Welcome to this week’s Frequent Miler week in review around the web, where we recap some of the interesting posts that caught our eye from around the ‘net. With Greg and I both traveling right now, this weekend’s recap is brief, but includes some interesting posts that deserve your attention:
I don’t usually write about or link to contests here — not that I don’t like a good contest now ans then, I just haven’t made it a habit here. But this contest from Gilbert Ott at God Save the Points was too much fun to resist including. If you need a flat bed seat….if no awards space exists……maybe you can find Gilbert Ott. In August, I have a longhaul economy class flight booked on one of the airlines Gilbert includes in the list that he will be flying in the coming months. You’d better believe that I’m going to be looking for Gilbert at the check-in counter, outside the door to the lounge, or lining up at the gate. The chase is on, Gilbert. I’m watching for you.
Whether finding the perfect place on the couch to listen to an old jazz record or booking business class for 40,000 points, everyone loves to find the sweet spot. With so many frequent flyer programs, it can be next to impossible to memorize all of them in our hobby. In this post, Gary Leff of View from the Wing reminds us of some of those fantastic values and and which partners you can use to gather the miles. I find lists like this great for inspiration and planning when you don’t yet have a trip in mind.
Chuck at Doctor of Credit puts together a nice resource converging information to help you save and maximize when buying gift cards. Some options make more sense than others, but the variety is a reminder that there are an endless number of ways to achieve similar ends.
When I was a little kid, my mom’s parents sold their house in favor of a travel trailer and they spent the better part of 20 years traveling the United States, visiting countless state and national parks. My grandfather always impressed upon me that you don’t need to leave the United States to see some amazing things. While I’ve only been to a small number of our national parks, I have my national parks passport and intend to fill it to match my US Passport someday. For those of you over 62 years old, it can be a lot cheaper to do so — before it goes up in price by 700% next month. See Travis’s post at One Mile at a Time for more info on how to get it and where you can use it and take advantage before the increase.
That’s it for this week around the web — check back soon for last chance deals.