Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 18: Gorgeous Pictures from Iran, Cards That Earn Status Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 18: Gorgeous Pictures from Iran, Cards That Earn Status

Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 18: Gorgeous Pictures from Iran, Cards That Earn Status

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The Award Travel 101 podcast is back with a trip report after an incredible trip to Iran, new credit card and program offers that might interest you, and which credit cards can help you earn elite status. If you want us to air your question, send us an email or reach out to us in the Award Travel 101 Facebook Community.

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Award Travel 101 Podcast Show Format

We break each show into six sections:

  • Question/Win of the Week — asked or shared by members of the Award Travel 101 community
  • News & Enhanced Offers
  • What Bonuses Did We Get — which will tell you what credit cards we're working on and why
  • Trip Updates
  • Highlight Feature
  • What You Didn't Know — a feature dedicated to a big or small tip that will help you better maximize the value you receive from your rewards.

How to Listen to the Award Travel 101 Podcast

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Previous Episode Show Notes

Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 18 Show Notes

Post of the Week (From the Award Travel 101 Group)

From Inga KC Ever wonder what it's like to travel to a country with a “Level 4: Do Not Travel” advisory? Inga just returned from Iran flying Qatar Qsuite business class for 70K AAdvantage miles business each way. She found it easier than expected and found the people to be delightful. She shared some beautiful photos of her incredible trip.

News & Enhanced Offers

Trip Updates

What Bonuses Did We Get?

Highlight Feature: Cards That Can Help Earn Elite Status

What You Didn't Know

Always pay international bills in the “local” currency using a card that doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees. Paid the bill (didn’t accept Amex) in Euros and saved over $200 vs taking the converted rate at a terrible exchange rate.

Where To Find the Award Travel 101 Community

For questions, you can join us in the free 94,000+ member Award Travel 101 Community.

  1. If you want to jump into more intermediate and advanced strategies, our Award Travel 201 community ($89.99 annually) is filled with those who want to dig into the weeds, looking for more outsized value.
  2. To book time with our team to discuss how to better your earning and burning strategies, check out Award Travel 1-on-1.
  3. You can also email us at
  4. Meetup sold out, but you can waitlist.

Featured image and header image courtesy of Inga

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