The third quarter of 2013–July 1 to September 30–was a big one for me. My six months in Argentina ended, I embarked on a 15 country world tour, and I jumped off a cliff in Dubrovnik, Croatia at sunset.

The third quarter was also MileValue’s most popular quarter to date. Readership continues to grow, which brings me closer to the goal of helping everyone travel more, better, and cheaper.

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The Award Booking Service continued to thrive.

My Free Credit Card Consultations continued to offer personalized answers to which card is best for a particular trip.

Trip Reports

Tahsir: EVA Air Business Class from Los Angeles to Taipei

Scott: First Look at the British Airways A380 in First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy, and Economy

Melbourne to Los Angeles in Qantas Business Class on an A380

The Brand New British Airways 787 with Tons of Pictures

Ryan: Lufthansa First Class Terminal

Boston to Frankfurt in Lufthansa First Class

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I covered the huge news that the U.S. Bank FlexPerks® Travel Rewards Visa Signature® Card and U.S. Bank FlexPerks® Business Travel Rewards Visa® Card are each offering a sign up bonus worth up to $425 in free travel. (Still available)

I argued that American Miles are Best for Ultra-Luxury, United Miles are Best for Premium.

For most of August, the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express had a 30,000 Starpoint sign up bonus (currently 25,000), so I wrote a series of very popular posts on the card and program:

I looked at the mileage returns from various credit cards: Big Spenders Should Use One of These Three Cards, and They Probably Aren’t

I booked two Cathay Pacific First Class flights for the price of one. Anatomy of an Award: Getting Extra First Class on Cathay Pacific

Rookie Alli looked at a few options for redeeming the free nights she got from the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card in Where Should I Redeem My Free Hilton Nights?

I explained How to Book Multiple Awards from Different Accounts on the Same Flights

I excitedly shared how to book Roundtrip in Virgin Atlantic Upper Class for 100k Delta Miles and No Fuel Surcharges

I explained How You Can Get into Qantas First Class on an A380

The biggest news of the quarter was the apparent massive devaluation of American Airlines miles through the addition of fuel surcharges to all awards. As the full story came out, it was apparent that it was all a big mistake, so the final headline was Update: No News Regarding American Airlines Miles Today. But I didn’t buy the press release from American Airlines: Two Reasons I Don’t Believe the American Airlines Statement about Fuel Surcharges on Awards.

I covered the deals married folks (and others with permanent travel companions) can take advantage of better than us single folks in Will You Marry Me?

I described How I Saved 88% on My Hotel Room in Stockholm. Easy to Replicate Techniques for Huge Hotel Discounts.

Bill debunked another award booking “rule,” so that you can maximize your miles in Debunked Award Rule: US Airways Star Alliance Hub Stopover.

I gave the answer to Which Miles Should You Stockpile?

I proved that United Allows Massive Backtracking on Awards (& How You Can Maximize That Backtracking).

I discussed the 17 awards I’ve booked for myself in the last two years: Which of My Personal Awards Could You Have Booked?

I got insane value from American Airlines miles in Anatomy of an Award: How to Fly a Peak Time with Off Peak Pricing and Add Two Free Oneways.

I answered one of the basic questions in the miles game: Should I Keep This Card? Whether to Hold or Cancel a Rewards Card When an Annual Fee is Due.

I put out a step-by-step guide to booking Singapore Suites.

I was the bearer of bad news in Southwest Massively Devalues Rapid Rewards Points.

I used a trip I booked for my friend as a real life example of a last minute United award with a free oneway added.

Did I include your favorite post from July, August, and September? Did I do a good job in the third quarter? How can I improve?

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