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Discounted Flights to Hawaii Available from the Middle of the Country

Hawaii fare sales from the West Coast happen with some regularity, but once you head East of Nevada the chance to score a good fare to Hawaii becomes about as likely as hitting a royal flush on video poker. I’ve done both, but only very, very rarely. However, for those looking to fly on Alaska or Virgin America to Hawaii, today could be the day you put together a trip to Hawaii for a very good price. Using a flexible date…

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Houston Airports Re-Open, But Flights Still Largely Grounded

The Houston airports are now officially re-opened, but sadly that doesn’t mean that most flights are making it in or out. Being officially re-opened is a huge step in the right direction, but it is just one of many steps that have to be taken before things even resemble normal around here. Let’s talk about Hobby first. Hobby is officially open as of 4PM on Wednesday, but its main airline, Southwest, says they won’t be operating flights in or out…

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How to Fly for Just 673 Total Points

Y’all know I love a good Frontier Airlines sale, and today there is a really good Frontier Airlines sale with super cheap flights that can be had from just 673 points each way via your Sapphire Reserve if you use those points at a fixed 1.5 cents in value each. That is just 673 points for a flight that goes in the air from one state to another. It’s crazy. As a reminder, most traditional airline programs charge 12,500 miles each way…

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Airlines Offering Miles for Donations

Please forgive all the hurricane related posts around here today. For those of us here in Texas, Harvey is pretty much our entire world right now as we worry for those hit hard and wonder what else will fall from the sky closer to home, but I know for others it is not as of quite as much interest as it is for us. I promise this focus won’t last forever, but hang with me for a little longer if…

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Airline Waivers and Woes for Tropical Depression Harvey

Oh hurricane season, how I love you. Let me count the ways… Crickets, crickets. Yeah, hurricane season isn’t lovely at all. It can muck up travel plans, and if you live on or near the coast it can be a royal pain in the rear at home, too. Now it looks like this zombie-storm named Harvey is intent on doing both to us. Remember that much anticipated adults trip to San Diego we were planning for this weekend…sigh.    Enough about…

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Get $250 in Gift Cards with a $400 Travel Booking

Sometimes in this hobby there are offers that we don’t quite understand in terms of how they work out for the company offering the deal, but we jump on them anyway because they are awesome for us. One such offer from Upside is wrapping up tomorrow, and it is really an outstanding offer if you have $400 worth of travel to book in the next 24 hours or so.   If you are a new Upside customer who is referred by…

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3,000 Bonus United Miles for $28 in Spending When Joining United Dining

One of the ways I periodically earn airline miles is via the various airline dining programs. All you have to do to use the dining programs is sign up, link your credit card number, and then eat out as normal to potentially earn bonus miles every time you visit a participating restaurant with your registered credit card. I don’t earn as many miles this way as I used to since the restaurants I seem to frequent seem to less frequently be program participants than…

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Tips for Booking Close-in Airline Awards

Booking very close-in travel within 21 days or less of departure is a situation when airline miles can really shine, as close-in ticket prices are often very high. With some programs, the close-in mileage prices and award availability can be more than fair. An airline may not want to train customers to wait until the last minute to get airfare deals on cash, but they are often willing to let the seats that otherwise would have gone unsold become available…

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Airline Miles Make the Abnormal Normal

Over the weekend I had the privilege of hanging out at the Hyatt Place Houston Galleria with fellow Houston miles and points travel junkies thanks to an Award Travel 101 Facebook Group meet-up. Richard Kerr, who runs that group, told a few travel stories and did a short presentation on award chart sweet spots, and I got to primarily just hang out meet fellow Houston travelers while chatting about upcoming trips. As always, meeting other travelers and sharing stories face to…

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Turning Back to School Purchases Into Thousands of Airline Miles

Back to school shopping is here, and so are the corresponding miles and points bonuses that I will outline below. It was somewhat surprising to me that families with children in elementary through high school plan to spend an average of about $688 on back to school purchases this year, up a little from last year. That does not include those with kids in college, as that total is several hundred dollars higher. Of those surveyed, 44% plan to do…

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