Abroaders Podcast (travel hacking)
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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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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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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 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, 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 Erik and AJ cover the freedom rules of commercial aviation. The most common is the Fifth Freedom rule, which allows airlines to operate flights between two foreign countries. Find out about the other eight and learn how to use that knowledge to save points and cash on your next trip. We'll also cover the Virgin America - Alaska merger and the return of the Barclay Aviator card for new applicants (with no minimum spending requirment. www.abroaders.com/154

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This week Erik and AJ dive cover the new Aerlingus award chart and the implications of for booking transatlantic flights on the Irish carier using Avios. We also cover the new Japan Airlines awards using Alaska Mileage Plan miles and an assortment of buy miles bonuses, hotel promotions, status match opportunities with Delta Skymiles and the announcement of the worlds first nonstop flight from Australia to Europe on Qantas. www.abroaders.com/153

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This week Erik reports back on his blackhat award booking, covers lessons learned about Singapore Star alliance awards, and nearly sends his luggage to Peru by accident. He'll also cover a rather unconventional answer to a listener question about travel from Buenos Aires to Brazil, and assorted points and miles news. Then, Erik sits down for an interview with Become Nomad founder Eli David who shares his process for staying productive on the road, some great resources for digital nomads, and a few of his favorite off the beaten path locations to live and work. www.abroaders.com/152

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This week Erik explains the difference between Status, Distance and Revenue based points. Why should you earn Status points for a frequent flyer account, and fast ways to earn status.

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The new Ink Business Preferred card is live! This week Erik and AJ talk about the newest business card from Chase, the 80,000 point signup bonus, and a bunch of solid benefits that come with it. After news and updates, Erik sits down with the founder of wetravel.com, Johannes Kopell, to talk about building a business in the travel space. www.abroaders.com/wetravel

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Today, Erik talks about when and why you would want to change products to avoid annual fees, take advantage of a new offer, or simply because you don't use a card anymore. Is it a good idea to close the card or to change it? He also goes over several offers across hotel and airlines that may have sweet spots for your upcoming travel.

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This week AJ checks in from Sao Paulo to share his adventure with bringing the wrong passport to immigration and some tips on making the most of a long travel day with some extended layovers. Erik also covers this weeks news and updates, including some new details about the new Ink business card product Chase plans to roll out soon. Last, Erik shares some recent annual fee negotiation examples to help you avoid those fees whenever possible. Shownotes at www.abroaders.com/feefree

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Do the new Amex Platinum benefits justify the $450 annual fee? Get an expert breakdown on maximizing your Amex Membership Rewards and find out how the Personal and Business Platinum cards stack up against the Chase Sapphire Reserve and Citi Prestige cards. www.abroaders.com/platinum

 

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Erik and AJ go over the changes United is rolling out this month on booking multi-itinerary tickets. What is the Excursionist Perk? What are the differences between the old rules and new rules? What can you no longer do?

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If you think using points is too complicated, it's time to take a second look. This week, we feature some great award tickets booked by you guys. Tune in for a breakdown of how your fellow listeners turned their points into flights and their top tips on how you can do the same. www.abroaders.com/listenerbookings

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If you think using points is too complicated, it's time to take a second look. This week, we feature some great award tickets booked by you guys. Tune in for a breakdown of how your fellow listeners turned their points into flights and their top tips on how you can do the same. www.abroaders.com/listenerbookings

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Should you close that rewards card to avoid the annual fee? If you do, will you lose your points and what will happen to your credit score? This week, we breakdown the seven steps to closing a card the right way. www.abroaders.com/closecards

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Out of the ordinary destinations your points and miles and can take you. Stepping away from the crowds and "peak seasons' these locations will give you what you want whether it be tropical vacation, outdoor adventure, or a new city to explore. This week Erik and AJ go over some places around the world that maybe you've never thought visiting, but should. Which programs will get you there and at what cost? www.abroaders.com/outofthebox

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This week Erik and AJ dive into some never before shared details about the Abroaders business model, including their adventures with angel investors, new affiliate revenue from the banks, and big goals for scaling the free product to help thousands travel better. www.abroaders.com/honesty

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Last week we discussed statrigic ways to earn points/miles as a couple. This week Erik and A.J go over 10 tips when you've earned you points and are ready to book a multi-person ticket. www.abroaders.com/couplesredeem

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Ever wondering what card you should use to book your Award or even paid airline ticket? This week find out which cards have 0 Foreign transactions fees, trip insurance, and who's going to earn you the most points by using their card. Also Erik and AJ will go over the latest program bonuses out this past week and a change with how many points you'll earn on partners with the AAdvantage program.

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Having access to points that can be transfered into lots of different types of airline or hotel miles can be a huge advantage. This week, Erik and AJ get back to basics with the core principles of using transferrable currencies to save on travel. Don't get tricked into using them for cash back. You'll also learn about news and updates from around the travel world, including a Delta award sale, Hyatt & IHG promos, and more. Shownotes at www.abroaders.com/transfer

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Links from News & Update

Abroader membership

Virgin Atlantic

Southwest TSA pre-approved

Hyatt 10% refund

IGH 15% discount

Delta award sale

U.S on the no travel list?

Southwest Companion pass



Links from Core Content

 

Citi Thank-you Transfer partners

Amex Membership Transfer partners

Chase UR Transfer partners

SPG Transfer partners

ANA family sharing

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What kind of benefits does your card or the card you're thinking of opening offer? Listen to this week's podcast to get a comparative list and AJ and Eriks opinions. Shownotes at http://www.abroaders.com/afpromo/

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JetBlue is running a killer promotion with up to 75,000 free TruBlue points up for grabs. If you have Virgin America's eleVate or Starwood Preferred Guest points, this giveaway is definitely worth a look. In this week's show, Erik and AJ break down how you can turn 40,001 SPG points into a total of 125k Virgin America and Jet Blue Points. You'll also learn about some of the best opportunities to use points from each program for travel. www.abroaders.com/goblue

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Big bonus offers are back! Also, we go in detail on your credit score, how it's calculated and broken down.We also give you step by step ways on applying for applications and what you should do if you don't get automatically approved.

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 Learn how Joost Scheve took his knowledge and expertise and turned into not only one but two different platforms that now help connect travel experts to those of us who are looking for a custom made adventure. Shownotes at www.abroaders.com/kimkim

 

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Listen to this week's show and learn:

  • New airline travel partner with Chase
  • Alaska offering a bonus earning
  • The deal with upgrades on American, United, and Delta



People on this episode

<li><a href="https://twitter.com/ajdunnggs">AJ</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/erikpaquet">Erik</a></li>

 

Locations on this Episode

For today’s episode, Erik and AJ check in from Barcelona, Spain

 

Links  Mentioned in this episode

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NEWS AND UPDATES

Chase transfers to KLM

Earn points on Alaska with global partners

Starwood points on sale

Free Roaming on AT&T in Mexico & Canada

1,000 Easy United Miles with Prosper App

Earn 250 Virgin America Elevate Miles

Stay at all 11 SPG brands for 11,000 Bonus Points

Hilton Status Matches

Auckland-Honolulu route with Air New Zealand Upgraded to 787

Air India Fifth Freedom Route

 

CORE CONTENT

AA upgrades

AA upgrades on BA and Iberia flights

AA 500-mile upgrade

United upgrade chart

United Upgrade overview

Delta Mileage upgrade

Delta Upgrade with miles

Delta changing upgrade companion

 

Core Content:

Upgrading with the three major players

AA:

 

  • May upgrade to the next cabin of service for a single one-way trip from a purchased ticket depending on the type of fare you buy there will either be a full mile upgrade or an additional paid fee (per one-way)
  • Buy Discount ticket will need to pay $75-$350 and use 15K-25K to upgrade from economy to business
  • Buy Full fare economy and use 5K-15K to upgrade
  • Buy discount business and pay $175-$550 as well as 15K-25K to upgrade to First class
  • Buy Full fare Business and use 15K-25K to upgrade to first
  • Taxes may be different when upgrading
  • Must book ticket first then call AA representative to upgrade
  • Can call before hand and find out if seats are available for upgrade or there are open seats in business that may become available for award upgrade before departure.  
  • These Upgrades available with AA carriers
  • Just like booking an award ticket, upgrades may not be available on all segments for the one way trip.
  • Maximum of 3 segments will be upgraded on a one way
  • Fare conditions will still apply to original purchased fare will apply
  • Will only occur miles based on fare portion that was purchased, not upgraded
  • You can upgrade on BA and Iberia flights using AA miles (tickets must be purchased on AA)
  • 500-mile upgrade
  • Elite status members can upgrade for free on AA carrier flights 500 miles and more ( may use multiple 500-mile upgrades to be combined) Anything less than 500 will automatically be on the upgrade list.
  • Gold and platinum member receive 500-mile upgrades every 12,500 EQM
  • May purchase upgrades for $40 (If you are elite)

 

https://www.aa.com/i18n/AAdvantage/eliteStatus/upgrades/500mileUpgradesContent.jsp


United

 

  • Can upgrade most flights on United, Copa, and ANA flights
  • To Request upgrade as you booking your ticket, you can do so by either calling customer care, or selecting “Mileage upgrade award” when in the advanced search page
  • If request after a ticket has been bought, must call the United Mileage program
  • The price of an upgrade is based on region of travel, fare class and status
  • Upgrades may be confirmed as soon as you make the booking, otherwise you will be put on a waitlist and notified when one comes available
  • If no upgrade becomes available by the time you depart, miles and taxes will be refunded to your accounts  
  • Can pay anywhere between 7,500K -35K in mile upgrades and pay $75-600 for a copay to upgrade (check out pages 4-5 in link to see exactly how much, very easy to navigate)
  • Complimentary premier upgrades are available on select Untied carrier flights for premier members and their companion traveling
  • Premier members who are primary cardholders for some Chase-issued mileageplus credit cards are eligible for premier upgrades when traveling on award tickets on United flights.

 

  • This does not include companions traveling on the same reservation.
  • Call Premier Priority Desk number listed on the back of their membership card to request upgrade consideration .
  • contact the Premier Priority Desk number listed on the back of their membership to request upgrade
  • Star alliance upgrades with United miles is possible, check out page 5 of the award chart

 

https://www.united.com/web/en-US/content/mileageplus/awards/upgrade/saua.aspx

Delta

 

  • Two ways to upgrade: (no award chart to see how much in fees, though it looks like there may not be any fees, only the amount in miles needed to upgrade, you won’t be able to view how much the upgrade with miles will cost unless you have enough miles in your account)
  • Upgrade with miles
  • Must login to view upgrade availability
  • You will automatically see the option to upgrade with miles in your trip summary
  • Only flights all must be within the 50 states of the U.S
  • Must have enough availability and miles in your account to upgrade everyone in your party.
  • Upgrade with Miles is only available during an original booking at delta.com or with a Reservations Specialist.
  • You will earn miles and MQMs based on the cabin flown.

 

http://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/skymiles/use-miles/upgrade-with-miles.html

 

  • Mileage Upgrade Awards
  • redeemed for fixed mileage amounts according to area of travel and are only valid with certain fare classes.
  • Most flights Delta operated flights and some KLM flights eligible
  • Delta bulk fares, companion fares, group fares,  Round the World fares, Award Travel of any kind cannot be upgraded with a separate award or by paying an additional fee
  • If you are not confirmed for the upgrade before 3 hours before departure, it does not carry over to the airport standby list
  • Earn miles based on the fare you purchased.

 

http://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/skymiles/use-miles/mileage-upgrade-awards.html

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American, Alaska, and Avianca are all selling miles at a significant discount right now. Although buying miles is not always a good deal, you can often get a significant discount on business and first class airfare by purchasing miles to redeem in premium cabins. This week AJ and Erik cover the ride up front at a 20-50% discount by purchasing points. Shownotes can be found at www.abroaders.com/buymiles

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News & Updates

Air France Promo awards

https://www.flyingblue.com/promo-awards.html

Boston to Europe biz class

Europe to ME 25k one way

Alaska offers 50% bonus on buying miles

http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2016/05/02/alaska-bonus-miles-purchase/

1.97cpp at max

Devalued, yes, but still nice opportunities

Avios Transfer Capability

  • Iberia Plus and BA Executive Club

http://www.headforpoints.com/2014/09/28/how-to-convert-transfer-iberia-avios-points-to-british-airways-avios-points/

No more phone booking fees with AA

Tanks JT (&TPG for publishing)

Do my barclays points expire? - Andreas Jorge

Through 6/15

Virgin Atlantic

Amex transfer

http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2016/05/02/amex-virgin-atlantic/

  • High fees
  • Low miles
  • US-outward better than say (UK) to U.S.
  • What’s the best business class you can fly using Virgin’s program?
  • NY-London 12,500 + 134 (40k for biz class + $419)
  • Find delta to avoid surcharges?

Etihad Amex Transfer

http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2016/05/02/amex-etihad-transfer-bonus/


Core Content

Etihad

30% transfer bonus through 6/15

Own Flights -

http://www.etihadguest.com/en/earn-miles/mileage-calculator/mileage-calculator/

  • London to Abu Dhabi — 65,964 miles in business class, 87,732 miles in first class
    • 51k
    • 67k
  • Los Angeles to Abu Dhabi — 108,076 miles in business class, 143,741 miles in first class
    • 83k
    • 111k
  • New York to Abu Dhabi — 88,391 miles in business class, 117,560 miles in first class
    • Biz - 68k
    • First - 91k

Partner Flights

http://www.etihadguest.com/en/spend-miles/airline-partners/

  • Must book 14 days in advance
  • Must book by phone
  • Stopover / open jaw / one way rules and award prices vary by partner

 

Abroaders Master Booking Resource

https://fieldbook.com/records/56fecbf0a19c5b030034efa0?nav=n4

http://www.etihadguest.com/en/contact-us/ - Guest Service Center Phone List (By Country)

ANA

http://www.etihadguest.com/en/spend-miles/airline-partners/all-nippon-airways/

NRT-LAX - 5,400 miles

63,000 biz

37,000 econ

GOL

http://www.etihadguest.com/en/spend-miles/airline-partners/gol-linhas-aereas-inteligentes/

Um … wow short flights?

Sao Paulo to Salvador - 899 miles @ 6,000 points in economy

Sao Paulo to Rio - 200 miles @ 3,000 points each way

Compare that to Delta at 12,500 each way

Air Berlin

http://www.etihadguest.com/en/spend-miles/airline-partners/airberlin/

62.5k biz (Berlin - LAX or SFO)

Virgin Australia

Super reasonable for flights within Australia (10-12k points one way)

Royal Air Maroc

- 6000 from BCN to CMN

10,000 would cover most of western europe (within the 1,500mi band)

http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?R=1500mi@CMN

Asiana

http://www.etihadguest.com/en/spend-miles/airline-partners/asiana-airlines/

Under 6,000 miles

ICN-LAX or SFO  - 59,000 biz class / 35,000 in economy

American Airlines

http://www.etihadguest.com/Documents/Etihad%20Guest/member%20benefits/American-Airlines-redemption.pdf

Off peak to Europe - October 15 – May 15 (20,000 economy)

Off Peak hawaii - January 12 – March 8, August 22, and December 15

  • 17,500 - 20k each way on AA chart
  • 22,500 regular

Brussles

http://www.etihadguest.com/Documents/Etihad%20Guest/member%20benefits/EYG00020_Brussels%20Airlines_Redemption%20Table.pdf

NYC -

  • Economy 21972
  • Biz 36620

TLV - 20k biz 12k econ

South African

http://www.etihadguest.com/en/spend-miles/airline-partners/south-african-airways/

JNB to GRU - 4,628 miles

Econ - 38,889

Biz - 66,667

Not worth considering: Alitalia / Korean / Air New Zealand

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AP 119

abroaders.com/funk

News and updates:

What’s up in Barcelona

  • Cloud co-working

Citi prestige to have better purchase travel protection:

http://thepointsguy.com/2016/04/citi-changes-travel-protection-benefits/

  • Begins May 15
  • Partial payment with prestige or thank you card now eligible for delay and cancellation coverage (previously needed to pay fully with those cards)
  • Citi card and/or ThankYou points must be used to purchase at least a portion of the trip
  • Covered travelers include you, family members (fiancee, domestic partner and their children, legal guardians, siblings, siblings-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, parents, parents-in-law, grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces or nephews) and travel companions on the trip
  • Extended warranty coverage adds an additional 24 months on top of the manufacturer’s warranty
  • Purchase protection has increased from 60 days to 90 days
  • Citi Price Rewind benefit increases from $300 to $500 per item and a maximum of $2,500 per year

Delta Award Sale

http://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/2016/04/15/delta-business-class-to-europe-this-summer-great-award-availability-and-on-sale/


Book through 4/21!

Up to 4 biz class seats on some routes

Frequent Miler: Nice post on stacking savings and rewards when you buy a flight

http://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/2016/04/18/buying-flights-extreme-stacking-savings-and-rewards/

 

  • There are ways to pay the same amount for a flight and get 2-3 different rewards for your purchase

Multicity Itinerary Pricing Evolves to Rip You Off

http://thepointsguy.com/2016/04/avoid-multi-city-itineraries/

Fuel Dumping Tool & Guide

http://www.secretflying.com/2016/04/fuel-dumping-tool-step-by-step-guide/

http://www.secretflying.com/fd/

Delta no longer charges phone booking fee ($25)

http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2016/04/14/delta-phone-ticketing-fee/

Sync up the due date of your credit cards bills!

Virgin American Added to SPG

http://thepointsguy.com/2016/04/virgin-america-transfer-partner-of-spg/

  • Now 35 transfer partners


SPG Transfer TImes Summaries

http://thepointsguy.com/2016/04/starpoint-transfer-times/


Wesley

My fiance and I are getting married in Oct. We are planning to have a honey moon at an all inclusive type place, some where warm where they have unlimited red drinks with umbrellas. I'd love to sign up for a new card since the trip alone should easily knock out the minimum spend for a nice bonus. Wondering some opinions on what to get.

Here are a few things to consider:

-Would love to have my fiance sign up for the card rather than me, but her credit is less than stellar. She currently carries one card with no bonuses just for the sake of building credit. While my credit is pretty great I shouldn't have any problem getting any (personal) card I'd like.

  • Currently carry the Chase Sapphire Preffered and Chase Freedom. I have approx 115,000 UR points currently. A few scattered elsewhere, but nothing notable.
  • Ultimately we'd love to take a business class flight to Australia in 2017. For this I had planned on piling up UR points and transferring to United since they offer 80k business class each way (but I've still got a ways to go). However, using a new card and starting to pile elsewhere for a business class ticket to Europe isn't off the table and letting her sign up for a Chase or United card down the road when she can so she can help with UR points. I basically want to travel business/1st on my next long haul flight because I never have and I likely will never be able to afford it if paying for a cash. ticket.

Thanks!

MENTIONED IN THE INTERVIEW

http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2016/03/30/delta-miles-unethical/

www.pointspros.com

Loyalty Programs & Links: http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/loyalty-programs-links/

General Tips & Tutorials: http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/tips-tutorials/

Iberia Avios: http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2015/10/30/iberia-avios/

Using Alitalia Miles: http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2014/11/20/use-alitalia-miles/

And then we didn't talk about it, but for folks who have just quick redemption questions, or want to bounce something off the community, http://asklucky.onemileatatime.com/ is a great option. Ben and I both try to answer questions, and there are several other knowledgeable folks who participate as well.

And folks can find me on OMAAT, or tebfunk.com if they want to connect on social.

Tiffany is a passionate traveler who splits her time between California and Italy (when she’s not traveling elsewhere!) Flying an average of 200,000 miles a year and spending over a hundred nights in hotels gives her hands-on experience and insights into managing life and travel. She loves leveraging miles and points to help her friends and family explore the world with her, and is obsessed with sharing that knowledge and excitement with others.

Her posts on One Mile At A Time offer a different perspective on earning miles, tricks for balancing multiple household accounts, and break down the basics of redeeming miles for aspirational travel — whatever those aspirations may be!

You can find Tiffany on instagram as tebfunk and reach her by email at tiffany@onemileatatime.com.

Expert in Frequent flyer programs, rewards credit cards, and using points for big discounts on flights and hotels.

Runs points Pros

How did you get into points?

-What are your favorite places you've traveled?

-What do you do at OMAAT?

- How did you get that gig?

- What is your work / travel schedule like?

-What one hotel program and one airline program do you think have done the best all around job to earn and reward your business?

-What is your approach to elite status?

-What are your favorite premium cabin redemptions? (if any)

- Article on why biz class is better than first on the A321

- Mentioned space, privacy, ability to interact with friends


Checklist for planning a trip.

Award Availability - what are the best and worst?

What points do you currently think will be most valuable for travel in 2016-2017?

What currencies do you think are under utilized / undervalued (for example, I'd say Air France is one that can be much better than Delta and is rarely considered by folks with Amex or Citi points)

What do you do to stay up to date on news and developments in the points & miles world?

Do you have any resources that you use regularly. (for example tables of transfer partners, route maps, pricing calculators, card recommendation tools, credit tracking, points tracking, etc)

What advice do you have for folks getting started with the hobby?

 

 

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abroaders.com/taxman  

Listen to this week’s show and learn:

  • How to Pay Your Taxes with a Credit Card and If You Should
  • Some unexpected and unprecedented changes to Alaska Air
  • The bidding war for Starwood may finally be over.

People on this episode

<li><a href="https://twitter.com/ajdunnggs">AJ</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/erikpaquet">Erik</a></li>

Locations on this Episode

Today’s episode was recorded with Danny, Erik, and AJ all on site in Praia da Pipa, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.

OR

For today’s episode, Erik checks in from Salvador, Brazil with AJ in Detroit, Michigan.

Links  Mentioned in this episode

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* TextExpander = wplink

<a href="http://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/complete-guide-to-plastiq-credit-card-payments/">Frequent Miler’s Plastiq Breakdown</a

<a href="http://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/2016/03/17/pay-federal-state-taxes-mastercard-1-75/">Plastiq Promotion for 1.75% Fees on State & Federal Taxes</a>

<a href="https://www.irs.gov/uac/Pay-Taxes-by-Credit-or-Debit-Card">IRS Payment Services</a>

<a href="http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2016/03/15/pay-taxes-credit-card/">Why you should pay taxes with a credit card</a>

 

 

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ThePointsGuy.com contributor JT Genter makes a guest appearance andshares some of the strategies he uses to find mistake fares and mileage-run worthy paid-flight deals. Erik and AJ break down the SPG - Marriott negotiations and discuss who should apply for the SPG 35k bonus (increased signup offer ends today).

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Check out our do it yourself crash course on how to book a great American AAdvantage award before prices go up March 22.

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Amex is giving away more SPG points than ever before with their co-branded Starwood credit cards. This week, we cover all the esentials of how you can use those points for maximum value, including SPG rules, best transfer partners, and how to make Amex buy your flight for your next travel adventure

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American Airlines opens up significantly more availablity for business class, Virgin offers round-trips to Europe for under 40k points in premium economy, how to get around annoying "one device" rules with wifi connections, and much more! This week was packed with news and updates and A.J. and Erik cover news and tips from earning to redeeming. www.abroaders.com/aavailability

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How much has travel hacking saved you? If you haven't been keeping track of your savings we've got an awesome spreadsheet template for you to steal! Save time and get more savings from every point. Plan travel, keep track of all your credit cards, and know how much cash you saved on every flight you book with points. www.abroaders.com/template

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Thinking about visiting Rio for the 2016 summer Olympics? Get the scoop on transportation, culture, accommodation, food and everything you'll want to know to make the most of your visit to the "Marvelous City" Shownotes at abroaders.com/rio2016

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AP 104

 

Free peek inside the abroaders community

 

 

 

  • Free upgrade from Detroit to Paris because I wasn’t a childish cry baby…. Went from 3-4-3 seating to 2-3-2….Don’t trust Air France and their seating selection they offer on their website… worked out to my benefit though!
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Intro

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

 

Membership

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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/

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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/

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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

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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!

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This week Erik and AJ discuss living in Medellín and enjoying the sites in Columbia while working and traveling abroad! 

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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/

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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/

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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/

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