How to Avoid an Airline Award Milage Cancellation Fee

Tweet Last fall I booked tickets to fly from Denver to Tokyo for 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles. I knew when I booked that American Airlines charges $150 to cancel a reservation.  Unfortunately, after I was detained in Papua New Guinea for an extra week this February I decided that I didn’t actually want to […]

Booking One World Award Flights | Tips, Advice, and Strategies for Newbies

Tweet The reason we all collect air miles and points (or so I assume) is so that we can travel.  Thus, having high mileage balances and zero experiences is not the goal here. Today we’ll be starting a series where I’ll help you find the best ways to use your miles when booking flights. General Award […]

AAdvantage Vs. MileagePlus | Battle for the Best Frequent Flyer Program

Tweet When I started putting together this post, I was going to rate the airlines according to my personal preference and how I value the airlines.  I quickly found that most of my time was spent comparing American Airlines AAdvantage and United MileagePlus, so I just decided to make that the post. Here’s the quick […]

US Airways Dividend Miles Program Introduction and Overview

Tweet Welcome to a longer overdue continuation of a series where I feature some of the basic, introductory material about different award programs.  That way if you’re new to the ‘game’, you can just read this cheat sheet rather than trying to compile all the information by yourself. In this post we’ll be focusing on […]

Should I Redeem My Miles for Economy, Business, or First Class Travel?

Tweet The majority of people who travel have never flown in anything but economy class.  One of the main reasons is because economy class tickets are so much less expensive than business or first class tickets.  Thus, when using your miles, flying something better than economy might make sense. Still, is it worth using extra […]

How to Get Compensation from an Airline After a Delay or Cancellation

Tweet Before the airline delay, we were already scheduled to have a 4 hour layover in Detroit. It wasn’t too bad because my wife and I were able to get into the Delta lounge (free perk of the American Express Platinum) and enjoyed the Olympics, a shower, a cold Coke, and delicious hummus. After relaxing […]

Amazing Southwest Companion Pass Opportunity Open Again | 50,000 Southwest Bonus

Tweet One of the best domestic airlines for the frugal traveler is Southwest. They save us nearly a hundred dollars in baggage every time we fly. One of the best credit card reward benefits is the Southwest Companion Pass.  However, you can only pull off the companion pass maneuver when Souhwest is offering a 50,000 […]

How to Choose a Mileage or Points Program to Focus Your Earning

Tweet So, you’ve decided you want to collect miles for nearly free travel. The obvious question is: where should you be focusing your efforts? There’s the extreme approach which involves getting a little bit of everything.  It means signing up for all of the best credit card offers (of course, spacing out applications from the […]

An Indispensable Guide to Understanding How Airline Miles and Reward Points Work

Tweet If you’re going to invest any amount of time into earning award points or miles, you must know how to use those points. I always feel really bad when I get emails from folks who have spent a year (or more) collecting a certain type of miles or points only to learn that those points […]