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29 2015 Jul

Frequent Flyer Programs

freqflyerThe first secret to getting free flights is a proper understanding of frequent flyer programs. They are the key to unlocking free flights to destinations all over the world. The world’s airlines began frequent flyer programs as an incentive for customers to continue using their services for flights.

If a customer had a frequent flyer card, they would earn frequent flyer miles equivalent to the distance they flew with that particular airline. So for example, if you flew from Raleigh, NC to Atlanta, GA, a distance of 400 miles, you would get 400 frequent flyer miles to use towards a free flight. As these programs became more popular, businesses took note and began offering frequent flyer bonuses as incentives for signing up for a whole host of programs.

Now customers could get frequent flyer miles for credit card sign ups, hotel stays, dining programs, opening new investment accounts, etc. This meant that, not only could customers earn a free flight by flying numerous times, you could get a free flight by taking advantage of these business promotions while you were on the ground! The key to getting free flights is to learn about these opportunities and take maximum advantage of each one. If you learn how to do this, you can fly to your favorite destinations for free.

Most of the world’s airlines fall under one of three separate alliances. The three big alliances are: OneWorld, Star Alliance, and SkyTeam. If you do not have a frequent flyer account with at least one airline in each alliance, you need to get one as they are completely free. You can access the alliances websites at the following links OneWorld, Star Alliance, SkyTeam.

Pick your most likely traveled airline in each alliance and sign up for their respective frequent flyer programs. You want to have a frequent flyer account with at least one airline in each alliance as you can transfer miles from one airline to another when you redeem them. Most people do not know that you can transfer these miles to partner airlines within each alliance. Having this option greatly increases your flexibility when booking an awards flight.

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28 2015 Jul

Best Cheap Eats

The best advice you’ll ever hear to finding the best cheap eats while traveling is to eat like a local. How do you do that? It’s easy with a few tips and an open mind!

Travel Cheap By Eating Like a Local, we’re going to delve into two of my most beloved topics: food and travel! As I’ve shared, Mr. Frugalwoods and I are afflicted with ardent wanderlust and feel extraordinarily fortunate that we’ve traveled so much. But, we never spend a fortune doing it.

Just as we frugalize our meals at home (remember, breakfast is the hidden budget destroyer!), travel eats-on-the-cheap are a key element of a Frugalwoods-style journey.

The Easy Way Out (aka Amsterdam Brunch, Baby!)

If you can finagle a free breakfast out of your lodging arrangement, excellent! Eat hearty and scavenge scraps for lunch. Two meals done!

Let me tell you about our most epic free breakfast occasion ever. We use Starwood hotel points for free hotel stays worldwide and the hotel we stayed at in Amsterdam (Hotel Pulitzer) included a free buffet breakfast.

I’m going to go ahead and say that this hotel would’ve saved money if they’d just given us $50 for breakfast every day instead of allowing Mr. FW and I free reign of the breakfast buffet. This was no Old Country Buffet, Golden Corral, Perkins, Bob Evans-type of buffet. This was a Ritz Carlton, St. Regis, Four Seasons-type of buffet.

We walked in the first morning expecting some modest cold cereals, bagels, and hard boiled eggs, which we would’ve been perfectly happy with.

What we found instead was a quaint dining room awash in sunlight replete with white linen table cloths, a personal waiter for every 2 tables (at a BUFFET, mind you), smoked salmon, champagne, cooked-to-order eggs and omelets, waffles, pancakes, a barista making coffees, a plethora of pastries, a ton of fresh cut fruit, oatmeal, cereal, bacon, sausage, cold cuts, finger sandwiches, petite fours.

Basically every Western European food that could ever, or has ever, been considered a brunch item.

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Travel Cheap By Eating Like a Local – Frugalwoods