British Airways – Destination not found

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British Airways Avios is my favorite award program for getting to the Caribbean from Miami due to it’s distance based awards.  To show you why, check out our prior post on booking award travel using British Airways. As you may already …

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Amazing landscapes of the Canary Islands

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Check out these pretty neat pictures from my four trips to Lanzarote, the northernmost of the Canary Islands. They’re a hidden gem! If you’d like to read more about the islands, you can find out a little more about my …

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Visiting the Canary Islands

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It’s been a little bit since the last time I visited the Canary Islands, but I have already been to them on four separate occasions. These islands are not necessarily a widely known tourist destination to U.S. travelers yet I …

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Memorial Day Weekend in Washington D.C.

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Last weekend we had the opportunity to visit Washington D.C. during the Memorial Day celebrations. We flew from MIA to DCA on AA by using the vouchers that my in-laws received in their trip to Spain last year, and we …

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Booking our AA flight – surprise, no taxes!

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A few weeks ago I told the story about the $2,400 worth of free AA vouchers that my in-laws received due to their delayed flight out of Madrid back into the U.S. They don’t travel a lot and the vouchers are only good …

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Finding low availability on AA – Part 2 The Stopover

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In part 1 of this series we showed you how to piece together a MileSAAver award from Honolulu to Miami even when a search for that route wasn’t showing a low mileage award.  If you haven’t already, check out part 1 of …

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Finding low award availability on AA – Part 1

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After our post about stopovers, our example stopover, and our continued use of American Airlines, we have received lots of questions about finding low award availability with AA. This post is a bit lengthy but I’ll try to take you step by step …

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AirTran availability with Southwest points

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You can now use your Southwest points to book flights with AirTran. Southwest and AirTran are in the process of merging, and for a while you couldn’t use Southwest points to book directly on AirTran. Since the merger process has …

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Getting to Las Vegas for free with British Airways Avios

A few days ago we flew to Sin City to enjoy the lights, the sounds and the shows of what the city has to offer. We saw the hotels, gambled a little, and saw a Cirque du Soleil show. To …

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Americans kidnapping threat in Machu Picchu – What do we do?

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A couple of months ago I wrote about the trip “I’m currently on” from Hawaii to Peru and how we plan to go see the ruins of Machu Picchu in a couple of months. Well, enter the U.S. State Department, which issued …

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