Recent Posts

  • Hong Kong and Japan: Channeling the Far East

    I collected airline miles, hotel points, and free night certificates for an excursion to East Asia in December of 2015. I treated my mother and father to two business class flights with Cathay Pacific. The first was a 16-hour flight… Read More ›

  • Dublin, London, India – 2016

      Oct 23 Rapid City Fairfield Inn $49   Oct 24 Delta RAP – MSP – BOS $259 ($250 airline credit from Citi Prestige)   Aer Lingus Lounge – Boston   Aer Lingus Boston – Dublin 37.5k BA avios +… Read More ›

  • Alaska: Wilderness Unbound

    Alaska is absurd. Bears, moose, mammoth mountains, soaring pines, jagged peaks, water streaming past boulders, surging down valleys, crashing against sand. We started in South Dakota, attending a wedding in the Black Hills the weekend prior to departure. This was July of 2014…. Read More ›

  • Sinai: Searing in Sand and Sun

    In the summer of 2009, I devoted two weeks to the Sinai Desert. I loved my initial impressions of Egypt. Serenity and beauty abound. Egypt beams with radiant energy, from the ever-shining sun, and all those damn pyramids. I experienced… Read More ›

  • Athens: On Colorful Footings

    (What follows is the second in a series of articles on a 2009 adventure through Europe and the Middle East. The previous commentary discussed the vibrancy of Jerusalem). As my impromptu quest approached the Balkan Peninsula, a foremost sensation arose: supreme… Read More ›

  • Jerusalem: the Lion of this Kingdom

                                                                                   … Read More ›

  • US News & World Report – 2017 Airline Rewards Credit Card Study

    US News & World Report invited me to evaluate their 2017 Airline Rewards Credit Card Study. I’ll provide a summary and analysis of the report, and expand on credit cards that warrant attention. The study divided the airline rewards credit card… Read More ›

  • Matthewriter’s Travel Agency

    Visit Matthewriter’s Travel Agency, launched this summer, for help organizing your next trip. I’m offering up to five hours of research, advice, and planning for $129. Each additional hour is $27. We can discuss airline routes and rules, hotel loyalty… Read More ›

  • Priority Pass airport lounges

    A number of credit cards offer a membership with Priority Pass, a network of airport lounges. Cardholders with the Citi Prestige get free access for themselves and two guests. Each additional guest costs $27. The American Express Hilton Honors Surpass… Read More ›

  • ME3 (Middle East 3) – Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar

    The ME3, not long ago, were set to become the global elite among airlines. Sure, they’re fueled by government subsidies, unfairly, perhaps, to other carriers, but they provide a class of service not matched in the skies. European or Asian… Read More ›

  • Fifth Freedom Routes

    A fifth freedom route is the right of an airline to fly between two foreign countries on a route originating or ending in the airline’s own country. KLM flies from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, a 12-hour flight, and then Kuala… Read More ›

  • Transferable Points Currencies

    Points that can be transferred to airlines or hotels represent excellent value. Diversifying your portfolio of miles and points often provides unforeseen opportunities. Singapore Airlines partners with all four transferable currencies, while Cathay Pacific, Etihad, and Air France/KLM partner with… Read More ›