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40K to Far Away: Launch announcement (#40Kfaraway)

The adventure begins Wednesday October 2nd.  Nick, Stephen, and I will meetup 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…

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Greg’s 40K to Far Away mistakes (yep, he’s already made a few) #40Kfaraway

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,…

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Forget email, book Turkish awards over the phone (7.5K each way)

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…

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Hunting down a free safari

Marriott Protea Hotel Kruger Gate Marriott Rewards sweet spot

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…

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How to book the cheapest flights with Chase Ultimate Rewards

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…

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Stephen’s Top 13 Obstacles To Winning #40Kfaraway

Stephen On A Pirate Ship

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…

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Finding United MileagePlus 5K Awards

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…

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The best stopover deals worldwide

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…

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Greg’s weapons don’t scare me: why 1.5cpp is overrated (#40Kfaraway)

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…

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