Did Citi Outsource Their Emails to an Intern or the Simpsons Comic Book Guy?

I received this email today from Citi as a carrier of their AAdvantage credit card and couldn’t help but point out the terrible headline writing and copywriting found within. My main focus is the headline: Our best protection benefits. Ever. How was this headline approved? Was it written by the comic book guy on the […]

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One of my Favorite Uses of Miles: Speculative Award Bookings

When your house is listed for sale and you have already moved your possessions, you can expect a high level of uncertainty with every day that passes. What if the house sells before I’m scheduled to come back next? Who will mow the lawn? Who will take care of X and Y? I have found […]


Getting a United Status Match in 5 Easy Steps

The first airline I ever flew was Northwest Airlines (NWA), and I was loyal to the red tail for pretty much my entire life into early adulthood. NWA was a Minnesota staple, to the point that when the 1987 Twins won the World Series, the noise of the crowd in the Metrodome was compared to […]

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Grapes Ready for Harvest in Sonoma County

I spent much of Labor Day weekend exploring some of the beautiful areas north of San Francisco, experiencing great food, fun hikes and lots of wine along the way. On Sunday we stopped at one of our favorite wineries in Sonoma county and had a library tasting of some of the special wines they had […]


California Wine Country in Photos

Probably my favorite part about moving to the San Francisco Bay Area is the close proximity to Napa and Sonoma counties, aka California wine country. Mrs. Jeffsetter and I have been coming to wine country once or twice a year since 2008 and even got married at a winery in Sonoma county in 2012. So […]


Taking the Pain out of Flight Research

One of the biggest pain points I come across while playing the travel hacking game is award flight research. While it’s fairly easy to understand where airline alliances can take you, piecing together the perfect itinerary and award booking can take several hours/days/weeks/months to complete. It might start with a simple trip to Wikipedia or […]

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Tracking a Herd of Elephants – South Africa Safari Part 3

If you could make a hobby out of tracking Elephants, I think that it would replace travel hacking as my preferred way to spend my time outside of work. I would start an elephant tracking hacking blog and write tips about how to find elephants faster, share how to get free safaris and even join […]

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South Africa Safari Experience Part 2: How Often do Lions Mate?

After your first two safari drives, you start to get the hang of how things will unfold over the rest of the experience. Each drive will focus on tracking down animals that the passengers would like to see or those that have left a clear trail during their daily comings and goings. The morning drives […]

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My South Africa Safari Experience Part 1: Cheetah’s and Hippos

First of all, my South Africa Safari Experience was amazing. Our 3 nights stay at the Vuyani Safari Lodge included 2 daily game drives, for a total of 6 chances to experience the wildlife on the Modilto private game reserve. This post is going to be specifically featuring the sights I saw during my particular safari […]


Attending the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks in Style

This past weekend I spent time with my parents, Mrs. Jeffsetter and some friends at the 140th Kentucky Derby in Louisville, KY. This was my first time attending the derby, and it almost didn’t happen because of my own negligence. But it did happen, and it was awesome. A little background on getting Kentucky Derby tickets […]


Vuyani Safari Lodge South Africa Hotel Review

You could say that the Vuyani Safari Lodge is my reason for visiting South Africa in the first place. It all started with a flash sale on for an all-inclusive safari experience for two in South Africa for $332 a night. While I wasn’t sure if this price was reasonable compared to other safari […]

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Sioux Falls, Seattle, Austin and Living Out of a Carry On

April has been one of those months where I have spent more nights in hotels than I have been home by about a 3 to 1 ratio. It started with the South Africa trip that I’ve been sharing updates on and then after a brief 4 days at home I’m now in the middle of a […]

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Ascending Table Mountain, Seal Colonies and Penguins Around Cape Town

In addition to Robben island, there is a lot to see in the area surrounding Cape Town. Immediately after we got off the Robben Island ferry, we hopped in a taxi to take a ride to the Table mountain gondola. On our way I stopped at a camera shop to pick up two extra batteries […]


Westin Cape Town Hotel Review

After a long and exhausting experience of flying MSP-ATL-JNB-CPT over the course of about 26 hours, we finally arrived in our first destination in South Africa. Right from the beginning, I was sure we chose the perfect hotel for our needs. The Westin Cape Town is kept in excellent shape, has some of the benefits […]

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Flying over the South African Savanna with a Quadcopter and a GoPro

Have you ever wanted to see what it is like to fly over the Savanna in South Africa? Well, today is your lucky day! During my South Africa trip I brought along my new GoPro Hero 3+ Camera and DJI Phantom quadcopter with the intent of taking some videos on the safari. It turns out […]