Remember when you used to earn frequent flyer miles by flying halfway around the world or taking lots of segments? If you haven't flown for a while, you may need to relearn the system. Now they're called frequent flyer points because miles have nothing ...
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What Frequent Flyer Points Devaluation Means for You

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Remember when you used to earn frequent flyer miles by flying halfway around the world or taking lots of segments? If you haven’t flown for a while, you may need to relearn the system. Now they’re called frequent flyer points because miles have nothing to do with them and as you’ve probably guessed, the changes benefit the airlines, not leisure travelers.  I appeared with several other guests on the ExpertFlyer podcast this week to talk about airline mileage strategies in current times. I decided this would be a good time to look at the current state of these “loyalty” programs

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You Can’t Be a Budget Traveler and Still Do It All

Galapagos Islands splurge
This Cheapest Destinations Blog is written for the budget traveler out there trying to get the most bang for the buck, so most of my posts are on how to accomplish that. But there’s a dark side to this ethos that can mean giving up a lot of great experiences and missing out on some spectacular sites if you’re too tight with your money. No matter how hard this may be to swallow, you can’t be a strict budget traveler and still do it all. Some things you’ll have to save for a later vacation or you’ll need to put

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Where to Find the Cheapest 5 Star Hotels Around the World

Panama City has some of the cheapest 5-star hotels
Even if you’re a budget traveler, you will probably get an urge to splurge for a nice hotel now and then to feel like a real human again. Or you may just want to get pampered after so many sacrifices in comfort for weeks or months on end. That upgrade may be out of your range in an expensive destination, but in cities with the cheapest hotels, a splurge is not going to require months of work to pay off. There are some markets where “5-star cheap hotels” is not as much of an oxymoron as you might expect. Yes,

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Most Budget Travel Advice is Timeless

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  “Yes yes, that’s all good advice,” she said, “but my editor really wants to focus on what’s new in budget travel. What are people doing now to save money that they couldn’t have done a year or two ago? New social websites, apps, that sort of thing.” This was from an interview I did with an ambitious young associate editor sitting at a desk in NYC who writes for a well-known women’s magazine. It happened before the pandemic changed a lot of things, but I’ve had similar conversations several times since. Most publications want to appear as if they

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For a Lot of Travel Plans, Google Won’t Cut It

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Just because you can look up an answer to a burning question in a few seconds for most facts doesn’t mean you can do the same for vacation recommendations. You’re going to need to dig deeper with research when it comes to something as personal as travel plans. About 15,000 people a month search “travel plans” in Google and a staggering 301,000 search “trip planner.” Around 33,000 search “plan a trip.” Something tells me they’re not going to be very satisfied with the answers they get back.  In the pre-internet age, travel planning was much tougher, without so many answers

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