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The City Miler is the personal blog of David Slotnick, a points and miles-obsessed travel junkie, travel writer and native New Yorker. Follow for my latest travel (and travel "hacking") tips, tricks, reviews and photos.

Welcome New Readers!

Welcome New Readers!

St. Andrew's, Scotland, during my first big miles redemption.

St. Andrew's, Scotland, during my first big miles redemption.

Busy with work and life, but looking for a creative outlet, I started this blog in 2016 as a bit of a personal writing project. I planned to blog about life in my home of New York, photography and travel, but quickly started to focus on travel the most. I love traveling, and I love that points, miles, and travel "hacking" have made it possible to travel more often. In less than a year, I've been surprised, but thrilled, to see readership grow beyond just my miles-curious friends and family.

While I was on a trip to London a few months ago (read about it here — including how I flew one leg in business class for $5.60), I got an email from Emily at Million Mile Secrets, one of the biggest consumer-geared sites in the points and miles blogosphere. MMS runs an enjoyable Friday feature interviewing a travel blogger about how he or she uses points and miles, and even though I was smalltime (my branded social media accounts weren't even live yet) she had somehow found my page and asked if I was interested in being featured.

The interview published this past Friday, and I've gotten some great feedback. Since then, traffic here has increased, my e-mail subscribers have grown exponentially, and I've picked up new followers on Twitter and Instagram. To Emily from MMS, I say "thank you." To my new readers, I say "welcome!"

My goal with this blog isn't to push credit cards application links, or sell an aspirational lifestyle that no one really lives, or to brag about flying under the radar violating banks' terms and conditions for extra points. What I want to do is show my readers that the points and miles game is accessible even to casual players, even if you don't fly weekly or plan to open 15 credit cards in a year. It might take a little chutzpah, but with a bit of work, foresight, planning, and discipline, anyone can play successfully enough to book free(ish) or cheap trips across oceans, honeymoons in first class for a fraction of the list price, or trips-of-a-lifetime on a yearly basis. Beyond that, I'm looking to write about travel-related news, events, and general life in New York City through my eyes. Even if you don't live in New York, I think that you'll find my posts interesting and relevant — even event or restaurant reviews, if I ever write them, could come in useful if you end up here on vacation!

While I haven't been posting as often as I'd like to, I'm working on changing that. The best way to stay on top of new posts is to sign up for my e-mail list in the menu. I promise I won't spam you; you'll only get e-mails when there's a new post, at this rate a few times a month. I may also send out the occasional breaking news or deal, but only if it's something BIG that I want to get out faster than I can publish a post.

So again, welcome to new readers, and thank you to all for continuing to follow this blog. As always, I'm happy to answer your points, miles, and travel questions as best as I can. Leave a comment below, or shoot me an e-mail on the "contact" page!

With my fiancée Reni during our trip to Copenhagen this summer.

With my fiancée Reni during our trip to Copenhagen this summer.

Why I Love Points, Miles, and Travel "Hacking"

Why I Love Points, Miles, and Travel "Hacking"

My Travel Regret

My Travel Regret