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Best Hotel Rewards Program [InfoGraphic 2019]

Best Hotel Rewards Program [InfoGraphic 2019]

Carrie and I both wanted to redo our Hotel Rewards Program infographic and my post on the best rewards program.

The infographic does a good job of giving a visual display for the following areas:

  • Number of hotels
  • Which brands have the most 4/5 star hotels
  • Which loyalty programs earn free nights most quickly
  • Status benefits
  • Best credit cards

The rest of the post will discuss some of the things not included in the infographic and more details...

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How To Get Free Travel With Car/RV Relocation

How To Get Free Travel With Car/RV Relocation

I've recently been intrigued by the idea of car/RV rental relocation as a way to get cheap (or even free) trips.

That's right. You can get a rental of an RV with beds and your gas reimbursed for free (or $1 a day) for simply relocating the vehicle. Your only expense on such a trip would be airfare, food, and possibly paying for an RV campground night.

And while you can't choose just any route, there seems to be popular routes for vacationing and RVing. For example Salt Lake City to Vegas or LA... Which could be an amazing RV trip through Utah, as there are so many interesting, remote areas (like Canyonlands National Park).

In this post I'll list the best websites for finding and booking these rentals and then go over the details of a typical rental.

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Best Use of Virgin Atlantic Miles [by Partner]

Best Use of Virgin Atlantic Miles [by Partner]

Like Alaska miles, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club has a unique set of mileage redemptions that varies by partner, some of which are amazing deals.

In truth, I made a note to look into their partners after OneMileAtAtime booked and posted about a first class flight on ANA for 120,000 miles... Which ended up being only 92,500 Amex MR points (due to a transfer bonus). An amazing first class deal.

But there are lots of great deals that are even better with a 30% bonus. With a 30% bonus, a oneway to New Zealand for 30,000 miles is nearly 23,000 miles. A 25,000 miles business class ticket to Africa would be 19,200. And a 10,000 mile flight to Europe would be 7,700 miles.

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Master List Of Airlines To Bid On Business Class Upgrades

Master List Of Airlines To Bid On Business Class Upgrades

Many airlines offer last minute upgrades as an auction / bidding system, and some offer them on sale at check in, or on the app.

Below I made a list of 37 airlines (in alphabetical order) with their paid upgrade policies, and links to how to either check if you're eligible, bid, or see an explanation of the rules.

Most of these airlines are using the same system for upgrade bidding, but all with slightly different terms.

First, I'll explain a little bit about the differences of the upgrade bids that airlines generally have, and the other variations for paid upgrades.

Then, after the Master List Of Airline Bid Upgrades, I'll share some rules and thoughts.

Read more
Cheapest Miles To Hawaii

Cheapest Miles To Hawaii

Continuing my reborn "cheapest miles" series is the cheapest miles to Hawaii post where I'll list all the best airline miles deals to Hawaii, and break down some of the best options.

There are tons of great Hawaii deals! There are 11,500 mile flights to Hawaii from the majority of the country, 27,500 business class awards (if you're willing to get a BOA card), and technically 22,500 mile business class flights on Korean.

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Why To Consider Chasing Copa Airline’s Status

Why To Consider Chasing Copa Airline’s Status

Copa Airlines has a tight relationship with United (partnership? part ownership?) and has cloned a lot of United's program, like its award chart.

I realized that Copa upgrades work on United airlines, which made me look into the rewards program further.

With 6 global upgrades and 6 regional upgrades that work on United (as well as complimentary upgrades on Copa), the Copa PreferProgram becomes an interesting choice for status-chasers in the US.

The other benefit of Copa's status over United, is that it doesn't require $15,000 in spend to get the global upgrades. And, it requires less miles to get status, and it currently isn't revenue based earning, even on United flights!

Recap of what we'll discuss: Copa's status requires less miles, earn more miles, no spend requirement, and way longer flights available for regional upgrades.

Almost everything is the same or significantly better with Copa status.

Read more
All-Inclusive Hotels Using Points

All-Inclusive Hotels Using Points

Redone: June 3, 2019

As someone obsessed with free things and food, you'd think I'd love all-inclusives that are bookable with points...

I've become disgruntled by the hit-miss experience (mostly miss). In fact it's my love of food that has me avoiding cheap all-inclusives at all cost. I can't last two meals at most all-inclusives.

Read more
Best Hotel Rewards Program [InfoGraphic 2019]

Carrie and I both wanted to redo our Hotel Rewards Program infographic and my post on the best rewards program.

The infographic does a good job of giving a visual display for the following areas:

  • Number of hotels
  • Which brands have the most 4/5 star hotels
  • Which loyalty programs earn free nights most quickly
  • Status benefits
  • Best credit cards

The rest of the post will discuss some of the things not included in the infographic and more details...

Read more
How To Get Free Travel With Car/RV Relocation

I've recently been intrigued by the idea of car/RV rental relocation as a way to get cheap (or even free) trips.

That's right. You can get a rental of an RV with beds and your gas reimbursed for free (or $1 a day) for simply relocating the vehicle. Your only expense on such a trip would be airfare, food, and possibly paying for an RV campground night.

And while you can't choose just any route, there seems to be popular routes for vacationing and RVing. For example Salt Lake City to Vegas or LA... Which could be an amazing RV trip through Utah, as there are so many interesting, remote areas (like Canyonlands National Park).

In this post I'll list the best websites for finding and booking these rentals and then go over the details of a typical rental.

Read more
Best Use of Virgin Atlantic Miles [by Partner]

Like Alaska miles, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club has a unique set of mileage redemptions that varies by partner, some of which are amazing deals.

In truth, I made a note to look into their partners after OneMileAtAtime booked and posted about a first class flight on ANA for 120,000 miles... Which ended up being only 92,500 Amex MR points (due to a transfer bonus). An amazing first class deal.

But there are lots of great deals that are even better with a 30% bonus. With a 30% bonus, a oneway to New Zealand for 30,000 miles is nearly 23,000 miles. A 25,000 miles business class ticket to Africa would be 19,200. And a 10,000 mile flight to Europe would be 7,700 miles.

Read more
Master List Of Airlines To Bid On Business Class Upgrades

Many airlines offer last minute upgrades as an auction / bidding system, and some offer them on sale at check in, or on the app.

Below I made a list of 37 airlines (in alphabetical order) with their paid upgrade policies, and links to how to either check if you're eligible, bid, or see an explanation of the rules.

Most of these airlines are using the same system for upgrade bidding, but all with slightly different terms.

First, I'll explain a little bit about the differences of the upgrade bids that airlines generally have, and the other variations for paid upgrades.

Then, after the Master List Of Airline Bid Upgrades, I'll share some rules and thoughts.

Read more
Cheapest Miles To Hawaii

Continuing my reborn "cheapest miles" series is the cheapest miles to Hawaii post where I'll list all the best airline miles deals to Hawaii, and break down some of the best options.

There are tons of great Hawaii deals! There are 11,500 mile flights to Hawaii from the majority of the country, 27,500 business class awards (if you're willing to get a BOA card), and technically 22,500 mile business class flights on Korean.

Read more
Why To Consider Chasing Copa Airline’s Status

Copa Airlines has a tight relationship with United (partnership? part ownership?) and has cloned a lot of United's program, like its award chart.

I realized that Copa upgrades work on United airlines, which made me look into the rewards program further.

With 6 global upgrades and 6 regional upgrades that work on United (as well as complimentary upgrades on Copa), the Copa PreferProgram becomes an interesting choice for status-chasers in the US.

The other benefit of Copa's status over United, is that it doesn't require $15,000 in spend to get the global upgrades. And, it requires less miles to get status, and it currently isn't revenue based earning, even on United flights!

Recap of what we'll discuss: Copa's status requires less miles, earn more miles, no spend requirement, and way longer flights available for regional upgrades.

Almost everything is the same or significantly better with Copa status.

Read more
All-Inclusive Hotels Using Points

Redone: June 3, 2019

As someone obsessed with free things and food, you'd think I'd love all-inclusives that are bookable with points...

I've become disgruntled by the hit-miss experience (mostly miss). In fact it's my love of food that has me avoiding cheap all-inclusives at all cost. I can't last two meals at most all-inclusives.

Read more
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