Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 20: Mistakes We've Made Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 20: Mistakes We've Made

Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 20: Mistakes We've Made

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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.

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Previous Episode Show Notes

Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 20 Show Notes

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

Two posts this week about lounges. I picked these because I believe some of us have lost our excitement, whereas many wish they could do what we do.

Siana Ray: what did she think of the newly renovated Amex Centurion Lounge?
Devon Holly: what did he think of the new Chase Sapphire Terrace?

Trip Updates

  • Angie — nothing new sadly!
  • Joe —
    • As this episode airs, I’ll be making my final flight home from Croatia, but as we record it, I’m getting ready to leave. Will I get the Emirates First upgrade on the A380? How I'll be flying Delta First for (two people) just 15K and $125.
    • We have everything in place at a minimum, but…
    • Still hoping for Lufthansa First, and I’ve seen some inside a 1-3 day window, but not for my dates
    • Should I have canceled Punta Cana? Received 228K miles/points back (30K Frontier, 39K American, 80K United, 79K Hyatt, and $1,400 back between fees and one cash fare booked)
    • Booked mom & daughter (end-of-summer trip) to Indian Shores (used AA miles down) while son and I do Las Vegas and NYC

Highlight Feature: Mistakes We've Made

  • Buying (transfer) points from family
  • Going crazy with apps/not understanding app rules
  • Getting airline/program-specific awards before flexible currencies
  • Late charges — not paying enough attention to due dates
  • Booking without checking program flexibility
  • Chasing status — how much does status cost (opportunity costs?)

What You Didn't Know

How many times can I change the companion name on my Southwest Companion Pass?

Where To Find the Award Travel 101 Community

For questions, you can join us in the free 95,000+ member Award Travel 101 Community.

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  2. To book time with our team to discuss how to better your earning and burning strategies, check out Award Travel 1-on-1.
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