Abroaders Podcast

Out of the ordinary destinations your points and miles and can take you. Stepping away from the crowds and "peak seasons' these locations will give you what you want whether it be tropical vacation, outdoor adventure, or a new city to explore. This week Erik and AJ go over some places around the world that maybe you've never thought visiting, but should. Which programs will get you there and at what cost? www.abroaders.com/outofthebox

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This week Erik and AJ dive into some never before shared details about the Abroaders business model, including their adventures with angel investors, new affiliate revenue from the banks, and big goals for scaling the free product to help thousands travel better. www.abroaders.com/honesty

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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.

Direct download: AP_136_Final.mp3
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United pulls the rug out from under Mileage Plus members with new routing rules to take effect October 6th, Air Berlin expands service to the USA, and SPG is offering an extra 20 percent on transfers to American. Get the scoop on this week's news at www.abroaders.com/justnews

Special Offer for Podcast Listeners Only

Want help picking the right rewards cards to save on your next trip? Sign up for a free account and AJ and Erik will hand-pick the ideal cards based on your travel plans.

Links from News and updates

SPG transfer to AA

United's Press Release

United Devaluation Analysis

Air Berlin

Buy American Miles

Direct download: AP_135_Final.mp3
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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

Direct download: AP_134_Final_With_iJow.mp3
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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.

Direct download: AP2013320Final.mp3
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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/

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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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Language instructor Idahosa Ness has created a revolutionary method for taking the fastest (and least boring) path to conversational fluency. This week, he joins Erik in Barcelona for a discussion about language and the challenges of building a location independent team. www.abroaders.com/mimic

Direct download: AP2012820Final.mp3
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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.

Direct download: AP_126_Big_Signup_Bonuses_Are_Finally_Back_Final.mp3
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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

 

Links  Mentioned in this episode

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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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You’ve heard of co-working. Have you heard of co-living? Essentially, it’s co-working on steroids. This week A.J. talks with Chris Reynolds of theentrepreneurhouse.com about his journety to connect entrepreneurs and help them grow their businesses (while exploring new cities and cultivating meaningful relationships). Shownotes can be found at www.abroaders.com/chris




Direct download: AP_123_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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News & Updates

Air France Promo awards

https://www.flyingblue.com/promo-awards.html

Boston to Europe biz class

Europe to ME 25k one way

Alaska offers 50% bonus on buying miles

http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2016/05/02/alaska-bonus-miles-purchase/

1.97cpp at max

Devalued, yes, but still nice opportunities

Avios Transfer Capability

  • Iberia Plus and BA Executive Club

http://www.headforpoints.com/2014/09/28/how-to-convert-transfer-iberia-avios-points-to-british-airways-avios-points/

No more phone booking fees with AA

Tanks JT (&TPG for publishing)

Do my barclays points expire? - Andreas Jorge

Through 6/15

Virgin Atlantic

Amex transfer

http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2016/05/02/amex-virgin-atlantic/

  • High fees
  • Low miles
  • US-outward better than say (UK) to U.S.
  • What’s the best business class you can fly using Virgin’s program?
  • NY-London 12,500 + 134 (40k for biz class + $419)
  • Find delta to avoid surcharges?

Etihad Amex Transfer

http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2016/05/02/amex-etihad-transfer-bonus/


Core Content

Etihad

30% transfer bonus through 6/15

Own Flights -

http://www.etihadguest.com/en/earn-miles/mileage-calculator/mileage-calculator/

  • London to Abu Dhabi — 65,964 miles in business class, 87,732 miles in first class
    • 51k
    • 67k
  • Los Angeles to Abu Dhabi — 108,076 miles in business class, 143,741 miles in first class
    • 83k
    • 111k
  • New York to Abu Dhabi — 88,391 miles in business class, 117,560 miles in first class
    • Biz - 68k
    • First - 91k

Partner Flights

http://www.etihadguest.com/en/spend-miles/airline-partners/

  • Must book 14 days in advance
  • Must book by phone
  • Stopover / open jaw / one way rules and award prices vary by partner

 

Abroaders Master Booking Resource

https://fieldbook.com/records/56fecbf0a19c5b030034efa0?nav=n4

http://www.etihadguest.com/en/contact-us/ - Guest Service Center Phone List (By Country)

ANA

http://www.etihadguest.com/en/spend-miles/airline-partners/all-nippon-airways/

NRT-LAX - 5,400 miles

63,000 biz

37,000 econ

GOL

http://www.etihadguest.com/en/spend-miles/airline-partners/gol-linhas-aereas-inteligentes/

Um … wow short flights?

Sao Paulo to Salvador - 899 miles @ 6,000 points in economy

Sao Paulo to Rio - 200 miles @ 3,000 points each way

Compare that to Delta at 12,500 each way

Air Berlin

http://www.etihadguest.com/en/spend-miles/airline-partners/airberlin/

62.5k biz (Berlin - LAX or SFO)

Virgin Australia

Super reasonable for flights within Australia (10-12k points one way)

Royal Air Maroc

- 6000 from BCN to CMN

10,000 would cover most of western europe (within the 1,500mi band)

http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?R=1500mi@CMN

Asiana

http://www.etihadguest.com/en/spend-miles/airline-partners/asiana-airlines/

Under 6,000 miles

ICN-LAX or SFO  - 59,000 biz class / 35,000 in economy

American Airlines

http://www.etihadguest.com/Documents/Etihad%20Guest/member%20benefits/American-Airlines-redemption.pdf

Off peak to Europe - October 15 – May 15 (20,000 economy)

Off Peak hawaii - January 12 – March 8, August 22, and December 15

  • 17,500 - 20k each way on AA chart
  • 22,500 regular

Brussles

http://www.etihadguest.com/Documents/Etihad%20Guest/member%20benefits/EYG00020_Brussels%20Airlines_Redemption%20Table.pdf

NYC -

  • Economy 21972
  • Biz 36620

TLV - 20k biz 12k econ

South African

http://www.etihadguest.com/en/spend-miles/airline-partners/south-african-airways/

JNB to GRU - 4,628 miles

Econ - 38,889

Biz - 66,667

Not worth considering: Alitalia / Korean / Air New Zealand

Direct download: AP121_Final.mp3
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AP 119

abroaders.com/funk

News and updates:

What’s up in Barcelona

  • Cloud co-working

Citi prestige to have better purchase travel protection:

http://thepointsguy.com/2016/04/citi-changes-travel-protection-benefits/

  • Begins May 15
  • Partial payment with prestige or thank you card now eligible for delay and cancellation coverage (previously needed to pay fully with those cards)
  • Citi card and/or ThankYou points must be used to purchase at least a portion of the trip
  • Covered travelers include you, family members (fiancee, domestic partner and their children, legal guardians, siblings, siblings-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, parents, parents-in-law, grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces or nephews) and travel companions on the trip
  • Extended warranty coverage adds an additional 24 months on top of the manufacturer’s warranty
  • Purchase protection has increased from 60 days to 90 days
  • Citi Price Rewind benefit increases from $300 to $500 per item and a maximum of $2,500 per year

Delta Award Sale

http://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/2016/04/15/delta-business-class-to-europe-this-summer-great-award-availability-and-on-sale/


Book through 4/21!

Up to 4 biz class seats on some routes

Frequent Miler: Nice post on stacking savings and rewards when you buy a flight

http://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/2016/04/18/buying-flights-extreme-stacking-savings-and-rewards/

 

  • There are ways to pay the same amount for a flight and get 2-3 different rewards for your purchase

Multicity Itinerary Pricing Evolves to Rip You Off

http://thepointsguy.com/2016/04/avoid-multi-city-itineraries/

Fuel Dumping Tool & Guide

http://www.secretflying.com/2016/04/fuel-dumping-tool-step-by-step-guide/

http://www.secretflying.com/fd/

Delta no longer charges phone booking fee ($25)

http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2016/04/14/delta-phone-ticketing-fee/

Sync up the due date of your credit cards bills!

Virgin American Added to SPG

http://thepointsguy.com/2016/04/virgin-america-transfer-partner-of-spg/

  • Now 35 transfer partners


SPG Transfer TImes Summaries

http://thepointsguy.com/2016/04/starpoint-transfer-times/


Wesley

My fiance and I are getting married in Oct. We are planning to have a honey moon at an all inclusive type place, some where warm where they have unlimited red drinks with umbrellas. I'd love to sign up for a new card since the trip alone should easily knock out the minimum spend for a nice bonus. Wondering some opinions on what to get.

Here are a few things to consider:

-Would love to have my fiance sign up for the card rather than me, but her credit is less than stellar. She currently carries one card with no bonuses just for the sake of building credit. While my credit is pretty great I shouldn't have any problem getting any (personal) card I'd like.

  • Currently carry the Chase Sapphire Preffered and Chase Freedom. I have approx 115,000 UR points currently. A few scattered elsewhere, but nothing notable.
  • Ultimately we'd love to take a business class flight to Australia in 2017. For this I had planned on piling up UR points and transferring to United since they offer 80k business class each way (but I've still got a ways to go). However, using a new card and starting to pile elsewhere for a business class ticket to Europe isn't off the table and letting her sign up for a Chase or United card down the road when she can so she can help with UR points. I basically want to travel business/1st on my next long haul flight because I never have and I likely will never be able to afford it if paying for a cash. ticket.

Thanks!

MENTIONED IN THE INTERVIEW

http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2016/03/30/delta-miles-unethical/

www.pointspros.com

Loyalty Programs & Links: http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/loyalty-programs-links/

General Tips & Tutorials: http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/tips-tutorials/

Iberia Avios: http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2015/10/30/iberia-avios/

Using Alitalia Miles: http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2014/11/20/use-alitalia-miles/

And then we didn't talk about it, but for folks who have just quick redemption questions, or want to bounce something off the community, http://asklucky.onemileatatime.com/ is a great option. Ben and I both try to answer questions, and there are several other knowledgeable folks who participate as well.

And folks can find me on OMAAT, or tebfunk.com if they want to connect on social.

Tiffany is a passionate traveler who splits her time between California and Italy (when she’s not traveling elsewhere!) Flying an average of 200,000 miles a year and spending over a hundred nights in hotels gives her hands-on experience and insights into managing life and travel. She loves leveraging miles and points to help her friends and family explore the world with her, and is obsessed with sharing that knowledge and excitement with others.

Her posts on One Mile At A Time offer a different perspective on earning miles, tricks for balancing multiple household accounts, and break down the basics of redeeming miles for aspirational travel — whatever those aspirations may be!

You can find Tiffany on instagram as tebfunk and reach her by email at tiffany@onemileatatime.com.

Expert in Frequent flyer programs, rewards credit cards, and using points for big discounts on flights and hotels.

Runs points Pros

How did you get into points?

-What are your favorite places you've traveled?

-What do you do at OMAAT?

- How did you get that gig?

- What is your work / travel schedule like?

-What one hotel program and one airline program do you think have done the best all around job to earn and reward your business?

-What is your approach to elite status?

-What are your favorite premium cabin redemptions? (if any)

- Article on why biz class is better than first on the A321

- Mentioned space, privacy, ability to interact with friends


Checklist for planning a trip.

Award Availability - what are the best and worst?

What points do you currently think will be most valuable for travel in 2016-2017?

What currencies do you think are under utilized / undervalued (for example, I'd say Air France is one that can be much better than Delta and is rarely considered by folks with Amex or Citi points)

What do you do to stay up to date on news and developments in the points & miles world?

Do you have any resources that you use regularly. (for example tables of transfer partners, route maps, pricing calculators, card recommendation tools, credit tracking, points tracking, etc)

What advice do you have for folks getting started with the hobby?

 

 

Direct download: AP_119_Final.mp3
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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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abroaders.com/taxman  

Listen to this week’s show and learn:

  • How to Pay Your Taxes with a Credit Card and If You Should
  • Some unexpected and unprecedented changes to Alaska Air
  • The bidding war for Starwood may finally be over.

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

Today’s episode was recorded with Danny, Erik, and AJ all on site in Praia da Pipa, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.

OR

For today’s episode, Erik checks in from Salvador, Brazil with AJ in Detroit, Michigan.

Links  Mentioned in this episode

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<a href="http://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/complete-guide-to-plastiq-credit-card-payments/">Frequent Miler’s Plastiq Breakdown</a

<a href="http://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/2016/03/17/pay-federal-state-taxes-mastercard-1-75/">Plastiq Promotion for 1.75% Fees on State & Federal Taxes</a>

<a href="https://www.irs.gov/uac/Pay-Taxes-by-Credit-or-Debit-Card">IRS Payment Services</a>

<a href="http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2016/03/15/pay-taxes-credit-card/">Why you should pay taxes with a credit card</a>

 

 

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ThePointsGuy.com contributor JT Genter makes a guest appearance andshares some of the strategies he uses to find mistake fares and mileage-run worthy paid-flight deals. Erik and AJ break down the SPG - Marriott negotiations and discuss who should apply for the SPG 35k bonus (increased signup offer ends today).

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Check out our do it yourself crash course on how to book a great American AAdvantage award before prices go up March 22.

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Amex is giving away more SPG points than ever before with their co-branded Starwood credit cards. This week, we cover all the esentials of how you can use those points for maximum value, including SPG rules, best transfer partners, and how to make Amex buy your flight for your next travel adventure

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American Airlines opens up significantly more availablity for business class, Virgin offers round-trips to Europe for under 40k points in premium economy, how to get around annoying "one device" rules with wifi connections, and much more! This week was packed with news and updates and A.J. and Erik cover news and tips from earning to redeeming. www.abroaders.com/aavailability

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How much has travel hacking saved you? If you haven't been keeping track of your savings we've got an awesome spreadsheet template for you to steal! Save time and get more savings from every point. Plan travel, keep track of all your credit cards, and know how much cash you saved on every flight you book with points. www.abroaders.com/template

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Thinking about visiting Rio for the 2016 summer Olympics? Get the scoop on transportation, culture, accommodation, food and everything you'll want to know to make the most of your visit to the "Marvelous City" Shownotes at abroaders.com/rio2016

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AP 104

 

Free peek inside the abroaders community

 

 

 

  • Free upgrade from Detroit to Paris because I wasn’t a childish cry baby…. Went from 3-4-3 seating to 2-3-2….Don’t trust Air France and their seating selection they offer on their website… worked out to my benefit though!
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Intro

Brills in Iran

A.J.’s Recent redemption on air France

- Amex to air France

- Need to link the accounts before you can transfer points

- I have status with delta... So I forgot to put in sky miles number... Some seats weren't showing up on the seat selection... Because of my status I get preferred seat selection

- Status often gives benefits on partner airlines... Each airline is different

Erik’s upcoming travel

- good reminder on what I believe to be a healthy global mindset... When he travels he doesn't judge a country by the government or the prevention of the government... But by the average people... The people you meet on a day to day basis

 

Membership

Those who have bought the use my course and those that have not

7/month and 25/month

- Forum... This isn't just a forum.. We're actually using slack... Something I think will be much more dynamic and will offer better communication

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Want unlimited points for travel? It might just be easier than you think. This week, Justin Cooke of EmpireFlippers.com sits down with Erik to talk about the opportunities for buying an online business that generates both profits and significant credit card. Tune in at www.abroaders.com/empire

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Its time to make travel hacking knowledge available to everyone. For our 100th episode, we preview the future of the Abroaders platform and open the doors to a private community on a mission to unite and educate travel hackers. www.abroaders.com/centenial

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Can you still be a digital nomad when you have a family? It's easy when you're single, a little harder with a partner, and a whole different ballgame with kids. Caz and Craig of yTravelblog.com have sucessfully transitioned from solo travlers to a traveling couple to a traveling family. Along the way, they created yTravelblog.com and turned it into one of the top travel resources on the web. This week's show covers some great stories from the road, practical ideas on how to build travel into your future, and tips on building a full time income on the road. Shownotes at http://bit.ly/1OwCdCq

Direct download: AP_09920-Can_you_be_a_Nomad_with_Kids.mp3
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Want to learn the 80/20 of points for small business? Get the scoop in this week’s podcast. http://bit.ly/1POA6ee

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You have a resource for that?!? Ok, so we are not going to win a prize for the best organized website, but we might win one for quality of original resources to save you money on travel. This week, Erik checks in from Chiang Mai, Thailand to cover 7 awesome resources on the Abroaders website and how you can use them to save time, money and upgrade your travel experience. www.abroaders.com/resources

Direct download: AP2009520-20Top20720Resources20on20the20Abroaders20Site.mp3
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Does owning your own travel business sound appealing?  You no longer need to be a travel blogger to generate income while leveraging your passion for travel.  Erik and A.J. share key takeaways from meeting with travel industry experts at the DCBKK 2015 conference in Bangkok, Thailand.  Starting your own travel company may be more feasible than you think.  For shownotes, go to www.abroaders.com/bkk2015

Direct download: AP_093-Building20a_Travel_Business_Beyond_Blogging.mp3
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Want to learn more about booking hotels with points? Tune is as Erik discusses some of the tools and techniques he uses to get the maximum value when he books hotels during travel. Learn how to compare different options, so you get the best bang for your point. Shownotes at http://www.abroaders.com/hotels

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Tune in this week to learn how to optimize your companion pass usage, getting elite status and points optimization. Erik delves into the various ways of getting companion passes and status matches with a few programs, as well as updates of the week. Shownotes at www.abroaders.com/companion/

Direct download: AP_091-Optimizing_Your_Companion_Pass.mp3
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Having trouble negotiating fees and airline with banks and airlines? Banks and Airlines give the wrong information about the rules all the time. This week you'll learn techniques for getting the right person on the phone who is empowered and willing to give you what you want. You'll also learn some advanced hacks to take advantage of airline standard operating procedures to put them in a position where they have to offer a free change. Shownotes at http://www.abroaders.com/dial/

Direct download: AP2009020-20The20Art20of20Dodging20Bank20and20Airline20Fees.mp3
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There is less than a week to take advantage of a one-to-one transfer ratio between Amex Membership Rewards and British Airways Executive Club. In today’s episode, Erik breaks down the 6 factors you should consider before moving transferable points to a partner program. You’ll also learn if you’re likely to get good value from BA Avios points going forward or whether you’re better off saving your Amex points for a different transfer partner.


Packing light can save you a lot of energy and cash on an extended trip, but it can be tricky to get the right mix of gear. This week we dive into some packing strategies and cover some essential gear that delivers maximum value without taking up too much space. Shownotes at http://www.abroaders.com/packing

Direct download: AP_088-What_Are_Your_Packing_Essentials.mp3
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Erik discusses the tricks to make sure your international flights go as intended that he's learned from travel. Erick discusses some of the techniques to make connecting flights and visa issues involving flights go as easy as possible. Tune into learn how to use some airline booking rules to your advantage and how to make sure you never have any hiccups during travel!

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This week Erik and AJ discuss living in Medellín and enjoying the sites in Columbia while working and traveling abroad! 

Direct download: AP2008620-20Medellin.mp3
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Erik interviews Nathaniel Boyle from the Daily Travel blog. Get inspired today and learn to cultivate your travel mindset to lead to inspiring situations in every part of your life! http://www.abroaders.com/inspiration/

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Erik and AJ answer your questions this week! Some of the topics covered include diversifying your points to access more flights, searching for flight in non-traditional ways, using Southwest and American to get to hub cities in the US and more. Learn from other listener's questions and feel free to send more! http://www.abroaders.com/questions/

Direct download: AP_084-Listener_Questions.mp3
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AJ goes over factors that affect how you chose to buy tickets when paying for a plane ticket. Learn the various sites like Kayak, Skyscanner and others that AJ uses when he personally has to pay for a flight. See how to use some of the traditional flight finding methods to get the most value out of your travel when points might not get you the most savings. http://www.abroaders.com/paying

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Learn about Erik's personal redemptions as he and AJ discuss the ins and outs of making redeeming flights. Tune in to learn how to maximize your savings through Amex Membership Rewards transfers and other airline rules to make the most in your travel adventures. http://www.abroaders.com/redemptions

Direct download: AP081-Featured_Travel_Redemptions.mp3
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ANA's new reward chart offers unique opportunities for travel savings and adventure. Tune to learn the sweet spots of the new chart as well as weekly travel savings updates by AJ and Erik. 

Direct download: AP_08020-20ANA27s_New_Redemption_Chart_New_Realms_to_Explore.mp3
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Negotiating with banks for annual fees can be really difficult. Tune in this week to learn negotiation tips from Erik as he goes over scripts he used to get fees waived or to get bonus points challenges.Learn the techniques the Abroaders team uses to help mitigate and control annual fees in the travel savings equation. http://www.abroaders.com/calls

Direct download: AP_079-In_the_Negotiation_Trenches_with_Big_Banks.m4a
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Booking reward travel can be complicated! Erik and AJ review how to best maximize your current points holding when booking reward travel to get the most value. Learn how to consider the types of currency, origin and destination, and timing your flight. Tune into episode 78 to start planning your travel with credit card points for the next year as well as opportunity to get a free card consultation for the British Airways Avios to help jumpstart your travel! http://www.abroaders.com/choices

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Some rewards cards have annual fees as high as $450. Can it really be worth paying that much money just for some benefits and the ability to earn points? Well, it all depends on exactly what you value and how much percieved value you'll be getting from the extra benefits the card provides. Tune into episode 77 to hear a breakdown of 5 high annual fee cards and why they may or may not be a good fit for you. Shownotes for todays episode can be found at ttp://www.abroaders.com/fees/

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This week A.J. recaps some of the most valuable free resources at Abroaders.com and gives a run down on how to leverage an existing status with an airline into multiples statuses with multiple airlines. Shownotes for the episode can be found at abroaders.com/status.

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Want to go to Japan? Today Erik and AJ discuss the various aircraft alliances used to get to Japan. Find out which program is best for you based on the credit cards you have, desired flight product and location in the US. Learn which credit cards you should apply for if Japan in on your list of countries to visit! http://www.abroaders.com/Tokyo

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Today AJ interviews Jay Brock, founder of Hope for the Sold and writer of ‘Living Prayerfully’. Learn about Jay’s experiences traveling the world to help fight human trafficking for marriage. Also hear about Jay’s experience traveling to better understand prayer, some of his tips from traveling to over 40 countries and how to incorporate a job while traveling. Show notes at http://www.abroaders.com/jaybrock

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Learn the basics behind booking your award travel. Erik and AJ share the tools that they use to make bookings for customers, as well as inside information on how to best make a booking with the major air carrier alliances. Tune in to learn how to make your travel bookings today or to take steps to have Abroaders help you! Show notes at http://www.abroaders.com/search

Direct download: AP2007320-20Award20Search20Tools202620Strategies.mp3
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Learn how to travel in and around Tokyo on a budget! This week Erik interviews Chris Kirkland of TokyoCheapo.com to learn the best and cheapest ways to see Japan and learn about Japanese culture. Chris shares some of the tips of when to come to Japan, planning accommodation and maximizing your exposure and learning from the culture. Tune in to learning more about the land of the rising sun! Show notes at http://www.abroaders.com/cheapo

Direct download: AP2007220-20How20To20Travel20Tokyo20On20A20Budget.mp3
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Learn the basics to planning a DIY round of credit card applications! Erik and AJ discuss the various factors like credit utilization, bank relations, eligibility for applying, points and travel goals that affect how you apply for cards. Tune in to learn the tricks to make your first round of applications today! 

Direct download: AP2007120-20Applications20Case20Study.mp3
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This week Erik and AJ discuss what it means to live a life without borders as they explore the purpose and mission of Abroaders. The purpose of Abroaders to help other people find ways to do the extraordinary from the ordinary. Tune in to learn more about how you can join the movement by becoming a global citizen.

Direct download: AP2007020-20Democratizing20World20Travel.mp3
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This week Erik and AJ go over some of the tools and info to booking premium travel seats. Erik shares some of the valuable insights from his recent trip to the Frequent Fliers academy. Tune in to learn more about learning about optimizing your travel plans while learning more about a place you want to visit! Shownotes at http://www.abroaders.com/flypremium/


This week Erik interviews Keri on her years of adventures as travelers. She is a contributor of the Boarding Area and has been part of the travel savings game for over 10 years! Tune in to learn more about preparing yourself mentally and emotionally for the voyages of a solo traveler.

Direct download: AP2006820-20Getting20Comfortable20with20Solo20Travel.mp3
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This week Erik interviews Seth, or the Wandering Armenian at Frequent Traveler University in Dallas. Seth’s Blog is featured on Boarding Area which is a collection of some of the best miles and points blogs, he is also a contributor to Fodors, and has traveled to more than 35% of the world’s countries. Shownotes at http://www.abroaders.com/seth/

Direct download: AP2006720-20Travel20with20the20Wandering20Aramean.mp3
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This week Erik takes a look at Delta, United and American, the main US based carriers. Learn how to optimize your points in each and get the most travel and value out of your points. Tune in to learn more about each program to best serve your travel goals and aspirations.


This week AJ talks with Natalie Sisson from Freedom Plan about pursuing a life of freedom! Not only personally, but for business and life goals. Learn how to leverage your already present skills to live a life without borders. Tune in to learn to take your first steps towards running an international business. Shownotes at http://www.abroaders.com/freedom

Direct download: AP206520-20Freedom20With20Natalie20Sisson.mp3
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This week AJ and Erik take a look at fixed value currencies in the points saving world! Learn how to use fixed value currencies to fill the gaps in your travel plans not covered by other points. Tune in to learn how to earn and redeem these types of points.

Direct download: AP2006420-20TBD.mp3
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This week Erik and AJ discuss the the secrets and tips to visiting Rio de Janeiro.  Learn how to make the most of your trip to Brazil by finding the gems our Abroaders have seen! Tune in to also learn about Mistake fares and using them to meet your travel goals. Shownotes at http://www.abroaders.com/rio


This week Erik and fellow Abroaders Idahosa discuss the business side of being a ninja and world changer. Learn how to transition from traveling abroad to working abroad. Tune in to see how you can also become location independent with a few steps down the Abroaders path! Shownotes at http://www.abroaders.com/destinations


This week AJ and Erik go over how to manage 30+ credit cards, your points portfolio and finances anywhere in the world. Learn how to scale your credit card churning as you expand your travel savings skills! Also tune in to learn tips that allow the best travel savers to keep sane in the storm of overwhelming travel information.

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This weeks epsiode covers the ins and outs of using American AAdvantage miiles. What are the best deals with AAdvantage miles? Which partners can you use them with? How could you possibly save miles by flying business class instead of economy? Tune into episode 59 of the Abroaders podcast to learn everything you need to know about American Airlines frequent flyer program.

Direct download: AP2005920-20Taking20AAdvantage20of20American20Miles.mp3
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This week the Abroaders crew wasn't able to put together a new episode, due to some bad luck at Salvador Carnaval. Today's show is a re-airing of an interview Erik recorded on the Get Paid for Your Pad Podcast. Shownotes are at http://www.abroaders.com/getpaid

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This week, Erik sits down with veteran traveler and points enthusiast Trav Sherry from the Extra Pack of Peanuts blog to discuss strategies for finding cheap flights, using miles, and keeping credit card applications organized. Shownotes are at www.abroaders.com/peanuts.

Direct download: AP2005620-20Points20and20Travel20with20Extra20Pack20of20Peanuts.mp3
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The courage, planning, and creativity to perpetually travel the world and vagabond is immense.  Imagine doing that with a family of 6!  Paul and Becky Kortman know all about how to make it happen.  Check out episode 55 of the Abroaders Podcast where Erik asks the Kortman’s about travel logistics, their children’s education while on the road, and much, much more. Shownotes at http://www.abroaders.com/family

 

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In 2014, Erik saved $18,500 on flights by using points! In today’s episode, Erik breaks down how he used points to book 23 separate itineraries to fly more than 100,000 miles for only $1,171 in cash. You’ll learn strategies for getting more value out of your points in 2015 and how to track your own savings to make better decisions about earning and redeeming points. 

Shownotes at http://www.abroaders.com/2014awards

Direct download: AP2005420-20201420Award20Travel20Recap.mp3
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In this week's show, Erik takes us through his review of a pretty awesome 2014 for redeeming points. He was able to accrue over half a million points with just six cards. Using these points, he is able to buy airplane tickets at very cheap prices. He explains how to gain 50,000 points for very reasonable spending limits including one that has no spending limit. Also, he walks you through how he gained over 5,000 points in just complaints and retention challenges on his existing accounts. Lastly, find out what would be the best option when locating, negotiating, and using points. Tune in next week to hear part 2!

Direct download: AP2005320-20201420Points20Earning20Recap.mp3
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Combining separate awards tickets or adding a paid flight to an award ticket can save you thousands of miles or give you added flexibillity, but it also increases your risk of misconnecting and having to reschedule when delays occur. In today’s episode, Erik covers the logisitcs of booking complex awards and how to give yourself the best chance of arriving at your destination on time. Shownotes can be found at abroaders.com/connections

Direct download: AP_051-Combining_Awards_26_Paid20Tickets.mp3
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Ready to stop thinking about that trip of a lifetime and start taking concrete steps toward making it a reality? In today's episode, Erik revisits the fundamentals of planning and executing credit card applications to earn points for travel. You'll learn how to do a pre-application credit review, how to select and group cards based on your spending and travel goals, and how to execute your applications like a pro. Shownotes are at  www.abroaders.com/applications

Direct download: AP_049-Planning_Credit_Card_Applications.mp3
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Jordan Harbinger has built a brand empire around people improve the quality of both their business and personal relationships. In today's episode, Erik sits down with Jordan to talk about travel adventures, building and maintaining business and personal relationships, and scaling his personal-development coaching service. Jordan shares key insights about non-verbal communication, his framework for evaluating situations and people, and some crazy travel stories including escaping from a kidnapping scenario in Mexico. You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/artofcharm.


Last week, ANA announced a major change to it’s frequent flyer program, shifting from distanced to region-based pricing. The change creates huge new opportunities for redeeming American Express Membership Rewards for global travel. Get the scoop on this weeks episode of the Abroaders Podcast at http://abroaders.com/ana

Direct download: AP2004720-20Unlocking20ANA27s20New20Award20Pricing.mp3
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Key learnings from managing the details of earning and redeeming frequent flyer points for dozens of customers. This week Erik and AJ go behind the scenes of the Abroaders Premium service to discuss the their system for staying on top of program rules and changes. They also discuss their process for validating the market, testing pricing, and selecting customers who can expect huge long term returns. Show notes at abroaders.com/value.

Direct download: AP2004620-20Building20the20Abroaders20Service.mp3
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Don’t buy that round the world package! Most frequent flyer programs offer round the world award tickets, but you can do much better building one from scratch. In today’s episode, Erik and AJ check in from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to talk about business class tickets to Europe, saving hundreds of dollars on ATM and foreign exchange fees, and building flexible, cheap round-the-world itineraries. Shownotes at http://abroaders.com/world

Direct download: AP045-Round_the_World_Awards.mp3
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Did you know you can save miles by making a stop on the way to your destination? In today's episode, AJ and Erik dive into United Airlines Mileage Plus program and some wacky zone based pricing that can save you tens of thousands of miles or leave you bashing your forehead into your keyboard. You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/united

Direct download: AP044-Maximizing_United_Mileage_Plus.mp3
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It's clear that travel hacking can save thousands and thousands of dollars on flights.  One thing that isn't perfefctly clear is the actual cost of travel hacking and how to reduce it any way possible.  In this episode, Erik explains how to avoid fuel surcharges, credit card annual fees, and over the phone booking fees.  Find shownotes at abroaders.com/cheap.

Direct download: AP043-Reducing_the_Cost_of_Travel_Hacking2028129.mp3
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You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/europe

Direct download: AP042-Travel_Hacking_Europe_for_Under_1000USD.mp3
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You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/europe

Direct download: AP042-Travel_Hacking_Europe_for_Under_1000USD.mp3
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Maintaining a business while abroad is more challenging than you may think.  In this episode, A.J. covers the planning, tools, and structure you will need to maintain your revenue and profits while you travel the world. 

Direct download: AP041-Entrepreneurship_As_A_Travel_Engine_Part_2.mp3
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