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6 Ways to Get Around a Lack of Airline Award Space

Etihad Airways Business Class Seat 1K on the 777-200 San Francisco to Abu Dhabi

One of the biggest challenges with collecting airline miles and points is redeeming them. Airlines intentionally make it difficult for people to redeem miles. Never did that become more clear to me than during a recent visit to the dentist.… Continue Reading

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4 Cheap Ways to Fly Business Class From New York to Dubai Using Miles

Qatar Airways A350 New Business Class Seat

Reader Khalid is new to this hobby and wants to book a business class ticket from New York to Dubai using airline miles. His preference is to fly one of the big three Middle Eastern carriers (Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways). Furthermore,… Continue Reading

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How Club1 Hotels Saved Me Almost $1,300 at the Nizuc Resort in Cancun

Nizuc Hotel and Spa Cancun Exterior Beach

It was Mother’s Day and one week before I was supposed to start a new job. I needed a vacation and a Mother’s Day gift, so I decide to travel someplace and bring my mom along. My plan to travel… Continue Reading

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Etihad Business Class Review: San Francisco to Abu Dhabi and Jeddah

Etihad Airways Business Class Seat 1K on the 777-200 San Francisco to Abu Dhabi

In December, a ton of Etihad business class seats became available from San Francisco to Jeddah, just in time for my Umrah trip. Etihad has a great business class product, but I was really just relieved to be able to… Continue Reading

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How to Book Umrah Travel With Points and Miles

Kaaba Masjid al-Haram and Clock Tower in Mecca

Back in December, I booked a trip to Mecca and Medina to perform Umrah with my family. For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, Umrah is the “lesser” pilgrimage Muslims make to Mecca. It’s much less rigorous and there are… Continue Reading