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Maximizing Your Time In Japan with A Rail Pass

While this wonderful community is all about air travel to a far away land, there’s something to be said for trying to maximize one’s strategy on trying to get around once they’ve gotten there. One of the easiest places to get around in, and my absolute…

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Filed Under: Capital One, Credit Cards
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Taking Advantage Of United’s Close-In Award Space

As a Tampa-based flyer, one of my biggest challenges is finding domestic short-haul award space to an international gateway. Over the last year, I had two Star Alliance awards for my wife and I where this was an issue: -- A mix of Swiss Business Class…

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Filed Under: Awards, Star Alliance
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The United MileagePlus Explorer Card: Keep Or Cancel?

Like many of you, sometimes my main motivation in picking up a new credit card is the welcome bonus. I applied for the United MileagePlus® Explorer Card about a year ago -- primarily to boost my United balance -- and didn't look at the other benefits…

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Filed Under: Chase, Credit Cards
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Is British Airways’ Multi-Carrier Award Chart A Good Deal?

For this article, I am going to be examining the other Reward Charts. No, not the one you had as a child to measure good behavior but the only other logical choice: OneWorld Multi-Carrier Partner Redemption Charts. Say what? These delicate charts, vastly…

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Filed Under: Awards, Credit Cards
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Tips For Flying Business Class To Europe Using United Miles

Summer is almost here and it’s the perfect opportunity to redeem some of those sign-up bonus miles! How does business class to Greece sound? United has a massive European network and great partners, so it’s possible (although not always easy) to book…

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Filed Under: Awards, Credit Cards
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Often Overlooked Routes For Redeeming British Airways Avios

Some folks seem to malign the British Airways Avios program as “worthless” given its reputation for high redemption levels on long-haul flights and excessive surcharges. But like most of you know, distance based award charts offer some real opportunities.…

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Filed Under: Awards, British Airways
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Tips To Save Money When Visiting US National Parks

*This post was written by Greg Adamczyk* Up until three years ago, I had not visited a single one of the National Parks in the United States. And then I stumbled upon a picture of the Havasupai Falls in the Grand Canyon. I was enamored by the beauty…

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Filed Under: American Express, Chase
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Case Study: Earning Miles For Specific Trips

In my regular life I work as a high school math teacher. My coworker Daniela is... wait for it... also a math teacher. This of course means that we have the same vacation schedule; but whereas I like to use my points and miles knowledge to fly business…

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Filed Under: Advice, Awards
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Planning An International Family Trip Using Miles & Points

I love planning vacations for my family. We’re always talking about our next trip. But, with a family of 4, it takes a lot of points and miles to travel affordably and in style. We prefer to travel in business class, enjoy higher-end hotels, and with…

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Filed Under: Advice, Awards
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3 Reasons Citi ThankYou Points Are Underrated

Citi’s ThankYou program is perhaps the most underrated of the major points currencies, in my opinion. I carry two cards in my wallet for daily spend: a Citi Prestige® Card, for spending in bonus categories, and a Starwood Preferred Guest American Express,…

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Filed Under: Citi, Credit Cards
Singapore Airlines Business Class A380 – 1

What It’s Like To Fly When You Have A Visual Impairment

I’m legally blind (not blonde, even though some days I get the two confused). I wasn’t born this way but I was diagnosed with a serious eye disease in both eyes 10 years ago and my sight is fading more every year. Sometimes I even forget that I have…

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Filed Under: Misc.
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Calculating The True Cost Of Award Tickets

I’m a points geek. There are few things that make me prouder than finally ticketing an exciting and complex award itinerary. After the initial excitement wears off, the next thing I always do is calculate the redemption value. Anything above 5 cents…

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Filed Under: Awards
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An Aeroplan Sweetspot: Hopping Around Eastern Canada

Aeroplan miles are often touted as an attractive redemption option for intra-Canada flights, domestic U.S. travel on Star Alliance partner United, and for reasonable cost Star Alliance business class flights to Europe. Those are all fine uses; just make…

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Filed Under: Air Canada, Awards
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Why British Airways Is In No Hurry To Improve Club World

British Airways was the first airline to introduce fully-flat seats in business class, back in 2000. 18 years ago it was considered revolutionary for a ‘non first class’ to allow passengers to lie down completely flat on an aircraft. Since then, industry…

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Filed Under: British Airways