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9 Website for Fliers

Informative and Interesting Websites for Fliers

best air traveler websitesFor me, the worst part of traveling is flying. Travelers are always looking for ways to make air travel more affordable and less unbearable.  In today's blog post, The Traveling Professor has researched 9 websites to help the traveler understand what's going on in the airline industry, save money, make flying more comfortable, redeem and spend award miles and points. Check it out and have a great flight!

Thursday, March 01, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (487)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.4
Categories: Save on Airfare

When to Use Award Miles Instead of Points

Tips for Making the Most of Award Miles

best way to use award milesWith airlines devaluing their award miles programs lately, award miles are becoming less and less valuable. In most situations, travelers get a better value by using travel points instead of award miles. However, the savvy traveler can find ways to get the best value out of their award miles program by following the tips presented here by The Traveling Professor.

Monday, August 07, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (453)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Save on Airfare

3 Basic Tips for Booking International Flights with Miles

3 Basic and Useful Tips for Using Award Miles on International Flights

Tips for Redeeming Award MilesAirline award miles keep getting devalued.  Less and less seats are available with award miles. The number of miles required to book a seat keep going up. Fees for booking with award miles seem to be on the rise too.  However, there are situations where award miles can be used to the traveler's advantage.  In this blog post, The Traveling Professor gives you his basic tips for booking international flight with award miles.

Friday, July 21, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1184)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.8
Categories: Save on Airfare

4 Tips for Buying Airline Tickets Using Award Miles

Do It the Right Way to Save Money and Hassles

tips for using award miles for flightsThe Traveling Professor has earned over 1,600,000 award miles on American Airlines and OneWorld airlines.   I have used over 1,300,000 and in the process, have learned the right and the wrong way of using those miles.   Take advantage of my experience and read what I have to say about getting airline tickets using award miles.

Saturday, July 30, 2016/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1158)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
Categories: Travel Tips

Finding Award Flights - The Easier Way

Use This Tip to Find OneWorld Award Flights

Airline Award Miles Easy Way to RedeemA big complaint The Traveling Professor always hears is that it can be very difficult to redeem accrued award miles for flights.  I agree that airlines do conspire for us to redeem those awards.  For instance, when traveling from North America to Europe, American Airlines seems to want to route you through London as much as they can.   I feel the reason for this is because taxes and fees going through London are so high, it discourages people from redeeming miles when a purchased ticket does not cost a significant amount more.  And of course, the big problem is that flights are simply not available.  However, I have discovered a tool on American Airline's site that makes it easier (not necessarily easy) to find award flights.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1466)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Travel Tips
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3 Elegant Lunch Spots in Paris

small group tours to ParisWe just completed 2 small group tours to Paris.  Each group had 7 travelers and we completed our "Paris Beyond the Eiffel Tower Tour".  Our guide, the well-known Michael Osman, took us past the typical tourist destinations of Paris and opened our eyes to lesser-known but wonderful sites like the Musée Jacquemart-André, Musée Nissim de Camondo, Parc Monceau, a walk through the passages of Paris, and the Musée National Eugène-Delacroix.  An important part of each day on our small group tours of Paris was lunch.  In today's blog post I will point out 3 bargain lunches in Paris, 2 of them at some of the most elegant locations to be found.

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What to See and Do in Madrid

small group tours to spainAfter completing almost 3 weeks with his small group tours in Paris and the Normandy Invasion Beaches, The Professor headed to Spain for 3 days of rest and relaxation.  Madrid was surprisingly cool at this time of the year which made exploring comfortable. Check out what The Traveling Professor did on his short stay in the charming city of Madrid.

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Normandy Invasion Beaches Tour

Normandy Invasion Beaches TourToday is the 74th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion.  The Traveling Professor just completed a small group tour to the Normandy Invasion Beaches with 12 travelers.  There are quite a few ways to do a tour of the Normandy Invasion Beaches.  Some people do it as a one-day big bus tour from Paris, some people do a self-drive tour, some people hire a private guide.  Then, there is the issue of how many days to spend on the beaches and where to stay.  The Professor gives his opinion on all of this with today's blog post on how to do a D Day tour of the Normandy Invasion Beaches.

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4 Off the Radar Cities to Visit in Northern Italy

small group tours to italyEveryone wants to see Rome, Florence and Venice.  And why not?  They should be seen.  However, the larger cities of Italy are expensive and full of tourists, trinket shops, ordinary restaurants, and standard chain hotels.  Why not relax and visit the REAL Italy on your next trip? Enjoy the tastes and culture of smaller authentic cities. Avoid the crowds and long lines, eat real Italian food, see amazing sites, and stay at outstanding hotels all less expensively than can be done in the large cities.

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