Where I've Been Lately

Hello, after a long delay between posts, and apologies for the extended radio silence!This summer, I started working to post more frequently and more regularly. It was a nice idea, but you know what they say about "best-laid plans." That ended up applying here, because two big things got in the way.


Review: Gold Star Beer Counter, Brooklyn, NYC

The New York City craft beer scene has exploded in recent years, and nowhere is that more evident than Brooklyn. A ton of breweries have popped up, with three more opening in the coming weeks. Along with the breweries, specialty beer bars continue to pop up, and more general bars and even dives have upped their selection to include more local options. Among my favorite of the specialty bars is Gold Star Beer Counter, located at 176 Underhill Avenue in Prospect Heights.

Getting $1,000 to Watch Soccer in Nashville

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club came to the United States during this summer's off-season for a friendly tournament, playing a midweek game in New York sandwiched by weekend games in Orlando and Nashville. Obviously I went to to the New York game, and a handful of friends and I decided to travel to Nashville for the weekend match. Oh, and a couple of us made $1000 thanks to an oversold flight.

Score United Miles During Amazon Prime Day

Amazon Prime Day starts tonight (or last night, depending on when you read this). For 30 hours beginning at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 10th, Amazon will be offering deep discounts across all of its product categories. There will be deals on computers, luggage, video games, outdoor gear, and more. In addition to huge savings, its possible to earn United MileagePlus miles through your Amazon purchases.

How to Earn Bonus Points and Miles (Besides Credit Card Signups)

The fastest way to earn points and miles (unless you fly international first class twice a week) is to collect credit card signup bonuses. But there are plenty of other ways to get extra points, besides your normal everyday spending. In my latest article for Business Insider, I laid out a few of the best ways to rack up the miles. From dining rewards programs to simple online shopping portals, there are some great, rewarding programs to help you on your way to your next travel goal.

Flying Trans-Atlantic for Cheap on Norwegian's 787

When I went to London this winter, I chose to fly the first leg in business class (booked with miles) and jumped on a super-cheap economy flight back with Norwegian Air Shuttle (you can read about how I booked the flights here). I’ve flown on RyanAir, EasyJet, WizzAir, etc. before, but this was my first time on one of the trans-Atlantic low-cost carriers (LCCs) and I was interested in seeing how it compared to a mainstream airline.