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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.

Finding the Best Flight Deals

September 12, 2012

Finding the best flight deals is an adventure. I welcome the challenge to see how low I can get a favorable route. Here are some of my suggestions from 21 years of frequent traveling.

Where to start – When I begin my search, I start with Kayak.com. This site does not sell tickets, but pulls in information from Orbitz, Expedia, Cheaptickets, and the airline home sites. It is a great place to explore your options. It offers multiple tools to narrow your search criteria based on time, airlines, even airline alliances.

On the home page of Kayak, you enter in your route. Kayak is unique in that you can enter in multiple destinations separated by commas. This enables you to search multiple locations. Pick the major cities near you. Later you can add smaller, regional airports.

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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 .

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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!