Abroaders Podcast (general)

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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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, 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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United is changing their routing rules on October 6th. Take advantage of the old rules now and learn how to book your Multi-city ticket before it changes. We give you 6 tips on booking your flight using Mileage Plus or Chase points. Also, new promotions with British Airlines and Alaska when purchasing miles, and sale fares with United domestically and to Asia.

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How should you plan out applying for cards when you have two people in the household that can apply? This week Erik and AJ go over what questions you should ask your self before you start applying and how to plan smart to redeem points for your next adventure.

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AP 118

 

www.abroaders.com/obscure

 

Overview

  • Travel delays and how to get compensated
  • What to do during irregular operations / cancellations and delays
  • Obscure award tickets with oversized value

 

Barthelona

 

Bon dia!

 

For those that don’t know, Barcelona is in Spain, but it’s also in Catalonia. An autonomous region, something like a province. Spain and Catalonia don’t exactly get along. Many locals consider themselves to be Catalan, not Spanish.

 

  • 406 million spanish speakers in the world
  • 7 million catalan speakers

 

Catalan is an official language as is Spanish in Catalonia

  • Catalan sounds like a combo of Spanish, french, and Portuguese. However, a Catalan person may be offended by that and point out it is not derived from any of those languages, but Latin.

 

News and Updates

http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2016/04/06/delta-upgrades-klm/

  • Delta Global upgrades - (Diamonds get 4 of them) can be used on KLM codeshares

 

http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2016/04/04/hilton-amex-biggest-signup-bonus/

  • 75k / 1k / 90 HHonors Card
  • 100k / 3k / 90 HHonors Surpass

 

http://thepointsguy.com/2016/04/testing-out-the-swedish-number/

  • Talk to a Swede

 

http://viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com/2016/04/11/earn-75000-british-airways-avios-updated-chase-offer/

  • New BA offer 50/2/90 + 25k after 15k in 365
  • Not all that keen on this offer, or on BA as of late

 

Abroaders Executive Team Summit

  • Friend Jake arrived after a 31 hour delay on a Delta award
  • What he did well?
  • What are his ‘opportunities’
  • How many points should he ask for and what is his case

 

Travel Insurance

http://milecards.com/1588427526/trip-delay-claim-chase-citi-cards/

Citi

    • Full ticket price (can’t use a voucher and pay the rest with your card)
    • If you use points, they must be tied to the citi card you pay with.
      • Ex: pay with your platinum select card if you use AA miles

Chase

  • Only need to pay a portion with your card

 

  • Family is covered, friends are not
  • Coverage
    • Overnight stays
    • Transportation
    • Meals
    • Personal items
  • Requirements:
    • Claim form
    • Card statement
    • Itinerary
    • Proof of delay
    • Statement of compensation
    • Expense receipts

 

List of cards with delay coverage: http://milecards.com/15923/flight-delay-coverage-15-cards-that-pay-500-for-your-expenses/



Podcast listener Randy Johnston with a nice writeup on his Air France redemption: http://randyjohnston.info/2016/04/12/london-and-amsterdam-from-u-s-for-90-points/

 

  • 50k round-trip
  • Amex - Air France
  • Mini citi redemption between London and Amsterdam
  • Stopover permitted on round-trips with air france? Call to do this?

 

Zhandos Orazalin shared a cool post on reddit about one mans journey to a million FF miles

 



Ok lets talk about some obscure awards that can be big savings in points or cash

 

Often these come from

  1. distance charts when the rest are zone
  • BA direct flights (DUB-BOS) 12.5k
  • Iberia - MDE-MAD - 25k
  1. own metal discounts compared to partner award charts
  • Singapore
  • ANA



Singapore

 

  • Nice fifth freedom route
  • What’s a fifth freedom route?

 

Singapore 5th Freedoms

  • BCN-GRU
  • FRA-JFK
  • SFO-HKG
  • IAH-DME (moscow)

 

Erik’s Research for flight to SSA

One way is $529 - if my dates were more flex $303 and I would have just bought it.

RT - $726

 

Aeroplan - 40,000 + $302 (one way) = 0.57 CPP

ANA - 65,000 + $476 (RT) = 0.38 CPP -- ** Oposite direction would only be $86 taxes @ 0.98CPP

United - 47,500 + $49 = 1.01
Air France - 40,000 + $92.84+ $68 (paid flight) = 0.92 CPP

Iberia - 31,700 + $105.87 + 68PF = 1.12 CPP



Citi - Malaysian - Emirates (Hub is DXB Dubai)

http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2016/04/08/redeem-malaysia-miles-emirates/

 

  • Milan - New York
  • Sydney - BKK

 

For example;

  • A one-way New York to Milan Emirates business class redemption will cost you 48,000 miles
  • A one-way New York to Dubai Emirates business class redemption will cost you 66,000 miles
  • A one-way Los Angeles to Dubai to Sydney Emirates business class redemption will cost you 87,000 miles



Citi on U.S. domestic flights

http://thepointsguy.com/2016/04/citi-thankyou-rewards-domestic-flights/

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