American Airlines / Award travel / banking

Why I No Longer Collect American Airlines Miles

Useless AAdvantage Miles

I no longer try to amass American Airlines AAdvantage miles from credit card sign ups and BankDirect checking accounts.  Award availability on American and its partners has been so scarce recently that I haven’t made any AAdvantage mile redemptions this year!

Airport Lounges / American Airlines / Award travel / etc.

Use Airline Miles or Pay Cash? How We Decide

George Clooney Should I Use Miles or Pay Cash

Our family took numerous flights this spring.  In each case we had to decide whether we would redeem airline miles or pay cash for tickets.  In most cases, we used miles if we could get a valuation of at least 1.5¢ per mile for our airline miles.

Award travel / Cruising / Royal Caribbean / etc.

Redux–Case Study–Cruising for $39/night! Finding it and getting there

While I’m on vacation, I’ve scheduled a few of my more popular posts to appear.  Right now I’m on a cruise in the Mediterranean that I found using the techniques enumerated here.  I’ll be doing a cruise review when I return! As I am looking on the Vacations To Go website for cheap cruises, this is the kind of pricing that attracts my attention! (See my post http://www.plane2port.com/cheap-cruise-clinic-part-1/ on how to search for cruises for price per night). I am going to use this $39/night cruise to show you some of the steps in how to make this cruise happen! 

American Airlines / Award travel / Cruising / etc.

Case Study–Cruising for $39/night! Finding it and getting there

As I am looking on the Vacations To Go website for cheap cruises, this is the kind of pricing that attracts my attention! (See my post http://www.plane2port.com/cheap-cruise-clinic-part-1/ on how to search for cruises for price per night). I am going to use this $39/night cruise to show you some of the steps in how to make this cruise happen!  I did the research for this cruise back in February, so the example shows a cruise from April of this year. The process still works, however! Here are the particulars on this $39/night cruise on the VTG website. Yes, this looks

American Airlines / Cruising / Delta / etc.

7-night Med Cruise for $386–Booked!

Mediterranean cruise

I spend way too much time looking at cruise itineraries, but when I see something like this I just have to investigate.  This post is about how I found and booked our next Mediterranean cruise for $386! The extremely low price on this Royal Caribbean Mediterranean cruise is what initially caught my eye.  I am eligible for the interline rate, which is a special rate for airline employees and their families.  I will discuss interline rates in a future post.  But as you can see, the regular rate for an inside cabin is only $42 more than the interline

American Airlines / Award travel / Cruising / etc.

Planning a Greek Island-Hopping Itinerary with Rome2Rio

We are going back to Greece next month.  We visited Crete in during Christmas vacation this last year (Perils and Pleasures of Off-season Travel-Crete) and enjoyed it so much that we vowed to return to the Greek Islands very soon.  When American Airlines briefly increased award availability to Europe in First Class, we snapped up two seats in Envoy Class on US Airways from Atlanta to Athens ( First Class Award on AA). We planned to visit the Northern Aegean Islands which apparently are not as touristy as the southern Greek Islands, like Mykonos and Santorini.  Often the first place

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Catalyst to trip planning–1st Class Award Availability on AA

In January, I was doing my morning travel blog reading, and happened to read a post by Miles4More–Wide-open award space to Europe, including summer business class seats! (http://saverocity.com/miles4more/europe-aa-miles/).  I clicked through and sure enough there was availability to several cities in first class on US Airways with no surcharges! We had just gotten back from Crete, and the weather was horrendous there, with record-breaking snow and cold. We loved the food, wine, and antiquities there, and we wanted to go back to Greece when it was warmer, but we wanted to go to some different islands. I decided to