Almost all of my posts have a disclaimer about all prices being from North America or the US. For example, my Cheapest Miles To… series is a chart of mileage prices to a region from the US. Very few exceptions.
However, there are many cool opportunities out there to go from one region to another with miles and at very great prices. Obviously you can use your miles to travel on partners not within the US, but I want to talk about great redemptions that have nothing to do with North America, for a change.
A little context here. 1) We publish all of our expenses publicly and the wife does short monthly expense summaries. This is my expanded version that will include expenses, the thought process, and lots of our travels.
2) Our goal is to travel on $20,000 a year. However we had a rough start to the year in that way (more about that here).
3) So now we’re trying to do around $900 a month to meet our goal. That’s like $30 a day. Nice hotels, no problem. Flights and transit, no problem. Food… is my kryptonite. I love trying new, interesting, and good food. Yesterday we spent $30 on dinner, so that’s where the majority of the back sliding happens.
Two weeks in a row! This podcast/video thing is a real thing now. My goal is to have interesting conversations with experts on travel and miles and points and let people listen. Last week was with Frequent Miler, this week is with Stefan from Rapid Travel Chai.
Stefan is the most well traveled person I know. And he’s not just a country-counter, he’s someone passionate about seeing interesting things in a country or interesting parts of a culture. Because of his travel passion he’s an expert on miles, credit cards, and all kinds of things we didn’t talk about (like car rentals). Mostly we talked about travel (because that’s the reason we do this whole miles and points thing).
Let’s first discuss the pros & cons of staying with Airbnb and then talk about the rules for getting free credits.
But seriously, a cash ticket raises the price when you add a stop. But many airlines allow you to make a stop for as long as you want when using miles. Some airlines allow multiple stopovers.
Personally, I earn most of my miles from credit sign up bonuses and try to avoid revenue tickets all together. Given that nearly all my flights are with miles, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to learn the routing rules and stopover rules for each mileage program in order to see as many places as possible. You only live once, might as well see as much of the world as possible.
This post will be an “A to Z” kind of post starting with references for learning exactly what a stopover is, and ends with booking the crazier tickets out there.