Category: Using Miles


Using miles to get to 2 epic South American Islands- miles to Easter Island and miles to Galapagos

Travel, for me, is about the sense of adventure in seeing something novel. So naturally, the most out of reach, out of touch, obscure places are going to be the most interesting to me. Like islands in the middle of nowhere.

The Pacific islands can be more accessible with miles than one might think. Fiji, Rarotonga, Guam, Saipan- these are all places we’ve seen and all accessible with miles. For some reason places like that are covered.

But what about the incredibly unique islands off of South America? There are two in particular I’ve got in mind, and perhaps you can guess. Click to keep reading…

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How to transfer bank points to miles

I’ve talked a lot about the different rewards currencies there are. There are frequent flyer miles, hotel points, and bank points, basically. What i’m concerned about today is how to transfer points to miles. Specifically bank points.

Drew and I find that the most valuable of all of the aforementioned rewards currencies are frequent flyer miles. So even when you’re earning bank points, you’ll get the most value out of those points by transferring them to miles.

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Don’t know how people are traveling the world for free? Read this.

This post is for anyone who arrives at this site expecting a traditional travel blog and has no idea what to make of any of the posts here.

So let’s get to it. What is all this talk of credit cards and frequent flyer programs and all this “travel hacker” stuff? Click to keep reading…

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Why you need to check out our “Complete Guides”

Perhaps you’ve noticed that Drew and I have been releasing some visual-heavy content on his blog recently. Or perhaps my facebook friends have noticed that my drivel feed has been lacking in drivel as of late. That is because infographics and complete guides take me an embarrassingly long time to make.

BECAUSE they take so much work for the Drew and I, I wanted to take a moment to share why we believe they’re worth making. Click to keep reading…


First Class Cathay and why it’s a rare occurrence for us

After writing many posts about our preference for more flights versus fancier flights… approaching our most recent 14 hour flight home we were thinking… Click to keep reading…

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Distance based miles vs. Zone based miles

By the time a person has earned frequent flyer miles, they’ve already had to think about all the crazy details involved in earning. For instance, we’ve already talked about the importance of knowing which miles/points currencies you’re earning.

Well…there’s another thing to consider. Sorry, I know it’s overwhelming.

Pricing. Click to keep reading…

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Know Your Options for Stopovers (and openjaws)

One of the most amazing features unique to an award ticket is the fact that for many mileage programs, an award ticket can include stopovers at no extra charge. This is of course not the case for distance-based programs like British Airways as the price goes up the more flying you do. However for zone-based or region-based programs, this can really be a great way to increase the value of your ticket. Click to keep reading…


Save Your AA Miles With Off-Peak Prices

With the United devaluation right around the corner, Drew and I are soon to be American Airlines folk. Or at least… more so than we were. Though…my last customer service experience with them was less than ideal when I found out I had to fly to Ft. Lauderdale and back on New Years Eve to make Exec Platinum Status because of a mess of misinformations…but hey. Par for the course. And I love an adventure. Click to keep reading…

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Don’t make the mistake of an expensive "free" ticket!

I had a friend who wanted to start collecting and using miles, but then almost immediately got turned off from the idea when her ticket to Europe ended up costing nearly as much as a revenue ticket would have. Huge disappointment.

This exact problem is why I think the complex world of fuel surcharges is the first thing a budget traveler should learn about if they are interested in using miles and points to save on travel. Click to keep reading…


Looking past Lufthansa Miles & More’s tediousness

The other day Drew made a comment that he keeps forgetting we have Lufthansa miles. Well…ok perhaps we’ve gotten a bit “United” saturated and perhaps it’s good for us to reassure the public that we do indeed diversify our miles portfolio.

So, I thought I could welcome Lufthansa Miles & More miles into the cool kids’ club by writing a post outlining the program for beginners. Click to keep reading…