Tagged With: frequent flyer miles

Getting my mom and I to London and back: a study in trip planning

  In my last post I talked about how my mom and I were going to Europe together. Specifically London, although we threw in Paris at the last moment. It’s a really exciting time. For me, one of the best parts of travel is the planning of it. Flights, trains, hotels, etc. I know that … Continue reading »

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A tale of two mileage expirations

  I’ve talked before about the importance of keeping track of your frequent flyer miles. “But it’s too complicated!” is only a valid complaint if you desire to travel less and have it cost more money. Is that you? Didn’t think so. I’ve also mentioned that there are some cases where it makes sense to … Continue reading »

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Conferring with the enemy (Part 3): The waiting (for miles to post) game

All posts in this series: Conferring with the enemy (Part 1): A credit card for a travel plan Conferring with the enemy (Part 2): Fulfilling minimum spend requirements on a credit card Conferring with the enemy (Part 3): The waiting (for miles to post) game Conferring with the enemy (Part 4): Redeeming British Airways miles from … Continue reading »

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Travel hacking to get to Buenos Aires (for cheap)

  I’ve talked about how to buy frequent flyer miles for immediate use in travel, and why it could potentially be a good deal to do so. But why stop at theory? Here is the story of how I helped a friend of mine save hundreds of dollars using this method.

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How to save money on airfare by purchasing frequent flyer miles

  Frequent flier miles can be a really amazing tool for seeing the world. I used miles to travel in international business class when I came home from Europe earlier this year, and while it was a bit of an extravagance, I was in a position to do it, so I went for it. Acquiring … Continue reading »

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What I (re)learned from flying Business Class internationally

  I was in the fortunate position of flying international Business Class using frequent flyer miles recently. Yes, it’s hard to complain. And while it was a great experience, a lot of what made it great is that it gave me a chance to remember some interesting lessons about perspective and envy.

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How to plan for award travel when you’re an infrequent flyer

  While some folks who read this site are avid travelers, zooming around the globe as frequently as a satellite, others may fly infrequently and think that award travel is completely irrelevant to them. Nonsense. Award travel is open to all, as long as you prioritize it. So this post is geared toward the folks … Continue reading »

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When to let your points expire

  I once wrote to not let your airline miles expire.  But there are always exceptions, and I am starting to think that there are reasons worth discussing. Sacrilege? No, just simplification and efficiency.

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Why bother to keep your miles from expiring

  Let’s say you have 3,000 miles with Delta, 5,735 miles with US Airways, and 1,326 miles with Virgin America. Redemptions of frequent flyer miles usually start at the 25,000 mark. At this rate, you’ll have enough for an award ticket by the year 20-never. Why in the world should you even bother trying to keep … Continue reading »

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How to keep your miles from expiring without spending extra money

  Far too many sites about travel hacking seem to talk endlessly about how to get zillions of frequent flyer miles by signing up for credit card bonuses (that require spending thousands of dollars in a certain period of time). That’s fine, I guess. But these discussions seems to leave out the more common traveler, … Continue reading »

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