Abroaders Podcast

How much you can expect to save on travel for each point in your account? The answer can depend on where you're going and whether you book economy or premium cabin tickets. This week, we break down the point valuations published by the Points Guy and compare the numbers from the Abroaders booking service for 9 of the top loyalty programs. You'll also learn about Delta's latest price increase, a major change for Discover cards, and the future of Marriott cobranded cards. www.abroaders.com/198

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This week we take a look at one of the original frequent flyer programs—American AAdvantage. AA miles often get less than enthusiastic reviews from the points community, but our take is quite a bit different. Over the past 2 years, AA miles have been among the most valuable of any major airline currency, based on data from our booking service. They provide access to even the farthest corners of the globe, world class partner airlines, and reasonable out of pocket costs. www.abroaders.com/197

 
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Citi ThankYou Rewards adds Avianca Lifemiles as it's newest transfer partner, and opens up some great opportunities to save on StarAlliance awards. Not to be outdone, Chase Ultimate Rewards adds AerLingus AerClub and Iberia Plus to it's list of transfer options. Singapore announces a significant devaluation for Krisflyer miles on StarAlliance redemptions and gives members just over 3 weeks to book tickets before prices go up. www.abroaders.com/196

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This week's top story is a rare opportunity to buy points for business and first-class travel at a big discount. We'll cover how you can combine two overlapping promos to buy international premium cabin tickets for as little as $750 each way. For the economy traveler, we've got awesome news on FlyingBlue promo awards, with four North American cities offering round-trip flights to Europe for 37,500 points. Lastly, United is shaking up short-haul travel with 8,000 point redemptions for short flights outside of North America. www.abroaders.com/195

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United is raising business and first class award prices on November 1st. We'll break down the worst of the changes and what flights you should make sure to book before the devaluation. In other news, the Southwest companion pass gets easier for California residents and remains on life support for everyone else. With new flights to Hawaii in 2018, now is a perfect time to apply for the Southwest cards and get buy-one-get-one-free flights for 2018 and 2019.

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Too good for business class? International first class is becoming less common, but there are still some ways to use miles to join the ultra elite and spend your flight enjoying the finest aviation has to offer. This week, we take a look at first class options for Europe and share strategies to maximize your chances of riding all the way up front.

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Are Chase and Southwest trying to keep you from getting an extra year of the Southwest companion pass?

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