Episode Description

Dave Grossman from MilesTalk walks on in to discuss some of his favorite travel experiences including the Maldives and Australia. We then discuss frequent flyer arbitrage: how to use one airline’s miles to fly on another. Dave shares some great examples of partner bookings that provide great value.

In Final Boarding Call, we discuss Dave’s miles and points earning strategies, an ANA sweet spot on the award chart, and muse a bit on Travel Fanboy’s credit card draft (in which we both participated).

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Episode Notes

2:18 – Who is Dave?

7:25 – Is the Maldives worth it? (W Maldives review)

10:24 – Dave’s family and who he travels with

13:08 – More on the Maldives, how to get there, why it’s great, etc.

19:44 – Australia trip and a new relationship test (Qantas First Class review)

27:23 – Frequent flyer arbitrage and examples of good partner award bookings (Lifemiles, what you need to know)

42:36 – Some MilesTalk talk

48:30 – How Dave earns miles, especially from American Express. Are banks waging war on us? (Patreon only)

58:45 – A great ANA miles award sweet spot (Patreon only)

1:02:52 – Credit card draft analysis, how it prepares us for shutdowns (Patreon only)

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Music: “Ten Hundred Years” by Poly Action, “Feet Gone Soft” by Monplaisir, and “Feet Gone Wild” by Monplaisir