Abroaders Podcast

Combining separate awards tickets or adding a paid flight to an award ticket can save you thousands of miles or give you added flexibillity, but it also increases your risk of misconnecting and having to reschedule when delays occur. In today’s episode, Erik covers the logisitcs of booking complex awards and how to give yourself the best chance of arriving at your destination on time. Shownotes can be found at abroaders.com/connections

Direct download: AP_051-Combining_Awards_26_Paid20Tickets.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Direct download: AP_050-Executing_Credit_Card_Applications_28Part20229.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 9:30am EST

Ready to stop thinking about that trip of a lifetime and start taking concrete steps toward making it a reality? In today's episode, Erik revisits the fundamentals of planning and executing credit card applications to earn points for travel. You'll learn how to do a pre-application credit review, how to select and group cards based on your spending and travel goals, and how to execute your applications like a pro. Shownotes are at  www.abroaders.com/applications

Direct download: AP_049-Planning_Credit_Card_Applications.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Jordan Harbinger has built a brand empire around people improve the quality of both their business and personal relationships. In today's episode, Erik sits down with Jordan to talk about travel adventures, building and maintaining business and personal relationships, and scaling his personal-development coaching service. Jordan shares key insights about non-verbal communication, his framework for evaluating situations and people, and some crazy travel stories including escaping from a kidnapping scenario in Mexico. You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/artofcharm.


Last week, ANA announced a major change to it’s frequent flyer program, shifting from distanced to region-based pricing. The change creates huge new opportunities for redeeming American Express Membership Rewards for global travel. Get the scoop on this weeks episode of the Abroaders Podcast at http://abroaders.com/ana

Direct download: AP2004720-20Unlocking20ANA27s20New20Award20Pricing.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 10:04am EST

Key learnings from managing the details of earning and redeeming frequent flyer points for dozens of customers. This week Erik and AJ go behind the scenes of the Abroaders Premium service to discuss the their system for staying on top of program rules and changes. They also discuss their process for validating the market, testing pricing, and selecting customers who can expect huge long term returns. Show notes at abroaders.com/value.

Direct download: AP2004620-20Building20the20Abroaders20Service.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

 

Don’t buy that round the world package! Most frequent flyer programs offer round the world award tickets, but you can do much better building one from scratch. In today’s episode, Erik and AJ check in from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to talk about business class tickets to Europe, saving hundreds of dollars on ATM and foreign exchange fees, and building flexible, cheap round-the-world itineraries. Shownotes at http://abroaders.com/world

Direct download: AP045-Round_the_World_Awards.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Did you know you can save miles by making a stop on the way to your destination? In today's episode, AJ and Erik dive into United Airlines Mileage Plus program and some wacky zone based pricing that can save you tens of thousands of miles or leave you bashing your forehead into your keyboard. You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/united

Direct download: AP044-Maximizing_United_Mileage_Plus.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

It's clear that travel hacking can save thousands and thousands of dollars on flights.  One thing that isn't perfefctly clear is the actual cost of travel hacking and how to reduce it any way possible.  In this episode, Erik explains how to avoid fuel surcharges, credit card annual fees, and over the phone booking fees.  Find shownotes at abroaders.com/cheap.

Direct download: AP043-Reducing_the_Cost_of_Travel_Hacking2028129.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/europe

Direct download: AP042-Travel_Hacking_Europe_for_Under_1000USD.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/europe

Direct download: AP042-Travel_Hacking_Europe_for_Under_1000USD.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Maintaining a business while abroad is more challenging than you may think.  In this episode, A.J. covers the planning, tools, and structure you will need to maintain your revenue and profits while you travel the world. 

Direct download: AP041-Entrepreneurship_As_A_Travel_Engine_Part_2.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

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Direct download: AP-040.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Award tickets can be touch to book. Airline websites rarely show all your options and telephone phone agents can be totally clueless. You can spend hours on the phone, only to find out that your trip isn’t possible. In today’s episode, AJ and Erik break down a mental framework for searching for award tickets and share some specific tools for making your search easier. Shownotes at  www.abroaders.com/availability

Direct download: AP_039-Finding_Award_Availability.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Travel can be a force for creating a lasting impact of good in the world. In today’s episode, Erik talks with Chris Reynolds of The One Effect about his quest to help others find their inspiration through travel and leave the places they visit better than they were before.

Direct download: AP038-Experiments_to_Change_the_World.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Booking last minute travel can be stressful and very expensive.  In today’s episode, A.J. talks about different opportunities available for award travel and different ways to use your miles to book last minute flights.  You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/lastminute

Direct download: AP_037-Last_Minute_Awards.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

How many points do you have now, what points are on their way from signup bonuses, and what points are up for grabs? Most importantly, how do you track all those points and make sure you’re in the best possible position to book your upcoming travels?  In today's episode, Erik answers these questions and covers some tips for getting free benefits you might not have realized you were entitled to with the cards you already have. 

 

You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/diversity

Direct download: AP_036-Building_Point_Diversity.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 12:07pm EST

How many points do you have now, what points are on their way from signup bonuses, and what points are up for grabs? Most importantly, how do you track all those points and make sure you’re in the best possible position to book your upcoming travles?  In today's episode, Erik answers these questions and covers some tips for getting free benefits you might not have realized you were entitled to with the cards you already have. You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/diversity

Direct download: AP_036_-_Building_Point_Diversity.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:31am EST

 

Flying in business class offers luxury, comfort, and free drinks.  In today's episode, AJ and Erik cover a new credit card offer and 9 great ways to use your miles to fly in the style and comfort of business class. You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/businessawards

Direct download: AP_035-9_Great_Awards_in_Business_Class.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

The best values for your points are often the overwater flights from one continent or region of the world to another. But once you hit the ground, you’ll still need more transport to make the most of your trip. In this episode, Erik and A.J. dive into how to decide if points are a good value for those trips and cover some of the options besides air travel.  This episode also features good uses for Delta Skymiles. Shownotes are at http://www.abroaders.com/explore

Direct download: AP_034-Smart_Side_Trips.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 9:18am EST

Credit card signup bonuses are the fastest and easiest way to acquire enough points for an international flight. In today’s episode, AJ and Erik share advanced strategies for earning a consistent stream of redeemable points through credit card churning. Topics include diversifying lenders, finding complementary point currencies, and avoiding common signup-bonus mistakes. Shownotes are at http://www.abroaders.com/earnpoints

Direct download: AP_033-Managing_Credit_Card_Applications.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Road trip from London to Capetown, Crossing India in a Rickshaw, Launching a safari company in Tanzania. Scott Brills is an entrepreneur and adventurer with experience in more than 100 countries since 2001. In today’s episode, AJ sits down with Scott for some real talk about travel, business opportunities, and all the adventure that is within our reach as global citizens.

Direct download: AP_032-Driving_From_London_to_Cape_Town.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Airline alliances and partnerships offer huge opportunities to get more value from your frequent flyer points. In today's episode, AJ and Erik talk about earning and redeeming points with members of One World Alliance.  You'll learn strategies for earning points, where to search for award ticket availability, and how to redeem for maximum value with One World member airlines.  You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/one

Direct download: AP_031-Hacking_the_One_World_Alliance.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

On this episode, Harry of the Podcast Junkies podcast interviews Erik about travel hacking, building a business, slow travel, and life on the road.  Erik gets into some details of his and A.J.’s web agency and touches on how to outsource without loosing quality, how to turn a for-fun project into a business, and the beauty of open-jaws and stopovers.  Find shownotes at www.abroaders.com/junkies

Direct download: AP_030-Erik_Interviewed_by_the_Podcast_Junkies.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Airbnb is great for finding a place to stay, but did you know it could also be your key to achieving location independence?  In today's episode, Erik interviews Jasper Ribbers about how he was able to turn his apartment in Amsterdam into a six figure income stream with Airbnb. Jasper shares tips for managing your reputation, earning reviews, creating an awesome guest experience, and optimizing your pricing.  You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/airbnb

Direct download: AP_029-Get_Paid_For_Your_Pad_with_Airbnb.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Airline alliances and partnerships offer huge opportunities to get more value from your frequent flyer points. In today's episode, AJ and Erik talk about earning and redeeming points with members of Star Alliance  You'll learn strategies for earning points, where to search for award ticket availability, and how to redeem for maximum value with Star Alliance member airlines.  You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/star

Direct download: AP_028-Hacking_Star_Alliance.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

In today's episode, AJ and Erik dive into the tools and resources they use to provide concierge travel hacking services.  You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/service

Direct download: AP_027-Full_Service_Travel_Hacking.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

 

Danny Michlewicz knows a few things about building a business abroad. After building his first company—an online ticket brokerage, he settled down in Medellin, Colombia to get started on the next one.  In today's episode, AJ and Erik sit down with Danny to talk travel, location independence, and entrepreneurship in Latin America. You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/colombia

Direct download: AP_026-Entrepreneurship_in_Latin_America.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

After 64 years, the World Cup returns to the nation of futebol. Millions of football fans have come to Brazil to cheer on their national teams. In today's episode, Erik and AJ report on the World Cup experience from Natal, You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/copa

Direct download: AP_025-The_World20_Cup_in_Brazil.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Elite status isn’t necessary to leverage your credit for free travel, but it can definitely add value to what you’re already doing as a travel hacker.  In today's episode, AJ and Erik cover the basics of how status works and explain some big changes at Delta and United that may change the way the Airlines award status to their most valuable customers. You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/elitestatus

Direct download: AP_024-Earning_Elite_Status.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Good negotiation skills can earn you thousands of dollars in extra points each year. In today’s episode, AJ and Erik discuss the 5 rules of travel hacking negotiation and explain when you should ask for more points from banks and airlines. You’ll also learn a trick that can save you hundreds of dollars in fees when you need to change your award itinerary after booking. You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/negotiation

Direct download: AP_023-Negotiation_for_Travel_Hackers.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 9:35am EST

AP 022 - The Flow of Language with Mimic Method

Learning a foreign language can be a huge undertaking. Even if you learn vocabulary and some basic phrases, it can be overwhelming to communicate and all but impossible to understand the locals. In today's episode, AJ and Erik interview Idahosa Ness—an entrepreneur and travel hacker who has taught thousands of students to imitate native speakers with the Mimic Method. You can find shownotes at http://abroaders.com/flow

Direct download: AP_022_-_The_Flow_of_Language_with_the_Mimic_Method.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

The Chilean government is giving away $40,000 in no-strings attached money to early-stage entrepreneurs who want to grow their business while living in Santiago, Chile. In today's episode, AJ and Erik interview Andy Josuweit, founder of Student Loan Hero, about his entrepreneurial journey and the Startup Chile experience.. You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/loanhero

Direct download: AP_021__Building_a_Business_Abroad.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Fuel surcharges can add over one thousand dollars to the cost of your “free” award ticket. In today’s episode, AJ and Erik explain how fuel surcharges work and how to avoid, or at least minimize their impact on your frequent flyer portfolio. You'll learn two specific ways you can get the miles you need for a 1st class award on US Airways (before prices go up).  You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/fuel.

Direct download: AP_020_-_Avoiding_Fuel_Surcharges_on_Awards.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

 

Many of the best signup bonuses require you to put a minimum amount of spending on your credit  card before you can earn your windfall of frequent flyer points. If you apply for multiple cards in a round of applications, those minimum spends add up quickly. In today’s episode Erik covers five strategies for manufacturing spending on your credit card without spending your own hard-earned money. You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/spending.

Direct download: AP_019_-_Meeting_Minimum_Spending_Requirements.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

 

Chase Ultimate Rewards are one of the most valuable of the points currencies because they offer the flexibility to transfer to 5 airlines and 4 hotels. In today’s episode, AJ and Erik cover the essentials of earning and redeeming Ultimate Rewards points. You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/usechase

Direct download: AP_018_-_Maximizing_Chase_Ultimate_Rewards.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Starwood Preferred Guest points are the most versatile currency with 32 airline transfer partners and a massive global network of more than 1,100 hotel properties. In today’s episode, Erik and AJ go over the essentials of earning and redeeming SPG points for flights. You can find shownotes at www.abroaders.com/usespg

Direct download: AP_017_-_Maximizing_Starwood_Preferred_Guest.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

 

American Express Membership Rewards are one of the most valuable of the points currencies because they offer the flexibility to transfer 16 airline partners and 4 hotels. In today’s episode, AJ and Erik cover the essentials of earning and redeeming Membership Rewards points. You’ll also learn about big unannounced changes with American and US Airways. Shownotes can be found at www.abroaders.com/useamex

Direct download: AP_016_-_Amex_Membership_Rewards.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Teaching English abroad is one of the quickest, most direct ways to achieve sustainable location independence. In today's episode, AJ and Erik interview entrepreneur and English teacher Josh Plotkin about his journey as an Abroader.  If you’re ready to start teaching English or open up opportunities to live virtually anywhere in the world, this episode is for you.  You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/teachenglish

Direct download: 015_-_Teaching_English_Abroad.mp3
Category:Working Abroad -- posted at: 8:00am EST

This bonus episode of the Abroaders Podcast features Erik Paquet on The Beach House podcast with Ilha and Ryan Brazil and Ilya Brotzky. You can find links to the Beach House podcast and website with and tons of great information about living and working with other entrepreneurs by checking out the shownotes at www.abroaders.com/beachhouse

Direct download: AP_Bonus_Episode_-_The_Beach_House_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

Tracking your cost of earning miles and the value you get out of redemptions  is critical to becoming a better travel hacker and making good decisions with your points. In today’s episode, AJ and Erik outline the record keeping and analysis techniques they use to track ROI for their clients and themselves. They also cover two big shifts in the global airline alliances and the results from their most recent round of credit card applications. You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/roi

Direct download: AP_014_-_Tracking_Travel_Hacking_ROI.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Credit cards offer more value than just  earning free travel through reward programs. In today’s episode, AJ and Erik take a look at 4 types of benefits included with most credit cards that can save you thousands of dollars, over the life of your account. You’ll also get an inside look at Erik’s frequent flyer account earnings from 2013 bonuses and how you can leverage the same strategies to earn even more points in 2014. You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/ccbenefits

Direct download: 013_-_Credit_Card_Benefits.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Where you stay and who you live with can have a massive impact on your experience abroad. Do you want to meet locals and learn the language? Be in the right neighborhood for site seeing? Need to get some work done? In today’s episode, AJ and Erik break down hotels and hostels, staying with locals, and renting a place. You’ll get straightforward advice about the benefits and drawbacks of each and a handful of resources to start planning your next trip right away. You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/accommodation.

Direct download: 012_-_Finding_Accommodation_Abroad.mp3
Category:Lodging -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Booking an award ticket is the big payoff that makes it worth all the effort of accumulating points. In today's episode, AJ and Erik will cover best practices for booking with points including real-life examples. You'll also get your weekly dose of entrepreneurial inspiration and a sneek peak at website updates, content, and software being built behind the scenes at Abroaders. You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/booking. 

Direct download: 011_-_Booking_Award_Tickets.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Carnaval in Brazil is one of the most famous and popular celebrations on earth. Each year millions of international visitors head to Rio de Janeiro to join the fun. In this week's episode, AJ and Erik share some tips for making the most of your Carnaval experience and host a round table chat about the experience with a handful of Abroaders who joined them this year. You can find shownotes for today's episode at www.abroaders.com/carnaval2014

Direct download: 010_-_Carnaval_2014.mp3
Category:Locations & Events -- posted at: 6:24pm EST

Knowing even a little bit of the local language can make a huge impact on the quality of your experience abroad. The basics can help you get what you need, avoid headaches, and even make new friends. In today’s episode, AJ and Erik share key strategies for learning the basics of any language when you’re already abroad, surrounded by people you don’t understand. You’ll also get actionable tips to move from the basics to conversational fluency.

Direct download: 009_-_Language_Hacking.mp3
Category:Language Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

 

Nobody likes rules! Unless of course you can use them to hack your way to thousands of dollars in free travel. In today's episode, AJ and Erik break down the booking and routing rules that can make or break your award travel redemption. One way awards, stopovers, and open jaws can turn a pedestrian itinerary into a work of art. You’ll also learn about booking rules that dictate how and when you can book or change your reservations. Shownotes at www.abroaders.com/rules

Direct download: 008_-_Booking_and_Routing_Rules.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 2:31pm EST

This bonus episode of the Abroaders Podcast features Erik Paquet on The Art of Charm podcast with Jordan Harbinger. You can find links to Jordan's podcast and website with and tons of great information about dating and attraction by checking out the shownotes at www.abroaders.com/charm


Picking the right frequent flyer program for your award redemption is critical to maximizing the value of your points. There can be huge differences in pricing, and the travel hackers who know how to find the award chart sweet spots come out far ahead of the casual frequent flyer. In today’s episode, AJ and Erik break down the three most common pricing models and explain how to research and book your next international trip. Shownotes at www.abroaders.com/awardpricing.

Direct download: 007_-_Award_Ticket_Pricing.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

 

Knowing how to redeem your points for maximum value is the single most important part of travel hacking. In today's episode, AJ and Erik cover the basics of booking award tickets and provide the core foundation you’ll need to jump to more advanced strategies worth thousands of dollars in travel. You’ll get a high level overview of everything needed for redemption and a preview of our upcoming episodes on airline alliances,  award availability, pricing models, routing rules, and booking strategies.

Direct download: 006_-_Introduction_to_Redemption.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

 

Credit card churning is hands down the fastest and easiest way to acquire enough points for an international flight. In today’s episode, AJ and Erik explain how the strategy works and take you through the process of planning and executing your first credit card churn. You’ll learn everything you need to know to maximize the points you can earn and protect your credit.

Direct download: 005_-_Planning_Your_First_Credit_Card_Churn.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Big banks want to give you thousands of dollars worth of frequent flyer miles that you can use to go anywhere in the world. To maximize your earnings through credit card churning, you need to develop strong relationships with each of the major banks. In today's episode, you'll learn about the different types of frequent flyer currencies and how to stay well diversified to maximize your travel flexibility. We'll also discuss how you can give yourself the best chance of getting an application approved with each major lender.

Direct download: 004_-_Building_Relationships_With_Lenders.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

The first step towards sustainable travel hacking is understanding your credit. In today's episode, we break down the 5 categories that make up your FICO score and explain how banks use your credit report to decide whether to approve a credit card application. You'll learn how to check your own score and get actionable tips on how to troubleshoot problems and improve your credit. We also cover how credit card churning and travel hacking affect your credit so you can make well-informed decisions about how to pursue free travel. 

Direct download: 003_-_Understanding_Your_Credit_Score.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 3:29pm EST

Travel hacking is about leveraging your personal credit to get deeply discounted travel anywhere in the world. Banks are paying huge money to acquire new customers, and you can use that money to travel wherever you want, whenever you want. In today's episode, we'll address some of the common misconceptions about travel hacking and explain how to take a sustainable approach that will improve your financial health and put tens of thousands of dollars of tax free travel within your reach.

Direct download: 002_-_Intro_to_Travel_Hacking.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 3:20pm EST

The Abroaders Podcast is about leveraging international travel for explosive personal growth and business development. Each episode is packed with actionable tips and insights on travel hacking, language acquisition, entrepreneurship and living abroad. Travel is not something you do while on vacation; It is an investment in the skills and connections that will give you an advantage for the rest of your life. Join thousands of digital nomads, entrepreneurs, hustlers, globetrotters and world changers in the pursuit of a life without boarders. 

In this episode AJ and Erik give you a preview of what you can expect to learn by subscribing to the Abroaders Podcast. 

Direct download: 001_-_Overview_Abroaders.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 10:43pm EST

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