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Best Use of Asia Miles (Cathay)

I first wrote a Best Use of Asia Miles in 2013, and the last time was 2014. That’s a mistake because it’s actually an interesting transfer option for Citi ThankYou Points.

I think this will be an improvement on my older posts, as I now better understand some of the confusing details.

It’s worth knowing though! We’re talking some of the cheapest First Class flights, cheapest round-the-world flights, and the most stopovers allowed! Cheap and awesome.

And with this post you’ll have everything you need to book a great (and valid) ticket with Asia Miles.

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Introducing: Delta Miles Calculator

We’re working on a Delta Miles Calculator. <— Please book mark that page!

So far the tool shows you all the cheapest domestic flights possible. So you type in SEA, and it shows you the cheapest possible flights from Seattle.

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Because the problem is that Delta does not publish an award chart, and the only way to know all the cheapest flights is to search them.

If you want to find the cheapest flights from your city, check out the Delta Miles Calculator. And give me feedback!

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That Time We Flew 24,000 Miles in Business… for 40k UA Miles

One trip that I’ve been referencing a lot lately, was the time we did the Pacific Hopper, and flew from Guam to Asia, then to Polynesia via New Zealand.

I wanted to do a post thinking back on that trip now 4.5 years later. Since I reference it all the time, I thought I would go into details because it was such a great trip.

I know the trip looks crazy on paper… actually, it is crazy. But it was one of the best experiences of my life.

The best part is that 40,000 United miles isn’t hard to earn. We either earned it from signing up for the United card or the Chase Sapphire Preferred (before the Reserve) – which transfers to United.

So we earned more than enough from one card bonus, and I’d say this is about the most flying you could do with one card… and in business.

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5 Crazier United Mile Stopover Tickets

I promised today I’d post stopovers that were less practical. This is just looking at United stopover examples, rather than focusing on the rules.

If you want to see the rules, please check out New United Stopover Rules, and check out United Stopover Tricks.


However, late last night a lot of the loopholes that allowed you to not return to your region of origin, and change the order of events… suddenly died.

Although I wasn’t going to be explicit about anything, some of the rule changes affect some of my examples. The good news is that everything in my previous posts are still valid.

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We have spent the majority of our marriage traveling full time, living out of hotels.   All the while, we list our expenses publicly, budgeting $25,000 a year for our nomadic life while still staying in mostly 4 or 5 star hotels across ~20 countries a year.
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