Abroaders Podcast

This week, we tackle a tricky listener question on why CreditKarma (Vantage 3) credit scores can be so different from the FICO score offered with lots of Citibank and Barclays credit cards. We'll also break down some new changes to how credit scores will treat negative public records in the near future. In the second half of the show, Erik breaks down sweet spots for booking a ticket for children under two years old when adults are booking with points. www.abroaders.com/172

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

This week, Erik and AJ discuss ANA first class bookings at awesome prices using Virgin Atlantic miles (currently with a 30% transfer bonus from Amex Membership rewards), discounted American flights using Etihad miles, and tons of business class availability from Dallas to Rio de Janeiro from December to January. In the second half of the show, we cover five "whitehat" strategies for generating extra spend to earn a signup bonus. www.abroaders.com/171

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

This week Delta devalues partner awards, the Chase British Airways 100k offer returns (for high spenders only), and United sends police to drag a kicking and screaming Doctor (who wasn't misbehaving) out of his seat. In the second half of the show, Erik shares recorded calls of avoiding United's $75 close-in booking fee and his recent annual fee negotiation with Barclays. www.abroaders.com/170

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Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 5:21pm EDT

This Week Erik and AJ review what happens to your points if and when they expire. Ways to keep them alive and suggestions for transferring when you can't reset the expiration date. They also review this months Flying Blue Promo awards, how to travel with a large sum of cash, and a possible way to get an increase in your credit score this summer.

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

This week, Erik and AJ cover the best options for earning points by paying your tax bill with a rewards credit card. In news and updates, we've got updates on the laptop & electronics ban for flights to the U.S. and U.K. along with a quick review of how you can get insurance coverage to cover your laptop if it's stolen from your checked bag. Not all rewards cards are equal, so be sure to tune in to make sure you don't get stuck with only $250 to replace your laptop or camera when you could have had $3,000 in coverage. Other news includes a bonus for becoming an Alaska frequent flyer, free lift tickets for your next ski trip, and a crazy LAX terminal shuffle scheduled for mid May. www.abroaders.com/168

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

This week, Erik and AJ catch up on lots of news and updates and run through some highlights and lessons learned from Erik's trip to South Africa. www.abroaders.com/167

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

This week, Erik sits down with Miles4Migrants founder Seth Stanton to talk about how they're using donated frequent flyer points to book flights to reunite refugees and their families. Check out this inspiring interview and find out the latest news from the world of travel loyalty programs. www.abroaders.com/166

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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