Abroaders Podcast (travel hacking)

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 EDT

 

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

 

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 EDT

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 EDT

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


 

Knowing how to redeem your points for maximum value is the single most important part of travel hacking. In today's episode, AJ and Erik cover the basics of booking award tickets and provide the core foundation you’ll need to jump to more advanced strategies worth thousands of dollars in travel. You’ll get a high level overview of everything needed for redemption and a preview of our upcoming episodes on airline alliances,  award availability, pricing models, routing rules, and booking strategies.

Direct download: 006_-_Introduction_to_Redemption.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

 

Credit card churning is hands down the fastest and easiest way to acquire enough points for an international flight. In today’s episode, AJ and Erik explain how the strategy works and take you through the process of planning and executing your first credit card churn. You’ll learn everything you need to know to maximize the points you can earn and protect your credit.

Direct download: 005_-_Planning_Your_First_Credit_Card_Churn.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EDT