Earn 1,000 Bonus United MileagePlus Miles By Helping Hurricane Harvey Victims

Admittedly, it might seem a bit self-serving to go looking for bonus MileagePlus miles in exchange for helping out victims of Hurricane Harvey. What if you looked at it as a win-win when you share the goodness of your heart? Indeed, United Airlines is offering 1,000 bonus MileagePlus miles by donating a minimum of $50 to one of four charitable partners United is partnering with. United writes on a special webpage, “United will match the first $200,000 raised through this

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MilesHusband Books $14,500 Luxury First Class Plane Ride For $15

MilesHusband and I are just back from an incredible first class luxury airline experience. We flew Etihad Airways First Class Apartments from New York’s JFK airport to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Forget everything you think you know about flying first class. This one leg would’ve cost $14,500 per person. We paid $15. And 115,000 American AAdvantage miles. Yeah. For 30 bucks we laughed our way through luxury for 12 hours. We’ve actually flown this plane once before

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Earning Frequent Flyer Miles Without Flying-The Basics

How does this “points-chasing” game work? How do MilesHusband and I manage to take over-the-top luxury vacations around the world for mere pennies? The folks at NextAvenue.org recently asked me to explain. Here’s a good primer on the way we earn and burn frequent flyer miles. Basically, it influences every since move we make with any money we spend. This article is just a toe dipper, so be sure to come back here for frequent updates. And if you have

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Former Stray Dog Is Now World Traveler Who Has Been To 21 Countries

Kala Kutta is a stray dog who was going to be put down. Now, she’s a beloved member of a family who takes her with them as they travel the world. Their Facebook page explains, “John and Rochelle were working in Bengaluru when they fell in love with a black street dog that live outside Rochelle’s office. ‘She was thin and so a friend and I started sharing our dinner with her. Over the next few months, I grew quite

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How Candles In A Church I Don’t Belong To Help Me Find My Way Home

Italy. The answer is Italy. If you caught last week’s column, Dear Reader, you left me stuck on a mountain top in Oman with a husband who was using frequent flyer miles prowess to get us home. “How about Milan?” he piped up as he worked his booking voodoo. He found a beautiful hotel and two first class seats through Dubai into Milan. For pennies, as he’s apt to do. “We can tour the city. We can go to Lake

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This Is The Last Place I Ever Expected To Spend My Wedding Anniversary

This is the last place I ever imagined I’d spend my wedding anniversary. On top of a mountain. In Oman. Go ahead and look on a map. I had to. We’re talking the other side of the globe. A tiny country bordered by The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. Yeah, Yemen. Which my husband insisted we would only end up in if we took a wrong turn. Welcome to the latest travel creation of the man I’ve come

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How MilesHusband’s Biggest Points Redemption Ever Waited Behind This Hotel Door

Points redemption. Two words that give MilesHusband goosies. Basically, it’s the math you do to figure out how much value each point or mile brings you when you cash it in for a flight, a hotel, or heaven forbid, a camera or magazine subscription. And off the top, I have to say, “Thank you, Chase Ultimate Rewards!” as these points made this great story possible. More on how to earn those at the bottom of this post. For now back

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Jet Airways Gifts Free Lifetime Flights For Baby Born Mid-Air

India’s Jet Airways wins “Most Creative Baby Gift for a newborn passenger. And, by “newborn passenger,” this little tike wins “Most Dramatic Entrance.” The BBC reports the baby boy was born on a flight from Saudi Arabia to India. Luckily for the baby and new mom, there was a nurse onboard who was able to assist the crew when the woman went into premature labor at 35,000 feet. The baby is healthy and was taken to a hospital when the

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Travel Guru Rick Steves Donates Apartment Complex To Homeless Women And Kids

You probably know Rick Steves for this European travel specials that run all over public television. While you’re watching him show you a quaint inn in Austria or walk a picturesque trail in France, you probably don’t realize that there is one generous heart who has his other passion—giving back. Steves long ago invested in a $4 million apartment complex back home in Washington state. He explains on his website, “One of my pet social causes has long been affordable

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Off-Duty Pilot Helps Out Overwhelmed Mother-Of-Four By Feeding Her Baby

Captain Tom Nystrom is not only a pilot for Finnair, he’s also a dad. As such, he knows you’re never really off-duty when you’re a parent. That’s why when he was flying off-duty as a pilot, he was more than happy to be an extra set of hands for an overwhelmed mom who was traveling alone with four young children on a flight most probably to the Helsinki Airport. One of the crew snapped a picture of Nystrom with a contented

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