Rom has created this website to share his secrets on becoming a savvy traveler and spender. If you are looking for help on saving money or traveling smarter, he is here to help you.  Traveling is fun and traveling free is even more fun.  He has saved thousands of dollars collecting over one million points and miles from 20+ Credit Cards and strategic spending to have the ability to travel anywhere in the world for a couple dollars.  He also gives tips on backpacking travel and analyzing deals to help you travel for free or earn a few bucks.  Rom provides free advice and travel consulting on his site because its enjoyable!

Rom has traveled to Europe on business class tickets for $100 and Hawaii for $20 per ticket.  He and his wife have an unconventional traveling style, backpacking across Europe and hand washing his clothes, but at the same time stays in classy hotels like the Hyatt Park Vendome Paris for free.

Park Hyatt Paris Vendome Breakfast (free!)

Secret Falls, Kauai

Corniglia, Italy

Rom is a graduate from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of California, and a travel consultant/blogger.  Join me as I share my personal tips and secrets to help you and I travel for free!

14 comments for “About

  1. Tom Weber
    June 12, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Please add me to your mailing list for new posts.

    • June 12, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      Click the follow button on the bottom right corner.

      • Annette
        July 4, 2015 at 2:51 pm

        Sign me up for updates, tips, etc.
        Am interested in trip from San Diego to Myamar/Vietnam. Hints?
        Future plans are to Australia, Bali, NZ and on a more pedestrian trip, SD to Charleston in the spring.

  2. September 19, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Hey great website. Very informative and easy to read! Keep up the great work!!

  3. Kim
    February 7, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    My husband and I would like to go to Hong Kong to visit our son this summer. We would like to use the stopover feature of some of the airlines to spend a week in Hawaii doing a cruise around the islands then on to Hong Kong.

    We want to use points to get as much free as possible. My biggest question is how to use that stop over feature to get two trips out of one ticket.

    Thanks so much.

    • February 7, 2014 at 4:44 pm

      Unfortunately the free stopover trick with aa miles doesn’t work with hkg because there’s no published route hkg-lax. You could maybe fly lax-hnl-tpe on Hawaiian air and stop in hnl. Then from tpe pay 4500 avios to get to hkg. Availability is tough in summer. Hope you get lucky!

  4. Kim
    February 10, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Does the stopover trick work with United?

    • February 10, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      You can have one stopover on a round trip united ticket.

  5. Kim
    February 10, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Thank you for your help. I will get on getting United miles. BYE KIM

  6. Kim
    February 10, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    I just checked my husband’s United acct and he has 63,000 points. Would that be the way to go?

    • February 10, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      You will need some more United miles. Not sure where you’re going exactly. Consider applying for chase ink bold or sapphire preferred on this site. 60k economy is Europe and 70K is to Asia.

  7. mayne
    May 6, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Thanks for the site and great posts! I too am a CPA, I Love to travel and just started doing the credit card thing in February. My wife and I are planning to leave on a world trip in November of next year and looking to bank as many airline and ultimate reward points as possible between now and then.

    I have excellent credit and since we are using bluebird to buy giftcards and save for our trip, I am comfortable with the minimum spends even getting 3-4 cards at once.

    I haven’t been turned down yet for a card and have applied and rec’d 6 in the past 3 months (both SW personal cards for the companion pass, barclays USAIR, gold delta, CITI hilton, and chase freedom).

    I have the following cards on my shortlist to get – maybe in two APPORAMA segments? : citi 100k american, citi 50k american, chase united mileageplus, chase ink, chase bold, chase sapphire, club carlson.

    My concern is that I will start to get denied for too many applications or too much credit extended (particularly with the CITI and chase cards). My wife has a similar signup history to me and just got denied by USBank for club carlson card, which makes me nervous.

    My question would what strategy would you recommend in order to apply for and to get the cards on the shortlist, and to avoid getting auto-denied for too many apps? Like I said we are using bluebird to buy giftcards and save for our trip, so I am comfortable with the minimum spends even getting 3-4 cards at once.

    Any advice would be really appreciated!! Thank you!

    • May 8, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      Welcome! I think you can apply for 1 chase, 1 barclay, and one usbank at a time. No more than 3 at a time. I might just do 2 to be conservative.

  8. Johnny
    November 6, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Hi Rom,

    Can I use the 2BM for UsAir and Citi AA to get my 90k and only 1 credit pull?


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