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PointChaser - A Guide to Points, Miles and Free Travel Travel for Free: How Credit Card "Churners" Do It A few years ago, I started searching for the best ways to save money on airline flights.I wanted to see the world -- or at least the United States -- but I didn't have a bottomless budget. In the end, I found something surprising. There is a group of people who are flying for free by using a strategy that is the complete opposite of what most people do. How to Fly for Free It probably comes as no surprise to you that a great way to fly for cheap is by using frequent flyer miles. At first, I assumed that you had to fly all the time to earn frequent flyer miles. Here's Your Bonus... The credit card market is extremely competitive and very lucrative. A typical bonus for getting a new credit card is 25,000 frequent flyer miles. In case you're wondering, 100,000 frequent flyer miles is enough to get you a round-trip business class ticket from the U.S. to Europe. Despite the huge payoff, I was still skeptical at first. The "Churn" Why Churning Doesn't Hurt Your Credit Score (And When It Can) 1.

The In-Depth Guide to Buying an RTW Ticket Round the world (RTW) tickets can be a convenient way to fly. They get you where you want to go without you having to worry about booking flights along the way. You pre-book all your tickets in advance and, by purchasing them in one giant bulk package, you can save yourself money on the total price of the ticket. However, while round the world tickets are frequently advocated by many people, they are not always the best option for travelers, even if you are going around the world. These tickets come with many rules and conditions that might not work for you. How Do Round the World Tickets Work? RTW tickets are actually airline alliance passes. The two largest airline alliances are Star Alliance and Oneworld. There is a third alliance called Skyteam. It’s important to remember that none of these alliances include the world’s budget airlines. Ryanair (Europe)Easyjet (Europe)Southwest (US)Spirit (US)Air Asia (Asia)Tiger (Asia/Australia)Jetstar (Australia)Transvaia (Europe) Ticket Rules

LoyaltyLobby Deals We Like - The Latest Travel Deals for the Savvy Traveler This is part of the reader question series that I started earlier this year – you can view more reader questions here. Feel free to email me at if you have a question you’d like answered in a full on post. Reader Nathan and Regan recently commented on my post which talked about the current 25% discount when purchasing Southwest points: “I think WN points count toward the companion pass, so that could be a good value here too.” and “Does it count towards companion pass?” And unfortunately the answer is no. You can read these prior posts to learn on what points qualify for the companion pass: Through April 27, 2014, Living Social is offering 15% off purchases made using the Living Social phone app. Lyft just launched in 24 new cities and for the next two weeks (through May 8, 2014) you can ride for free in these locations!! Starting today, there is a promotion where Southwest is selling their points at a 25% discount.

Yes, You Can Get Paid To Travel (I Know Because I Did For 12 Years) If you were to Google “how to travel the world," the articles and resources you see first might give you the impression you have to quit your job to do it. But guess what? You definitely don’t have to quit your job in order to travel the world. You can get a job that pays you to travel. For more than 12 years, I traveled in my job as a tourism marketer for America’s largest department store retailer. My career allowed me to travel regularly across the United States and internationally to places like New Zealand, China, India, Brazil, Australia, Belgium, France, Argentina, and Switzerland on work assignments. Instead of trying to figure out ways to fit travel into a certain number of vacation days, hating the fact that you’re unable to quit your job or “escape the cubicle,” figure out ways to make the world your office. So, how do you become a successful tourism professional who gets paid to travel around the world? It’s not a matter of chance. 1. 2. 3. Related Reads: SHARE SHARES 4.1k

Member Airlines - oneworld TAM, which joined the oneworld alliance on 31 March 2014, is the leading carrier in Brazil – Latin America's biggest economy and the region's largest market for air travel. TAM serves 61 destinations in 16 countries in Latin America, the USA and Europe, with a fleet of 172 aircraft operating 800 departures daily. It boarded more than 37 million passengers in 2012.

Budgeting 101: Using a budget spreadsheet By Jeremy Branham on Aug 04, 2010 with Comments 6 With a struggling economy, high unemployment, and mounting debt, many people are struggling to make ends meet. More than ever, learning to use a simple budget spreadsheet can help people control their spending and pay off their debts. While tips on getting out of debt go far beyond this budgeting example, there are simple steps you can take to track your spending and expenses. Enter budgeted amounts Column A is for your spending categories. Enter actual expenses You can track your monthly expenses on a separate piece of paper or track them on the spreadsheet itself.Enter actual expenses for the month in column C. One thing to consider when entering your actual expenses is to enter amounts from your checking/savings account and whatever you spend on your credit cards. Budgeting takes practice, consistency, and discipline to track what you earn and what you spend across various categories. Related posts: Frequent Miler's Quick Deals Apply for a Teacher Travel Grant This Summer Summer is the perfect time to research and apply for a teacher travel grant. The key is to look in the right places and write a compelling application. Then, once you win an award, you might find yourself kayaking the length of the Mississippi River while developing a river ecology unit. (At least, that’s what one teacher did with a Fund For Teachers grant.) To help you get started, here are some tips for writing winning proposals, a few inspiring articles, and a list of interesting travel grants that you might want to research or apply to this summer. The Best Places to Look Edutopia has covered travel grants in the past. Also, the Institute for International Education is an organization that anyone interested in educational travel should get to know. Grosvenor Teacher Fellowships From National Geographic: Each year, National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions take K-12 geography teachers on expeditions around the world. Other Great Travel Grant Sources Writing an Awesome Application

How to Get Travel Planning Right - SAVE Money and Time! Last week we spoke about how to choose your travel destinations for 2014. If you’re having trouble deciding where to visit this year, go and read that post first. Now that you know your destinations for the upcoming year, or have a better idea of where you’d like to visit, let’s talk about how to get your travel planning done right! I know, travel planning and researching deals can be a pain in the butt. It takes time, and time is what most of us don’t have. But this should not be a negative experience. Planning for travel is one of most important steps to making it happen in the right way for you. We have enough practice to do it last minute, and sometimes we do. I’m not saying you need to plan every little detail down to the last meal, because part of the reason we travel is for FREEDOM. Plus, most of your savings will come with careful planning. What about flexible travel and spontaneity? Don’t underestimate spontaneity. Get Travel Planning Right – 12 Point Plan 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

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