Last month I was in Hungary, speaking at an Internet marketing conference with attendees and speakers from no less than 15 countries in Europe, Asia and North America (and yes, I still need to post trip reports). As is customary with speaking at conferences in my industry, I received a small stipend for speaking and my hotel charges were covered, but I needed to pay my own way … [Read more...] about Another Example of Why I Love Points and Miles!
This could be filed under "Oldie but Goodie" - a video visualizing worldwide air traffic over a 24 hour period. This mesmerizing 1 minute video shows just how much flight activity takes place throughout the day. Originally produced in 2008, I just happened to see this video show up on a data visualization website in my Feedly and thought you might enjoy it as well! … [Read more...] about Visualizing Worldwide Air Traffic Over a 24 Hour Period [Video]
Last night I was one of many to take advantage of the Lufthansa first class award availability from Toronto (YYZ) to Munich (MUC). This morning I woke up and learned that I could add a flight to Asia on my itinerary in first class for only 5,000 extra United Miles. Gary mentioned that this would be a good opportunity to fly Thai Airways in first class because of their … [Read more...] about Add First Class on Thai Airways for 5k More United Miles and $52? Yes Please!
After hearing all of the gushing reports of South Africa from my friends and other travel bloggers, I knew at some point I would need to visit South Africa myself. That opportunity appears to be coming sooner than later, because my father and I jumped at a deal to stay at the Vuyani Safari Lodge when the property was featured on Jetsetter last month. … [Read more...] about Help Me Plan a Trip to South Africa in April of 2014
This reader question is probably more specific than some readers may be expecting to see (booking a flight from MSP to Toronto), but I wanted to share the result for two reasons: 1) It gave me the opportunity to share my thought process for booking flights within North America and 2) the story has an ideal ending. Maybe it will be helpful for others facing a similar situation. … [Read more...] about [Reader Question] When is the Best Time to Book a Flight to Toronto?
Book Your Delta Partner Segments First In August of 2012 I was messing around on Expert Flyer to see where I could go with the 300,000+ Delta Skymiles I had burning a hole in my account. This was before I even left on my honeymoon in Mauritius, and I was already starting to think about an awesome trip to celebrate our first anniversary the next year. It didn't take too long … [Read more...] about Booking Air Tahiti Nui Business Class Using Delta Skymiles
Last night I received an email from award flight search engine MileWise that caught me by surprise: the company was acquired by Yahoo!. Here is that surprising note from MileWise to their users. But this isn't the type of acquisition you might be thinking. Yahoo! didn't appear to acquire the company for their technology, because they immediately shut down the service. In … [Read more...] about MileWise Acquired by Yahoo!, Immediately Shut Down
Reader Question from Molly in Dallas, TX: Do you have any tips for last minute frequent flyers from Dallas (DFW) to Cabo San Lucas (SJD). Direct Flights Only. Dates of Travel are 1/2/2013 to 1/5/2013. Need to Fly American. I have plenty of American Airlines and American Express points. DFW to SJD Flights in the New Year Thanks for the question Molly. You are my first reader … [Read more...] about Reader Question: Best Way to Get from DFW to SJD on AA Miles
Premium travel search service Expert Flyer has completed integration with 20 new airlines for their service, giving them access to all airlines in the Star Alliance. You can now view flight availability on the following airlines from within Expert Flyer: Adria Airways (JP) ANA (NH) Asiana Airlines (OZ) Austrian (OS) Blue1 (KF) Croatia Airlines (OU) Egyptair … [Read more...] about Expert Flyer Adds Support for 20 Additional Airlines – All of Star Alliance