Trip Report: 23 Hour Layovers in Athens, Dubrovnik, Zagreb

I just flew an award that saw me fly four flights in four days between four countries.

Trip Report: 23 Hour Layovers in Athens, Dubrovnik, Zagreb

I just flew an award that saw me fly four flights in four days between four countries.

United to Fly All Australia Routes with 787-9 Dreamliner, Trick to Get Business Class Award

United is putting a 787-9 Dreamliner on its all of its routes to Australia by March 26, 2016. United currently flies the 787-9 on its Los Angeles to Melbourne route and 777s on its San Francisco and Los Angeles to Sydney routes.

There is great economy award space on the Sydney routes after the operating aircraft switches to a Dreamliner, but very little Business Class space.

You Can Avoid Airbnb’s 3% Currency Conversion Fee with This New Trick

Until a few weeks ago, you could change the payment currency on Airbnb to the host's currency. That saved you Airbnb's ridiculous 3% currency conversion fee. As long as you paid with a no-foreign-transaction-fee credit card, you got the conversion done for a 0% fee.

Since I've spent most of the year in Airbnb properties, that saves me a lot of money.

Then Airbnb took that option away.

United Hidden City Ticketing to a Train Station to Make Newark Flights Cheaper

United allows you to book trips to and from ZFV, Philadelphia's 30th St. train station. Such fares include flights to or from Newark and trains from there to Philadelphia.

Because in the short term an airline's ticket prices have more to do with competition from other airlines than anything else, United often sells tickets to ZFV for cheaper than flights to Newark, even when the trip to ZFV is the same flights to Newark plus a train ride.

Save $150+ On Canceling an American Airlines Award (TRICK!)

I booked a few awards to Thailand and Egypt in January. The awards would have allowed me to explore new areas and fly some of the world's fanciest First and Business Class products.

How to Book a Five City European Award for 15,000 United Miles

I just booked myself a five city, four country award for 15,000 United miles + $73. Let's back up a little bit before I explain my current award.
My 2013 Euro Hopper
Two years ago, I flew a Seven City, Seven Flight, Six Country Award in Europe for 12,500 United miles plus taxes.

My Trick to Avoid a $150 Cancellation Fee on My American Airlines Award

Here's how to cancel an American Airlines award without paying the $150 fee to reinstate your miles and cancel the award.

Be an Executive Platinum canceling an award booked with miles from your account.

The Map that Shows You All Your Options with Avios

Wandering Aramean writes a Boarding Area blog and also has created a suite of tools that can be used for free by anyone. One I just saw (thanks Million Mile Secrets) is his Avios Map.

The Avios Map works like this:

Type in any airport in the world.
The map shows all the airports you can fly to directly for 4.5k, 7.5k, 10k, and 12.5k Avios in economy.

You can use the map to see where you can go from your home airport for what price.

The Map that Shows You All Your Options with Avios

Wandering Aramean writes a Boarding Area blog and also has created a suite of tools that can be used for free by anyone. One I just saw (thanks Million Mile Secrets) is his Avios Map.

The Avios Map works like this:

Type in any airport in the world.
The map shows all the airports you can fly to directly for 4.5k, 7.5k, 10k, and 12.5k Avios in economy.

You can use the map to see where you can go from your home airport for what price.