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Why I’m a Card Carrying (Millennial) Member of the AARP

For any of my friends with European wanderlust, I tell them to join AARP. That’s right- Laura and I are card-carrying members of the American Association for Retired People. Aside from getting interesting newsletters about Medicare- we get a benefit that blows all other travel benefits out of the water, at least for us. And here’s the thing: Everyone always thinks you have to be of a certain age to join AARP but the reality is that anyone can sign up for membership. It’s $16 a year, and it might just save you $800 off your next flight across the pond! How?  Continue reading

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British Airways Holiday Sale- Free Hotel in Europe With Your Flight

In 2012, we traveled to Israel and Jordan. Along the way, we managed to make a stopover in the European country I was most excited to finally visit: Spain. Not only did the tickets somehow come out to be cheaper once we added the stopover, British Airways also had a special sale going where we got two free nights in Madrid, which helped us avoid getting gouged. It also didn’t hurt that some of our best European flight experiences have been on British Airways, and that BA is part of OneWorld meaning as AAdvantage Platinum members, we earn AA miles with BA.

This guy in Madrid wasn’t able to avoid gouging however.

It was a little less than 72 hours of museums, museums, museums for us. Laura enjoyed the Reina Sofia, I enjoyed the Real Madrid stadium (technically listed as a museum on our museum card, making me sound much more sophisticated).

Closest I’ll ever get to center pitch seats in my life

British Airways is at it again, with the “British Airways Holiday Sale” offering two nights free stay if you book a transatlantic flight with them. But like all good deals, this one is both limited and set to expire. If you’re interested in exploring cities like Rome, London, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Barcelona, Dublin, Edinburgh or Manchester, and you want two free nights, pay close attention: We’re about to tell you how to get them.  Continue reading

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What’s In Your Wallet? Well, Here’s What Loyalty Programs, Credit Cards, and More Are in Mine!

A couple years ago at a party, we met a man who seemed so familiar. The longer we hung out and flung stories back and forth, the more we connected. “You’re sure we’ve never met” I asked for about the 5th time, at a total loss as for why this stranger seemed so familiar to me. He smiled sheepishly, and said “If I tell you where you know me from, promise not to tell other people at the party?” And then he said that famous line: Continue reading

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Earning Miles Has Never Been Easier: Why We Love OneWorld

Elite status keeps flying enjoyable. In our first post on miles and flights on this blog, we tried to drive home what a difference elite status can make in your flying experience.  First class upgrades when available. Priority screening through airport security and the ability to be one of the first people to board the airplane. Double miles earned on every flight, which means award tickets to keep traveling! When I’m not in first class, I’m always in the emergency exit row. And when I call American Airlines, I never wait more than 30 seconds to talk to an agent. When I called Delta yesterday as a regular member and was on hold for 42 minutes, I realized how special that is. You want to get elite status, end of story. And here’s the good news: Not only has earning airline miles never been easier, it’s also never been easier to earn elite status on American Airlines thanks to the OneWorld Alliance they are part of!

And so I’m excited to say that in less than 5 months, I’ve re-qualified for Platinum with American Airlines. It usually takes me all year, as I get the final few miles needed in the last week of the calendar year.

But here’s the crazy thing: I’ve only flown 3,611 miles on American Airlines this year.

Despite only flying 3,611 miles on American Airlines, I have managed to re-qualify for Platinum, which requires 50,000 miles. How?

It takes 50,000 miles to re-qualify for platinum. But I’ve only flown 3,611 miles on American Airlines… The numbers don’t compute, right? That’s where the OneWorld Alliance comes in.

Turns out the first half of this year has been a busy year full of international travel for me. And so the other 46,389 miles flown have been on LAN Airlines and British Airways. When you fly these airlines, as well as a host of others that you can find here, you earn miles for American. Think about that for a moment. If you’re taking a trip to Europe this summer, or Asia or parts of South America, one trip alone, whether it is on American or not, can get you half way to low tier “gold” elite status. One trip gets you half way to priority security screening, extra miles, preferred seats, and more! Now for the crazy thing: Most people don’t even bother to understand how alliances work, and so those miles go unclaimed!

As great as airline alliances are, the benefits are slowly disappearing. United now requires that you not only fly 50,000 miles to reach their AAdvantage Platinum equivalent Gold Premier, but you have to spend $5,000 “premier qualifying dollars”. This is just a fancy way to say, you need to spend 5k with United, United Express, or Copa. Tricky, tricky! To reach Delta Gold, the same scheme is in place: 50,000 miles AND $5,000 on Delta flights.

So will American change? Sadly, someday, yes. But for now, the ease with which you can earn elite status is but one of the many reasons we find ourselves loyal to American Airlines and the OneWorld Alliance! And if you fly Delta or United, you may be surprised how easily you can still earn status, and if nothing else, you can still earn miles on Delta or United when flying their partner airlines which again adds up to more chances to redeem miles for free flights. As for me, American need not worry: The rest of the year is exclusively on American Airlines, hopefully with several upgrades to first class throughout!

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