Cheapest Miles To Hawaii

Written by Drew Macomber @ Travel is Free

Continuing my reborn “cheapest miles” series is the cheapest miles to Hawaii post where I’ll list all the best airline miles deals to Hawaii, and break down some of the best options. There are tons of great Hawaii deals! There are 11,500 mile flights to Hawaii from the majority of the country, 27,500 business class […]

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Why To Consider Chasing Copa Airline’s Status

Written by Drew Macomber @ Travel is Free

Copa Airlines has a tight relationship with United (whom I believe owns 51% of Copa) and has cloned a lot of United’s program, like its award chart. I realized that Copa upgrades work on United airlines, which made me look into the rewards program further. With 6 global upgrades and 6 regional upgrades that work […]

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TBT: The Decline Of FlyerTalk

Written by Drew Macomber @ Travel is Free

This week’s Throw Back Thursday is about the decline of the once single most important site for miles and points collectors. It was not only a place to get information, but a community. FlyerTalk was the center of the miles and points universe. However, it was bought by a company that purposely neglects its websites […]

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Devil’s Advocate Unmasked and Podcasted [TIF Ep 7]

Written by Drew Macomber @ Travel is Free

Julian Kheel, the artist formerly known as “The Devil’s Advocate”, joins the podcast this week. Greg, the artist still know as “The Frequent Miler”, also joins, which is extra interesting because The Devil’s Advocate wrote “Bet You Didn’t Know” on Frequent Miler until he quit to take an offer at TPG… which we discuss. Mostly […]

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Best Places To See Wildlife In Yellowstone National Park (& Things To Do)

Written by Drew Macomber @ Travel is Free

We went back to Yellowstone National Park last summer because I love wildlife, however, I have a few opinions on general things to do. My experience of Yellowstone is a lot like Bali. I get people who say they didn’t love Yellowstone and I quickly inquire about where they went only to discover we were […]

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All-Inclusive Hotels Using Points

Written by Drew Macomber @ Travel is Free

Redone: June 3, 2019 As someone obsessed with free things and food, you’d think I’d love all-inclusives that are bookable with points… I’ve become disgruntled by the hit-miss experience (mostly miss). In fact it’s my love of food that has me avoiding cheap all-inclusives at all cost. I can’t last two meals at most all-inclusives. […]

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Most Valuable Hyatt Hotel Redemptions [A Data-Driven Look]

Written by Drew Macomber @ Travel is Free

I put together a tool for finding the cash rate for each Hyatt hotel (and partners) to find the Hyatt hotels’ best points to cash value, the most expensive Hyatt hotels, best category 4 Hyatts (for the free night) and the average points rate. This ended up being especially valuable to me since I was […]

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Why Amex MR Is Best & LifeMiles Loopholes [Ep 6 of TIF Podcast]

Written by Drew Macomber @ Travel is Free

Nick Reyes of Frequent Miler joins the podcast this week. And substituting for Dave as co-host is Greg, THE Frequent Miler. Right away Nick comes out saying why American Express MR points are better than Chase UR points. I actually think it’s an easy sell, since Amex has way more partners and Chase only has […]

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How To Find Cheap Repositioning Cruises

Written by Drew Macomber @ Travel is Free

A while ago I saw a sale for a $149 (pp) cruise from the Mediterranean to the US, and it peaked my interest in finding repositioning cruise deals. Essentially, a repositioning cruise is often a discounted cruise that is a oneway instead of a roundtrip because the cruise line is transitioning the ship to a […]

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My Friend, Seth, Is A Terrible Travel Companion

Written by Drew Macomber @ Travel is Free

My friend Seth is sincerely among the nicest people on earth. However, he’s a terrible travel companion. Unbeknownst to him, I took photographic evidence to prove just how bad Seth is. It seems to be correlated with transit itself. Otherwise, he’s a great travel buddy, up for an adventure… But as you’ll see, when it […]

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TIF Podcast with Greg, The Frequent Milers

Written by Drew Macomber @ Travel is Free

This week Dave and I had Greg from Frequent Miler join us on the podcast, where he initially says we aren’t discussing MS… But then immediately talks about how what’s happening with Ebates is the most exciting thing since Redbird. How To Listen Available on: travelisfree.com/podcast – just listen below Apple Podcast Google Play Google Podcast Spotify […]

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Drew’s Guide To Full-Time Travel

Written by Drew Macomber @ Travel is Free

I’ve written a lot about our personal experiences of full-time travel, but when thinking about what my strategy would be today, I realized that, of all the “guides” I’ve written, I’ve never written one for full-time travel specifically. For years we traveled full-time and publicly published our expenses, adding monthly and yearly recaps as well. […]

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Promo: 25,000 Choice Points for 3 Night Stay (in US)

Written by Drew Macomber @ Travel is Free

If you need a 3+ night stay this summer, consider this promotion to earn 25,000 Choice Points. 25,000 Choice points is enough for 1 night at a nice hotel, or multiple nights at a decent hotel. There are hotels in Norway that are $200+ a night or 16,000 points. Find the promotion link here. Rules […]

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List Of Airline Miles Stopover Rules

Written by Drew Macomber @ Travel is Free

I first posted a “list of stopover rules” 6 or 7 years ago, and recently realized how out of date the list was (it included US Airways). Today I’m posting an updated list, but below I also include more details from the terms and conditions. (Note that this is completely different that the List of […]

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A Data-Driven Look At Delta SkyMiles

Written by Drew Macomber @ Travel is Free

In the process of making the Delta Miles Calculator and Delta Miles Award Chart, I learned a lot about Delta and their program. I thought it would be great to do a post on data and stats that went into creating the Calculator and Award Chart. How often are awards available? Which types of awards […]

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TIF Podcast Ep 4: Gary Leff of ViewFromTheWing

Written by Drew Macomber @ Travel is Free

Gary Leff, author of ViewFromTheWing.com joins Dave and I on the podcast this week. There are two notable things about Gary. 1) He was basically the first miles and points blogger, and began in 2002! As I discuss, much of the style of many miles/points blogs have been adapted from him. 2) I find that […]

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A Guide To Earning IHG Points

Written by Drew Macomber @ Travel is Free

I’ve recently written a number of posts about earning IHG points, and since it was such a big part of us living in luxury hotels for $600 to $700 a month, I wanted to do a single post on all the ways to earn IHG points. Every IHG points earning strategy in one place. I’ll discuss […]

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