Abroaders Podcast
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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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If you have American Express Membership Rewards, this is the last week to transfer points to British Airways with a 40% bonus. British Airways is a unique frequent flyer program with 25 airline partners, including American Airlines. In this episode, you'll learn how we booked a $902 flight from Brazil to Texas for just $59.

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This week, Erik and AJ take a look at Citi ThankYou Rewards new transfer partner — Turkish Miles & Smiles. Redemptions may be a bit more work than some of the more mainstream programs, but there are some awesome sweetspots in this award chart that make it well worth the effort. We'll break down the rules and where to look for outsized value.

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In nearly ten years of booking free travel with points, we've learned a lot of lessons the hard way. This week, Erik & AJ break down their pre-departure checklist to show you how to make sure all your flights booked with points are confirmed and avoid a travel-day crisis. http://bit.ly/2xbMG1l

 

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This week, Erik breaks down some recent bookings using Amex Membership rewards. Amex points are especially valuable because they can transfer to multiple frequent flyer programs—meaning you can pick the type of points that works best for your specific trip. In today's show, Erik covers example bookings using Air Canada Aeroplan, All Nippon Airways, Iberia, British Airways, and Cathay Pacific. www.abroaders.com/185

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This week Erik & AJ come back from their extended 4th of July podcasting break to discuss all the news from the last two weeks. Citi Prestige is launching a new 75k offer, Thank You Premier is back with a solid bonus, and the 60k AA Platinum Select is still alive. We'll also cover minor devaluations announced by United and Alaska, and a big Amex transfer bonus to British Airways. www.abroaders.com/182

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A.J and Erik review some of current the offers with Southwest and if going for them and earning the companion pass is worthwhile now, or should be waited out to potentially max out the benefit. They also go over some of the latest travel and electronic ban news, how Delta is offering a "fly now and earn later" feature for all co-branded cards, and the new offer with Hyatt's sign up bonus. Check out the details in this week's show as well as other latest travel news. http://bit.ly/2sZHn3r

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This week, A.J. covers airline and travel news ranging from Cuba to good news for travelers looking to use miles to book flights to Hawaii. Tune in to hear about what's going to happen to your Virgin miles when they fully transition to Alaska Airlines, a $50 AirBnB credit, the TSA using finger printing technology, and what the Trump administrations new stance on Cuba means for American travelers. http://bit.ly/2ncADxL

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How exactly can you maximize your Chase Ultimate rewards? This week AJ and Erik review the different type of transfers along with what is qualified as a "good use of points" and what's not. They also review some changes with routes that United is implementing soon, reviewing some listener email questions on last's weeks show and a way to get past 5/24 with Chase if you get denied being an authorized user. http://bit.ly/2s2CFEf

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How exactly can you maximize your Chase Ultimate rewards? This week AJ and Erik review the different type of transfers along with what is qualified as a "good use of points" and what's not. They also review some changes with routes that United is implementing soon, reviewing some listener email questions on last's weeks show and a way to get past 5/24 with Chase if you get denied being an authorized user.www.abroaders.com/178

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Do I need to pay with my airline credit card to take advantage of the free checked bag benefit? Find out in this weeks episode. AJ and Erik also cover 2 limited time opportunities to earn miles with car rentals and online shopping and a new small business card from Amex that may be the best all-around rewards card for your first $50,000 in business spend each year. In the core content, we'll break down the benefits and annual fees of 15 popular rewards cards to help you decide if the benefits justify keeping the card. www.abroaders.com/177

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This week, Erik breaks down his booking process and lessons learned from a recent redemption combining American miles, Citi Thankyou and a small Amex to SPG to Marriott transfer. In news and updates, you'll learn about a new Delta partnership with Lyft, Ridesharing returns to Austin, and Aeroplans evil plans to block your award bookings on Swiss. Show notes at abroaders.com/176

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This week, Erik and AJ discuss the best ways to use the new 60,000 point signup bonus for the Citi American Airlines business and personal cards. Listen to find out if you're eligible for this bonus offer and learn how to book an awesome trip using American miles. www.abroaders.com/173

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This week, we tackle a tricky listener question on why CreditKarma (Vantage 3) credit scores can be so different from the FICO score offered with lots of Citibank and Barclays credit cards. We'll also break down some new changes to how credit scores will treat negative public records in the near future. In the second half of the show, Erik breaks down sweet spots for booking a ticket for children under two years old when adults are booking with points. www.abroaders.com/172

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This week, Erik and AJ discuss ANA first class bookings at awesome prices using Virgin Atlantic miles (currently with a 30% transfer bonus from Amex Membership rewards), discounted American flights using Etihad miles, and tons of business class availability from Dallas to Rio de Janeiro from December to January. In the second half of the show, we cover five "whitehat" strategies for generating extra spend to earn a signup bonus. www.abroaders.com/171

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This week Delta devalues partner awards, the Chase British Airways 100k offer returns (for high spenders only), and United sends police to drag a kicking and screaming Doctor (who wasn't misbehaving) out of his seat. In the second half of the show, Erik shares recorded calls of avoiding United's $75 close-in booking fee and his recent annual fee negotiation with Barclays. www.abroaders.com/170

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This Week Erik and AJ review what happens to your points if and when they expire. Ways to keep them alive and suggestions for transferring when you can't reset the expiration date. They also review this months Flying Blue Promo awards, how to travel with a large sum of cash, and a possible way to get an increase in your credit score this summer.

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This week, Erik and AJ cover the best options for earning points by paying your tax bill with a rewards credit card. In news and updates, we've got updates on the laptop & electronics ban for flights to the U.S. and U.K. along with a quick review of how you can get insurance coverage to cover your laptop if it's stolen from your checked bag. Not all rewards cards are equal, so be sure to tune in to make sure you don't get stuck with only $250 to replace your laptop or camera when you could have had $3,000 in coverage. Other news includes a bonus for becoming an Alaska frequent flyer, free lift tickets for your next ski trip, and a crazy LAX terminal shuffle scheduled for mid May. www.abroaders.com/168

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This week, Erik and AJ catch up on lots of news and updates and run through some highlights and lessons learned from Erik's trip to South Africa. www.abroaders.com/167

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This week, Erik sits down with Miles4Migrants founder Seth Stanton to talk about how they're using donated frequent flyer points to book flights to reunite refugees and their families. Check out this inspiring interview and find out the latest news from the world of travel loyalty programs. www.abroaders.com/166

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The Southwest Companion Pass is your ticket to buy-one-get-one-free flights through the end of 2018. This week, Erik and AJ talk about upcoming changes to Southwest's rules for qualifying for the Companion Pass. If you don't fly a lot with Southwest, there is still time to take advantage of transfering hotel points before March 31st. Find out how on this week's podcast. www.abroaders.com/165

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This week, we cover two limited-time offers on the Amex SPG personal and business rewards cards. The current signup bonuses are at an all time high, but that doesn't necessarily mean the cards are the best choice for everyone. In today's show, we break down the different ways you can use your SPG points for maximum value and take a closer look at Alaska, American, Lufthansa, and Japan Airlines — the major frequent flyer programs who don't partner with any other transferrable points. Get the scoop, plus this week's news at www.abroaders.com/164

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This week, we've got the breakdown on 6 destinations you might consider with points for 2017. We'll cover some of the cultural highlights and places to see in Bermuda, Canada, Colombia, Portugal, Finland, and South Africa and how to use various types of points to get there for less than $100 per passenger. www.abroaders.com/163

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This week, there's a new rewards card from a bank you've probably never heard of. It's a below average signup offer, but when we started researching the top ways to use Cathay Pacific Asia Miles, we found some pretty amazing redemption possibilities. We'll also cover Erik's first big hotel redemption, a IHG free night mishap, and a listener question on dealing with a nasty layover. www.abroaders.com/162

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This week, we cover big news from Air France that members with Flying Blue points can now book a full 360 days in advance. We also cover a unique 5th freedom route from Toronto to Europe with big summer availability for AAdvantage and Skymiles members and a rundown of other recent offers for points and miles enthusiasts. In the second half of the show, we'll cover the step-by-step process we use for researching and booking award tickets. www.abroaders.com/161

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This week, we've got a listener question about booking Lufthansa first class class for two, an improved offer on the Amex Business Platinum card, and more. In the second half of the show, we'll cover rules for redeeming points and basics on transferrable currencies. www.abroaders.com/160

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This week, we review new United and Delta increased signup offers and other news. In the second half of the show, Erik and AJ review the basics for using frequent flyer points, including important program rules, strategies to leverage alliances, and how award pricing works. www.abroaders.com/159

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This week we discuss when to move Virgin America miles to Alaska, how not to lose your Citi ThankYou points when closing a card, and dive into more material from the Abroaders Guide to Points and Miles. Enroll in the new course free through January 31st. www.abroaders.com/158

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This week, we celebrate 3 years of podcasting about points and miles. As a special thanks to you, we're giving podcast listeners lifetime access to our video course on earning and redeeming points. Top stories this week are SW delays the companion pass changes and Chase drops the Sapphire Reserve bonus to 50k after tonight. www.abroaders.com/157

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Southwest makes it harder to get a companion pass, Korean adds award bookings on Skyteam partners to their website, and it's your last chance to move SPG points to Virgin America (and later to Alaska at an improved ratio) before the SPG to Virgin transfers end this Thursday. These stories and more on this weeks podcast at www.abroaders.com/156

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