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Listen to Travel with Grant on Today’s NowBoarding Podcast! [Plus Feedback from my Parents]

Updated at 7:30pm PT on 12/4: I updated the post, provided links to some of the topics I mentioned in the podcast, and added feedback from my parents after they listened to the podcast…


Good evening everyone.  A few days ago, I wrote My Latest Obsession: Listening to BoardingArea Bloggers on NowBoarding Podcast.  After that post went live, I reached out to Ed from Pizza in Motion and we made plans for my NowBoarding podcast.  Fast forward to today and my podcast is now live and you can listen to it here.  The recording is 26 minutes long.  Here are some of the topics I mentioned on the podcast:

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My Latest Obsession: Listening to BoardingArea Bloggers on NowBoarding Podcast

Good afternoon everyone, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and any other shopping holiday I missed (RIP Small Business Saturday).  Over the last few days, I have been binge watching listening to the new NowBoarding Podcast, hosted by Ed Pizza from Pizza in Motion.  The weekly series has 21 episodes as of today, November 27.  Each episode is roughly 30 minutes long where Ed interviews various bloggers from BoardingArea and TravelUpdate.  You can listen to the podcasts for free online or via iTunes.

  • God Save the Points – Gilbert Ott – NB 001
  • Le Chic Geek – Jeanne Hoffman – NB 002
  • The Gate – Brian Cohen – NB 003
  • Angelina Travels – Angelina Aucello – NB 004
  • The Short Final – Dominic Perilli – NB 005
  • Wandering Aramean – Seth Miller – NB 006
  • Rapid Travel Chai – Stefan Krasowski – NB 007
  • One Mile At A Time – Tiffany Funk – NB 008
  • Heels First Travel – Keri Anderson – NB 009
  • BaldThoughts – Lee Huffman – NB 010
  • Running with Miles – Charlie Barkowski – NB 011
  • No Mas Coach – Jon Nickel-D’Andrea – NB 012
  • Deals We Like – Jen Yellin – NB 013
  • Points with a Crew – Dan Miller – NB 014
  • The Flight Detective – Trent – NB 015
  • Out & Out – Harlan Vaughn – NB 016
  • No Mas Coach – Ben Nickel-D’Andrea – NB 017
  • Economy Class & Beyond – Kevin Marshall – NB 018
  • The Millennial Traveler – Conrado Asenjo – NB 019
  • Monkey Miles – Zachary Abel – NB 020
  • Frequent Miler – Nick Reyes – NB 021

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Hotel Buy Points Promos Ending Soon: Choice, Hyatt, Radisson, IHG, La Quinta & Hilton

Good morning everyone.  Since Black Friday and Cyber Monday are right around the corner, several hotels are running buy points promos now.  I wrote about 7 airline buy miles / points promos yesterday and I have all the latest offers on my Buy Miles & Points Page.  Always check the math to make sure that buying points makes sense for you.  Do not buy points speculatively unless you have a use in mind.  With that said, here are the 6 promos that are ending soon. First up, Choice Hotels is offering a 25% discount when you purchase Choice Privileges points.  This offer expires on November 26.

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Come Visit Me at FTU Sydney!

Sorry in advance for the short notice!

I found out just a couple of weeks ago that I was planning to be in Sydney at the same time as the Frequent Traveler University is happening this year. And even better, just last weekend, I agreed to come on as a last minute addition to the already awesome list of speakers!

FTU Sydney is happening this coming weekend – November 17 – 18, 2018, and I would absolutely love to see you there! Now, I know that it’s pretty unlikely that anyone is going to book last minute flights to Sydney to see me speak at the FTU, but it would be so fun to see some friendly faces that already happen to be in Sydney! Continue reading

$50 Off SELECT Membership: Exclusive Discounts on Airlines, Hotels, Restaurants, Events & More

Good morning everyone, happy Friday!  A few weeks ago, I was at the Chicago Seminars travel conference and learned about SELECT, an elite membership that offers exclusive discounts on travel, dining, events and much more.  According to their website, “SELECT members enjoy unpublished rates at over 500,000 hotels & resorts and VIP perks and treatment at thousands of premier restaurants, travel partners, nightlife venues, retailers, and experiences. Enjoy airfare discounts, rental car savings, complimentary elite status and more – opportunities you won’t find offered to the general public.”  Here are some of the benefits SELECT members have access to:

  • 5% off Hawaiian Airlines flights
  • 12% off Air New Zealand flights
  • 20% off Silvercar
  • 15% off Hyatt
  • 15% off Brooks Brothers
  • 30% off Tumi
  • 25% off Tommy Bahama
  • 15% off Bose and much more.

I signed up for a SELECT membership since they were running a promotion at the Chicago Seminars.  You can get a $50 discount by using my SELECT link.  As you can see, there are 8 distinct headings when you sign into your SELECT account.  I will go through each heading and show you a sample deal available.  I did not pick and choose the best deals from each heading, just deals that stood out to me.  Lastly, new deals are constantly being added to SELECT, so check back often.  Under the Hotels heading, they offer up to 70% off bookings at 200,000+ hotels and 10% cash back at 300,000+ hotels.

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