“Your Mileage May Vary” is 6 Months Old Today & To Celebrate, We’re Holding A Contest!

Can you believe this blog is already 6 MONTH OLD? We sure can’t, but we’re so happy we’re still here and that, as I often tell Joe, “people are reading our stuff!!!”

Anyway, to celebrate, we’re holding a contest over on our Facebook fan page – CLICK HERE to read the rules and to enter!

We’re having a blast writing our posts and we hope you enjoy reading them. Thank-you so much  for sharing this journey with us! Here’s to many, many more anniversaries for Your Mileage May Vary!

Like this post? We have plenty more just like it and would love if you decided to hang around and clicked the button on the top of this page to follow our blog and get emailed notifications of when we post (it’s usually just once or twice a day). Whether you’ve read our posts before or this is the first time you’re stopping by, we’re really glad you’re here and hope you come back to visit again!


ACT NOW: $60 in Amazon.com Purchases for $4.99 (if Eligible)

I know I usually write about how to maximize travel with miles and points and reviews about our travels. However, I’m always looking for a way to save a buck here and there, and this offer was just too good to not to pass on to everyone.

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Man Checks In A Can of Beer As His Only Luggage

With the cramped conditions of air travel nowadays, it’s often suggested that airline passengers travel light and check as much as they can, to help ensure there’s enough room in the cabin for everyone’s essentials.  Well, a guy in Australia took the advice literally and became everyone’s hero in the process, because the only thing he checked for his Qantas flight between Melbourne and Perth was a can of beer.
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The Most Sexist Hotel Bar In The World?

Sexism is apparently alive and well at Japan’s Hilton Osaka, where their new (it opened in March) cafe/bar, called My Place, currently has a discount offer running for women who wear high heels – and the higher the heels, the more of a discount they’ll receive.

Wait, what the…?!?!?! Yeah, I know. Read more for the details…
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Flying + Saudi Arabia Airlines + Ramadan = Fascinating!

I don’t know about you, but I love to learn when I travel. And since traveling often means meeting people from all different backgrounds, I’ve discovered that I love learning more about what these “different from me” people consider to be important and, of course, as is often the case, that includes their religion. So from my own active researching as well as reaching out to ask friends who practice, I’ve learned a little bit about many of the major and not-so-major religions around the world – what’s done, why they’re done, etc. I think it’s made me a more well-rounded person and helps me keep a more open mind about those who are not the same as me.

Anyway, as I write this, it’s just past the halfway through Ramadan (May 26 – June 24). To grab a quote from History.com:

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Getting Internet Access In Cuba – It’s Easier Than You’d Think! Here’s How.

We visited Cuba for a week in March 2016 to celebrate Sharon’s “ends with a 0” birthday year. Based on what we were able to learn before our trip, we were ready to be on a full internet blackout. It seemed to be that there might be internet in Cuba but we had no idea how to access it.

If Cubans are still driving in cars from the 50’s, will I be able to get email on my iPhone?

Here’s what our experience was when we tried to get access to the internet and how that has changed (or stayed the same) since our trip.

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Our Interview With Million Mile Secrets!

Hi everyone! To start today’s blog entry, we’d like to give a big shout out to our friends at Million Mile Secrets! That is a “points and miles”-centric website written by Darius and Emily and their team, who, as per their web presence, “have earned millions of airline miles and hotel points to travel the world for free,” and are, “now blogging to help more people to the same!” Why the shout out? Well, if you are already familiar with Your Mileage May Vary, you already know a little bit about us. But if you’d like to learn even a little bit more, take a peek at this page of Million Mile Secrets, which is a question and answer session they recently had with us, as part of their ongoing Interview Series. In that series, their readers who have blogs (like us!), “share how they book trips with miles and points to get big travel with small money.” And they interviewed us! You know what that means, right? We’re FAMOUS, y’all!

Sharon (L) and Joe (R) (because we know you really needed us to specify who was who) at the top of the Sydney Harbor Bridge at sunset, October 2014

If you are visiting us for the first timeWELCOME! We are Joe and Sharon and we’re a married couple, originally from the northeast (he’s from NJ, she’s originally from Brooklyn, and then Staten Island, NY) but now living in Orlando, Florida. Joe is the one who is majorly into the points and miles and he writes most of our articles that have to do with miles, points, credit cards, airlines, hotels, tricks of the trade, etc. Sharon is the proofreader and tends to write the more diverse entries in the blog.

To give you a feel for us and what we write, here are examples of some of our posts from the past few months:

Miles & Points
 How not to be fooled by false point valuations
 The ways that miles and points are NOT equal.

Credit Cards
 Joe’s review of the Citi Prestige credit card.
 An explanation of why we have a Disney Rewards Visa card but hardly ever use it.

 A comparison of using points vs. a credit card offer for our upcoming trip to Disneyland.
• When we stayed in the Towers of the Waldorf=Astoria in Manhattan before they closed for 3 years for renovations.
 Joe’s search for a hotel for our upcoming trip to Las Vegas, while negotiation resort fees, parking fees and taxes.

 How we haven’t paid for a flight on Southwest Airlines since 2015.
 Joe’s excitement when he managed to get us flights to Charlotte for $25.

Theme Parks
Sharon’s report of where to look (and where not to look!) for discount tickets to Walt Disney World.
A #TBT, going back to April 2005, when we visited Nara Dreamland, a knock-off of Disneyland, which was operational in Japan from 1961 to 2006.
 The time when we got to throw beads from a Mardi Gras float at Universal Studios Florida.

Our Travels and Experiences (an eclectic mix of places we’ve seen and things we’ve done that we find interesting – they’re oftentimes a little bit unusual or off the beaten path)
 When Joe got to go to the Mystery Science Theater 3000 premiere screening and after-party for their new season.
 How thrilled we were when we managed to get a reservation for the Pan Am Experience.
• A #TBT, looking back at September 2002, when we got to eat dinner inside the Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World.

Info for Newbies and Those Who Don’t Travel Often
• What to bring on a trip and what to leave home.
 Hacks for managing hotel room thermostats.
 What Sharon did when an airline broke something in her luggage.

So yeah, that’s us. We’d love if you would decide to hang around and click the button on the top of this page to follow our blog and get emailed notifications of when we post. We’ve got some cool topics planned in the next few weeks, which run the gamut from which credit card we recommend to use outside of the U.S., to our visit to Salzburg Austria to see places where they filmed “The Sound of Music,” to some interesting summer hotel promotions we’ve seen, to a lighthearted look at Sharon’s “Photobombs Around the World” series of pictures, to a discussion of when is the best time to buy airfare. Whether you’ve read our posts before or this is the first time you’re stopping by, we’re really glad you’re here and hope you come back to visit again!

We were able to get on a special queue for this photo op at Walt Disney World a couple of years ago because of having our Disney Visa card. Perks like that are one of the reasons why we keep it.