Tagged With: travel hacking

How to plan a trip to anywhere via travel hacking

I was at a party recently where the conversation turned to travel. One person in particular was trying to get to a destination (somewhere in South America, I forget the specific city) the following month, and wanted to know how they could do it for cheap, possibly using frequent flyer miles. Well, they could start planning sooner … Continue reading »

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How to potentially earn free hotel nights by filling out and mailing index cards

  I’m always on the lookout for ways to earn frequent flyer miles and hotel points without having to use credit cards. This is usually difficult. If you read travel hacking blogs, many of the articles have to do with manufactured spend, sign-up bonuses, category spend bonuses, and other tactics that apply solely to those … Continue reading »

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Can I help you plan a flight?

  “You could totally make a business out of that.” I was explaining the various details of my upcoming mileage run to my dinner companion. She must have noticed the wildness in my eyes as I talked excitedly about connections, layovers, and hours spent looking at various flight options. After all, it’s a rare person … Continue reading »

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Does a mileage run ever make sense?

  I was trying to find a round trip ticket on Alaska Airlines that would end up being more than 6,342 miles round trip. This is difficult. Alaska runs a rather short-haul system, and the longest flight they run is from Chicago to Anchorage, at a decidedly modest 2,846 miles. By contrast, the longest flight … Continue reading »

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NEXUS is inconsistently awesome: a report on flying to Canada

  I’ve written before about NEXUS and how much of a good deal it is for most people who fly on any regular basis. To recap: $50 and an interview (and your eyeballs scanned) will get you expedited security and no-need to opt-out for five years. In addition, one of the huge benefits (and indeed, … 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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Travel hacking blunders: The lounge

  Travel hacking is not all about glamour and flying around the world with ease and style. It’s also about trying out schemes and having them totally not work. So continuing on from my post on blowing an opportunity to earn 50,000 hotel points, here’s another example on how I’ve screwed up when playing the … Continue reading »

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Travel hacking blunders: The hotel

  I’ve talked about how I’ve used travel hacking to allow me to have experiences that I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish any other way. I frequently stay in hotels for free, and have on more than one occasion managed to snag the whirlpool suite. Also, while never having paid for anything other than … Continue reading »

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Travel hacking to challenge your ethics

  The speaker was talking about a particular product, and was asking the crowd how many of this product the members of the audience had. A show of hands. One person in the crowd asked: “Isn’t that product limited to one per person?” The speaker responded: “Well, technically. But you can get it for anyone you … Continue reading »

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