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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Summer Vacation Day 3: One Of The Greatest Roller Coasters I’ve Ever Experienced

I’m trying to get back into the habit of writing every day, so you should see frequent updates on our summer vacation in the RV.  If that’s not your jam, I get it.  I’ll be posting about the rest of the travel world from time to time as well.  If you do want to follow along: Day 1 Day 2 Lake Compounce may be one of the best amusement parks you’ve never heard of.  I sure hadn’t heard of it, and we only ended up here by accident.  Nestled in […]

Summer Vacation Day 2: Gilmore The Merrier

These posts are meant to be quick updates about our summer vacation with the RV.  Day one found us driving…and driving…..and driving.  Day two would start out a bit rough and have some annoying stuff in the middle, but turned out mostly okay. After a long day of driving yesterday, I was in a hurry to get the trailer setup.  Once it was level and the electric and water were hooked up I went inside to sit down and catch my breath.  I didn’t bother with the sewer pipe hookups.  […]

Summer Vacation Day 1: 9 Hours of Driving

Hey, guys.  I’m trying to get back into the habit of writing every day.  Blogging is absolutely like a muscle.  If you don’t use it regularly, it will atrophy over time.  Where I used to write twice a day now I look at the keyboard sometimes and can’t even figure out where to start.  Some of that is due to medical issues I’ve been dealing with the past few months.  I discussed them at the end of this episode if you want to know more. Mostly, it’s just not being […]

Hyatt Announces Triple Points Promo For The Summer

Hyatt announced a promotion where members can earn triple points on stays of two nights or longer.  For those planning summer vacations, this is excellent news!  Dubbed Bonus Journeys, this promotion will start July 20th and run through September 15th, 2021. It appears that all properties under the Hyatt umbrella are participating, including all of the participating, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the MGM Resorts properties in Las Vegas as well as a number of brands Hyatt acquired a few years ago (Thompson, Destination, etc). You’ll need to register […]

WOW: 50% Off Southwest Flights During 3-Day Flash Sale!

ETA: Thanks to James in the comments for pointing out this works on award flights as well! This is one heck of a fare sale to wake up to!  As part of Southwest Airlines’ 50th anniversary celebration they’re offering 50% off all flights this fall. As reported by Ben from One Mile at a Time, you’ll need to purchase your flight by 6/17.  When you use code SAVE50 at checkout, you’ll save 50% off the base fare for all Southwest flights departing September 15 through November 3, 2021. You’ll see […]

Wide Open Business Class Awards From Tahiti To The US

Earlier today I noticed View From The Wing reported on a ton of availability between Tahiti and Los Angeles (the route is PPT-LAX).  Tahiti is a destination that has eluded me over the years.  I almost ended up with a stopover there right before the pandemic started closing countries.  Now, you can book business class award for the whole family on many days at a reasonable rate.  There are two options: 64,000 Air France/KLM Flying Blue miles plus $292.36 per passenger.  The Flying Blue has lots of transfer partners, including […]

Marriott’s New Brand Standard That Should Have Never Been Necessary

What’s the saying, one bad actor spoils it for everyone else?  There are over 5,600 Marriott hotels in the US and Canada.  There may be more than one bad apple, but only one hotel that recently made news for charging guests a 2% convenience fee to use a credit card.  I recall reading the original story and thinking how absurd it was.  I spent a number of years in the hotel industry.  We hated taking cash.  It was a necessary evil, but caused all sorts of problems.  Cash creates opportunities […]

Bonus Offers For Hyatt, Marriott, Southwest and United Credit Card Holders (Targeted)

Chase is offering a wide range of credit card holders.  Between my wife and I we were targeted for these offers on three of our credit cards. World of Hyatt Credit Card Bonus Offer The World of Hyatt credit card usually offers four points per dollar on purchases at Hyatt hotels and two points per dollar on some travel purchases (airline tickets purchased directly from an airline and local transit costs).  This offer essentially doubles the points earned on Hyatt stays and more than doubles the earning on any travel […]

TODAY ONLY: Book 8,000 Mile Round-Trip Award Flights On United Airlines Through End Of Summer 2021

If you’re still dreaming about where to travel this summer, you should definitely pay attention to the award sale United Airlines is having today.  There are some prices on award tickets here that I don’t ever recall seeing.  I did a bunch of searches for a recent story I published on The Points Guy and I wanted to make sure to share some of that data here as well.  A few notes before we dig into city pairs: You have to book round-trip flights. You need to include a Saturday […]

I Took My First Airplane Flight In 14 Months. Here’s What I Learned

When I think back to last March, flying home New Zealand with a brief pit stop for some work in Las Vegas definitely didn’t seem normal  When I was on the tarmac in Auckland waiting to take-off, the United States closed the borders to anyone arriving from Europe.  That seemed pretty serious at the time.  Still, I told my wife I was coming home and would probably be off the road for four or five weeks.  14 months later and fully vaccinated, I got back on the road last week […]