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Mileage Programs

Use miles or pay? Lifehacker and SmarterTravel show that average costs for redemption puts the value at around 1.4 cents per mile.
Flying First Class via upgrades


Partners notable: LAN for South America. Alaska and JetBlue - though JetBlue is limited to BOS JFK.


Partners Noteable: Aeromexico, Alaska, Hawaiian (with restrictions)


Partner list notable: Air Canada, Lufthansa, US Airways, Hawaiian Airlines

Mileage Calculator Enter two airports and UA will calculate the award miles earned across (it seems) all available routes. This includes via partners - so you can see the option of flying through Frankfurt to get to destinations in India.

Mileage Tools and Forums

10 Points Redemption errors to avoid.
CWSI tools to calculate FF miles earned per route, ticket class tables, more FF information
World Mastercard Benes
Mile Point general forum for flyers
Generic Mile Calculator with "find promos" links

Four Sites to Check Frequently for Mile Deals
The Points Guy
Frugal Travel Guy
Boarding Area
Flyer Talk Milesbuzz


Euro Cheapo for hotels, hostels, and apartments. Spot check of Granada and Córdoba showed great finds.

ITA Matrix hugely flexible especially for flight restrictions - ie search by alliance
Kayak Explore map of how much it costs to go anywhere from a selected starting airport
Sky Scanner General search, has information about individual airports, recommended for SE Asia
Hipmunk implements ITA language, can click to book once you've found the right stuff.
Airfare Watchdog beyond search you can subscribe to emails alerting you to good deals
FareCompare Where-to-Go Getaway Map

Budget Airline Aggregators
The Best and Worst Ways to Look for Cheap Flights learn up a bit before you go. Source for the following three.
Air Ninja pops up a gaggle of other search engines
Which Airline Allows search without specific dates!
Momondo Shows price calendar

Low Cost Air Writers

Nomadic Matt
Credit Card tips
Cheap Flights big list of aggregators

Frugral Travel Guy
Bump Stratagies

Hack My Trip

Alliance Programs

Alliance US Carrier Web Links Comments
OneWorld American wikipedia home
SkyTeam Delta wikipedia home
Star Alliance United wikipedia home

The Points Guy

The Points Guy has a long history of reporting on how to earn and make best use of award points. Fortunately they also do more than cater to the elite program traveler.

Great Economy Redemptions

The Points Guy describes ten great ways to get maximal travel for award miles.
Airline Alliance Benefit Description URL(s)
British Airways Oneworld Awards are distance priced. If less then 600 miles, then cost is 4,500 points. No cost for last minute booking.

[ Award Cost Calculator]
10 Best ways to redeem Avios

American Oneworld Off peak pricing is excellent. International travel for 40,000 points is possible. Must do international coach TPG Off Peak Primer
Southwest n/a Rapid rewards are good value. Transfer from Chase. TPG Fixed Value article
ANA Star Alliance All Nippon Airways, Distance based award pricing. [ TPG Tax and Fee

TPG Search Tool Info

American Oneworld Citi card reduced cost awards. Routes change monthly. Get away? TPG Description
Varied Sky Team Air France, KLM Air Europa rolling Promo awards, 25,000 RT to europe Promo Site
US Airways Star Alliance Off peak awards 35,000 miles for Euro or South America RT, even cheaper with USAir Mastercard ownership Go to their site for booking
American Oneworld To Europe with Hawaii add on TPG explains stopovers, transfers and open jaw
Delta SkyTeam Domestic stopovers - circle trips
US Airways Star Alliance To north Asia with stop in Europe for 60,000 Must call to book 800-428-4322

Maximizing Stopovers, Transfers and Open Jaw Ticketing

This series from The Points Guy is all about making the most of your points.

The Points Guy (TPG) keeps a running sidebar of current great specials for travel award cards. This is frequently updated. Signing up for a new credit card at the right time is a fast track way to gain more award points and miles. Just being nonchalant about this I've racked up over 100,000 miles.

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Querétaro World Heritage site, about two hours from Guanajuato, very low cost of living. Puebla City One of five most important Mexican cities, great museums, more


[ Culture Trip guide to cultural heritage sites]

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