Abroaders Podcast (travel hacking)

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

Direct download: AP131_Final.mp3
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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/

Direct download: AP130_Final.mp3
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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

 

Direct download: AP_125_Final.mp3
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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

 

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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

Direct download: AP_124_Final.mp3
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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

Direct download: AP_122_Final.mp3
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