Weekly Review (July 29, 2015)

(This is a data recovered post, originally published on July 29th, 2015.)

Travel News
We’ve been home from our vacation for over a week now, so I’ve run out of excuses for why I haven’t done an update.  The big news, of course, is that the trip was awesome!  We spent 12 days traveling through Switzerland, Italy, Germany, and Holland.10 year euro
There is so much to write about regarding this trip I don’t even know where to start.  Many of you have been asking for more details about how we traveled first class and stayed at luxury hotels for next to nothing.  I’m currently working on a overview of how we did it, and more importantly how you can do it too!  That post will be up in the next few days.  Also look for a full review of each part of the trip in the coming weeks.

As for our first week back, I pumped $12.53 in free gas using the free gas tactics outlined on this site.  I mentioned in this previous update that the Menards free stuff experiment is over but on Sunday I stopped by and couldn’t resist getting some of the free deals.  10 4-packs of rechargeable batteries and a stainless steel yardstick were the highlights.

Last week I did my monthly spreadsheet update.  Here are the relevant points and miles data:

  • Used a free weekend night certificate at Hilton (~$250 value)
  • earned 51,112 airline miles
  • earned 182 hotel points
  • earned 5972 Chase Ultimate Rewards
  • earned 1431 “other” points (Wells Fargo Rewards, Barclay Arrival Miles, Citi Cash)
  • avoided $145.51 in interest charges

Now you’re updated. Go employ some Value Tactics!

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