Abroaders Podcast

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

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

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

 

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

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
Category:Lodging -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

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

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

Direct download: AP_120_FInal.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

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

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/

Direct download: AP_118_FInal.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

 

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.

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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>

 

 

Direct download: AP_117_Final.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EDT