#40KFarAway is still happening! (Stephen ain’t done yet)

Complete Summary (except for Stephen):


It’s on!  The adventure began Wednesday October 2nd.  Nick, Stephen, and I met up in Washington DC to kick off the 40K to Far Away challenge.  Our goal?  Go as far as possible.  Our budget?  40,000 points and $400.  Who will pick the winner?  You will.

Each of us has been assigned a transferable points currency.  We are allowed to use up to 40,000 points, as follows:

  • Greg the Frequent Miler (AKA me): 40,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points
  • Nick: 40,000 Citi ThankYou Rewards points
  • Stephen: 40,000 Amex Membership Rewards points

We purposely left the objective unclear.  Readers will be given the opportunity to debate who won and why; and a reader poll will ultimately decide the winner.

Greg’s recent 40K to Far Away posts


Nick’s recent 40K to Far Away posts


Stephen’s recent 40K to Far Away posts


When will it end?

Each of us planned our trips without a contest-mandated end date.  Here’s when we each expect to end:

  • Nick: Tuesday October 8
  • Greg: Wednesday October 9
  • Stephen: Thursday Oct 10 (but he may go longer!)

Why are we doing this?

We expect this to be fun!  And it should be a great opportunity to highlight sweet spot awards available through each of the transferable points currencies: Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou Rewards, and Amex Membership Rewards.

In fact, this contest has already led to some awesome discoveries such as the ability to book flights to Hawaii for only 7,500 Citi ThankYou points, the ability to book super-cheap fares with Chase points, and tricks for finding 5K United awards.  More examples can be found below under the heading “What we’ve learned so far.”

The Rules

The goal is to use the budget (40K points + $400) to go as far as possible.  How do we measure success?  We don’t know.  We debated whether we should measure distance from origin to destination, but that didn’t seem right.  After all, someone could potentially fly all the way around the world and end up 0 miles from the start.  How about measuring the combined distance of each individual leg?  Maybe, but should we really count it as going far if Stephen rides a merry-go-round 35,000 miles?  Ultimately we decided that we’ll know success when we see it.  And, if we don’t, it will still be fun debating it!

But we do need some rules, so here they are:

  • Beginning with the first mode of transportation, we must account for all costs within the 40K + $400 budget.  This means that we need to track payments for food, airport transfers (not counting the original transfer to get to the starting location), lodging, visas, etc.
  • This is a one-way challenge.  We do not need to return to the starting location.  When Nick declares success standing with a flag at the South Pole, he can then return home however he wants.
  • We cannot accept transit/lodging/food help from readers.  In other words, we can accept help in terms of advice, but we can’t accept a ride to the airport, lodging, food, or other types of material assistance from readers.

What’s next

We’ll each post regularly about each flight, bus, train, and camel ride we take.  We’ll post our successes and obstacles.  You can expect our posts to be a combination of social media posts and blog posts.  Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!

We’ll wrap up with summaries of how we each spent our 40K miles and how much travel (distance, quality, uniqueness, etc.) we completed.  Next, we’ll open up the floor to discussion to ask readers who they think won and why.  We’ll then post a summary of that debate and we’ll post a reader poll to determine the winner.

What we’ve learned so far

The challenge to come up with the best possible itinerary with 40K points has led us to many interesting discoveries.  Some are brand new.  Others were already known, but are relatively new to us.  Here are some of the gems:

What about the environment?

Flying around the world for no reason other than to declare victory may be fun, but it’s arguably not so good for the environment.  To help mitigate this issue, Frequent Miler (the business) will purchase carbon offsets greater than the amount of damage estimated from our travels.

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All 40K to Far Away posts:

St Paul's Cathedral, London Days 5-6 Of Stephen’s 40k: Walking, Sightseeing, Walking, Family, Walking & Sleeping (10/11/2019) by Stephen Pepper - My recap of days 1-4 of 40k To Far Away finished in Brussels, Belgium after a day of troll hunting in Boom. That wasn't quite the end of day 4 though, as that evening I caught an overnight bus to Paris. Here's what I got up to over the following couple of days. Day 5 Well, I say I caught an overnight bus, but it was more like a partialnight bus as I got into… (Click to continue reading)
Stephen EWR-YYZ-MAD How The 1st Flight Stephen Booked Affected The Rest Of His Trip (10/10/2019) by Stephen Pepper - The eagle-eyed among you might have noticed that in the video graphic produced for 40k To Far Away, it said my first flight from Newark-Toronto-Madrid only cost $115.45. Flights to Europe from the east coast to Europe are often cheap, but a sub-$120 one-way fare is pretty much unheard of other than the occasional Norwegian flight. There's a reason for that - I didn't book a $115 one-way fare, I booked a round trip ticket.… (Click to continue reading)
Greg’s South African adventures #40Kfaraway (featuring Johannesburg fun, train misadventures, Cape Town wine & penguins) (10/10/2019) by Greg The Frequent Miler - Wow. I had a great time on my 40K to Far Away adventures, but I'm beat!  I'm now in the Seychelles for a brief recovery (I slept 10 hours last night!) before flying off to join my wife in London. I wrote previously about my trip leading up to South Africa: Greg’s first day of #40K to Far Away adventures Greg’s visits to Madrid and Dakar In this post, I'll cover my adventures within South… (Click to continue reading)
Nick’s (Mis)Adventures adding 30+ miles by bicycle (10/9/2019) by Nick Reyes - Earlier this morning, I posted the announcement that I had reached my end point in the 40K to Far Away challenge: Niue. However, en route to get here, I stopped in 3 cities in New Zealand with layovers of 8 hours or more (in addition to previous stops). With two of those long New Zealand layovers being overnight layovers, the only place I had time to really check out was Nelson, New Zealand. That was… (Click to continue reading)
Nick’s final new destination: Niue (#40KFaraway) (10/9/2019) by Nick Reyes - It's official: I've come to the end of my 40K to Far Away road. I'll soon be posting summaries of my stops along the way (and eventually a full cost report), but for now I wanted to at least show you the end of the road as this end point dictated the rest of the trip once I found it. My last stop is Niue -- an island in the South Pacific with only 2… (Click to continue reading)
Palacio de Cristal in El Retiro Park Days 1-4 Of Stephen’s 40k: Not Much Sleep, Lots Of Sights, Troll Hunting & More (10/7/2019) by Stephen Pepper - We're a week into 40k To Far Away but I'm only halfway through my trip. Even though I've not traveled as far as Greg and Nick so far, I've still managed to fit in a lot of stuff. Here's a recap of how my first four days went. Day 1 I started off the day oversleeping, but a pre-arranged late checkout from the Hyatt Regency meant that didn't matter, so I just watched TV in… (Click to continue reading)
Greg’s visits to Madrid and Dakar #40Kfaraway (10/7/2019) by Greg The Frequent Miler - One of the hardest things about travelling the 40K to Far Away Challenge is finding time to write.  Most of the time I've either been on the go or too tired to think.  Or both.  But now I'm on a 27 hour train journey to Cape Town, I've slept well, and so I'm ready to write.  Let me catch you up on some of my journey so far... What went before The journey started Wednesday… (Click to continue reading)
The mid-race tally. Who’s leading #40Kfaraway? (10/7/2019) by Greg The Frequent Miler - As of Sunday at 3pm ET, Nick is way ahead of the pack.  That is, if we measure only the distance traveled and not the quality of the travel, then he's way ahead.  Here's the Sunday afternoon tally (images and computed distances courtesy of Great Circle Mapper): Nick has traveled approximately 17,613 miles: Nick has now slept well in two separate pod hotels, but has also had some unfortunate mishaps.  In Bangkok he wasn't allowed… (Click to continue reading)
Greg’s in Africa, Stephen isn’t out of the woods, and Nick explores Narita #40KFaraway (10/5/2019) by Nick Reyes - If you've been following along, you know that Greg, Stephen, and I are all on different continents at this point and adventuring our ways around. It's interesting writing these summaries because I'm honestly not even sure what day number we're on at this point: as I type this, it's Saturday afternoon where I am. I think that means it's Saturday morning where you are. What day is it where Greg is? And Stephen? I'm lost.… (Click to continue reading)
Greg’s first day of #40K to Far Away adventures (10/4/2019) by Greg The Frequent Miler - Near the end of the first day of the 40K to Far Away adventure, I was mentally worn out by the time my Megabus ride arrived in Manhattan. Honestly, I was already wondering why I was doing this. Other than visiting the Library of Congress my trip so far hadn't been fun. Not at all. Why didn't I try harder to make my cruise idea work?  I could have been sipping margarita's on a pool-side… (Click to continue reading)
#40KFaraway Day 2: Sleepless nights and long-haul flights (10/3/2019) by Nick Reyes - Day 2 of the 40K to Far Away challenge is in the books and I'm not going to lie: it feels good to be the mileage leader still despite only having used 7,500 points and $5.60. That said, "winner" is not a word I'd have used to describe myself last night. As Day 2 wraps up, all of our heroes had uncomfortable sleeping conditions and everyone has now taken or is taking a long-haul flight.… (Click to continue reading)
Nick’s first destinations: Lanikai Beach and Uncle Clay’s House (10/3/2019) by Nick Reyes - Late last night (for most readers) I made it to Lanikai Beach on Oahu. In a move that likely shocks you as much as finding out that the southern-style smoked beef and pork sausage sandwich on United's in-flight menu is really just a hot dog, I used 7,500 Citi Thank You points transferred to Turkish Miles and Smiles to book a United flight to what will long be one of my favorite places on Earth,… (Click to continue reading)
Greg Megabus #40kFarAway Day 1: A Series Of Unfortunate (But Not Trip-Destroying) Events (10/3/2019) by Stephen Pepper - Well, that's a wrap for day one of 40k To Far Away. Sort of. It's almost midnight as I write this, but travel hasn't ended for all of us today. Greg is at JFK about to jet off somewhere. Nick's in Hawaii on his way to do something that he's been giving cryptic clues about. It's been an interesting day of travel with a series of mishaps for all three of us, but thankfully nothing… (Click to continue reading)
#40KFaraway: Stretching the boundaries of possibility (10/2/2019) by Nick Reyes - "It’s amazing to me what seems reasonable when we don’t understand what’s possible." On the eve of the launch of our 40K to Far Away challenge, I found myself most excited about the vast possibility that lay before us (and writing this post that I'm just now publishing from a plane). Over the next week or two, Greg, Stephen and I are competing to see who can get the farthest away on 40,000 points and… (Click to continue reading)
Greg’s #40KFarAway Mystery Excursions (10/2/2019) by Greg The Frequent Miler - The 40K to Far Away Challenge got underway this morning. After a brief flight delay scare (just a little fog), I was on my way... all the way to West Virginia. When I arrived, I turned around and got back on the same jet to fly back to DC. This seeming inanity was all part of my master plan. My flight to West Virginia and my return flight to DC were booked as two separate… (Click to continue reading)
40K to Far Away… It’s On! (10/2/2019) by Greg The Frequent Miler - This is it... We're off and away! This morning Nick, Stephen, and I set off on our 40K to Far Away adventures. Any guesses as to where we'll end up? As I write this, all we know for certain, so far, is the first leg of each journey: Greg flies United Airlines this morning from Washington Dulles to Lewisburg, West Virginia.  Yes, you're right, that's not far at all.  What in the world am I… (Click to continue reading)
What’s in Greg’s #40KFarAway Backpack? Version 2 (Guest starring a dog and a cat) (9/30/2019) by Greg The Frequent Miler - A couple of weeks ago I posted about my 40K to Far Away practice run.  I was going to Denali National Park with Rapid Travel Chai and I used it to test out my packing plans.  Can I take everything I need in a small backpack? That experiment was extremely helpful.  For one, I decided that I didn't like the giant fanny pack that I had brought with me.  It was fine when walking around,… (Click to continue reading)
DC Area Meetup: #40KFarAway Send Off (Oct 1, 8:30PM, near IAD) (9/28/2019) by Greg The Frequent Miler - For those who happen to be in the DC area on October 1, come join us for an informal gathering to send us off on our 40K to Far Away adventures.  The adventures begin the next morning, Wednesday October 2nd. Our goal? Go as far as possible. Our budget? 40,000 points and $400. Who will pick the winner? You will. Location: Somewhere near Washington Dulles Airport (those who signup will be informed of the location… (Click to continue reading)
Stephen's 40k To Far Away Backpack Stephen’s #40kFaraway: Everything That’s In His Bag (& A Few Things That Aren’t) (9/27/2019) by Stephen Pepper - Ever since we decided to do the 40k To Far Away challenge, I've been keeping a list of everything I need to remember to bring. What I hadn't done was make sure that I could actually fit all that stuff into my backpack. I've now tested it out and thankfully everything does fit - just about. The Backpack Before setting off on our road trip at the start of 2018, my wife and I bought… (Click to continue reading)
Ultimate Rewards: How to book with points despite online limitations (9/25/2019) by Greg The Frequent Miler - This is a story of courage and bravery, love and loss, tragedy and excitement...  Just kidding.  It's not any of those things...  But it is a story about seemingly unattainable goals and persistence in the face of repeated obstacles.  Will the hero in this story win out? Thanks to the 40K to Far Away Challenge the Frequent Miler team has been more motivated than ever to find great ways to eke out value from our… (Click to continue reading)
Nick’s #40KFaraway bag is packed. Here’s what’s not inside (and what is) (9/24/2019) by Nick Reyes - The path to the #40KFaraway challenge has been fun. When we hatched the idea for this challenge, I think we expected it to be entertaining for readers. There's no doubt that we knew we'd enjoy it, too. But I'm going to go out on a limb and speak for Greg an Stephen in saying that I don't think we realized just how much we would enjoy this challenge. I only speak for me when I say… (Click to continue reading)
Priority Pass Showers Stephen’s #40KFarAway Research: Priority Pass Lounges With Showers (9/23/2019) by Stephen Pepper - After a long flight, there's not much better than a refreshing shower. Even more so when you're doing the 40k To Faraway challenge and won't necessarily have overnight accommodation for days at a time. My #40kFaraway strategy has changed over the last few months. One of my original strategies had me trying to fly as far as possible to as many different destinations as possible. I ultimately decided against this as it wouldn't leave me… (Click to continue reading)
Greg’s #40KFarAway practice: Driving Denali (9/15/2019) by Greg The Frequent Miler - The 40K to Far Away Challenge is coming up soon!  Just over two weeks from now (October 2), Nick, Stephen and I will take off in separate directions from Washington DC to go as far as we can with 40,000 points and $400. I'm still trying to nail down the final pieces of my plan.  Where will I sleep at this location?  What will I do at that location?  How can I save a few… (Click to continue reading)
Why Stephen should win #40KFaraway (8/22/2019) by Nick Reyes - Greg is the Frequent Miler. When we first announced the #40KFaraway challenge, I think it would have been fair for the average reader to assume that Greg would win. After all, out of the three of us, he's the only one who has earned a million miles and points in a month. And he's the only one to spend a week on Richard Branson's private island. And he's the only one to buy Sur La Table… (Click to continue reading)
Greg’s 40K to Far Away mistakes (yep, he’s already made a few) #40Kfaraway (7/31/2019) by Greg The Frequent Miler - I'm not excited about our 40K to Far Away Challenge.  "Excited" is too mild a word.  "Obsessed" is more accurate.  Nick, Stephen, and I each have 40,000 points and $400 and a goal: go as far as possible.  For this challenge, we didn't define "far".  Do we win by traversing the most miles?  Do we win by visiting the most places?  Do we win by doing the most activities?  We don't know.  In the end,… (Click to continue reading)
Forget email, book Turkish awards over the phone (7.5K each way) (7/30/2019) by Nick Reyes - Yesterday, Greg posted about how you can buy enough Citi ThankYou points to fly from basically anywhere in the US to Hawaii for $386 round trip. The trick of course is using Turkish Miles & Smiles, a Citi ThankYou transfer partner that charges only 7,500 miles + $5.60 each way in economy class (to anywhere in the US -- so you're not actually limited to Hawaii). The problem has been email award bookings: ever since… (Click to continue reading)
Marriott Protea Hotel Kruger Gate Marriott Rewards sweet spot Hunting down a free safari (7/29/2019) by Greg The Frequent Miler - When researching my post "The best stopover deals worldwide," I came across a very interesting deal.  According to a couple of articles, Kenya Airways offered free safaris for those stopping over in Nairobi.  Here's an example article: How to Get a Free Kenyan Safari I was pretty excited about this idea (especially for the 40K to Far Away Challenge) until I read the limitations: You must be traveling from London on Kenya Airways flight 101… (Click to continue reading)
How to book the cheapest flights with Chase Ultimate Rewards (7/24/2019) by Greg The Frequent Miler - Google Flights makes it easy to find super cheap airfare deals like the one pictured above.  Within Google Flights, simply enter your origin city and departure date and then enter a region as a destination ("Europe," for example) and then you'll be presented with a map showing low fares. Those with the Chase Sapphire Reserve card may then want to book these flights with Chase Ultimate Rewards points.  The reason?  The Sapphire Reserve card gives… (Click to continue reading)
Stephen On A Pirate Ship Stephen’s Top 13 Obstacles To Winning #40Kfaraway (7/17/2019) by Stephen Pepper - Planning a long trip overseas can be hard. Planning for our 40k To Far Away challenge is even harder. Just when I think I've found a great routing, I've noticed something which makes it less of a good option. Even coming up with a strategy in the first place is hard due to the fairly loose way in which we (AKA you) will be judging the contest. The 40k To Far Away challenge has been… (Click to continue reading)
Finding United MileagePlus 5K Awards (7/12/2019) by Greg The Frequent Miler - I recently posted the fact that almost all award flights within Japan cost only 5K United miles one-way.  That's cool both because 5K is a cheap price to pay and because it's a cheap way to initiate a United Excursionist Perk.  That means that you can fly round-trip within Japan for 10K miles and, if you can fit it in-between those two flights, you can make your way to another country/region and fly for free… (Click to continue reading)
The best stopover deals worldwide (7/10/2019) by Greg The Frequent Miler - A number of airlines and airports offer free tours and free lodging for those transiting through the airport on their way to somewhere else.  This can be a great way to turn an otherwise painfully long layover into a mini vacation of its own. We've scoured the web for the best deals, but we may have missed some.  If you know of any great stopover deals that we missed, please comment below! Istanbul: Turkish Airline's… (Click to continue reading)
Greg’s weapons don’t scare me: why 1.5cpp is overrated (#40Kfaraway) (7/9/2019) by Nick Reyes - Greg thinks that the ability to book travel through Chase at 1.5c per point is a huge advantage in our 40K To Far Away Challenge. I'm not buying it. I think Greg is either intentionally trying to throw us off his scent or he's grossly overestimating the advantage of being able to book travel through the Chase portal. Lest you make the same mistake he may be making, allow me to explain why being able to… (Click to continue reading)
My secret weapon #40Kfaraway (7/8/2019) by Greg The Frequent Miler - Last week, Nick became the presumed favorite in the 40K to Far Away challenge when he revealed the greatest sweet spot award ever: 7.5K miles each way to Hawaii.  That deal requires Turkish Miles & Smiles miles.  And, of the three of us, only Nick can easily get those miles by transferring from Citi ThankYou points.  Neither Stephen's Amex points, nor my Chase points are capable of transferring to Turkish. In response to Nick's post,… (Click to continue reading)
Book Turkish Miles & Smiles awards via email. Here’s how. (7/5/2019) by Nick Reyes - Turkish Miles & Smiles has an incredibly generous award chart which includes deals such as 7.5K one-way from anywhere in the US to Hawaii (or 15K in business class), 45K one-way business class to Europe, 52.5K one-way business class to central Asia, etc.  And you can transfer points to Turkish from Citi ThankYou Rewards (1 to 1) or from Marriott Bonvoy (60K to 25K).  Finding these great deals in Turkish's award chart is easy.  Booking… (Click to continue reading)
7.5K each way to Hawaii: The sweetest spot we’ve been missing (7/5/2019) by Nick Reyes - Our #40Kfaraway challenge has led me to more closely study the award charts of all of the Citi Transfer Partners. I recently stumbled on a gem that I shared over the weekend at FM to Go Minneapolis: you can fly from the mainland US to/from Hawaii for 7.5K each way in economy class. If you can find it, business class is 12.5K each way. That's a pretty amazing sweet spot -- and yes, I've booked it… (Click to continue reading)
Around the world in 40K (7/1/2019) by Greg The Frequent Miler - I think it's fair to say that I've been obsessed with the 40K to Far Away Challenge.  Nick, Stephen, and I each have a budget of 40,000 points and $400 to try to get as far away as possible (details here).  Nick is working with Citi ThankYou points, Stephen has Amex Membership Rewards, and I have Chase Ultimate Rewards.  I've written before about why I think I have the easiest and best option (since I… (Click to continue reading)
Fly around Japan for 5K each way, and add a free Excursion [Sweet-spot spotlight] (6/28/2019) by Greg The Frequent Miler - Nick previously published a similar post: Fly around Japan for 4.5K each way with British Airways Avios [Sweet-spot spotlight].  But then the BA devaluation happened (see: BA devaluation not so bad after all).  Now, it costs 6,000 Avios each way to fly around Japan.  Don't worry though: all is not lost! Thanks to my research for the 40K to Far Away Challenge, I found a better option for those with United miles or Chase points… (Click to continue reading)
United Excursionist Perk Maps. Visualize regions to optimize awards. (6/27/2019) by Greg The Frequent Miler - In my opinion, the United Excursionist Perk is one of the best aspects of United's MileagePlus program.  What is the Excursionist Perk?  When you book an award trip using United miles, and your travel begins and ends in the same region, you can get a free one-way within a single region of the world that isn’t your region of origin. The intent of this feature is to allow you to visit multiple cities on one… (Click to continue reading)
Hilton Sharm Waterfalls Resort How I Won’t Be Winning The 40K To Far Away Challenge Either (6/26/2019) by Stephen Pepper - Maybe I should take Mr Quinney's advice and not underestimate myself. Having come up with the idea for the 40K To Far Away challenge, I questioned the wisdom of suggesting it to Greg and Nick. After all, my strength lies in maximizing our points for living in hotels, not maximizing miles for flying around the world. As Greg noted when announcing the challenge, I'm the least experienced award booker of the three of us and… (Click to continue reading)
Greg’s Chase Ultimate Rewards battle plans (6/26/2019) by Greg The Frequent Miler - The 40K to Far Away challenge is on! Nick, Stephen, and I each have a budget of 40K points and $400 to go as far away as we can.  Nick is working with Citi ThankYou points, Stephen is working with Amex Membership Rewards points, and I have Chase Ultimate Rewards points. The rules of this game are purposely unclear (see the original post for details), but I plan to win.  As Nick pointed out yesterday,… (Click to continue reading)
Cruising to a win #40Kfaraway (6/25/2019) by Greg The Frequent Miler - When the 40K to Far Away idea first came up (see: Challenge! 40K to Far Away), and when I learned that I would be assigned Chase Ultimate Rewards points, I had a great idea.  I remembered the Travel is Free post about how to find cheap repositioning cruises.  In that post, Drew mentioned having found a repositioning cruise from the Mediterranean to the US for only $149!  Since it's possible to book cruises with Chase… (Click to continue reading)
How I’m not going to win the 40K challenge (6/25/2019) by Nick Reyes - In my younger years, I  ran track for a legendary coach named Mr. Quinney. My high school's girls' track & field team went more than a decade undefeated in our league and nearly two decades as league champions; the boys team went something like 5 years without a league loss around the time I was in school. Every spring, there was a team meeting on the first day of track season. Annually faced with the… (Click to continue reading)
Challenge! 40K to Far Away (6/24/2019) by Greg The Frequent Miler - About a month ago, I hosted an annual Frequent Miler business meeting.  The idea was to take a step back from the day to day blog writing in order to look at the big picture.  We know that our priority is to make our website great.  What does great look like?  What steps do we need to take to get there?  A big part of our vision is to be not only informative, but entertaining… (Click to continue reading)

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How about a DC send off party?

Parts Unknown
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If Stephen rode a merry go round for 35,000 miles I would vote for him.
Will you guys be live blogging or tweeting the adventure? I’d say make a rules exception for WiFi costs & data roaming fees or whatever.

AlexL
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Can’t wait!

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Is there an end date too? Or is it just however long it takes?

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I predict using the one way rule will be key to winning this challenge–and I would suggest at the very least providing the cost in getting back home as part of the voting information.

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So would you allow – or even encourage your fans to follow/accompany you on this adventure? I imagine some of us might think it fun to bounce around the globe with you (without the spending restrictions) I promise not to break the rules, I won’t send any treats back to you from the front of the plane.

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[…] there’s not much better than a refreshing shower. Even more so when you’re doing the 40k To Faraway challenge and won’t necessarily have overnight accommodation for days at a […]

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[…] path to the #40KFaraway challenge has been fun. When we hatched the idea for this challenge, I think we expected it to be […]

Nathan
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Nathan

What about wagering? Let the fans make wagers with the money going to a good cause??

Sam
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Sam

Hey Greg, Nick, and Stephen

Can’t wait for the results. Who’s gonna be top the podium?

But….as interesting as this endeavor is, lemme give you personal experience booking flights the past couple of times: if you are able to go seriously points commando, i.e. fly at inconvenient times and multiple stops, for sure you can get great deals booking directly from airlines. But…if you have more restrictions on times of travel, be it dates or times of day, I’ve actually found that the CSR travel website often offers the best value. (Not always of course.) There are NO black out dates, you’re getting miles, and you’re NOT paying taxes. I’m not saying geting better value thru CSR portal happens all the time, but for sure it does happen and most importantly, all readers need reminding to know that they ought to cross check google/flights for the cash/CSR pay with points option against juicymiles pay with points thru the airline. (Of course this assumes they have the CSR. The CSP would of course be less compelling.)

Two expamples just today: my sister booked a flight for her son using ua miles which was cheaper than the cashCSR option. I on the other hand booked a flight today using CSR points for a specific desired itinerary from SFO-MEX-SFO. It was cheaper than any of the itinerary options booked directly with one of the airlines. Cheaper in miles and points, and I earn miles.

Bottom line: One never knows where the best value is until one fully cross checks. And….the CSR truly is a very powerful tool for someone who flies frequently enough as oppopsed to it’s little brother the CSP.

That said…I do envy you commandoes!!! Bon chance!!!

Lukas
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Lukas

Is carbon offset REALLY necessary considering the flights would fly with or without you? Now if you had your own private jet I’d understand but for general travel, I don’t believe it’s necessary.

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Larry
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Larry

Sorry if I missed it in a post but what will the consequence be if you go over the $400 budget? Disqualification or readers decide?

Like you show up for the bus but it isn’t running that day and so you have to take a cab and end up at $408. To me, the guy who keeps an emergency fund is way more worthy than the guy who goes a few bucks over and pleads for voter mercy.

Stephen Pepper
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Readers will get to decide the winner, so they can certainly keep in mind any kind of penalty for one of us going over budget.

Debit
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Debit

This is bogus. I think a better game would be each one of you has to go to a place chosen by your readers without your laptop and money except for this 40k + $400. You only know about it in the day of, so the other two make all the outgoing preparations for you. And you have to come home covering the most distance but shortest time. This would mean you don’t have as much time to prepare.

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[…] to be in the DC area on October 1, come join us for an informal gathering to send us off on our 40K to Far Away adventures.  The adventures begin the next morning, Wednesday October 2nd. Our goal? Go as far as […]

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[…] dryer which worked wonders on the clothes.  I can’t count on finding the same during the 40K to Far Away Challenge, so I’m bringing extra […]

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[…] in a couple of days we set off on 40k To Far Away – a challenge where Greg, Nick and I are each taking 40,000 transferable credit card points […]

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[…] left me short of the goal though: with the #40KFaraway challenge kicking off tomorrow, I won’t have any time to sneak in an extra trip on United before the end of October, so I […]

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Rob
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Rob

Lewisburg, WV? I smell the Cardinal towards Chicago or even backwards to Charlottesville paired with another short hop to enable another excursionist flight w/ UA! Thanks to the writers and other readers for coming out to IAD last night, that was a lot of fun.

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alicia
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alicia

nice animation!

It might be a better idea to do a split-screen animation covering from day 0 until present, so we can compare the 3 cool trips side by side.

Keep it going!

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[…] writers from Frequent Miler are currently right in the middle of their #40KFarAway challenge. Check out their updates on this website. There are things to be learned from both their successes and failures during their trips and […]

Captain Greg
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Captain Greg

Stephen getting a $115 flight from Newark to Toronto to Madrid is one of the best flight cash values I’ve ever seen!

Larry
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Larry

So Stephen has used up almost all of his money but he hasn’t used a single MR point yet? Interesting.

Blue
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Blue

I predict he is going to Svalbard on SAS,

T. Jones
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T. Jones

If he managed to do Svalbard, I’d give him the win just because.

Captain Greg
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Captain Greg

Hmmm, I don’t know about this “already ticketed” stuff from the end of Nick’s trip. I’ll be interested to hear how he justifies it! He also went over his budget ever so slightly, and Greg went over his budget on UR points ever so slightly as well, but it’s probably close enough. According to the graphic, Greg still has over $100 leftover! I wonder if he actually spent it somewhere and hasn’t included it (like on food) or if he actually has that leftover. I’ll be really interested to hear an FM on the Air debrief. It’s a really cool challenge. You guys should go to NBC and present it as the next reality TV show!

Sam
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Sam

Agreed. Does “already ticketed’ just mean that he had purchased these tickets before the competition? Or is he saying that it was “already ticketed” as a part of a flight bought/shown earlier aka a flight with multiple stopovers? If they were purchased before the competition, I don’t think those stops should count (as cool as it was to learn about Niue).

CaveDweller
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CaveDweller

Sam
I agree it’s unreal what these people pass on I think we need a CPA to look @ these odd numbers.

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