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23.5K to Far Away: How Nick can steal your vote for #40KFaraway champ

Hear me out on this: Yesterday morning, I revealed the disappointing news that I’d gone way over budget for the 40K to Far Away challenge. How could I possibly still convince you to vote for me? Because I did more for less. No, I won’t ask you to consider me as a winner based on my full itinerary as that wouldn’t be fair. Instead, I’ll tell you how I traveled farther than Stephen and almost…

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10 reasons to vote for Greg for #40KFarAway

Now that the Frequent Miler team has completed the 40K to Far Away Challenge, we will soon publish a poll to let readers decide who won.  With that poll, we’ll publish summary results: where did we go, what did we do, how much did we spend, etc.  But lists and statistics only tell part of the story.  To really understand our accomplishments, I think it is best to hear from each of us why our…

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How Stephen Toured Europe & Made It “Home” Again For 40K points & $400 (#40kfaraway)

I’m still traveling for 40k To Far Away, but my journey is due to end in just a few hours. Greg and Nick have already shared how they used their points and cash, so it’s time for me to account for mine. Over the last two weeks I’ve visited 6 different countries (not including a couple of countries where I had a layover but didn’t leave the airport), spent time in 9 different cities and…

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Less than 40K points used: Nick’s numbers for #40KFaraway

As Greg did on Monday, today I’ll account for all of my costs in the 40K to Far Away challenge. Many readers have been curious about how we booked our travels and stayed within the parameters of the competition. Spoiler alert: while I only used 40,000 points for my trip, I share a common characteristic with the majority of Americans (according to many surveys I’ve read): I overspent. I intended to stay under budget, but…

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Days 7-10 Of Stephen’s 40k: Trolls, Lots Of Flying & A Risk That Didn’t Pay Off

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To get a recap on what came before days 7-10 of my 40k To Far Away trip, check out the following posts: Days 1-4 Of Stephen’s 40k: Not Much Sleep, Lots Of Sights, Troll Hunting & More Days 5-6 Of Stephen’s 40k: Walking, More Trolls, Walking, Family, Walking & Sleeping Day 7 Day 6 saw me arriving at my parents’ place where I got a great home-cooked meal and only my second bed of the…

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40K Far Away: Who went farthest?

While Stephen finishes up the last couple of days of his trip, we’re each working on wrapping up our 40K to Far Away posts.  In addition to detailed trip reports, each of us will present an accounting: exactly how much did we spend in points and cash for everything (this includes food, tipping, subways, etc.)? In the meantime, we’re ready to present the total distance traveled by each of us (in Stephen’s case, it assumes…

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How Greg toured Madrid & Africa for 40K points and $400 (#40kfaraway)

Success!  With my meager 40K + $400 budget, I visited Washington DC; Madrid, Spain; Dakar Senegal; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Cape Town, South Africa.  I finally ended my journey on the island of Mahé in the Seychelles (lodging in the Seychelles was not included in this budget since it occurred after I declared that I was done).  Not counting small distance travel (walking, transport to/from airports, driving around Jo’burg, etc.), I traveled 18,037 miles and…

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Etihad First Apartment Review: Simply Awesome

I recently had my first chance to fly one of the most luxurious first class products in the world: Etihad First Apartments.  I paid 80,000 American Airlines miles plus $51.40 in taxes and fees to fly from the Seychelles to London, with a very short layover in Abu Dhabi.  The flight from the Seychelles to Abu Dhabi was an unremarkable four hour business-class flight.  The 8 hour flight from Abu Dhabi to London in Etihad’s…

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Last Chance Deals: Southwest 80k Signup Bonus, 30% Newegg Amex Offer & More

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Welcome to our weekly list of what’s ending this week as well as a collection of some other deals that are due to end soon. Four deals are ending this week, including the targeted Amex Offer that can save you 30% at Newegg. Newegg sells a good selection of gift cards including American Airlines, Delta and Hotels.com, so this can provide great savings on travel. Also ending is the Citi transfer bonus to JetBlue, a discount…

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