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Abroaders Podcast

Erik Paquet

The Abroaders Podcast is about leveraging international travel for explosive personal growth and business development. Each episode is packed with actionable tips and insights on travel hacking, language acquisition, entrepreneurship and living abroad. Travel is not something you do while on vacation; It is an investment in the skills and connections that will give you an advantage for the rest of your life. Join thousands of digital nomads, entrepreneurs, hustlers, globetrotters and world chang...



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Mar 14, 2019 Erik Paquet
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Feb 28, 2019 Erik Paquet
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In the last two years, there has been fierce competition between banks to earn your business with their rewards-card products. As a result, we've seen a huge increase in the number of cards that offer additional points for purchases you make with specific types of merchants. In today's episode, we'll cover the top cards for spending on Travel, Dining & Restaurants, Groceries & Supermarkets, and Gas & Fuel. www.abroaders.com/236
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Feb 7, 2019 Erik Paquet
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IberiaPlus is back with a new flash sale offering 50% off award travel between now and April 15th. The deadline to book is Sunday, February 10th, but those who can act quickly could score business-class awards from North America to Europe for as little as 17,000 points each way. In today's episode, we'll cover all the promo details and dive into the IberiaPlus program.
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Jan 24, 2019 Erik Paquet
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Jan 10, 2019 Erik Paquet
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Singapore KrisFlyer has long been one of the favorite programs of miles enthusiasts, so the recent devaluation announcement is a big disappointment. Singapore is a member of StarAlliance, which makes it possible to use their miles to book on 27 different airlines within the alliance.
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Dec 20, 2018 Erik Paquet
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Transferrable bank points are especially valuable because they provide multiple options for booking travel. The conventional wisdom is that you get the most value transferring to a frequent flyer program. But that isn't always the right advice. Today, we explore how to make the right choice when you can redeem points towards the cost of a paid ticket or book an award through a frequent flyer program. www.abroaders.com/232
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Dec 6, 2018 Erik Paquet
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Nov 22, 2018 Erik Paquet
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Capital One had created a major shakeup in the travel rewards space by announcing the ability to transfer points to a dozen frequent flyer programs. They now join Citi, Chase, Amex, and Marriott in the realm of super-flexible, transferrable points. We've also got major positive updates to the Amex Business Gold card, more details on the Citi Prestige 4th night free benefit, and a slew of new credit card offers to stack up points before the holidays. www.abroaders.com/230
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Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands are among the trickiest destinations to reach from North America using miles—especially for premium cabin redemptions. Success depends on planning ahead, diversifying your points for maximum options, and knowing what routes to check. This week, we cover all the direct routings with Star Alliance, One World, Skyteam, and a few independent airlines you can book with the right miles. www.abroaders.com/229
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Oct 25, 2018 Erik Paquet
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Amex Membership Rewards is offering a 40% bonus on transfers to British Airways Executive Club and Iberia Plus through November 15th, 2018. These two loyalty programs can book flights with 29 different airlines—offering service to more than 1,000 destinations worldwide. Their pricing scheme is dramatically different from other loyalty programs, which means amazingly good deals on some itineraries, and horrible value on others. www.abroaders.com/228
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Oct 11, 2018 Erik Paquet
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Sep 27, 2018 Erik Paquet
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Sep 13, 2018 Erik Paquet
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AP 225 Checklist for Opening a New Rewards Card
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Aug 30, 2018 Erik Paquet
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Aug 16, 2018 Erik Paquet
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Aug 2, 2018 Erik Paquet
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Jul 5, 2018 Erik Paquet
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Jun 21, 2018 Erik Paquet
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Jun 7, 2018 Erik Paquet
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May 24, 2018 Erik Paquet
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May 17, 2018 Erik Paquet
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Next week, we’ll be talking about our favorite websites and essential tools for travel hackers. Send us your questions and share your favorite resources at www.abroaders.com/218  
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May 10, 2018 Erik Paquet
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Apr 26, 2018 Erik Paquet
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This weeks episode features an interview Mikkel Thorup, host of the popular podcast, "The Expat Money Show" and expert on living and working abroad. www.abroaders.com/216    
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Apr 19, 2018 Erik Paquet
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Apr 12, 2018 Erik Paquet
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Apr 5, 2018 Erik Paquet
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Mar 29, 2018 Erik Paquet
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Mar 22, 2018 Erik Paquet
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Mar 15, 2018 Erik Paquet
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Air France / KLM takes a step towards pricing awards based on the cost of a paid ticket, Iberia launches an award sale on business class to Madrid and Barcelona, and we break down how to save miles booking Delta flights with partner miles. www.abroaders.com/210
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Mar 8, 2018 Erik Paquet
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Mar 1, 2018 Erik Paquet
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Feb 22, 2018 Erik Paquet
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Even when you use the right rewards card to pay for travel, sometimes it can be a ton of effort to get big companies to pay out the compensation you deserve when things go wrong. Today's show features an in-depth analysis of how to manage the claims process, and an interview with the CEO of a company on a mission to make filing for delayed flight compensation effortless. www.abroaders.com/207
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Feb 15, 2018 Erik Paquet
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Feb 8, 2018 Erik Paquet
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A few of the top rewards programs offer seasonal or destination based discounts on award tickets. Today, we dive into American Reduced Mileage Awards, FlyingBlue Promo awards, and a few other discount programs that can help you spend fewer points on your next flight. www.abroaders.com/205
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Feb 1, 2018 Erik Paquet
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This week we dive into new routes to Africa, a new twist on IHG Points Breaks, and tips for monitoring award availability to snag your next flight. www.abroaders.com/204
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Jan 25, 2018 Erik Paquet
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Jan 18, 2018 Erik Paquet
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Are premium travel cards with high annual fees worth it? Despite the high price tag, these cards offer benefits that far outweigh the costs for some travelers. Today, we’ll compare the Amex Platinum, Chase Sapphire Reserve, and Citi Prestige to help you decide if one (or more) of these high-end cards is a good fit for you. www.abroaders.com/202
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Jan 11, 2018 Erik Paquet
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Korean Airlines offers an elite business and first class product for travel from North America to Asia. Like Singapore and Lufthansa, Korean offers extra availability to members of their Skypass frequent flyer program. Today, we’ll cover how to use Chase Ultimate Rewards to book these tickets, and how to navigate Koreans unique award redemption process with minimal effort. www.abroaders.com/201.
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Jan 4, 2018 Erik Paquet
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Did you know your rewards card can reimburse you if your checked bags go missing or pay for your hotel a flight delay forces you to stay overnight? In this episode, Erik breaks down the 3 most useful types of travel insurance provided by rewards cards and helps you navigate the fine print to get the coverage you deserve. www.abroaders.com/200
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Dec 14, 2017 Erik Paquet
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Dec 7, 2017 Erik Paquet
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How much you can expect to save on travel for each point in your account? The answer can depend on where you're going and whether you book economy or premium cabin tickets. This week, we break down the point valuations published by the Points Guy and compare the numbers from the Abroaders booking service for 9 of the top loyalty programs. You'll also learn about Delta's latest price increase, a major change for Discover cards, and the future of Marriott cobranded cards. www.abroaders.com/198
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Nov 30, 2017 Erik Paquet
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This week we take a look at one of the original frequent flyer programs—American AAdvantage. AA miles often get less than enthusiastic reviews from the points community, but our take is quite a bit different. Over the past 2 years, AA miles have been among the most valuable of any major airline currency, based on data from our booking service. They provide access to even the farthest corners of the globe, world class partner airlines, and reasonable out of pocket costs. www.abroaders.com/197
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Nov 16, 2017 Erik Paquet
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Citi ThankYou Rewards adds Avianca Lifemiles as it's newest transfer partner, and opens up some great opportunities to save on StarAlliance awards. Not to be outdone, Chase Ultimate Rewards adds AerLingus AerClub and Iberia Plus to it's list of transfer options. Singapore announces a significant devaluation for Krisflyer miles on StarAlliance redemptions and gives members just over 3 weeks to book tickets before prices go up. www.abroaders.com/196
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Nov 8, 2017 Erik Paquet
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This week's top story is a rare opportunity to buy points for business and first-class travel at a big discount. We'll cover how you can combine two overlapping promos to round-trip international premium cabin tickets for as little as $750 each way. For the economy traveler, we've got short haul news on FlyingBlue promo awards, with four North American cities offering round-trip flights to Europe for 37,500 points.
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Nov 1, 2017 Erik Paquet
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Oct 18, 2017 Erik Paquet
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United is raising business and first class award prices on November 1st. We'll break down the worst of the changes and what flights you should make sure to book before the devaluation. In other news, the Southwest companion pass gets easier for California residents and remains on life support for everyone else. With new flights to Hawaii in 2018, now is a perfect time to apply for the Southwest cards and get buy-one-get-one-free flights for 2018 and 2019.
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Oct 11, 2017 Erik Paquet
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Too good for business class? International first class is becoming less common, but there are still some ways to use miles to join the ultra elite and spend your flight enjoying the finest aviation has to offer. This week, we take a look at first class options for Europe and share strategies to maximize your chances of riding all the way up front.
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Oct 4, 2017 Abroaders Travel
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Sep 27, 2017 Erik Paquet
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Sep 20, 2017 Erik Paquet
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Are Chase and Southwest trying to keep you from getting an extra year of the Southwest companion pass?
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Sep 13, 2017 Abroaders Travel
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If you have American Express Membership Rewards, this is the last week to transfer points to British Airways with a 40% bonus. British Airways is a unique frequent flyer program with 25 airline partners, including American Airlines. In this episode, you'll learn how we booked a $902 flight from Brazil to Texas for just $59.
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This week, Erik and AJ take a look at Citi ThankYou Rewards new transfer partner — Turkish Miles & Smiles. Redemptions may be a bit more work than some of the more mainstream programs, but there are some awesome sweetspots in this award chart that make it well worth the effort. We'll break down the rules and where to look for outsized value.
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Aug 23, 2017 Abroaders
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In nearly ten years of booking free travel with points, we've learned a lot of lessons the hard way. This week, Erik & AJ break down their pre-departure checklist to show you how to make sure all your flights booked with points are confirmed and avoid a travel-day crisis. http://bit.ly/2xbMG1l
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Aug 16, 2017 Abroaders
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This week, Erik breaks down some recent bookings using Amex Membership rewards. Amex points are especially valuable because they can transfer to multiple frequent flyer programs—meaning you can pick the type of points that works best for your specific trip. In today's show, Erik covers example bookings using Air Canada Aeroplan, All Nippon Airways, Iberia, British Airways, and Cathay Pacific. www.abroaders.com/185
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Aug 9, 2017 Abroaders Travel
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Aug 2, 2017 Abroaders Travel
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Jul 19, 2017 Erik Paquet
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This week Erik & AJ come back from their extended 4th of July podcasting break to discuss all the news from the last two weeks. Citi Prestige is launching a new 75k offer, Thank You Premier is back with a solid bonus, and the 60k AA Platinum Select is still alive. We'll also cover minor devaluations announced by United and Alaska, and a big Amex transfer bonus to British Airways. www.abroaders.com/182
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A.J and Erik review some of current the offers with Southwest and if going for them and earning the companion pass is worthwhile now, or should be waited out to potentially max out the benefit. They also go over some of the latest travel and electronic ban news, how Delta is offering a "fly now and earn later" feature for all co-branded cards, and the new offer with Hyatt's sign up bonus. Check out the details in this week's show as well as other latest travel news....
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This week, A.J. covers airline and travel news ranging from Cuba to good news for travelers looking to use miles to book flights to Hawaii. Tune in to hear about what's going to happen to your Virgin miles when they fully transition to Alaska Airlines, a $50 AirBnB credit, the TSA using finger printing technology, and what the Trump administrations new stance on Cuba means for American travelers. http://bit.ly/2ncADxL
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Jun 14, 2017 Erik Paquet
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How exactly can you maximize your Chase Ultimate rewards? This week AJ and Erik review the different type of transfers along with what is qualified as a "good use of points" and what's not. They also review some changes with routes that United is implementing soon, reviewing some listener email questions on last's weeks show and a way to get past 5/24 with Chase if you get denied being an authorized user. http://bit.ly/2s2CFEf
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Jun 7, 2017 Erik Paquet
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How exactly can you maximize your Chase Ultimate rewards? This week AJ and Erik review the different type of transfers along with what is qualified as a "good use of points" and what's not. They also review some changes with routes that United is implementing soon, reviewing some listener email questions on last's weeks show and a way to get past 5/24 with Chase if you get denied being an authorized user.www.abroaders.com/178
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May 31, 2017 Erik Paquet
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Do I need to pay with my airline credit card to take advantage of the free checked bag benefit? Find out in this weeks episode. AJ and Erik also cover 2 limited time opportunities to earn miles with car rentals and online shopping and a new small business card from Amex that may be the best all-around rewards card for your first $50,000 in business spend each year. In the core content, we'll break down the benefits and annual fees of 15 popular rewards cards to help you decide if the benefits...
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May 24, 2017 Erik Paquet
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This week, Erik breaks down his booking process and lessons learned from a recent redemption combining American miles, Citi Thankyou and a small Amex to SPG to Marriott transfer. In news and updates, you'll learn about a new Delta partnership with Lyft, Ridesharing returns to Austin, and Aeroplans evil plans to block your award bookings on Swiss. Show notes at abroaders.com/176
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May 10, 2017 Erik Paquet
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May 3, 2017 Erik Paquet
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This week, Erik and AJ discuss the best ways to use the new 60,000 point signup bonus for the Citi American Airlines business and personal cards. Listen to find out if you're eligible for this bonus offer and learn how to book an awesome trip using American miles. www.abroaders.com/173
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Apr 26, 2017 Erik Paquet
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This week, we tackle a tricky listener question on why CreditKarma (Vantage 3) credit scores can be so different from the FICO score offered with lots of Citibank and Barclays credit cards. We'll also break down some new changes to how credit scores will treat negative public records in the near future. In the second half of the show, Erik breaks down sweet spots for booking a ticket for children under two years old when adults are booking with points. www.abroaders.com/172
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Apr 19, 2017 Erik Paquet
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This week, Erik and AJ discuss ANA first class bookings at awesome prices using Virgin Atlantic miles (currently with a 30% transfer bonus from Amex Membership rewards), discounted American flights using Etihad miles, and tons of business class availability from Dallas to Rio de Janeiro from December to January. In the second half of the show, we cover five "whitehat" strategies for generating extra spend to earn a signup bonus. www.abroaders.com/171
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Apr 15, 2017 Erik Paquet
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This week Delta devalues partner awards, the Chase British Airways 100k offer returns (for high spenders only), and United sends police to drag a kicking and screaming Doctor (who wasn't misbehaving) out of his seat. In the second half of the show, Erik shares recorded calls of avoiding United's $75 close-in booking fee and his recent annual fee negotiation with Barclays. www.abroaders.com/170
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Apr 5, 2017 Erik Paquet
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This Week Erik and AJ review what happens to your points if and when they expire. Ways to keep them alive and suggestions for transferring when you can't reset the expiration date. They also review this months Flying Blue Promo awards, how to travel with a large sum of cash, and a possible way to get an increase in your credit score this summer.
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Mar 29, 2017 Erik Paquet
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This week, Erik and AJ cover the best options for earning points by paying your tax bill with a rewards credit card. In news and updates, we've got updates on the laptop & electronics ban for flights to the U.S. and U.K. along with a quick review of how you can get insurance coverage to cover your laptop if it's stolen from your checked bag. Not all rewards cards are equal, so be sure to tune in to make sure you don't get stuck with only $250 to replace your laptop or camera when you could...
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Mar 22, 2017 Erik Paquet
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This week, Erik and AJ catch up on lots of news and updates and run through some highlights and lessons learned from Erik's trip to South Africa. www.abroaders.com/167
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Mar 15, 2017 Erik Paquet
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This week, Erik sits down with Miles4Migrants founder Seth Stanton to talk about how they're using donated frequent flyer points to book flights to reunite refugees and their families. Check out this inspiring interview and find out the latest news from the world of travel loyalty programs. www.abroaders.com/166
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Mar 8, 2017 Erik Paquet
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The Southwest Companion Pass is your ticket to buy-one-get-one-free flights through the end of 2018. This week, Erik and AJ talk about upcoming changes to Southwest's rules for qualifying for the Companion Pass. If you don't fly a lot with Southwest, there is still time to take advantage of transfering hotel points before March 31st. Find out how on this week's podcast. www.abroaders.com/165
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Mar 1, 2017 Erik Paquet
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This week, we cover two limited-time offers on the Amex SPG personal and business rewards cards. The current signup bonuses are at an all time high, but that doesn't necessarily mean the cards are the best choice for everyone. In today's show, we break down the different ways you can use your SPG points for maximum value and take a closer look at Alaska, American, Lufthansa, and Japan Airlines — the major frequent flyer programs who don't partner with any other transferrable points. Get the...