How to Travel Frugally This Summer

If you haven’t already heard, Southwest Airlines is having a huge sale on late summer, early fall travel! You have to travel between August 23 and December 14 if you’re flying domestic, and the sale ends this Thursday. Just by a quick look, I could travel to Las Vegas between August and December for as […]

How to Save Money to Study Abroad

Studying abroad can often be a life-changing experience. In addition to a new learning environment, with new classmates and different perspectives, studying abroad helps you grow as an individual and opens your mind to different ideas. While studying abroad can be a worthwhile endeavor for many majors, study abroad through universities and colleges is typically […]

What Renewed Relations With Cuba Could Mean for You

Fewer than two weeks ago, the U.S. re-opened the U.S. Embassy in Cuba, marking the beginning of a new opening of Cuba to more Americans. While non-Americans and Americans with specific purposes were able to visit Cuba before, the re-establishment of a U.S. Embassy signifies a change in U.S. attitude toward the island. If you’re […]

Planning for Your Summer Vacation

After a particularly brutal winter (I’m looking at you, East Coast!), it’s definitely not too early to start planning your summer vacation. If you’re like the many who have to plan your vacations in the summer due to kids’ schedules, work schedules, or even weather schedules, you know that prices increase during the summer. Unfortunately, […]

3 Affordable Places to Retire Abroad

While some of us reading Your Personal Finance Pro may be years away from retirement, it’s never too early to begin planning for the future. Whether you continue working full time, part time, or not at all, have you thought about where you’ll be enjoying your retirement years? You may assume you’ll stay where you […]

Medical Tourism 101

Finding cheap and affordable health care is always tough.  Today, PF Pro contributor, Melissa the Sunburnt Saver tells us all about her experience with medical tourism. The cost of medical procedures in the US is often difficult to determine. As we learned from Harry’s experience, prices can vary dramatically, if you can even get an […]

How the PF Pro Books a Hotel Room With Points

Between my wife and I, we now have over 30 credit cards in our wallets.  That might seem like a lot to the average person (and it is) but the sign-up bonuses from these cards have allowed us to stay at some pretty amazing properties for next to nothing.  In the past year alone, we’ve […]

The Ugly Side of VRBO

I’m a huge proponent of saving money but when one of your favorite things to do is travel, your worlds can kind of collide.  Luckily, I use a lot of the airline miles I rack up from credit card sign-up bonuses to get free flights and hotels.  But the latter can often be a lot […]

My Latest Credit Card: The Amex Starwood Preferred Guest Card(SPG)

Update (6/3/14): The current offer has been increased to 30k points for the Amex SPG Personal and Amex SPG Business card. If you’d like to sign up using my referral code, please shoot me an e-mail and I’ll send you the sign-up link. Since I’ve got a European honeymoon coming up this summer, I’ve been in […]

How I Cashed in 162,000 Points For a Free Hawaiian Vacation

Editor’s Note: I’m leaving for my trip to Kauai this Friday so I thought it would be the perfect time for this post. Aloha! And yes, that is our hotel in the picture below and that is a lazy river! Some people probably think I’m crazy for holding 22 credit cards in my wallet but […]

Now is the Best Time to Go For The Southwest Companion Pass

If you’re like me and you love traveling then you know how expensive it can be.  The whole reason why I started churning credit cards and racking up points was so that I could travel more and spend less.  I’ve racked up almost a million points across all different programs since I started but one […]

Unexplored Benefits: Does Your Work Have a Corporate Travel Match Policy?

Right after I get done complaining about my employer, they go and surprise me again.  My company was taken over by an even bigger company last year(top 50 in the world) and a lot of employees were worried about benefits being cut and reduced salaries.  So far, none of that has happened, it’s been great. […]

5 Ways to Save Money at Amusement Parks: Sea World San Diego

For some reason, the April showers haven’t quite hit San Diego like they normally do and the weather has been fantastic lately.  Warm days and a nice breeze are why I love living in Socal and this past weekend I decided it would be a good time to take my sister(age 5) to Sea World. […]

Ever Taken Advantage of a Satisfaction Guarantee Offer?

“Satisfaction Guarantee” is a term that I hear thrown around a lot these days.  My interpretation of that phrase is that if I’m not satisfied with any aspect of the service or product I receive, I’m entitled to a full refund.  That seems like a pretty bold statement, doesn’t it?  What business in their right […]

Save Time and Money When Traveling Through Airports

Maybe I haven’t traveled in a while but when did airports become such a rip-off?  Just this month, I’ve traveled over 7,000 miles on 3 round trips with another trip to Philadelphia scheduled for next week and everywhere I go I can’t believe how expensive things are. I probably sound like a grumpy old man […]

What’s the Best Way to Get to the Airport in San Diego?

I don’t travel much for my day job, but I do for my part-time gig(coaching).  This year we have trips planned to Vegas(x2), Philadelphia and Dallas along with a personal trip to New York.  Even though most of my airfare will be free thanks to Southwest(plus my companion), I’m still looking for ways to maximize my savings […]

What Credit Cards Will Work Abroad in Europe, UAE, Asia?

Traveling abroad and paying for everything has gotten a lot easier over the past 10 years.  I’ve never had the pleasure of using a travelers check but I hear they were quite the adventure.  Nowadays though, when I travel abroad I take two debit cards, two credit cards and a couple hundred dollars in cash. […]