Which Airlines Offer Round-the-World Tickets

Round-the-world (RTW) awards are one of the most lucrative and aspirational use of points and miles. Unfortunately, in recent years, many award programs, including all the major US airlines, have dropped their formal round-the-world redemption options.  However, many global airlines continue to offer awards that are worth considering when your goal is to circumnavigate the…

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When Does a Round-The-World Ticket Make Sense?

This post looks at when it makes sense to consider booking an Around-the-World or Round-the-World ticket.

Circling the globe is the ultimate dream trip for many travelers. An around-the-world ticket, known in the airline business as a “Round-the-World” or “RTW” ticket, is a special fare offered by select airlines and all airlines alliances specifically designed to enable travelers to circumnavigate the globe. The primary advantage in booking RTW tickets is the…

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Berlin Airport: Sex Toy Confused As Grenade, Security Scare Ensues

Berlin Sex Toy Airport Evacuation Facepalm

Where else but Berlin. What else would cause an airport security evacuation? A sex toy, at Schönefeld Airport, but of course. Berlin’s second airport — the one formerly in the German Democratic Republic (East Berlin) — was shuttered for an hour Tuesday as airport security confused a woman’s vibrator for a hand grenade. Thank the journalists at…

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Portugal Off The Beaten Path: The Algarve and The Azores

The Algarve is a great addition to a Portugal itinerary, ideal for relaxing after the bustle of Lisbon.

Portugal, as I’ve shared over the last few weeks, is an incredible up-and-coming European destination. Lisbon and Porto are both vibrant, fun cities with plenty to recommend them. The Douro Valley beckons those in search of great food and local wine. The clock seems to be ticking on the yet unspoiled reaches of Portugal, however,…

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How to Use Delta’s Free Companion Certificate (Platinum and Reserve Card)

One of the best perks of Delta Air Lines’ two premium credit cards, the Platinum SkyMiles and Reserve SkyMiles cards from American Express, is the Companion Certificate. The companion certificate is good for buy-one, get-one (plus taxes) airfare on almost any domestic Delta flight. Platinum SkyMiles cardholders earn a certificate good for a main cabin…

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How Dublin, Ireland Won Me Over As a Top Destination

Dublin Ireland sightseeing guide

Let’s leave the Guinness behind for a minute, because whether you visit Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day, or any day of the year, there are wonderful sites, restaurants, coffee shops, day trips, and hotel options in Dublin. After spending nine days in Dublin, I’ve come to appreciate it as one of the world’s great cities.…

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