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How To Get To Athens For (Almost) Free Using Points And Miles

Per The New York Times, Athens is enjoying high times after a long debt-crisis induced slump. The city’s status as a global cultural hub is unperturbed, and nightlife is rich. There are only a few airlines that serve Athens nonstop, so flying on a points or miles itinerary likely will require some flexibility and connections.…

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When Should I Tip In Europe? — Ask Anything

Tipping is a highly cultural practice that varies all over the world. If you’re visiting Europe from abroad, you may be confused as to whether you should — or when you should — tip a waitress, waitor, bellhop or taxicab driver. Recently, Point Me To The Plane Destinations Expert Sarah Johnson got a question about…

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TIP: It Is Possible To Recover Points & Miles When Award Prices Fall

In many cases, costly change fees make it impractical to try to renegotiate points and miles award prices. There are some cases, however when it is possible to earn back miles if prices fall after you book. Take Southwest Airlines, for instance. I recently recovered over 2,000 valuable Rapid Rewards miles by looking out for…

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Trip Report – SWISS Business Class A330 ‘Throne Seat’ Review, Chicago to Zürich

Utterly private and exceptionally spacious, it’s been called the best seat on board — and it’s not even in first class. Recently, on a quick New Year’s Eve getaway to Paris, I took the chance to experience SWISS Global Airlines’ so-called business class throne seat. SWISS’ unique staggered business class configuration is a double-edged sword…

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Was 2017 Fatal For International First Class?

The full range of Casper products in American Airlines long-haul First Class. Source: American Airlines

For all the attention poured on new business class cabins in 2017, airlines did not bestow so much favor on international first class cabins. Though heavyweight luxury carrier Emirates and Singapore launched much improved first class suites onboard their long-haul jets, enthusiasm for the private, front end of the plane waned among just about everyone…

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Having trouble spending Delta SkyMiles? Try these (sort-of) secret options

Delta has earned a dualistic reputation among frequent fliers. By just about every metric, the airline easily tops its major competitors in the United States. Delta is more frequently on-time, offers more legroom in economy seats, often has better beds in business class and serves better food in both places. Then there is the frequent…

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Cathay Pacific Asia Miles Part 1.5 — Alternative Fact Sweet Spots and Why You Shouldn’t Believe Everything on the Internet

Following up from Monday’s post, I wanted to quickly cover some theoretical “sweet spots” on the Asia Miles award chart that are in reality not actually that sweet. Given the many partners and distance-based nature of the Asia Miles program, a quick glance at the award charts by an inexperienced novice may lead one to…

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