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The Value of One

November 29, 2012

Our family recently returned to the United States for a furlough over the holiday season. Our trip from Cape Town to New York City went via Istanbul and was slated to take us about 34 hours from our home in South Africa to our family in Pennsylvania.

On a long trip with children, you do not want any delays. We eagerly anticipated getting here as soon as possible.

About 25 hours into our trip on the flight from Istanbul to New York, we saw a passenger get ill. The announcement was made asking if a doctor was on board. This happens somewhat often as I travel, so without too much worry; I dozed off.

Waking up later, I noticed the attendants still crowded around this man. My wife and I commented, “I hope they don’t turn this flight around.”

Racking up Frequent Flyer Miles

September 13, 2012

While the airlines are not handing out miles like they were a few years ago, it is still a worthwhile investment to accrue miles. They offer free travel and loyalty perks.

I conservatively estimate my family has cashed in 40 free airline tickets over the last 20 years. Notice I said conservative. I regret missing several years of mileage accrual early in my career.

If someone offered you two free tickets a year, you would take it right?

Racking up the frequent flyer miles is not as hard as it might seem. Here are 5 tips:

Sign up – You can’t earn them if you have not signed up. I have registered my whole family for cards on multiple airlines. It is as easy as a few minutes on the internet. Make sure you have at least one airline in every major alliance.

Over the last 15 plus years, I estimate I have cashed in 40 free flights saving thousands of dollars.

Do I have your attention?

This week on NoSuperHeroes, I will be sharing some of the travel wisdom I have acquired through the years. I have taught classes on this in the past with our fellow volunteer workers. Check back to read more about finding the best deals, avoiding the middle seat, and racking up frequent flyer miles .


I’ve been working in the missions/volunteer worker sector for 21 years. Donation based occupations must worry about the bottom line. Consequently, we often seek the cheapest airline fare.

Let me be a testament to loyalty paying off more in the long run than saving a few dollars here and there. Do not be a cheap traveler!