Matthew Klint

Matthew is an avid traveler who calls Los Angeles home. Each year he travels more than 200,000 miles by air and has visited more than 120 countries over the last decade. Working both in the aviation industry and as a travel consultant, Matthew has been featured in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, BBC, Fox News, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, Al Jazeera, Toronto Star, and on NPR. Studying international relations, American government, and later obtaining a law degree, Matthew has a plethora of knowledge outside the travel industry that leads to a unique writing perspective. He has served in the United States Air Force, on Capitol Hill, and in the White House. His Live and Let's Fly blog at shares the latest news in the airline industry, commentary on frequent flyer programs and promotions, and detailed reports of his worldwide travel. His writings on penandpassport.com offer more general musings on life from the eyes of a frequent traveler. He also founded awardexpert.com, a highly-personalized consulting service that aids clients in the effective use of their credit card points and frequent flyer miles. Clients range from retirees seeking to carefully use their nest egg of points to multinational corporations entrusting Matthew with the direction and coordination of company travel. Matthew can be reached at matthew@upgrd.com.
  • A Thanksgiving Resolution

    Once upon a time there was a boy who loved to fly around the world using his miles and points. Around the globe he flew, visiting the far corners of the world; meeting new people and surveying new lands. The boy grew into a man and...
  • Scoop: Huge Changes Coming to Hyatt Gold Passport

    Say “goodbye” to Hyatt Gold Passport, and say “hello” to World of Hyatt.  The hotel chain will change the name of  its loyalty program and that’s not all.  In addition to a new program name, Hyatt will also change the way in which you qualify for status and the benefits...
  • Travel from a Luxury Hotel Room and Airline Lounge?

    In my first piece, I argued that travel is fundamentally about experiencing life in the shoes of others. That means that those who seek refuge in airline lounges and western hotel chains fail to experience the essence of what it means to travel, right? Absolutely wrong....
  • The Afghanistan Dilemma

    It was a brisk winter day, but heat from a black wood-burning stove warmed the room.  Sunlight streamed in from outside and the sound of the rushing river outside was audible over the din of voices inside. Faded floral wallpaper covered the south wall and on...
  • Humiliation, a Cultural Learning Tool

    After visiting 125 counties, I would like to assume that I am a fairly cultured guy, but I keep learning that I have much to learn… Case in point: the whole shoe thing. Disclaimer: I am thoroughly American in my upbringing and cultural outlook. I like...
  • Married to an Itinerant Man

    Does familiarity breed contempt or does distance make the heart grow fond? You tell most people I’m gone for half the year and they’d probably guess the former. I won’t tell you how many times my friends or family have asked me if my marriage is...
  • Why I Travel

    125 countries into this beautiful world of ours, I offer an observation that will ring trite to those who can also boast about how thick your passport is – the more you know, the more you find out how little you actually know. From social etiquette...