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Results from My Amex Delta Platinum Retention Call

One of my most used credit cards is the American Express Delta Platinum card. I spend at least $25,000 per year on the card to unlock the Medallion status spend requirement exemption, which means I don’t have to spend $9,000/year with Delta to earn Platinum status.…

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Bellinis in Economy? Yes Please!

The ‘pre-departure beverage’ is often associated with sitting up front on planes. Settle into your comfy seat at the pointy end and the flight attendant asks ‘what would you like to drink before we depart’… That’s at least how the story used to go, but Delta…

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SkyMiles 101: Earning the Obvious Way – Flying!

Welcome to the second post in my SkyMiles 101 series! Today, I’m going to walk you through the most logical way of earning SkyMiles – by flying on Delta and their partners. In this post: The Basic Earnings Formula. How many miles will I earn flying…

SkyMiles 101: What is a SkyMile, and How Do I Earn Them?

Welcome to the first post in my SkyMiles 101 series! We are going to start with the basics: exploring what a SkyMile is and how to earn them. In this post: What is a SkyMile? I’m new to SkyMiles, what do I do first? What are…

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Introducing: SkyMiles 101

Those that know me personally are aware that I spend a lot of time thinking about points and miles. It’s a big passion of mine, and has given me the opportunity to travel to places on the cheap and in luxury that I could never otherwise…

Back Home in BA First Class

Happy new year everyone! My girlfriend and I spent Christmas and New Years in the UK where my parents live, and had a great time exploring quaint Costwold villages and staying in a 300 year old house! After new year, we flew back to Minneapolis via…

How We Scored Flat Bed Flights to Hong Kong for 10% Regular Price!

Yesterday at work was like any other day, until I sat down in a meeting and my coworker said ‘did you see that business class deal to Shanghai and Bangkok?’ ‘Wha wha what?’ I replied. ‘Yep, Thrifty Traveler just sent it. Hong Kong Airlines, business class…

How I’m Visiting Beijing for $2.86

I’m currently sitting on a plane, starting the first leg of very exciting journey. Everyone likes a good deal, and I’m no exception! If you know me at all, you know flying is a huge hobby for me, particularly when it comes to airline loyalty programs.…