For me I want radical change in society, but I'm not real keen on getting my skull cracked by cops for expressing that view. If you're like me, consider other means of enacting change. Starve the profit beast. Learn to get what you want without spending money.
One thing that appeals to me is backing off on travel. Do you know big the travel industry is? $7 trillion freaking dollars. Per year. For perspective, the coffee industry is $8 billion. So travel is out of hand. We're spending crazy money on it.
The best solution is to just stop it. Stay home on vacation. But then the real world interferes. Maybe your wife isn't as crazy as you are and wants to be somewhat normal. Kids aren't buying off. Maybe there's a wedding across the country and you are going one way or another.
My solution is to plan ahead and do it free. Nobody profits from your travel. Sure, airline workers have to do the work that gets you there, but they are paid wages, not profit. Same for hotel staff.
Here's how it's done, and I'm telling you I literally do this, and have been doing it for years. Take as just one example an American Airlines credit card. They always have a promotion going that is something like this. Spend $3K within 3 months and you get 50K miles. That's two tickets in the continental US. Right now you could also get a US Airways card that gives you 50K miles after a single purchase, though in this case there is an annual fee of $89 the first year. Since AA and US Airways are merging this year you could have 100K miles in short order. That's 4 free plane tickets in the continental US.
As I said, this is how I travel, but I haven't used a US Airways card to this point. I just sign up for an AA card, get the bonus miles, cancel the card, wait a bit, then do it again for more miles. It's easy.
What you might be thinking at this point is "Jon, I thought you wanted us to spend less. Now you're telling me to spend $3K. Which is it?" Not to worry. You don't actually have to spend the money. You can employ some tricks that credit card manipulators use, which we call "manufactured spend."
A terrific way is with something called the Target Red Card (the prepaid version). This is basically a reloadable debit card, but you can go online with your card and pay any bill. Like your mortgage, your car payment, etc. And yes, you can pay your credit card bill.
So suppose you want to reach a $3K minimum spend on an AA card. You go to Target with your Red Card and tell the cashier you want to load $2500 (that's the daily limit, monthly limit is $5K). Do it again some time later in the month. Now you've performed the purchase on your AA card that met your minimum spend requirement. You have a $5K balance on your AA card. When your bill comes due, log in on the Target Red Card page and pay the bill. You haven't spent a penny. And now you fly free.
So you can get your plane tickets from Detroit to LA, but now what? You're going to need a car, and car rental isn't free. Is it? Well of course it is. Get a Barclay Arrival travel card. After you hit the $3K minimum spend you'll have over $400 worth of travel credit you can redeem. Renting cars is one way to spend that credit, and there are other ways.
Hotels? Get a Hyatt card for 2 free nights (I did this the last time I went to New York). Or get an IHG card. Or a Marriot card. Or all of them so you're ready in the future.
Remember also that if you're married your wife can get a card of her own. Double the bonus.
While I'm at it why don't I just mention that there's one airline that offers points redeemable for things like amazon gift cards. Southwest Airlines. This is pretty much how I paid for Christmas this year. Other cards are very similar. For instance I anticipated some restaurant expenses, so I got a Citi Thank You card, with points redeemable for restaurants that we tend to visit. Those visits for me are free. Citi gave me $500 worth of points which I used to acquire various cards (though there is a $99 annual fee that was not waived).
And there are so many other possibilities with credit card rewards. Take advantage, travel free, get gift cards. Starve the beast.