Garuda Indonesia First Class Review: Luxury In The Sky

Garuda Indonesia First Class Review: Luxury In The Sky

In December, Garuda Indonesia set the miles and points world on fire with a 90% off award sale. Initially, I thought this must have been a translation mistake and that Garuda Indonesia meant to discount award by 10% but, in fact, they really did mean 90% off.

The one caveat, you had to book in-person or over the phone. With exactly zero Garuda offices in the US that could confirm the booking and issue my ticket, my only shot was over the phone. Many bloggers reported that it had to be done in-person and even had other people visit a Garuda Indonesia office on their behalf.

I even wrote all about my efforts to prove them all wrong and get a ticket issued over the phone. Just 45 or so phone calls to make it happen.

The Complete Guide to RoomiPay: Pay Rent And Earn Tons Of Points

The Complete Guide to RoomiPay: Pay Rent And Earn Tons Of Points

For those who enjoy earning miles and points for award travel, it hurts to pay rent and not earn points, especially if you live in an expensive city—seriously, why am I still putting up with DC rent prices?

For the last couple of years, I've have been using Plastiq to pay rent with a credit card and eating the 2.5% processing fee. RadPad provided some competition but it's no longer an option. Fortunately for us, RoomiPay has just recently burst onto the scene to provide another option to pay rent with only a 2% processing fee.

Let's take a look at the process to pay rent with Roomi Pay and compare it Plastiq to see which is right for you.

9 Tips and Tricks to Start Traveling with Miles and Points

9 Tips and Tricks to Start Traveling with Miles and Points

A couple of things usually happen when people realize they can use miles and points to fly around the world. First, there is the excitement at the thought of all the possibilities. Maybe you’ll go to Hawaii... or Australia... or South Africa!

Then comes the next part. The overwhelmed feeling. This is totally understandable. But, why do we feel this way?

Where does one begin? No, seriously. There is so much information out there and tons of loyalty programs that can help you earn miles and points to travel that it can be totally overwhelming.

Take a deep breath. Slow down. 

To help you navigate the miles and points world confidently, I’ve put together 9 tips and tricks to keep in mind while you learn more about this world. With these in hand, you’ll set yourself up for some amazing travel and leave the headaches behind.

A Morning In The President's Helicopter: A Behind The Scenes Look

A Morning In The President's Helicopter: A Behind The Scenes Look

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to President? To have your own helicopter - Marine One - take you wherever you need (or want) to go?

I know I have. How nice it must be to skip right by traffic jams and take a chopper wherever you need to go.

Needless to say, I was stoked to take a tour of Marine One a couple weeks ago and see how the President travels.

Hacking the "Catch Me If You Can" Challenge for an Upgrade

Hacking the "Catch Me If You Can" Challenge for an Upgrade

Last month, Gilbert Ott of God Save The Points announced his “Catch Me If You Can” challenge to much fanfare. (Full disclosure: Gilbert is a good friend of mine and he told me about this fantastic idea he had several days before he launched the challenge)

Do you mess with your friends when they do something cool? I certainly wasn’t going to pass up this opportunity. As a flying enthusiast, I thought about how I might be able to figure out where he would be going, on what airline, and what flight number. It seemed like a tall order.

Earn Status Or Max Miles From Your Flight: The ANA Business Class Deal

Earn Status Or Max Miles From Your Flight: The ANA Business Class Deal

On Saturday, I talked about booking a business class ticket on All Nippon Airways (ANA) for $675 roundtrip. This fare popped up and was gone within a few hours. For the lucky few of us who actually managed to find dates that worked and completed a booking, we must now figure out where to credit the miles we earn for the flights.

Usually, I'm focused on how to use credit cards to my advantage to earn miles and points since it is often the most cost-effective way to do so. However, if you book a cash ticket on a domestic or international flight, you want to make sure you credit the miles to a frequent flyer program you'll use.