American Airlines is running a video campaign to educate everyone on their frequent flyer program and ways to earn. You will watch 6 videos and answer a few questions.  It takes about 10 minutes. Have fun!


American Airlines

April 30, 2015 - Posted by The Traveler’s Loophole

Last month, I reserved and stayed at the Best Western via RocketMiles is a hotel booking site that allows you to earn points and miles for loyalty programs other than at the hotel you are staying.  I am collecting United miles right now, but slightly concerned that the miles wouldn’t post plus, sometimes United takes forever posting bonus miles. Happy to report that my 11,000 miles posted within a week of my stay!

October 21, 2014 - Posted by The Traveler’s Loophole

san fran

Alright then, it’s been many moons since my last post. A good deal has happened in my life, however the worst is behind me, and I am trudging forward. That being said, since we last interacted … I have still been traveling and I am still collecting miles and points like it’s my job. I went on an Alaskan Cruise with my family and also to San Francisco to visit friends. :)

What has me excited and prompted me to post right now is that I am booking travel for people at my “real” job.  Just a perk for them that I know the ins and outs of scheduling travel, getting rebates, and possible free flights for my workmates in the future. Also, (for me!) if I schedule the hotel stays via Rocketmiles, I can get frequent flier miles for myself! (I am only doing this if they don’t collect hotel points.)  I emailed Rocketmiles to ask about scheduling for others and getting miles for myself, and I got the green light. Just be careful to put in the travelee’s name when you are scheduling, then put in your own frequent flier number. I will let you know how it goes. I am doing United MileagePlus, and as we know it takes For-Ev-Er for them to post miles, so I will keep my eyes open.

I’m also getting into deals and freebies lately. Have you heard of the new app called Check? It is a bill pay app that is owned by Intuit. Right now, if you download the App to your Andriod or IOS, you will receive $10 off your first bill you pay. Thanks to slickdeals.

  1. Download and install the Check app for iOS or Android.
  2. Login or setup an account.
  3. Add an account once you login (Bills & Utilities, Credit Cards, Insurance, Loans, and more).
  4. Select a bill you would like to pay.
  5. On the top right of the screen, click on the present box icon and click on the Try It now button.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions to pay your bill and you will see $10 off paid by Check on your invoice.

This took me a whole 5 minutes.


September 3, 2014 - Posted by The Traveler’s Loophole
January 6, 2014 - Posted by The Traveler’s Loophole

Biggest LoserOh Groupon, you know how to get us … Is anyone feeling like it’s New Year’s Resolution time? Time to shed a few pounds and learn a healthier lifestyle? As you know, I think NY resolutions are crazy, but the point of this program is to start a lifestyle change, and get us informed and motivated. (Plus, looking good on vacation is always awesome!) Well, the Biggest Loser Resort in Chicago is running (pun intended) a 40% off discount via Groupon. This offer is only valid through January 14th. You will get a 1-Week Fitness and Weight-Loss Program with Daily Meals and Snacks at Biggest Loser Resort Chicago in Chicagoland. See more details here.

January 5, 2014 - Posted by The Traveler’s Loophole

A big shout out to whomever used my HotelTonight referral code and got hotel rooms on New Year’s Eve! Sounds like someone was being responsible. 😉 When you used my referral code, it gave me $25 to use on MY next stay with HotelTonight.

What is HotelTonight? Well, it’s a free app, so you download it to your device, or iTunes, or GooglePlay and each day, after 12:00 noon, there is a listing for hotels that have vacancy and discounted rates. The rub is that you have to be flexible and go where the deal is … with no pre-planning….. Although you will find that a lot of these hotels are the same, day after day … so you could plan a little. There are quite a few people using HotelTonight now, and there are reviews on most hotels that are listed for that day. They don’t use hotels that are lower quality. It is a great way to save money and stay at a nice hotel for much, much less than you would normally pay. So … Please use my invitation code MBROWN195 when you sign up and you and I will both get $25 to use on our next stay!  Here’s the email I received ~


Your Credits

Hey Mary,

Someone you’ve referred just made their first booking! Since you wisely invited this friend to HotelTonight, we’re hooking you up with $25 in credits to put toward your own future booking.

Want more credits?

Each time someone you invite to HotelTonight makes a first booking, you score another $25 to use on HT. Spread the wealth!

To invite more friends, just share your personal invitation code:


Thanks again, and have a great 2014!


January 2, 2014 - Posted by The Traveler’s Loophole

If you are not a member of the Southwest Rapid Rewards program, now is a great time to sign up. You will receive 500 points just for signing up and another 500 for signing up for their email updates.