Nomad Series – Travel tips for globetrotters – Part 2 – On the Road

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As I mentioned in the first installment, I've been on the road continuously for the past 12 months, visiting about 36 countries, living in four and logging about 120,000 miles so far across pretty much every mode of transport imaginable. Rather than give you the USA Today version of … [Read more...]

Nomad Series – 12 months out of a suitcase – Tips for Points and Miles Globetrotters

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While it’s cute that Lucky is living a full year in hotels, some of us don’t have the cash flow to be paying nightly rates and it still hurts to burn 40,000 star points for 5 nights at a Category 4 Sheraton, even if you’re a savvy points and miles traveler and you recognize the value in … [Read more...]

Winning the Hearts and Minds of Airline Phone Agents: A Complete Diagnostic Guide

UA Award (likely not bookable anymore with routing rule changes)

This may be old hat for more seasoned readers, but I tried to compile all the conventional wisdom for booking awards with agents over the phone. Feel free to forward to friends or family members that are about to book their first "complicated" awards. Within the frequent flyer … [Read more...]

Up to 25,000 Bonus Points with Marriott MegaBonus

Marriott MegaBonus fall 2014

Marriott's fall MegaBonus promotion now has its registration page up, and it appears -- to me, at least -- to be offering a maximum of 25,000 points to all members. This promotion will run from September 15, 2014, through January 15, 2015. Registration must be done by November … [Read more...]

Hacking Award Seats Down Under – All 31 Routes to Australia/NZ

gcmap - all oz-nz routes

Over the past two weeks, we looked at finding the routes with the least demand to Europe and the Asia: Hacking Award Seats to Europe - All 403 Routes - Part 1 of 5 Hacking Award Seats to Asia - All 177 Routes - Part 2 of 5 In this next short installment, we look at some of the … [Read more...]

Double Check Your Rental Car Rate before Arrival

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There are lots of ways to save money on rental cars. It's not too challenging to get elite status thanks to various matching programs, and these come with discount codes. There are also discount codes associated with airline loyalty programs, alumni groups, corporations, and more. The … [Read more...]