One of my favorites is Give Kids The World.  Their mission resonates with me because of my own children. They’re not terribly well-known, unless you’re a Disney […]

EASY! Earn Free Delta SkyMiles With Starbucks Purchases

Some of the best ways to earn miles and points can also be the easiest.  Small amount of points add up over time.  Earning points for things you’re already doing are really the golden opportunities for me.  That’s why a new partnership to earn Delta SkyMiles on your Starbucks purchases is such a great opportunity. Even if you don’t visit Starbucks on a regular basis there are a couple of easy scores here. Earn Delta SkyMiles For Starbucks Purchases Delta announced a partnership with Starbucks earlier this week.  Folks who […]

Instant Top-Tier Hotel Status, Reasonable Offer To Extend Until End Of 2023

There’s an easy way to get IHG One Rewards Diamond status right now.  I don’t expect this to be around a long time so you may want to work quickly on this one.  Originally reported by MileLion (I saw it on View From The Wing), you just need to enter your IHG loyalty account number to qualify for status.  It’ll literally take you longer to look up your IHG number than it will to register for the status upgrade. Here’s the link. I was granted Diamond status instantly through the […]

Reminder: Free Points For All And Bilt Mastercard Holders Earn Double Points On All Non-Rent Spending Today

I earn affiliate credit if you sign up for the Bilt Rewards Mastercard using links in this story. Just a quick reminder that everyone can earn free Bilt Rewards points today and Bilt Mastercard holders earn double points on all non-rent spend on “Rent Day”, the first of each month. Even if you don’t have the Bilt card you can earn free points two different ways today: Download the Bilt Rewards app and link your Virgin Red account to Bilt Rewards to earn 500 free points. Participate in the trivia […]