Abroaders Podcast (travel hacking)

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

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

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

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

 

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