Abroaders Podcast (travel hacking)

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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