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Month: May 2016

Star Alliance Redemptions: United Airlines

Star Alliance Redemptions: United Airlines

The largest alliance by far is Star Alliance. The alliance was founded on May 14, 1997 among five airlines across three continents: Scandinavian Airlines, Thai Airways, Air Canada, Lufthansa, and United Airlines.

We’ll be focusing on United Airlines and their mileage program called United MileagePlus for now as these miles are easily accessible for most people here in the United States.

 

There are several ways to earn United miles. The first way is of course to fly with them. However unless you are a big spender that isn’t very lucrative. United doesn’t award miles based on miles flown, instead it is a combination of how much you paid for your ticket plus any elite status you may have as shown in the chart below:

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Using Your Miles- Part 1 Learning about Alliances

Using Your Miles- Part 1 Learning about Alliances

So you’ve diligently collected miles now what? Well, you’ve got to use them. The best way to do is by using your miles for award tickets for cheap flights and not on things like toasters in the airline’s shopping portal.

There are so many kinds of miles and so many different ways to use them. This series will be a multi-part series where I will discuss how to use miles among the three major global alliances: Star Alliance, Oneworld, and Skyteam. Along with one “partnership” run by Etihad.

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Etihad Partners

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Earn Miles Fast With Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses

Earn Miles Fast With Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses

In an earlier post I briefly touched upon getting miles from credit card bonuses. This has been something that many people have asked about.

Banks make money off credit cards through annual fees, transaction fees they charge to merchants, and off interest they charge to people that keep a balance on their credit cards. This concept is pretty straightforward and easy to grasp. There is nothing too complex about credit cards, however how are banks supposed to win over customers when they’re all basically offering the same product. The is to provide benefits for having a credit card with a certain bank.

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Different Ways to Earn Miles

Different Ways to Earn Miles

Airline miles are what I mainly use to fly on long haul business and first class flights internationally at great value. They can be used for many things too, from redeeming flights to buying toasters. Usually the best value is to use your airline miles for flights since you get the most bang for your mile out of it.

Now before we go into how to use airline miles for travel we must first discuss how to earn them. There are many many ways miles can be earned, the three main ways to earn miles is what we will focus on in depth first. Later I’ll post on some ancillary ways to earn miles. 

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Everyone Loves Rules

Everyone Loves Rules

These rules are more for me and fellow contributors than anything. There are a lot of travel blogs out there and not all of them have the best interests of the readers at heart. Many travel blogs are used as a source of income for bloggers and conflicts of interest due arise.

This blog is currently not a source of income for me but way grow to be in the future. Therefore, I am pledging now that I will do my best to ensure any posts are free of any bias or hidden agenda. If anything contains a referral link it will be disclosed. If it’s an affiliate link that I receive commission from, it will be disclosed.

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The Point

The Point

This blog is going to be a fun collection of three things that I’ll outline below:

  1. My posts: Of course I’ll be posting tips and tricks on how to maximize your travel experience. However I’ll also be posting my thoughts on the various goings on of the airline industry. This blog won’t just be a place to come and see how to use your points but it will be a place to learn about the industry itself. My trips will be outlined in trip reports as they happen and posted for everyone to see if I think they’re worthy.
  2. Contributors: This won’t be a one man mission. As amazing as I am I can’t possibly do everything. A lot of my dear friends travel too and are willing share their amazing experiences with us. You’ll frequently see their posts on here. They are as integral to the life of this blog as I am. I’ve got several lined up and I’ll introduce them all to you as they come along.
  3. You guys: The readers. I hope you enjoy our posts and I encourage comments and discussion, however please keep it civil. Eventually I’ll figure out how to set up a forum on here. It will be a place for you all to post questions and discuss topics with other readers outside of the comments section of posts. People are more than welcome to post their travel stories in the forums. Once we get some momentum going I’ll start featuring any notable ones on the main page!

Eventually I’ll get the below to work

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First Post

First Post

Well I finally did it. Roam the Blue is live but I won’t be posting content up just yet. I’m still trying to make sense of everything and there is a good chance that I will completely change everything. Please keep checking back for updates.