Tag: redeem miles

Why you should always be prepared when booking travel

My friend Mike, the author of the blog Travelzork, is an interesting character.  Everyone has their niches, and he has a couple, including European travel, casino freebies and high-end alcohol (His blog covers the first two well and mentions the third, which is usually found near him when he’s experiencing one of the first two.).  …

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Judging the values of redemptions…

I’ve talked a lot about the best ways to earn miles, but not as much about redeeming them.  So here’s a few things to consider when you are getting ready to spend your miles: Most airlines open up redemptions at the same time as putting tickets up for sale.  You will generally have good availability just …

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Rule #1 in frequent flyer land: Always sign up for the free program

It’s been one of those weeks, so today’s post is going to be short… On the subway home today, I ran into a friend that I hadn’t seen for a few months.  While catching up, she mentioned that she had just come home from a business trip to China.  Most normal people would ask her …

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Finding an Award Ticket: Part 2

So now what happens?  You’ve scoured the internet.  You’ve kept the agent on the phone for half an hour.  You’ve changed your dates and lather, rinsed and repeated. Before we go to the nuclear option, I’m going to suggest one service which offers a “free-mium” model, i.e., you can join and get basic services for …

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Finding an award ticket: Part I

When it comes to finding an award ticket, there are a number of ways to get results.  The quality (and quantity) of those results, however, will depend on a number of factors, including when you are going to travel, where you are going, the class of service, etc. I was recently tasked with finding two …

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