Dubai Trip Traveling like the Prince of Arabia
We started our trip from Cincinnati the day before.  Using American Air miles to fly from CVG to ORD. Flights out of Chicago are 33% cheaper or more than out of Cincinnati.  Sometimes we drive but with the weather and the long flight back (24 hours+ with layovers and pre-flight check-in) I thought we would just fly.


First Stop Dubai-
The key for me to get and keep status will be multiple points (pun intended) of attack.  
-Fly places on sale that are far away that I actually want to go to
-Use the right credit cards for the right places
-Keep track of points and program benefits 
-Be prepared to take advantage of last minute sales and mistakes
-It is a game have fun but play to win



Knowledge is everything. I recommend www.statusmatcher.com you will get the run down on every program out there.  Who is doing what to steal loyal flyers and buyers away from the competition?   By reviewing this site you will know what others have gotten just by asking and what steps and hoops they had to jump through to get them.  This will give you the power when you call to get the same deal.  If the first person you talk to says that program it not available hang up and call back (HUCB), ask for a supervisor, sell them why they should give you the opportunity and the status you want now, let them know your friend just got the same deal you are asking for.




Written by Jay- 
Welcome to Points to Places.  
My quest for points began in 2011.  I had just started traveling again after taking a few years off due to a number of reasons.  I had nicknamed myself “Jay the World Traveler” in my email addresses, My Space and various places on the web.  My serious world traveling started in 1994 thanks to the United States Navy Reserves.  Even though I was active duty I never went anywhere outside the US until I became a weekend sailor.  My first trip was to Thailand, followed by Australia, Spain and Hawaii all on the government dime, plus they paid me.  Having no fear of foreign lands and meeting locals I adventured out on my own to Paris, Ireland, Malaysia, Dominican Republic, Italy, Mexico and more.  I used the internet to find last minute deals for airfare and hotels.  I learned the ins and outs of Priceline, Hotwire, Expedia, Travelocity, Orbits and others.  I shared my knowledge with friends and family.



Hello, my name is Jay aka JaytheWorldTraveler.  You will run into plenty of people on the internet that have traveled more, know more, and are more elegant writers than myself.  But what I hope is that I will be one of those go to sites that you share with your friends and family when there are questions about travel.   Knowledge should not be kept as a secret and should be shared.  The points game is a game but we will play by the rules and adapt and overcome hurdles that confront us and our goal of traveling in style and comfort for less than the other guy.  

We begged our tour guide in Abu Dhabi to take us to an authentic middle eastern restaurant. Whether it was fancy or street food we didn't care. A few minutes later we pulled down this street right on the harbor. There were many men working on boats and it wreaked of fish. For me that's a good smell because I know there will be the best fresh fish at the restaurant we are going to. 

Chicken Piccata-  


I am so inspired right now that I need to write about my chicken piccata recipe right now and get it out of my system so I can concentrate on real life events like doing the dishes and feeding the cats. Exciting right?  I was first introduced to Chicken Piccata when I started my bartending job at Maggiano's Little Italy- One of the things we had to do in training was try every single food item on the menu. They brought everything out on a large table and we would take a bite and talk about the food. Needless to say I had the most enjoyable experience working there. When I had my first bite of Piccata my mouth watered, the savory thin chicken cutlet and the tangyness of the capers was almost too much for me to handle. I knew from that point on that I really really like this stuff....