Abroaders Podcast


Brills in Iran

A.J.’s Recent redemption on air France

- Amex to air France

- Need to link the accounts before you can transfer points

- I have status with delta... So I forgot to put in sky miles number... Some seats weren't showing up on the seat selection... Because of my status I get preferred seat selection

- Status often gives benefits on partner airlines... Each airline is different

Erik’s upcoming travel

- good reminder on what I believe to be a healthy global mindset... When he travels he doesn't judge a country by the government or the prevention of the government... But by the average people... The people you meet on a day to day basis



Those who have bought the use my course and those that have not

7/month and 25/month

- Forum... This isn't just a forum.. We're actually using slack... Something I think will be much more dynamic and will offer better communication

Direct download: AP_103_Final.mp3
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Want unlimited points for travel? It might just be easier than you think. This week, Justin Cooke of EmpireFlippers.com sits down with Erik to talk about the opportunities for buying an online business that generates both profits and significant credit card. Tune in at www.abroaders.com/empire

Direct download: AP_102_FInal.mp3
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Direct download: AP_101_Final.mp3
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Its time to make travel hacking knowledge available to everyone. For our 100th episode, we preview the future of the Abroaders platform and open the doors to a private community on a mission to unite and educate travel hackers. www.abroaders.com/centenial

Direct download: AP_100_Final.mp3
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Can you still be a digital nomad when you have a family? It's easy when you're single, a little harder with a partner, and a whole different ballgame with kids. Caz and Craig of yTravelblog.com have sucessfully transitioned from solo travlers to a traveling couple to a traveling family. Along the way, they created yTravelblog.com and turned it into one of the top travel resources on the web. This week's show covers some great stories from the road, practical ideas on how to build travel into your future, and tips on building a full time income on the road. Shownotes at http://bit.ly/1OwCdCq

Direct download: AP_09920-Can_you_be_a_Nomad_with_Kids.mp3
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Want to learn the 80/20 of points for small business? Get the scoop in this week’s podcast. http://bit.ly/1POA6ee

Direct download: AP_098-Travel_Hacking_for_the_Small_Business_Owner.mp3
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Direct download: AP_097-Do_you_have_what_it_takes_to_be_the_Abroaders_CTO.mp3
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Direct download: AP_0920-What_to_do_when_you27re_flight20is_delayed_or_canceled.mp3
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You have a resource for that?!? Ok, so we are not going to win a prize for the best organized website, but we might win one for quality of original resources to save you money on travel. This week, Erik checks in from Chiang Mai, Thailand to cover 7 awesome resources on the Abroaders website and how you can use them to save time, money and upgrade your travel experience. www.abroaders.com/resources

Direct download: AP2009520-20Top20720Resources20on20the20Abroaders20Site.mp3
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Does owning your own travel business sound appealing?  You no longer need to be a travel blogger to generate income while leveraging your passion for travel.  Erik and A.J. share key takeaways from meeting with travel industry experts at the DCBKK 2015 conference in Bangkok, Thailand.  Starting your own travel company may be more feasible than you think.  For shownotes, go to www.abroaders.com/bkk2015

Direct download: AP_093-Building20a_Travel_Business_Beyond_Blogging.mp3
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Want to learn more about booking hotels with points? Tune is as Erik discusses some of the tools and techniques he uses to get the maximum value when he books hotels during travel. Learn how to compare different options, so you get the best bang for your point. Shownotes at http://www.abroaders.com/hotels

Direct download: AP_092-How_28and_When29_to_Use_Points_for_Hotel_Stays.mp3
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Tune in this week to learn how to optimize your companion pass usage, getting elite status and points optimization. Erik delves into the various ways of getting companion passes and status matches with a few programs, as well as updates of the week. Shownotes at www.abroaders.com/companion/

Direct download: AP_091-Optimizing_Your_Companion_Pass.mp3
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Having trouble negotiating fees and airline with banks and airlines? Banks and Airlines give the wrong information about the rules all the time. This week you'll learn techniques for getting the right person on the phone who is empowered and willing to give you what you want. You'll also learn some advanced hacks to take advantage of airline standard operating procedures to put them in a position where they have to offer a free change. Shownotes at http://www.abroaders.com/dial/

Direct download: AP2009020-20The20Art20of20Dodging20Bank20and20Airline20Fees.mp3
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There is less than a week to take advantage of a one-to-one transfer ratio between Amex Membership Rewards and British Airways Executive Club. In today’s episode, Erik breaks down the 6 factors you should consider before moving transferable points to a partner program. You’ll also learn if you’re likely to get good value from BA Avios points going forward or whether you’re better off saving your Amex points for a different transfer partner.

Packing light can save you a lot of energy and cash on an extended trip, but it can be tricky to get the right mix of gear. This week we dive into some packing strategies and cover some essential gear that delivers maximum value without taking up too much space. Shownotes at http://www.abroaders.com/packing

Direct download: AP_088-What_Are_Your_Packing_Essentials.mp3
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Erik discusses the tricks to make sure your international flights go as intended that he's learned from travel. Erick discusses some of the techniques to make connecting flights and visa issues involving flights go as easy as possible. Tune into learn how to use some airline booking rules to your advantage and how to make sure you never have any hiccups during travel!

Direct download: AP_087-Do_You_Have_Proof_of_Onward_Travel.mp3
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This week Erik and AJ discuss living in Medellín and enjoying the sites in Columbia while working and traveling abroad! 

Direct download: AP2008620-20Medellin.mp3
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Erik interviews Nathaniel Boyle from the Daily Travel blog. Get inspired today and learn to cultivate your travel mindset to lead to inspiring situations in every part of your life! http://www.abroaders.com/inspiration/

Direct download: AP_085-Finding_Inspriation_with_Nathaniel_Boyle.mp3
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Erik and AJ answer your questions this week! Some of the topics covered include diversifying your points to access more flights, searching for flight in non-traditional ways, using Southwest and American to get to hub cities in the US and more. Learn from other listener's questions and feel free to send more! http://www.abroaders.com/questions/

Direct download: AP_084-Listener_Questions.mp3
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AJ goes over factors that affect how you chose to buy tickets when paying for a plane ticket. Learn the various sites like Kayak, Skyscanner and others that AJ uses when he personally has to pay for a flight. See how to use some of the traditional flight finding methods to get the most value out of your travel when points might not get you the most savings. http://www.abroaders.com/paying

Direct download: AP_083-Paid_Travel.mp3
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Direct download: AP_082-Why20The_Points_Guy_is_Dead_Wrong_in_His_Points_Valuations.mp3
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Learn about Erik's personal redemptions as he and AJ discuss the ins and outs of making redeeming flights. Tune in to learn how to maximize your savings through Amex Membership Rewards transfers and other airline rules to make the most in your travel adventures. http://www.abroaders.com/redemptions

Direct download: AP081-Featured_Travel_Redemptions.mp3
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ANA's new reward chart offers unique opportunities for travel savings and adventure. Tune to learn the sweet spots of the new chart as well as weekly travel savings updates by AJ and Erik. 

Direct download: AP_08020-20ANA27s_New_Redemption_Chart_New_Realms_to_Explore.mp3
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Negotiating with banks for annual fees can be really difficult. Tune in this week to learn negotiation tips from Erik as he goes over scripts he used to get fees waived or to get bonus points challenges.Learn the techniques the Abroaders team uses to help mitigate and control annual fees in the travel savings equation. http://www.abroaders.com/calls

Direct download: AP_079-In_the_Negotiation_Trenches_with_Big_Banks.m4a
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Booking reward travel can be complicated! Erik and AJ review how to best maximize your current points holding when booking reward travel to get the most value. Learn how to consider the types of currency, origin and destination, and timing your flight. Tune into episode 78 to start planning your travel with credit card points for the next year as well as opportunity to get a free card consultation for the British Airways Avios to help jumpstart your travel! http://www.abroaders.com/choices

Direct download: AP_078-Which-Points_Should_You_Save_for_Next_Time.mp3
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Some rewards cards have annual fees as high as $450. Can it really be worth paying that much money just for some benefits and the ability to earn points? Well, it all depends on exactly what you value and how much percieved value you'll be getting from the extra benefits the card provides. Tune into episode 77 to hear a breakdown of 5 high annual fee cards and why they may or may not be a good fit for you. Shownotes for todays episode can be found at ttp://www.abroaders.com/fees/

Direct download: AP-77_2.m4a
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This week A.J. recaps some of the most valuable free resources at Abroaders.com and gives a run down on how to leverage an existing status with an airline into multiples statuses with multiple airlines. Shownotes for the episode can be found at abroaders.com/status.

Direct download: AP76.m4a
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Want to go to Japan? Today Erik and AJ discuss the various aircraft alliances used to get to Japan. Find out which program is best for you based on the credit cards you have, desired flight product and location in the US. Learn which credit cards you should apply for if Japan in on your list of countries to visit! http://www.abroaders.com/Tokyo

Direct download: AP2007520-20Award20Travel20to20the20Land20of20the20Rising20Sun.mp3
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Today AJ interviews Jay Brock, founder of Hope for the Sold and writer of ‘Living Prayerfully’. Learn about Jay’s experiences traveling the world to help fight human trafficking for marriage. Also hear about Jay’s experience traveling to better understand prayer, some of his tips from traveling to over 40 countries and how to incorporate a job while traveling. Show notes at http://www.abroaders.com/jaybrock

Direct download: AP20074_Final.mp3
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Learn the basics behind booking your award travel. Erik and AJ share the tools that they use to make bookings for customers, as well as inside information on how to best make a booking with the major air carrier alliances. Tune in to learn how to make your travel bookings today or to take steps to have Abroaders help you! Show notes at http://www.abroaders.com/search

Direct download: AP2007320-20Award20Search20Tools202620Strategies.mp3
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Learn how to travel in and around Tokyo on a budget! This week Erik interviews Chris Kirkland of TokyoCheapo.com to learn the best and cheapest ways to see Japan and learn about Japanese culture. Chris shares some of the tips of when to come to Japan, planning accommodation and maximizing your exposure and learning from the culture. Tune in to learning more about the land of the rising sun! Show notes at http://www.abroaders.com/cheapo

Direct download: AP2007220-20How20To20Travel20Tokyo20On20A20Budget.mp3
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Learn the basics to planning a DIY round of credit card applications! Erik and AJ discuss the various factors like credit utilization, bank relations, eligibility for applying, points and travel goals that affect how you apply for cards. Tune in to learn the tricks to make your first round of applications today! 

Direct download: AP2007120-20Applications20Case20Study.mp3
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This week Erik and AJ discuss what it means to live a life without borders as they explore the purpose and mission of Abroaders. The purpose of Abroaders to help other people find ways to do the extraordinary from the ordinary. Tune in to learn more about how you can join the movement by becoming a global citizen.

Direct download: AP2007020-20Democratizing20World20Travel.mp3
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This week Erik and AJ go over some of the tools and info to booking premium travel seats. Erik shares some of the valuable insights from his recent trip to the Frequent Fliers academy. Tune in to learn more about learning about optimizing your travel plans while learning more about a place you want to visit! Shownotes at http://www.abroaders.com/flypremium/

This week Erik interviews Keri on her years of adventures as travelers. She is a contributor of the Boarding Area and has been part of the travel savings game for over 10 years! Tune in to learn more about preparing yourself mentally and emotionally for the voyages of a solo traveler.

Direct download: AP2006820-20Getting20Comfortable20with20Solo20Travel.mp3
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This week Erik interviews Seth, or the Wandering Armenian at Frequent Traveler University in Dallas. Seth’s Blog is featured on Boarding Area which is a collection of some of the best miles and points blogs, he is also a contributor to Fodors, and has traveled to more than 35% of the world’s countries. Shownotes at http://www.abroaders.com/seth/

Direct download: AP2006720-20Travel20with20the20Wandering20Aramean.mp3
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This week Erik takes a look at Delta, United and American, the main US based carriers. Learn how to optimize your points in each and get the most travel and value out of your points. Tune in to learn more about each program to best serve your travel goals and aspirations.

This week AJ talks with Natalie Sisson from Freedom Plan about pursuing a life of freedom! Not only personally, but for business and life goals. Learn how to leverage your already present skills to live a life without borders. Tune in to learn to take your first steps towards running an international business. Shownotes at http://www.abroaders.com/freedom

Direct download: AP206520-20Freedom20With20Natalie20Sisson.mp3
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This week AJ and Erik take a look at fixed value currencies in the points saving world! Learn how to use fixed value currencies to fill the gaps in your travel plans not covered by other points. Tune in to learn how to earn and redeem these types of points.

Direct download: AP2006420-20TBD.mp3
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This week Erik and AJ discuss the the secrets and tips to visiting Rio de Janeiro.  Learn how to make the most of your trip to Brazil by finding the gems our Abroaders have seen! Tune in to also learn about Mistake fares and using them to meet your travel goals. Shownotes at http://www.abroaders.com/rio

This week Erik and fellow Abroaders Idahosa discuss the business side of being a ninja and world changer. Learn how to transition from traveling abroad to working abroad. Tune in to see how you can also become location independent with a few steps down the Abroaders path! Shownotes at http://www.abroaders.com/destinations

This week AJ and Erik go over how to manage 30+ credit cards, your points portfolio and finances anywhere in the world. Learn how to scale your credit card churning as you expand your travel savings skills! Also tune in to learn tips that allow the best travel savers to keep sane in the storm of overwhelming travel information.

Direct download: AP2006120-20Keeping20Track20of20Cards20and20Points.mp3
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This weeks epsiode covers the ins and outs of using American AAdvantage miiles. What are the best deals with AAdvantage miles? Which partners can you use them with? How could you possibly save miles by flying business class instead of economy? Tune into episode 59 of the Abroaders podcast to learn everything you need to know about American Airlines frequent flyer program.

Direct download: AP2005920-20Taking20AAdvantage20of20American20Miles.mp3
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This week the Abroaders crew wasn't able to put together a new episode, due to some bad luck at Salvador Carnaval. Today's show is a re-airing of an interview Erik recorded on the Get Paid for Your Pad Podcast. Shownotes are at http://www.abroaders.com/getpaid

Direct download: AP2005820-20How20to20Get20Paid20for20Your20Pad.mp3
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This week, Erik sits down with veteran traveler and points enthusiast Trav Sherry from the Extra Pack of Peanuts blog to discuss strategies for finding cheap flights, using miles, and keeping credit card applications organized. Shownotes are at www.abroaders.com/peanuts.

Direct download: AP2005620-20Points20and20Travel20with20Extra20Pack20of20Peanuts.mp3
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The courage, planning, and creativity to perpetually travel the world and vagabond is immense.  Imagine doing that with a family of 6!  Paul and Becky Kortman know all about how to make it happen.  Check out episode 55 of the Abroaders Podcast where Erik asks the Kortman’s about travel logistics, their children’s education while on the road, and much, much more. Shownotes at http://www.abroaders.com/family


Direct download: AP_055_ReEdit.mp3
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In 2014, Erik saved $18,500 on flights by using points! In today’s episode, Erik breaks down how he used points to book 23 separate itineraries to fly more than 100,000 miles for only $1,171 in cash. You’ll learn strategies for getting more value out of your points in 2015 and how to track your own savings to make better decisions about earning and redeeming points. 

Shownotes at http://www.abroaders.com/2014awards

Direct download: AP2005420-20201420Award20Travel20Recap.mp3
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In this week's show, Erik takes us through his review of a pretty awesome 2014 for redeeming points. He was able to accrue over half a million points with just six cards. Using these points, he is able to buy airplane tickets at very cheap prices. He explains how to gain 50,000 points for very reasonable spending limits including one that has no spending limit. Also, he walks you through how he gained over 5,000 points in just complaints and retention challenges on his existing accounts. Lastly, find out what would be the best option when locating, negotiating, and using points. Tune in next week to hear part 2!

Direct download: AP2005320-20201420Points20Earning20Recap.mp3
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Direct download: AP2005220-20When20Award20Travel20Goes20Wrong.mp3
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