My name is Mike. I have traveled on and off for various jobs for both work and pleasure and accumulated a fair amount of loyalty program points along the way. I’ve also done my best to learn how to accumulate points without travel at all, and maximize the value out of redeeming my points and miles.
I created some original tools – the Companion Pass Engine designed to advise one how to achieve a Southwest Companion Pass, and the United/American Goal Engine, which advises a credit card award path to achieve a free trip/travel objective. Although I have let the award charts and card offers slip maintenance as I have little incentive to maintain them sans referrals. So apologies for the semi-useful state, however they still do provide some value! If I am ever provided my own referral links I will update them fully.
My past jobs including technical architecture, business intelligence, and data warehouse consulting roles. I have also worked as a sales engineer for a large volume and high speed database appliance platform. For the first time in my professional career, I am not a regular employee performing DBA/architect work on this platform, with some flexibility to travel. I also host a website for a local sandblaster who provides a mobile sandblasting service.
I like cats more than dogs, I’m what I call a practical libertarian, and most of what I read is non-fiction and based around history and economics or computer stuff. I’m a car guy and pretty biased towards BMW and Subaru. I’m trying to make my blog a go to place for destination car experiences, provide some digital nomad advice, and tips on how to travel (mostly fly) for cheap, at least while banks keep allowing you to funnel their marketing dollars into your pocket.
My 2015 status achievements, soon to turn into nothing as we head into 2016! I am no longer doing the work travel required to acquire or maintain these.