How to Book a RTW Trip in 2017. Use These Underpriced Awards Around the World.

Until 2014, the best way to use miles to book a round-the-world (RTW) trip was to save a lot of one mileage currency and book a special RTW award with those miles.

9 Limited Time Credit Card Offers You Don’t Want to Miss

Competition is stiff among big boy issuing banks at the moment. It has a lot to do with the Chase Sapphire Reserve card kicking ass, and everyone else just trying to keep their head above water.

How does this affect you? Amazing credit card sign up offers. Lots of them. Here are nine that are only going to be around for a limited time.

The Beginning Section of a Manual I Created for Award Booking

A few years ago, I created a manual for award booking. I thought the best way to organize it was to explain the key concepts of all awards in the beginning, and then explain each major program in detail afterwards. Here is the first section of the manual--nine key concepts of all award bookings. I've edited it slightly today to make sure it is up to date.

Are there any other key concepts you would add to a manual of award booking?
Key Concept 1
Each type of miles has its own rules.

Master Thread: United Three One Ways Awards

On roundtrip United awards, you get one free stopover in addition to your destination and up to two open jaws.

What I Told My Friend to Do to Become a Miles Expert in a Day

I was having lunch with my friend the other day, and we started talking about miles and points. She has some credit cards and has even made a few redemptions, but from the conversation it was clear that there was a lot about our world she didn't know.

I gave her one homework assignment that I thought would greatly improve her grasp on miles.

How to Earn and Redeem 106,000 American Airlines Miles in the Next Few Months

The personal and business American Airlines credit cards are each offering 50,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 in the first three months. Getting both cards and meeting their combined minimum spending requirement of $6,000 will earn you 106,000+ American Airlines miles, which you can use for up to four international roundtrips.

How to Get the Cards (and Who Is Eligible)
Meeting the Minimum Spending Requirements
Redeeming the Miles for Family Vacations, Luxurious First Class, and More

How to Get the Cards
Some credit card offers in this post have expired, but they might come back.

How to Earn and Redeem 106,000 American Airlines Miles in the Next Few Months

The personal and business American Airlines credit cards are each offering 50,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 in the first three months. Getting both cards and meeting their combined minimum spending requirement of $6,000 will earn you 106,000+ American Airlines miles, which you can use for up to four international roundtrips.

How to Get the Cards (and Who Is Eligible)
Meeting the Minimum Spending Requirements
Redeeming the Miles for Family Vacations, Luxurious First Class, and More

How to Get the Cards
Some credit card offers in this post have expired, but they might come back.

Example of Six Stop RTW Trip You Can Book for $111 Plus Five Credit Card Sign Ups

The idea of big trips fascinates me. True round-the-world (RTW) awards are basically dead, so the game now is to string together several cheap one way awards into a RTW trip. To help you out, I regularly update a page that strives to list all the cheap awards between all regions of the world.

Here's how you could use that post to put together a RTW trip.

Comprehensive Spread Sheet of 8 Star Alliance Award Charts: Cheapest Awards to Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania

Because you can use any type of Star Alliance miles to book any Star Alliance flight, I’ve put the eight best Star Alliance award charts into one spreadsheet. Check out why I chose these eight award charts and how Americans can get these miles here.

Which Programs Have One Ways, Stopovers, Fuel Surcharges

Longtime reader Eddy emailed me:
Do you know of someplace that has the rules of the various frequent flyer programs? I'm looking at trip to China next Spring and there are so many options, so I’d like to know for each program: (1) allow one ways? (2) permit stop overs? (3) charge for fuel? Any idea if this info is collected in one place anywhere?