Wed, 4 May 2016
News & Updates
Air France Promo awards
Boston to Europe biz class
Europe to ME 25k one way
Alaska offers 50% bonus on buying miles
1.97cpp at max
Devalued, yes, but still nice opportunities
Avios Transfer Capability
No more phone booking fees with AA
Tanks JT (&TPG for publishing)
Do my barclays points expire? - Andreas Jorge
Etihad Amex Transfer
30% transfer bonus through 6/15
Own Flights -
Abroaders Master Booking Resource
http://www.etihadguest.com/en/contact-us/ - Guest Service Center Phone List (By Country)
NRT-LAX - 5,400 miles
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
62.5k biz (Berlin - LAX or SFO)
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)
Under 6,000 miles
ICN-LAX or SFO - 59,000 biz class / 35,000 in economy
Off peak to Europe - October 15 – May 15 (20,000 economy)
Off Peak hawaii - January 12 – March 8, August 22, and December 15
TLV - 20k biz 12k econ
JNB to GRU - 4,628 miles
Econ - 38,889
Biz - 66,667
Not worth considering: Alitalia / Korean / Air New Zealand
Wed, 27 April 2016
Wed, 20 April 2016
News and updates:
What’s up in Barcelona
Citi prestige to have better purchase travel protection:
Delta Award Sale
Up to 4 biz class seats on some routes
Frequent Miler: Nice post on stacking savings and rewards when you buy a flight
Multicity Itinerary Pricing Evolves to Rip You Off
Fuel Dumping Tool & Guide
Delta no longer charges phone booking fee ($25)
Sync up the due date of your credit cards bills!
Virgin American Added to SPG
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.
MENTIONED IN THE INTERVIEW
Loyalty Programs & Links: http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/loyalty-programs-links/
General Tips & Tutorials: http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/tips-tutorials/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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?
Wed, 13 April 2016
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.
Catalan is an official language as is Spanish in Catalonia
News and Updates
Abroaders Executive Team Summit
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/
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
Singapore 5th Freedoms
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
Iberia - 31,700 + $105.87 + 68PF = 1.12 CPP
Citi - Malaysian - Emirates (Hub is DXB Dubai)
Citi on U.S. domestic flights
Wed, 6 April 2016
Listen to this week’s show and learn:
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.
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>
Wed, 30 March 2016
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).
Wed, 23 March 2016
Wed, 16 March 2016
Check out our do it yourself crash course on how to book a great American AAdvantage award before prices go up March 22.
Wed, 9 March 2016
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
Wed, 2 March 2016