Travel

How to Book Award Travel For Families

Many of the top award travel bloggers are single, or travel as a couple. Compared to families, these travelers have an easy time finding just one or two frequent flier mile award seats, and they never have to worry if their taxi or rental car can accommodate them.On the other hand, families that aspire to earn and use their points and miles for award travel face a much more difficult challenge.

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Travel Hack Tuesday: How to Get Lifetime Star Alliance Gold Status

International travel can be difficult.  The long flights, the long layovers, and the time changes can have a huge effect on any business trip or vacation.  That's one reason why I try to maintain Star Alliance Gold status.  Its benefits, detailed below, can save your next trip (and maybe get you a few free drinks, too).  For most frequent travelers in America, the way to do this is earning status on United, but I'm here to tell you there's a much easier option: Greece's Aegean Airlines.

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The Best Way to Fly on Miles to New Zealand


One of my fellow Brad's Deals team members asked me about the best way to fly to New Zealand for her honeymoon the other day.  Of course, I was happy to help, but thought that many of you readers would benefit from the same knowledge that I've found out about flying on miles to Oz.

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The Ultimate Guide to Alaska Airlines Miles

With the airline currently offering a 40% bonus on purchased miles, and the fact that the carrier is so useful for redeeming award miles, I thought it would be a great time to analyze in detail Alaska Airlines' frequent flyer program.  While many of you may have never flown Alaska, nor plan to, that's no reason not to have frequent flyer miles in their program to book on some of their diverse, and useful, airline partners!  We've detailed Delta, American Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, and United in the past, now let's take a look at Alaska Airlines!

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Not Enough Legroom? Fly One of These Knee-Friendly Airlines Instead

With all the news about diverted flights over disputed legroom when the passenger in fron of you reclines, I thought it would be a good idea to detail which airlines you should fly to avoid this type of argument all together.    As you know, not all economy classes are created equal, and with airlines squeezing more and more fees out of their customers, roomy legroom is becoming harder and harder to come by.

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14 Essential Tips for Saving Money on a Road Trip

Last summer was my best thus far. I got the chance to take an extended road trip visiting much of the country. Before this, I knew how to save money on traditional traveling, but a road trip is a whole different ball game.

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The Ultimate Guide to American AAdvantage Miles

In the past, we have covered the mileage programs of Virgin Atlantic, United, and Delta, but today we'd like to detail American Airlines' AAdvantage program.  With US Airways and American set to fully merge their programs sometime in the next year or so, it may be helpful to learn more about American's mileage program sooner rather than later.

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The College Student's Guide to Cheap Travel

When I was in college I was the perfect distance away from home. The two hour drive from Iowa City to Des Moines gave me plenty of independence, but also allowed me to make the trip to see my parents whenever I wanted. The best part was, it only cost me a tank of gas.  A lot of students aren't quite as fortunate and they are forced to tap into their dwindling bank account to pay for plane tickets.

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Travel Hack Tuesday: Free Southwest Travel for a Friend

Today, I wanted to detail one of my favorite ''travel hacks" of all time, receiving the Southwest Companion Pass.  With Southwest now flying internationally in the Caribbean, the value of the Companion Pass continues to increase.  Essentially,  the companion pass allows you to take along a friend or loved one with you for free every time you travel Southwest Airlines. The best part is, they can still fly with you even if you're using points to fly!

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The Ultimate Guide to Delta SkyMiles

Delta SkyMiles, one of the major mileage programs here in America, is often given the derisive nickname "SkyPesos" because of their perceived worthlessness.  While there are some major gripes with the SkyMiles program, I'm here to tell you that there are benefits to collecting SkyMiles and some very powerful uses of them around the world.  With the recent 50,000 SkyMile sign-up offer from American Express, we thought it would be a good time to dive into the SkyMiles program in detail.

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