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The Award Travel 101 podcast is back with more member questions, enhanced offers, and why you should be using AwardWallet. If you want us to air your question, send us an email or reach out to us in the Award Travel 101 Facebook Community.
Award Travel 101 Podcast Show Format
We break each show into six sections:
- Question of the Week — asked by members of the 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
You can find us anywhere you listen to other fine podcasts including:
- 001 — Meet Award Travel 101 Community Administrators Angie & Joe
- 002 — Booking a Dream (African Safari) Trip
- 003 — Creating Memories Through Big AND Small Trips
- 004 — 8 Steps to Better Award Travel
- 005 – Cruise (on Points), Racking and Stacking, and Keep or Kick it to the Curb
Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 6 Show Notes
Question of the Week
Chris Hick posts:
“I've been looking at a few award flights that can be booked through Avianca or Air Canada. The AC cost is slightly more. Are there any pros/cons of booking through Avianca vs Air Canada? I don't mind paying a little more if it's a better or easier experience.”
News & Enhanced Offers
- Korean Airlines announced & suspended award chart changes in short period — curious about what happened.
- Sweet spots of Etihad Guest — AT101 moderator Jerod Morales shares some of the best booking options to take advantage of before this week's changes.
- Virgin Atlantic 30% Citi transfer bonus — Virgin Voyage cruise for 62k, ANA business class for 37k one-way, Delta One business class to mainland Europe for 39k, or flights on Virgin Atlantic from Los Angeles (LAX) to London Heathrow (LHR) in economy beginning at 9k or 15k in premium economy.
- New Hyatt Bonus Journeys Promo — World of Hyatt members can earn 3,000 bonus points for every two eligible nights, up to 30 nights, starting with their second stay after offer registration for stays completed between March 20, 2023 and May 26, 2023. Plus, cardholders can get 500 additional points in 10 select cities.
What Bonuses Did We Get?
In this segment, we discuss:
- United℠ Business Card — see the full review here
- Both American Airlines (Citi & Barclay) cards arrived
- Almost done earning the 60,000-point bonus on an Amex business checking account
- What should I get next? (4/24 and player two is at 2/24)
- Positioning flights for Africa and Bali Angie
- Booking flights for meetups
- Figuring out how to get home from Andaz Mayakoba
- Booked a weekend trip to Atlanta to visit my brother and got raked over the coals (18k Delta SkyMiles instead of 8.5k Virgin Atlantic Flying Club for convenience plus 12k Southwest Rapid Rewards points) + luxury suite for 42k points vs $1,300+
Highlight Feature: Are you using AwardWallet?
Did you know it tracks almost 700 travel and loyalty programs, including popular airline, hotel, credit card, and even supermarket and fuel rewards programs?
Not only does AwardWallet track your miles and points to let you know how many you have and when they're expiring, but AwardWallet will also alert you when there are changes so you can get on top of potential fraudulent activity. AwardWallet also has a ton of other tools that are helpful too, including:
- Tracking hotel certificates
- A built-in travel itinerary
- Airline change/cancellation notices, often before the airline alerts you — that you can use to get ahead of the game
- Provides detailed analysis of how you could earn more points based on your unique spending habits
- Individual Transaction Analyzer to show you each transaction and how you did
- As well as the Merchant Category Code lookup & reverse lookup tools that will tell you if a specific retailer will earn you more bonus points or not
There are so many reasons you should have AwardWallet. And the price shouldn't keep you from signing up today… because it's free! If you want more advanced features of AwardWallet Plus, it costs just $30 annually.
What You Didn't Know: The Importance of Meetups
Did you know the current team of Award Travel 101 team admins all met as a result of a meetup? Here are some of the things it may help you with:
- Increase your knowledge
- Build friendships and your contact list
- Learn some of the secrets that enhance your Award Travel experience
Where To Find Us
For questions, you can join us in the free 91,000+ member Award Travel 101 Community. If you want to dig into some of the less discussed strategies, our Award Travel 201 community is filled with those who want to dig into the weeds a little more. 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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