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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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Greg’s #40KFarAway Mystery Excursions

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…

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40K to Far Away: The Votes are In

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 picked the winner?  You did. Each of us was assigned a transferable points currency.  We were 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…

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How to book Delta flights with Virgin Atlantic miles

Added comprehensive award charts… One of the best ways to book Delta flights is with Virgin Atlantic miles. Via Virgin Atlantic, you can often book the same exact flights for fewer miles and far lower change fees than Delta would charge.  Plus, Virgin Atlantic miles are much easier to earn! On non-stop flights, Virgin Atlantic usually charges fewer miles than Delta for the same Delta flights.  Sometimes the difference can be extreme.  For example, Delta…

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Ultimate Rewards: How to book with points despite online limitations

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…

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Cathay Pacific Flights Now Bookable On The American Airlines Website

Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific awards have always been a bit of a pain to book with American Airlines AAdvantage miles as you had to call American to book the flights. That changed yesterday as Cathay flights can now be booked on American’s website making it easier to book those awards. American Airlines changed their website recently which makes searching for award flights a miserable experience. If it displays the new search results screen, you might need to…

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(EXPIRED) Delta flash sale to Australia & Asia (from 56K RT)

Delta is offering a flash sale for economy class travel to Australia and Asia. The travel dates vary with most city pairs falling somewhere between February and April, though as with all Delta flash sales you may find the same deals from additional cities and date ranges beyond what is advertised. The Deal Delta is having a flash sale with flights from various US Cities to Asia and Australia from 56K miles round trip in economy class Direct link…

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Marriott Bonvoy: Book Cat 7 Off-Peak with 50K Certs

Here’s a sliver of a silver lining for Bonvoy fans… Now that Marriott has implemented their Peak and Off-Peak award pricing, those with 50K free night certificates can book Category 7 hotels when they are priced at off-peak rates.  Previously, 50K certs could only be used for Category 6 hotels and below.  The bad news, of course, is that when Category 6 hotels are Peak priced, we won’t be able to use our 50K certificates…

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New sweet spot: Royal Air Maroc to fly to Beijing in 2020

Royal Air Maroc has announced a new route three times per week beginning January 16, 2020 from Casablanca to Beijing, China. It is not yet bookable, but this is one to keep an eye out for since Etihad Guest has such a great award chart for travel on Royal Air Maroc, with business class itineraries covering greater than 2,000 miles costing 44,000 miles. This could become the best new sweet spot in award travel. Sweet spot…

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