Frequent Flyer Tips for Experienced Travelers

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Triple Dipping to Maximize Miles Earned

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No, it’s not the latest chip dip. A dance move. Or a football play. The triple dip is one of the most rewarding travel hacking tactics. While it’s great to earn miles by making purchases with a co-branded credit card, one purchase can often earn miles or points in multiple ways. That’s what triple dipping is all about.

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How to Skip the Airport Security Line

How to Skip the Airport Security Line

Want to jump the security line at the airport? You can start your trip in style, feel like a rock star, and waltz by the masses shuttling along through glacial queues. As far as perks go, it’s an oldie but goodie. Front-of-line privileges have never been more important than now.

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Best Airline Lounges in the United States

Best Airline Lounges in the United States

There are a few things that make air travel manageable. Airport lounge access is one of them. It’s nice to have a comfortable place with free Wi-Fi while you’re waiting to board or when you have a layover. There are usually complimentary drinks and snacks. Some even have restaurants.

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Visit London and Paris on the Same Award Ticket

Visit London and Paris on the Same Award Ticket

London and Paris are two of the most popular European cities and so close it is very easy to visit both in one trip. They have history, architecture, and nightlife to offer tourists. And they have another thing in common. They are very accessible from several frequent flyer programs.

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What is Elite Status and How Do You Get It?

What is Elite Status and How Do You Get It?

Among travel hackers, elite status is a badge of honor. For business travelers, it’s a reward for miles logged and a key to sanity via upgrades and special treatment.

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How does the American Airlines and US Airways Merger Affect Frequent Flyers?

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Ever since American Airlines has come out of bankruptcy, they can’t stop talking about the new American. New planes! New amenities! And now: a host of new routes, hubs, and aircraft courtesy of the American Airlines-US Airways merger.

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Miles to Give

Donation

This is the ideal time of year to donate to your favorite charities. The holidays are upon us and it’s natural to give thanks for all we have and to want to help those who are less fortunate. Many nonprofits could really use an infusion of goodwill as the year comes to an end.

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Can You Hack Travel Hacking? How to Know if it’s for You

Can You Hack Travel Hacking? How to Know if it's for You

What would you do with 12,520 pudding cups?

After finding out Healthy Choice was offering 100 frequent flyer points for every product barcode sent in, the father of travel hacking, David Phillips, figured out what was the lowest-priced bar-coded item he could buy (pudding cups for $0.25) and bought out every store in his state.

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Earn Miles and Points with Bluebird by American Express

Earn Miles and Points with Bluebird by American Express

Even if you’re new to earning miles and points, you’ve probably heard people talk about Bluebird as a way to boost earnings potential. It solves a major problem: how to accrue miles and points when paying bills with merchants like your landlord or mortgage company that don’t take credit cards.

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Earn Miles and Points with Amazon Payments

Earn Miles and Points with Amazon Payments

Isn’t it frustrating when you’ve got a monthly expense or a personal debt to pay and there’s no way to do it other than personal check? You won’t earn miles or points on those transactions and they can add up to a huge loss of rewards over time. What if there was a way to pay the maid, babysitter, or even your landlord and earn miles and points?

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Stopover Anyone? Here’s What You Can and Can’t Do

Stopover Anyone? Here's What You Can and Can't Do

American Airlines does not allow stopovers on domestic award tickets, but does permit them for international travel. I live on the west coast and often use the rule to my advantage to squeeze in a stopover on the way to a foreign destination or to book one leg of a bonus trip on the way back from overseas travel.

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Low Fares and Double Miles = Mileage Run

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I have Executive Platinum elite status on American Airlines and I want to keep it.  It increases the rate at which I earn miles, which essentially drives down the cost I pay per mile. I also like the perks.

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Around the World with Only 130,000 Miles

Around the World with Only 130,000 Miles

One of my dream trips has always been to take a round-the-world trip. I’ve visited numerous countries on every continent (except Antarctica) and have done so on great airlines in upgraded seats.

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