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Miles Can Get You to Popular Hotspot: Costa Rica

Miles Can Get You to Popular Hotspot: Costa Rica

Costa Rica has rainforests, miles of unspoiled beaches, volcanoes, and all kinds of lodgings from budget to ultra-luxury. Add friendly English-speaking locals, and you’ve got a clear winner. But the secret is out, and it has become a popular travel destination.

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Guide to Airline Lingo

Guide to Airline Lingo

If you’re new to making airline arrangements or booking award tickets, you may not be familiar with all of the words and terms the airlines use. Here’s a quick reference guide to some of the lingo you should understand.

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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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Four Instances When Elite Status Doesn’t Matter

Four Instances When Elite Status Doesn’t Matter

In frequent flyer circles, airline elite status seems to be the Holy Grail. Everybody wants status because it comes with perks such as access to priority check-in and security lanes, the possibility of an upgrade, free or discounted baggage fees, lounge access, mileage multipliers and more.

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5 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Favorite Frequent Flyer

5 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Favorite Frequent Flyer

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, but it’s not too late to get something shipped overnight. Chocolate and flowers are a safe bet for your special someone, but this year give a gift that your frequent flyer will really love. It’s okay to throw in some candy and flowers too!

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Thailand to New York via Hong Kong

Thailand to New York via Hong Kong

After my stay on Koh Samui, I took Cathay Pacific to get home to New York. The airlines six-seat first class cabin comes complete with gourmet food, top-shelf drinks, and over-the-top service. The carrier gives the word pampering a new meaning. Its first class service always ranks high on surveys that rank those kind of things.

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Points Earn a Stay at Hiltons Top-Ranked Koh Samui Resort

Points Earn a Stay at Hiltons Top-Ranked Koh Samui Resort

I flew Bangkok Airways to my second stop in Thailand: Koh Samui. It’s the country’s second-biggest island and a major tourist destination. It’s served by Samui International Airport (USM), a facility dominated by Bangkok Airways.

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Affordable Bangkok: Worth the Cost of Getting There

Affordable Bangkok: Worth the Cost of Getting There

After Siem Reap on the first leg of my Southeast Asia trip, my next hop was to Bangkok. Just like the next two stopovers (Koh Samui and Phuket) it was a flight on Bangkok Air, which has the best economy class of all airlines I’ve ever flown.

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Cambodia Without Breaking the Bank

Cambodia Without Breaking the Bank

Most people go to Siem Reap in Cambodia to see the temples of Angkor Wat–the largest religious monument in the world. The Buddhist temple complex draws half the visitors that come to the country.

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Book Award Flights Now for 2014 Holidays

Book Award Flights Now for 2014 Holidays

There are two traits needed  if you want to excel at booking free airline award tickets and hotel rooms on points. The first is the knack for planning in advance sometimes up to an entire year. The second trait is the opposite: the flexibility to take advantage of spur-of-the-moment opportunities like booking a trip at the last minute within weeks or even days of departure.

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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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Last-Minute Awards to the Caribbean

Last-Minute Awards to the Caribbean

With temperatures hitting record lows, you might be wishing you had a Caribbean island getaway planned. You may be lamenting that you missed out, but you haven’t yet. There are still plenty of seats on flights to Caribbean islands that you can snag with your miles.

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What Are Your 2014 Travel Plans?

What Are Your 2014 Travel Plans?

Do you know where you’re going on vacation this year? Now is the time to start planning!

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How I Booked a Free First Class Award Flight to Cancun

How I Booked a Free First Class Award Flight to Cancun

I just got a free one-way ticket to Cancun in first class. I paid zero for it in cash or miles. I just used an airline stopover rule in an unorthodox way. It’s perfectly legit.

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2014 Loyalty Program Devaluation Update

2014 Loyalty Program Devaluation Update

As an avid collector of miles and points, it won’t take long before you notice something: frequent program devaluations. Changes to award rates happen occasionally in some programs and all too often in others. You’ve got to be aware of what’s going on in the loyalty travel market so you can best utilize the miles and points you’ve earned.

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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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Blueprint for a First Class Ticket to an Exotic Island

Blueprint for a First Class Ticket to an Exotic Island

If your imagination were the only limit, where would you go?
A secluded island getaway with private access to a crystal clear lagoon from your glass-bottom villa floating over the warm tropical water?

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Dominican Republic: A Resort Stay on a Budget

Dominican Republic: A Resort Stay on a Budget

I love to travel on miles and points. I’ve been fortunate enough to find great values and visit places I wouldn’t be able to afford were it not for frequent flyer and hotel loyalty programs.

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When Should You Book Reward Tickets?

When Should You Book Reward Tickets?

I want to tell you a little secret about the airline industry.
About booking flights in particular.
Shhhh…come closer.
The best time to book flights is not when the inventory first loads!
I know, it’s so counterintuitive you don’t believe me.

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Tips for Managing Rewards Credit Cards

Tips for Managing Rewards Credit Cards

It’s no secret that credit card sign-up bonuses are the fastest and easiest ways to earn miles and points. However, opening up a dozen credit card accounts is fraught with problems if you’re not organized. Playing the points and miles game is only a good idea if you have excellent credit (730 or higher), you pay off your credit card balances monthly, never miss a payment and are organized enough to keep track of annual card renewal dates.

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