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Airline Credit Card You Use and Why?

In this series we’ll be asking some of our favorite bloggers their opinion or advice on a specific question. This way instead of just getting our thoughts on the topic, you can read a diverse range of views from some great bloggers.

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This week the question we asked bloggers was:

Which airline credit card do you use and why?

Stephen Lioy at MonkBoughtLunch

My favorite credit card that is properly an ‘airline card’ is the United Explorer. I get some occasional value out of the early boarding and free checked bags, and United miles are still one of my favorite points even post-devaluation. More than that, though, I use the Chase Sapphire Preferred for my airline purchases. Especially for international flights where the bags are free anyways, the 2.14 points per dollar + bonus for booking through the Ultimate Rewards mall/ partner sites make it a better value proposition for booking. Add in the really good lost and delayed baggage insurance and other perks they offer, and its a no-brainer. Even now that I’m paying the annual fee for it, the CSP keeps a place of honor in my spending patterns.

John Schmoll at Frugal Rules

My favorite Airline credit card would be a tie between the Southwest credit card and the Frontier Airlines credit card. Who doesn’t like Southwest? We love to fly Southwest as their rates are reasonable and they don’t charge any baggage fees. Both my wife and I have churned the Southwest cards and have earned several free flights out of it. The Frontier card is a great one as well because it has a ridiculously easy minimum spend to hit. We’ve churned that card as well to get free flights.

Norbert Figueroa at Globo Treks

My favorite is the Chase Sapphire because I get double miles for any travel purchase and it doesn’t have foreign transaction fees.

Auston Matta at Two Bad Tourists

One of our favorite cards is the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express. Though not strictly an airline card, its flexibility lets you transfer your points to more than 30 different airlines. We use this option to top off our mileage accounts when necessary or to book rooms at Starwood properties. We recently stayed the Sheraton Hotel Santa Maria de El Paular in Rascarifa Spain, a great day trip from Madrid.

Jan Ross at Wanderlust Wonder

The Venture Capitol One Visa card. We use this to accumulate points for travel or even just to purchase gift cards.

Jacob and Vanessa at Tightwad Travelers

We have many, but right now the best deal in airline cards is the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card. It offers 110,000 American Airlines miles after spending $10,000 in 3 months. If you really get creative, you can meet the minimum spend requirement before the first statement cuts, receive the miles, and then cancel the card within 30 days after the statement cuts to have the $450 annual fee refunded. This is all legal per the terms and conditions, but it’s sort of a moral grey area. Better yet, you can get multiple cards because Citi is handing them out like candy. Between my wife and I, we have six.
110,000 AA miles is enough for a nice Business/First Class International flight, or 2-3 international flights in economy, or 4.5 domestic flights in economy. Great deal!

Susan Shain at Travel Junkette

My favorite is the Chase Sapphire Preferred. I’m always moving around and don’t have a home airport, so I love the flexibility it offers. I can cash in my Ultimate Rewards points to fly on pretty much any airline, which is just amazing. Plus, I love that I get two points per dollar on travel and dining. Not to mention it is a snazzy-looking card!

Annette at Bucket List Journey

I use the United MileagePlus Explorer card because it coincides with the StarAlliance program and gives me perks like access to the business lounge, no fees on foreign transactions, priority boarding and the miles don’t expire. I pair this card up with the HiltonHonors card for discounts on my hotel stays.

Which is your favorite airline? Why is it your choice? Share with us in comment box below.

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Airline You Prefer to Travel With and Why?

In this series we’ll be asking some of our favorite bloggers their opinion or advice on a specific question. This way instead of just getting our thoughts on the topic, you can read a diverse range of views from some great bloggers.

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This week the question we asked bloggers was:

Which airline do you prefer to travel with and why?

Audrey Bergner at That Back Packer

I had the chance to visit Istanbul several times this year, and many of those flights were aboard Turkish Airlines. Their service was excellent! I like that even though I was flying economy class, they still made an effort to provide the best service possible. This included handing out hot towels to freshen up, providing a menu before the meal was served, and even treating passengers to sweet treats in the form of Turkish delight. It’s the little things that count!

Stephen Lioy at MonkBoughtLunch

Turkish Airlines is one of my favorites. Part of this is just convenience. I spent much of my time these days based at a somewhat our of the way airport (FRU), so Turkish has by far the most connections from here. They’re also a Star Alliance carrier, though, so my United miles can take me far. Add to that the comfy seats, decent in-flight entertainment, and pretty tasty food and I’m always happy to be boarding flights with them instead of the other options I have to choose from.

Norbert Figueroa at Globo Treks

I prefer to fly American Airlines, not because I think it is a great airline, but because I have the most frequent flyer miles with them. But, two airlines that I truly like because of their service are Asiana and Etihad. Would fly with them any day.

Auston Matta at Two Bad Tourists

Our favorite airline to date has been Singapore Airlines because they really make service a priority. We flew economy class from Tokyo to Los Angeles and didn’t even mind the 10 hour flight. The highlight was receiving complimentary champagne within 5 minutes of boarding, even in economy. But since we don’t travel to Asia often, we more regularly fly US and Europe airlines. Of those companies, we most prefer Lufthansa because they also focus on service and really go the extra mile to please their customers. The Lufthansa airport lounges also happen to be some of the best in Europe.

Jan Ross at Wanderlust Wonder

Our favorite airline so far has been Air France. The seats were much more comfortable and roomier than domestic airlines, we were actually served meals, and the service was impeccable.

Savi and Vid at Bruised Passports

Even though we have had our encounters, good and bad, with airlines ranging from budget to the top-rated over the last six years, Emirates has to be our favourite. Since we fly out of London, Emirates offers excellent connectivity to pretty much any corner of the world on extremely comfortable aircraft and usually at very competitive prices. Vid is an aviation geek so he loves flying on the Airbus A380. The seats, personal entertainment, food, and the service have always been top notch whenever we have flown with Emirates. What’s more, the connection times are usually small and if someone is interested in exploring Dubai, Emirates makes getting the 96 hour UAE visa quite easy. We have flown with them quite a few times now and have had only good experiences.

Susan Shain at Travel Junkette

Since I live in Alaska during the summer, I fly with Alaska Airlines a lot. And they’re just the best. They have amazing customer service and are always on time.

Lauren Juliff at Never Ending Footsteps

Virgin America. I love the super-friendly staff, the colourful cabin lights and the fact that they allow me to keep the window shade down during take-off and landing (which prevents me from having a panic attack)!

Annette at Bucket List Journey

Whenever flying internationally, AirFrance is my preferred airline. They have comfortable foot rests, personal entertainment monitors so I can control my own movie schedule during the flight, free wine and pretty good meals. I even had a delicious vegetable orzo salad on my last trip. I have never used the words delicious and airline food together before this.

Which is your favorite airline? Why is it your choice? Share with us in comment box below.

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Your Favorite Places You’ve Visited and Why?

Today we’ll be starting a new series on Airline Miles Experts. In this series we’ll be asking some of our favorite bloggers their opinion or advice on a specific question. This way instead of just getting our thoughts on the topic, you can read a diverse range of views from some great bloggers.

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This week the question we asked bloggers was:

Of all the places you have visited, what is your all time favorite and why?

Stephen Lioy at MonkBoughtLunch

I really really love Hong Kong. It has literally everything I want in a city, and a whole lot besides. There are beautiful hiking trails and awesome beaches to get out and enjoy nature a bit, but at the same time you can get back to town in time to have a nice dinner out at a fancy restaurant or grab a drink in Wan Chai. The fact that it ALSO serves as a huge flight hub for both traditional alliance carrier and Asian LCCs means you can get to anywhere in the world without too many hassles.

Audrey Bergner at That Back Packer

It’s hard to choose favourites, but my recent trip to Prague completely blew me away! The first thing that struck me about this city was its beauty; picture Art Nouveau and Baroque facades painted in cheerful pastel colours. The average European city will have a charming Old Town Square while the rest of the city has a decidedly modern feel, however, in Prague even the residential areas further removed from the city centre had plenty of beauty to boast. I also liked that Prague had a mixture of historical sites (like castles and ancient fortifications) alongside fun activities (like room escape games and absinthe bars). This is a city I’d be happy to revisit.

Norbert Figueroa at Globo Treks

Thailand. It is the first country I backpacked solo, so it holds a special place in my heart. In addition, Thailand is a great country by itself. It offers everything from budget to luxury, adventures and culture, mountains and gorgeous beaches, and everything in between. I think it is a great place to start traveling if you’re curious about visiting Asia.

Auston Matta at Two Bad Tourists

David and I traveled to Madrid in June 2012. We immediately fell in love with the culture and our desire to learn Spanish really made it one of our favorite places we visited on our round the world trip. And even though we were applying for a long term French Visa when we decided to move to Europe, we quickly made Madrid our home over France. We love the pace of life, the energy of the people, the weather and the location, making it perfect to travel easily across Europe and beyond.

Jan Ross at Wanderlust Wonder

The Hawaiian Islands, without a doubt. The islands are a great vacation destination for families, couples, and groups of friends because they are so versatile and offer such a variety of activities for all ages and all types of adventure. Each of the islands is unique and travelers should make an effort to check out what each to offer. Our favorite activity in all of our many travels was flying in a helicopter over the active volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Jacob and Vanessa at Cash Cow Couple

My family took a vacation every year when I was young. We never went back to the same place, because we always experienced everything the destination had to offer. Although I loved exploring new places, I always begged my mom to plan another road trip to Maine. When I was 14 we drove there from Missouri, and we stopped at destinations, bed and breakfast inns, and mom and pop restaurants along the way.
On the way to our way to our destination of Bar Harbor, Maine, over 24+ hours away, we stopped at Hershey Park and Niagara Falls before arriving in Maine. Once we were in Maine, we kayaked, went on whale watches, puffin tours, lighthouse tours, and ate the best seafood I’ve ever experienced.
This trip not only stood out because everything we did was fun, thanks to my mom’s meticulous research methods, but also because of the execution strategy of the road trip. A lot of people would have driven 24 hours in 2 days to get to their destination in Maine. But my family did it differently. What made it so memorable and enjoyable is that we truly took joy in getting there. Some of our mini destinations were a little out of the way, but that was ok. Most of the fun was getting there.
I’ve carried the memories of this trip with me throughout my lifetime, and I believe the same execution strategy should be applied to one’s life. Don’t be so focused on your destination that you miss out on the joys of getting there. That’s where the true memories lie, and what you’ll look back on as the best moments of your life.

Susan Shain at Travel Junkette

This is always the hardest question to answer! I’ll give you three: Italy for the oh-so-amazing food and wine, Colombia for the friendly people and vibrant culture, and Alaska for the gorgeous scenery and abundant wildlife.

April D. Thompson at The Absolute Travel Addict

That’s always a difficult question because I honestly have so many positive memories from every place I’ve visited. If I have to pick just 1, I’d go with South Africa. It was my first time on the African continent. It’s also the first place that I was able to spend an extended period of time as an adult exploring a foreign land somewhat on my own — from Durban to Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Umtata, through the Garden route and many more cities and townships in between. I was there for research, studying engineering education reform programs, visiting schools of all levels and learning about the history of the country. But what left the biggest impression (which is the case everywhere I go) were the people. And as cliche as it sounds, it truly felt like home.

This June, I had the opportunity to travel back to South Africa, specifically Durban. Nearly 9 years later, and yes, lots of things have changed, but my feelings being there hadn’t. It still felt like home. I look forward to returning again in the near future for a 3 month (or longer) stay.

Annette at Bucket List Journey

Traveling to Tanzania, Africa was one of my most memorable experiences because of how it changed my perception of such a foreign land. My prior knowledge of this continent had only been through magazines and television, so it was incredible to witness a portion of the land first hand.

During my time there, I was able to take a four day safari, go glamping in Serengeti, eat a traditional Ugali meal at a local restaurant, spend time at an orphanage in Arusha and visit the most amazing children in a private school.

I know you guys have traversed the globe. There is that place you felt in love with and you feel this is the favorite place you’ve ever been. Share with us in comment box below that place and the reason it’s your favorite.

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