Abroaders Podcast

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

Direct download: AP_158_With_iJow_Final.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 5:00am EST

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

Direct download: AP_157_with_iJow_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EST

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

Direct download: AP_156_W_iJow.mp3
Category:Language Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Erik and AJ review security changes when you run through TSA, AJ's experience coming home from Columbia, how United is changing their fares and adding in costs to things like carry-on luggage. And finally an update on our Home for the Holidays success where we helped Peter Shankman get over 15 people home this year to spend the holidays with thier family. www.abroaders.com/155

Direct download: AP_155_Final_with_iJow.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 8:00am EST

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

Direct download: AP_154_with_iJow.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

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

Direct download: AP_153_with_iJow.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

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

Direct download: AP_152_With_iJow.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Direct download: AP_151_With_iJow.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 5:00am EST

This week Erik explains the difference between Status, Distance and Revenue based points. Why should you earn Status points for a frequent flyer account, and fast ways to earn status.

Direct download: AP150_with_iJow.mp3
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The new Ink Business Preferred card is live! This week Erik and AJ talk about the newest business card from Chase, the 80,000 point signup bonus, and a bunch of solid benefits that come with it. After news and updates, Erik sits down with the founder of wetravel.com, Johannes Kopell, to talk about building a business in the travel space. www.abroaders.com/wetravel

Direct download: AP_149_with_iJow.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EST