Abroaders Podcast

The Southwest Companion Pass is your ticket to buy-one-get-one-free flights through the end of 2018. This week, Erik and AJ talk about upcoming changes to Southwest's rules for qualifying for the Companion Pass. If you don't fly a lot with Southwest, there is still time to take advantage of transfering hotel points before March 31st. Find out how on this week's podcast. www.abroaders.com/165

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Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

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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Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

This week, we've got the breakdown on 6 destinations you might consider with points for 2017. We'll cover some of the cultural highlights and places to see in Bermuda, Canada, Colombia, Portugal, Finland, and South Africa and how to use various types of points to get there for less than $100 per passenger. www.abroaders.com/163

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Category:Language Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

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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Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

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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Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

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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Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

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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Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

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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Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

This week, we celebrate 3 years of podcasting about points and miles. As a special thanks to you, we're giving podcast listeners lifetime access to our video course on earning and redeeming points. Top stories this week are SW delays the companion pass changes and Chase drops the Sapphire Reserve bonus to 50k after tonight. www.abroaders.com/157

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Southwest makes it harder to get a companion pass, Korean adds award bookings on Skyteam partners to their website, and it's your last chance to move SPG points to Virgin America (and later to Alaska at an improved ratio) before the SPG to Virgin transfers end this Thursday. These stories and more on this weeks podcast at www.abroaders.com/156

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Category:Language Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EDT