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Atlanta’s best breweries

Atlanta’s best breweries

Atlanta, and Georgia as a whole, was late to craft brewing. The state has only allowed alcohol sales on Sunday since 2011, and it wasn’t until 2017 that breweries were allowed to sell beer to customers in tap rooms. Still, a quiet, and then increasingly loud, Atlanta craft beer scene has made the capital of the South into one of the most exciting beer cities in the region.

It started in the 1990s with Atlanta Brewing Company, and then was bolstered by early (for Georgia) to the game players like SweetWater Brewery and Monday Night Brewing. Not to mention a small, but dedicated, group of beer bars dedicated to craft beer.

Today, it’s easy to say that Atlanta is, without contest, the South’s premier beer city. These are the best breweries and bars to get a taste of Atlanta’s brewing scene.

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Best Airline Credit Card

Joining a frequent flyer program is similar to getting married: along with a spouse, you get an entire family. Since most airlines are part of alliances, though, the deal is even better. Rather than the usual collection of meddling in-laws and crazy uncles, you gain access to a wide range of new airlines where you can use your miles.

U.S. travelers tend to do most of their flying on either American, Delta or United. The good news is that those carriers are respective members of Oneworld, SkyTeam and Star Alliance. Here’s how the big three carriers break down in terms of airline partners:

American: British Airways; Cathay Pacific; Finnair; Iberia; Japan Airlines; LATAM; Malaysia Airlines; Qantas; Qatar Airways; Royal Jordanian; Siberia Airlines (S7); SriLankan Airlines.

Delta: Aeroflot; Aerolineas Argentinas; Aero Mexico; Air Europa; Alitalia; China Airlines; China Eastern; Czech Airlines; Garuda Indonesia; Kenya Airways; KLM; Korean Air; MEA; Saudia; TAROM; Vi… Read More

Hiking Mount Whitney: California’s Highest Peak (Winter Climb)

Hiking Mount Whitney: California’s Highest Peak (Winter Climb)

Mount Whitney Hike CaliforniaHiking Mt Whitney in the Winter
Lone Pine, California

The elevation is starting to take its toll. Carefully planting one foot in front of the other, climbing through snow with my ice axe, I push on to summit California’s highest mountain.

Mount Whitney is the highest mountain in the lower 48 states at 14,505 feet. Yes, California is home to both the lowest point in the United States (Death Valley), as well as one of the tallest!

The mountain has also become one of the most popular hikes in the state — so popular that you need to enter a lottery in order to win a permit to hike Whitney.

Well, at least during the summer months.

Rather than deal with 100 other hikers and the very real chance I wouldn’t win a permit, I… Read More

Best Southwest Credit Card: Not What You Think

Chase and Southwest Airlines have a total of five co-branded credit cards. They’ve really upped their game when it comes to the quality of these cards, as they offer some great sign-up bonuses and perks.

However, in this post I wanted to make a case about why another card is actually the very best card for Southwest Airlines flyers. Yes, this card earns Ultimate Rewards points (which can be transferred to Southwest Rapid Rewards), but that’s not the reason I think this is the best card. Let me explain.

The Best Southwest Airlines Credit Cards

As far as Southwest Airlines’ co-branded credit card goes, I’d say there’s an obvious best personal and business card.

The Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Card is my favorite Southwest Airlines personal credit card. This $149 annual fee card offers:

A welcome bonus of up to 60,000 Rapid Rewards points
7,500 bonus points on your account anniversary every year
A $75 annual Southwest Air… Read More

Best Virtual Mailbox Service For Travelers & Digital Nomads

Best Virtual Mailbox Service For Travelers & Digital Nomads

Virtual Mailbox Services ReviewVirtual Mailboxes: How to Receive Mail while Traveling
Digital Nomads

How do long-term travelers and digital nomads receive mail or packages while traveling? I use a virtual mailbox service that allows me to scan and forward my mail internationally.

I’ve been working as a digital nomad for the past 9 years, basing myself in multiple countries or simply living out of my backpack while traveling.

Currently, I’m living as an expat in Italy.

Yet I have a virtual mailbox with a physical address in San Antonio, Texas.

Using this service, any incoming mail or packages is photographed, which I can then view through an online dashboard.

From there, I can decide to scan the contents (letters), forward the mail/package… Read More

8 Great Opportunities To Buy Points

We frequently see loyalty programs sell points at a discount, and for many this is an opportunity to buy points at a cost that makes sense, especially for aspirational redemptions.

At the moment we’re seeing several loyalty programs offering great deals on purchased points, most of which I’ve written about in the past several weeks. In this post, I wanted to provide a consolidated rundown of the best deals currently available for buying points.

In order of promotion expiration dates:

Through September 22, 2019, Alaska Mileage Plan is offering up to a 40% bonus on purchased points / buy miles for as little as 2.11 cents each / more info here
Through September 24, 2019, IHG Rewards Club is offering up to a 100% bonus on purchased points / buy points for as little as 0.5 cents each / more info here
Through September 24, 2019, British Airways Executive Club is offering up to a 30% bonus on purchased points / buy Avios for as little as 2.12 cents each / m… Read More

Earn Double Hyatt Points For Las Vegas Stays

World of Hyatt has a cool partnership with M Life Rewards, allowing World of Hyatt members to earn and redeem World of Hyatt points for MGM stays.

Stays at select MGM properties accrue points at the same rates as normal Hyatt properties, and you’re also eligible for elite nights when staying at these properties.

Well, if you’re headed to Las Vegas anytime soon, Hyatt has just launched a new promotion for MGM stays, which has the potential to be lucrative.

Earn Double Hyatt Points On MGM Stays

Between September 19 and December 28, 2019, World of Hyatt members can earn double World of Hyatt points for eligible spending at participating M Life Rewards properties in Las Vegas.

That means members are earning 10 World of Hyatt points per dollar spent, before factoring in elite bonuses, credit card bonuses, etc.

Registration is required to take part in this promotion, and you need to be a member of both World of Hyatt and M Life Rewards to be … Read More

Alaska Offering New Bonus On Purchased Miles

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is one of my favorite programs to buy miles from, both thanks to the frequency with which they sell miles, and what a good deal their redemptions can be.

The airline sure has been taking an interesting approach towards selling miles this month, though. Last week the airline had a three day flash sale on purchased miles, while this week they have a one week sale on miles. Compare that to them historically offering promotions for weeks at a time.

So let’s take a look at Alaska’s current promotion.

What is the best price for buying Alaska miles?

Through Sunday, September 22, 2019, Alaska is offering a bonus on the purchase of miles. Different accounts may be targeted for different offers, and my account shows a bonus of up to 40%. It’s possible that different accounts are eligible for different bonuses, so you’ll have to log into your Mileage Plan account to see what you’re eligible for.

The 40% bonu… Read More