Saturday, December 17, 2011

Welcome SATW Friends

I have just applied to join the Society of American Travel writers. I look at this organization as the gold standard within this field, and I am excited to be meeting so many others that are writing about travel. If you are new to this site, feel free to look over the column on the right titled "Read My Articles At:"  These links will take you to a list of the articles I wrote at the sites I am currently contributing to.

I look forward to getting to know you all better, and thank you for visiting my site.


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Travel Hackers On Nightline

Last month, my wife and I attended a fantastic seminar on reward travel.  The focus was on the best ways to earn and spend frequent flier miles, hotel points, and anything that allows you to travel for free. It was held in Chicago and it was extremely interesting and a ton of fun.

During the event, a crew from ABC's Nightline was filming for a piece that airs tonight. I am not featured in it, but you might catch a glimpse of me here or there. Nevertheless, this might open your eyes to this world of extreme travel rewards enthusiasts that most people don't know exist.

The segment aired November 22, 2011, here is the link.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Steele On The Radio

On Saturday, November 26, I was a guest on the Consumer Talk program hosted by Michael Finney, which airs on News Talk 810 in San Francisco.

I am scheduled to be on a segment that begins at approximately 5:00 PM Pacific time, 6 PM Mountain, and 8 PM  on the east coast.

You can listen live or download the podcast.

I will be discussing an article I wrote recently for Money Talks News, 5 Reasons Not to Apply for a Department Store Credit Card.

This should be fun!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Steele On Television

Another great thing about working for Stacy Johnson is the opportunity to appear on his television reports that are syndicated and broadcast on local news reports around the country on all the stations seen on the map above. In this clip, I am giving advice on how to travel for free over the holidays using frequent flier miles. 

Give me an Emmy!

Steele On Business Insider

One of the great things about writing for some amazing sites, such as Money Talks News, is that my work is constantly being picked up by other outstanding sites, such as Business Insider. In fact, they seemed to have picked up five of my articles in the last two weeks alone.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Steele Is Now A Full Time Freelancer

Free: Not obligated to work for any one company. No longer needing to show up and put in "face time" in a cubicle during set hours for no reason.

Lance: If the pen is mightier than the sword, the blog beats them both.

This marks the first week of my full time career as a freelance writer. I have lined up my clients, figured out my benefits, and even rented out some space in a real office building. My writing career is indeed taking off as I focus on travel, credit cards, and other aspects of personal finance.

On a personal note, this is really the fulfillment of a life long dream. I come from a family of people who generally own their own business or practice of some sort. Working for others has never been a great fit for me, and being my own boss gives me limitless possibilities for travel, recreation, and unscheduled slacking off. Or so it would seem as find myself working at 5 AM this morning.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Read Steele On Wise Bread!

I am excited to announce that I am now writing for Wise Bread, one of the top consumer finance sites. You can now read my first post there, 6 Ways My Family Scores Free Travel With Credit Cards, complete with some lovely pictures from our recent trip to Israel and Italy.

I will be writing weekly for them on travel and credit cards. Be sure to check out my latest work at Wise Bread by clicking on the link from my home page under "Read My Articles At:",

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Hello To My New Friends From Chicago

I am just wrapping up a fantastic weekend at the Chicago DO seminar, a conference for frequent fliers and award travel aficionados. I don't even know where to begin describing all the great travel tricks that I just learned, and all the amazing people I just met.

To my new acquaintances who are dropping by my blog for the first time, please check out the links on the right to the blogs I write for. Each one takes you to just the posts I created, even though the blogs have many other contributors. As usual, be sure to drop me an email to say hello.


Friday, August 12, 2011

Steele On Lifed

I am proud to announce my association with yet another outlet. Lifed is a new web site that just launched promising "all the life hacks, health, finance and productivity tips you can handle."

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Steele Hits The Big Leagues: MSN Money!

I am excited to announce my first article featured at MSN, "7 Worst Reward Credit Cards". Many thanks to Stacy Johnson and Michael Koretzky at Money Talks News for helping me with my writing and giving me this opportunity.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Read My Work At Money Talks News

I am very excited to be writing for veteran journalist Stacy Johnson and his team at Money Talks News.  This is an important opportunity, as stories featured at this site are often picked up by major outlets such as MSN and Yahoo. My first post, The 7 Worst Reward Credit Cards – and What You Can Learn From Them, just went live today!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Another Blog Post Of Mine Hits The Consumerist!

For the second time in a month, the Consumerist, the highest ranked personal finance site on the Internet, is linking to an article I wrote over at Money Crashers.

This is the article where I disclose all of my best tricks to avoid luggage fees. Some commenters feel this is unethical, but obviously I am more than happy to beat the airlines at their own game.


Saturday, April 9, 2011

Steele On The Consumerist

For a blogger, there are few things as cool as surfing the net and finding a link to an article you wrote. That happened to me for the first time this morning when I was browsing The Consumerist, the highest ranked personal finance site on the Internet!

Check out their story about my original article I wrote for Money Crashers, Should I Buy a New Car? 6 Reasons to Buy a New Car over a Used Car.

You can browse all of the articles I have written for Money Crashers here.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Steele Quoted In Business Traveler Magazine

Recently, I was interviewed by reporter Mark Chesnut for Business Traveler magazine. He was interested in trends relating to hotel credit cards. As a reward card blogger for AskMrCreditCard, I was able to provide him with my perspective on the subject.

You can read his entire article here, Changes In The Cards.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

I Am Writing For Yet Another Blog

Expanding on my writing in the field of personal finance, I will now be writing a weekly column for the blog How To Retire Rich.  You can read my first article there, Student Loans Versus Retirement Savings.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

You Can Now Follow Steele Street On Twitter!

In my never ending quest to stay on top of the latest social media, Web 2.0, and (insert buzzword here) scene, I will now be Tweeting regularly about all my writings. I also plan to bitch and moan about various companies in an effort to compel them to provide decent service.

Follow my Twitter Feed here @SteeleStreet

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

My New Blogging Gig At Money Crashers

I am very excited to announce that I am now one of the featured writers over at the personal finance site Money Crashers.   This is a great opportunity to expand my writing beyond travel and credit cards to other consumer interest areas such as technology and parenting.

Check out my first article there about how to save money on 6 Simple Ways to Save Money With Your High-Speed Internet Service Provider.  In the future, you can read all of my articles there by going to this link.

I am really enjoying my burgeoning writing career.  I will still be contributing daily to the Blog at AskMrCreditCard on the subject of credit cards and travel.   I also write a series of how-to articles on travel every month for  As the bicycling season kicks up again, I will write more frequently at the Go Tubeless blog I started.  Finally, I will try to update my blog here a little bit more often.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Steele And Cranky On Blog Radio

Yesterday, I was privileged to conduct a 90 minute Blog Radio interview with the esteemed aviation blogger Brett Snyder aka, The Cranky Flier.    I conducted the interview in conjunction with Mr. Credit Card, as part of my column over at the blog at Ask Mr Credit Card.

I have been reading Cranky's blog almost from the beginning, and even wrote a guest post for him a couple of years ago.    As an aviation geek myself, I have a lot in common with Brett, a self described Airline Dork.   While I was lucky to spend a lot of my youth at airports, by way of the fact that my father was a private pilot, Brett seems equally obsessed with all things airlines.  I will admit to having a secret stash of airline timetables as a child as well.    Later, my bike rides seemed always to converge at the edge of an airfield somewhere.   My late night study sessions in college always happened to end up in periodicals, somewhere near a stack of Aviation Week magazines.   I later became a commercial pilot and flight instructor, although I turned down an offer to fly with a scheduled airline.

In our 90 minute interview, we covered all sorts of subjects from airline fees to electronic ticket distribution to the 3 hour (tarmac delay) rule.   If you like all things airline and aviation related, and you have some time on your hands, I recommend you take some time to listen in.

At the very least, you will learn how Brett got the name, The Cranky Flier.