Chase Sapphire Reserve

What Credit Cards are in my Wallet?

Personal finances are such a touchy subject. Even mentioning using credit cards can be a hot topic. Someone recently acted like I was an idiot for using just one credit card. The exact quote was “credit cards are a complete scam”. So I share the information on my best credit cards for travel because there are many strategies to maximize points. My way is not necessarily the right way for you, and many may find... Read more

Should I #DeleteUber?

Don’t worry, this blog has a strict no politics policy! But on the heels of the recent Uber controversy, I thought it would be a good time to analyze my rideshare usage. I currently have both Lyft and Uber loaded on my phone. The main reason has been if one was on surge pricing, I could toggle to the other for a better rate. Since Uberx and Lyft launched in Phoenix several years ago, we’ve seen... Read more

Ritz-Carlton Bali Outdoor Shower

Do too many credit cards hurt my credit score?

One of the big questions I get from friends and family who hear about how I did things like fly first class to Bali for my honeymoon is “doesn’t having too many credit cards hurt my credit score?”. The short answer is it can but not if you have good credit already. The long answer to whether a lot of credit cards may impact your credit report is more complex. Building your credit if you... Read more

Who Rides Greyhound Buses?

I was driving down I-10 towards Tucson the other day and sped past a rather worn down Greyhound Bus plodding towards an unknown destination. It got me thinking. Who rides Greyhound Buses anyway? With airfare at an all-time low, could it be any less expensive than flying? Are there other reasons people are willing to turn a 2 hour journey into 24? Greyhound vs. Flight Cost Difference Ok so I was intrigued. What do these... Read more

Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

Las Vegas Points Options – Strip Hotels

It seems here at PMM we have a bit of a Vegas obsession. But Las Vegas points options will inevitably come in handy for a majority of readers one day. Reasons to visit Vegas can range from kids soccer tournaments to 21st birthday parties, bachelor parties, work conferences, or who knows what else. Since Vegas can be really expensive on certain weekends points can definitely come in handy! Keep in mind the below Las Vegas... Read more

Buying An Extra Seat On A Flight

A mega fare sale happened yesterday. In this case it was Delta offering wide open availability from my hometown of Phoenix to London for $500 round trip. Phoenix hardly ever gets the big sales major hubs do. There I was, scrambling to text my wife to see if she’s on board for a spontaneous trip. In this case, the fact that we’re expecting our first child in May squashed my chances of convincing her to hop over to... Read more

MGM Grand View 2

Review: MGM Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

Any trip to Vegas should be fun, no matter where you stay. This MGM Grand review will go over the basics and cover a good stay for a fun family weekend. MGM Grand Review: As Ben mentioned in his review of the Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Casino, & Spa, we were recently on a family trip to Las Vegas for our cousin’s 21st birthday. Much of our family was staying at the Paris right in... Read more

Review: Holiday Inn Express Deming, NM

Last week I outlined why I’d be joining the IHG Rewards Club. Basically I’ll be staying in small towns that don’t have a ton of loyalty program options. Well my first stay has come and gone at the Holiday Inn Express Deming, NM. I probably won’t be reviewing every roadside hotel I end up staying at. But for my first stay, I’d like to reflect on the Holiday Inn Express brand, the IHG program experience, and... Read more

mlife hyatt partnership

Share Mlife Status AND Hyatt Platinum with your Spouse (or Roommate!)

One of my recent posts discussed the Mlife and Hyatt partnership, in particular rates for Mlife members often being substantially cheaper. Today find out how to share your Mlife and Hyatt status with your spouse or roommate. This is a perk that I haven’t seen other travel bloggers post about (although I’m sure someone out there has!) so hopefully it is helpful. Please note with the new World of Hyatt the Mlife tiers you will match to are... Read more

I’m Joining The IHG Rewards Club

The Sugarhill Gang once sang “Everybody go: Hotel, motel, Holiday Inn”  in the classic song “Rappers Delight”. Well when your new consulting job requires you to take long road trips to far flung places like Deming, NM, a Holiday Inn might be just be your best option. Since it looks like these types of trips are going to be happening every month or so, I decided I really needed to figure out a points and loyalty strategy for staying... Read more