Diamonds in the Sky |

Recently I've been really looking into maximizing the value from my spending. I used to just have the AmEx Blue Cash Preferred card, which gives you cash back, but airline miles turned out to be much more valuable (to me at least), so I signed up for some more cards this year. FlyerTalk is a pretty good resource to check, but the format of the site (maybe intentionally) makes it difficult to quickly get up to speed on how to do things. I didn't end up taking much of the advice on that forum, but I still think it's a good source of information. One of the less cryptic and very often used sets of the abbreviations are from IATA airline codes. ...more

Around the World in 30 Days |

Despite living and working in France (I'm almost a resident!), I haven't been back home for more than a day in the past month. I had to go to Palo Alto for a work, and scheduled a trip to Japan prior to that to take the JLPT. I ended up going to New York unexpectedly (I didn't even bring the keys to my apartment) to apply for my French visa (and getting to fly Business Class on ANA made this trip quite enjoyable). I'm finally back home, and the weather is so much nicer in the south of France than it is in either Tokyo or New York. ...more