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Vote for your favorite 40K to Far Away trip!

It’s time to vote!  Who won the 40K to Far Away challenge?  You’ll find the voting poll at the bottom of this post.  Voting will remain open until Sunday October 20th at 10pm ET.  First, though, you may want to review summaries of each of our trips: Greg Nick Stephen Distance Traveled (click here for details) >18,000 miles ~16,061 miles ~13,394 miles Spend 40,000 points $397.08 Details here 23,500 points $398.70 Details here 40,000 points…

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Maximizing (and understanding) United Excursionist Perks

In the 40K to Far Away challenge, I was assigned Chase points.  I had a budget of 40,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points and $400 to go as far as possible.  The other guys had Citi and Amex points to work with.  And I was determined to make full use of the one most interesting transfer partner that neither of my competitors had access to: United MileagePlus. United doesn’t have a particularly competitive award chart (they…

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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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Business class San Francisco to Singapore for 66.5K each way (or Hong Kong for 62.3K)

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer is out with its monthly spontaneous escapes, with mileage deals on various routes that are bookable by October 31, 2019 for travel from November 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019. The standout deals for North American flyers are from San Francisco to either Hong Kong for 62.3K miles in business class or to SIngapore for 66.5K miles in business class. Economy class is also on sale from Hong Kong or Singapore to San Francisco…

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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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Greg’s South African adventures #40Kfaraway (featuring Johannesburg fun, train misadventures, Cape Town wine & penguins)

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…

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Greg’s visits to Madrid and Dakar #40Kfaraway

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…

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The mid-race tally. Who’s leading #40Kfaraway?

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…

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