It seems hard to believe, but this site is now 5 years old! Seems like just yesterday when I was down in Brazil and decided to stay connected by starting a little blog for friends and family and now some 10,000 people a day come to check it out!
And yes, together with the site’s birthday comes my own…I’ve now been around for quarter of a century! Best thing about turning 25? Cheaper car rentals!
It’s a been a great year, and a fun challenge to keep the site updated while flying across the world…A month at 4 Hawaiian Islands (I’ve been a hopeless Hawaii addict ever since the $87 inclusive deal of 2006), 2 weeks in Israel, 3 trips to LA, 2 to KC, 6 to NYC, Toronto, a free trip to Vegas at the beautiful Wynn and Encore…wow that’s a lot of miles burned! I’ve also enjoyed sharing some of my own thoughts on each place via the “Trip Notes” posts. (I’ll tag the end of this post with “trip notes” so you can click on it and read other trip notes postings.)
People ask me why I like traveling so much…it’s quite simple! I fly everywhere for free with my miles. Most of my flights are in First class and trust me, flying in a lie-flat bed to Israel makes you just wish the flight was longer! When I travel I carry around enough “wallet candy” to make sure that I never have to wait in a line and that I always have access to an airport lounge. My rental cars are Infiniti’s, Camaro’s and Caddy’s for the price of compact cars. I get upgraded to fabulous suites that I didn’t pay a cent for. What could be better? I hope that by following the site religiously and participating in the dansdeals forums that you too can have as much fun as I have doing this! It’s really not so hard…just start by churning some credit cards!
Anyway there have been a ton of incredible deals this past year. My favorites have been the US mint coins (hauling in a quarter million in coins is great exercise!) and all of the Hyatt deals, free top-tier diamond status, a free Hyatt night that came with the diamond status (which also counted towards faster free nights), and then the stay twice at any Hyatt and get 14,000 miles+6,000 points+1 free night in any Hyatt. Now I just need to figure out what to do with the 350K miles and 22 faster free nights that I got from that promo!
But there were lots of other amazing deals over the past year…let’s hear what your favorite was!
P.S. Stay tuned for the winners of the Dansdeals.com 5th Anniversary promotion…the raffle will take place by 11/30!