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American Express to Delta, Answered by The Penny Pincher on April 19, 2007
I know you can transfer American Express points to Delta Skymiles point, but can you do the opposite - transfer Skymiles to AmEx points? Thanks for your time.... [Read on]

Maui Condo for miles, Answered by The Penny Pincher on April 19, 2007
Joel, We have a condo on Maui, and want to trade time in the condo for Mileage Plus miles, so we can fly over for free. Do you know how we could go about making this happen - where to... [Read on]

Helpful hints on FFP's, Answered by The Penny Pincher on April 19, 2007
Hi there.... You wrote a nice article about the frequent flyer programs and how accessibility may become easier. I hope so. I have been trying to get 2 first class seats from Ft Lauderdale, FL to Australia using Continental/Qantas for... [Read on]

Expiring points, Answered by The Penny Pincher on April 19, 2007
I love your website and your articles -- thanks! Question: I generally travel a "fair" amount -- approx 75-100K miles per year (to me, that's a fair amount). Over time, I've saved up (and used) a lot of FF miles... [Read on]

Expiring points, Answered by The Penny Pincher on April 19, 2007
I love your website and your articles -- thanks! Question: I generally travel a "fair" amount -- approx 75-100K miles per year (to me, that's a fair amount). Over time, I've saved up (and used) a lot of FF miles... [Read on]

Missing credit card points, Answered by The Penny Pincher on April 19, 2007
I'm a frequent flyer with USAirways. I recently applied for, received and used a Bank of America USAirways credit card. (In Jan. I should have received 20,000 points). Unfortunately, none of my points have posted, with each company saying it... [Read on]

Miles for Thailand, Answered by The Penny Pincher on April 19, 2007
I'm planning a trip to Thailand and would love to fly there direct with Thai Air. I have 60k miles with AA and my boyfriend has 200k miles with Delta. Is there any way I can use Delta miles for... [Read on]

Trying to use miles, Answered by The Penny Pincher on April 19, 2007
Yesterday, I tried to get two tickets - for myself and my 12 year old son - on Delta to fly from Washington to Denver with my 50,000 miles June 22. Even though the plane was more than half empty,... [Read on]

Travel to Europe, Answered by The Penny Pincher on April 19, 2007
I usually travel to Europe every year, or at least once every two years, and I am finding it impossible to obtain frequent flyer upgrades this year. I am wiling to pay the "full cost coach" to upgrade and haven't... [Read on]

Flying after a 9-11 loss, Answered by The Penny Pincher on December 13, 2006
Dear Joel: I have had a fear of flying since my husband was killed in the North Tower of the WTC on 9/11. I am not afraid of flying, but of people who "look" like terrorists. I know that this... [Read on]

Using partner airlines, Answered by The Penny Pincher on December 13, 2006
I recently booked a 6,000 mile multicity trip through Orbitz - of the seven segments, six are on Delta. My primary loyalty program is with Alaska, a Delta partner. What (if anything) can I do to have the miles I... [Read on]

Loyalty counts, Answered by The Penny Pincher on December 13, 2006
I am travelling to Istanbul with my wife from Toronto with Lufthansa. Any possibilities they could upgrade me to business class?... [Read on]

Time for a professional, Answered by The Penny Pincher on December 13, 2006
Hi, I am planning a trip to India with 1 stopover, following are the details. Can you let me know the total cost? If possible do provide the Cost per ticket in each three options with taxes and every other... [Read on]

Air or hotel points?, Answered by The Penny Pincher on December 13, 2006
I have a job that requires extensive travel throughout the year (70+ nights per year). My employer pays for all of my airfare, and thus does not allow me to accumulate/keep air miles for my own personal use. Therefore, I... [Read on]

Giving Relatives Miles, Answered by The Penny Pincher on November 08, 2006
Can I transfer my miles to a relative's account? George... [Read on]

When to Call Airlines, Answered by The Penny Pincher on November 08, 2006
Is there a time to call airlines when one can expect to be quoted cheaper fares? Buddy... [Read on]

Passport Requirements, Answered by The Penny Pincher on November 08, 2006
Hi Joel, I read your article you wrote in June regarding some countries requiring that your passport not expire for at least 6 months before allowing entry into their country. Does Mexico have any requirement like that? Thank you, Craig... [Read on]

Last Minute Travel, Answered by The Penny Pincher on February 25, 2006
What is the best site to go to for good deals on last minute travel? Specifically, AVL to AUS or SAT. Thank you so much! Sherry... [Read on]

Foreign Plugs and Adapters, Answered by The Penny Pincher on February 02, 2006
Joel, I have a camcorder that needs to recharge the battery. Going to France do I have to get an adapter? Stan... [Read on]

The Best Credit Card Mileage Program, Answered by The Penny Pincher on February 02, 2006
Joel, Which credit card mileage point program do you consider to be the best? Thanks for your time and wisdom! Jes... [Read on]

Transferring Credit Card Miles, Answered by The Penny Pincher on February 02, 2006
Dear Joel, Can I transfer miles from an Emirates card to either BA or a United card? Best. Thanks. Jim... [Read on]

Transferring Mileage, Answered by The Penny Pincher on February 02, 2006
My son is in Iraq for his second tour, I have a friend who wants to donate some of his frequent flyer miles to me and my husband so we can go see him when he flies home. We don't... [Read on]

Basic Travel under Special Circumstances, Answered by The Penny Pincher on February 02, 2006
Dear Joel, I am a military wife looking to visit my husband who is stationed at Yuma Sir Station in Arizona. I want to leave February 9, PM, and return February 12 whenever. My husband will be deployed February 14th... [Read on]

Extended Time Limits, Answered by The Penny Pincher on February 02, 2006
Dear Joel, Do you have any creative solutions to the 331 days in advance when booking a ticket with the return greater than this time? We use our Delta FF miles to book a ticket that the return extends the... [Read on]

South African Honeymoon, Answered by The Penny Pincher on January 03, 2006
Hi Joel, I really enjoy your articles and commentary, and your book is top of my reading list for an upcoming trip to Africa, which is the subject of my question. My fiance and I are traveling to South Africa... [Read on]

MBNA College Mastercard, Answered by The Penny Pincher on January 03, 2006
Hello I have an MBNA College Mastercard (University of Puerto Rico Ex-Alumni Association) and was wondering if it offers auto rental insurance. Thanks. Al... [Read on]

Round Trip to Istanbul, Answered by The Penny Pincher on January 03, 2006
I have over 80,000 sky miles with Delta. My husband and I will be flying from LAX to Istanbul, Turkey. We wanted to fly business class for the 20-hour trip. Delta informs us we barely have enough miles for one... [Read on]

Australia in the Spring, Answered by The Penny Pincher on January 03, 2006
I will be traveling to Australia this spring with a companion. Between us, we have tons of miles on American, United, and US Air. Can any of these be used to upgrade on Qantas to business class? Or, failing that... [Read on]

Air Bus A340-300, Answered by The Penny Pincher on January 03, 2006
Aboard Air Bus A340-300 are aisle seats F or G?... [Read on]

Renting a Car, Answered by The Penny Pincher on January 03, 2006
I live in the Bahamas and I have rented from Dollar rent a car for years. I have always made my reservations via a travel agent and have never received any discounts during the years I have rented. Perhaps on... [Read on]

KLM/Air France, Answered by The Penny Pincher on January 03, 2006
Dear Joel, I have earned many air miles with KLM / Air France. What is the best way to spend them? I travel frequently to China on company business, and am simply getting more and more miles. Do you loose... [Read on]

Christmas Gift, Answered by The Penny Pincher on January 03, 2006
If I fly at Christmas will I have to unwrap my Christmas gifts for inspection?... [Read on]

Contact the Manager, Answered by The Penny Pincher on October 27, 2005
Hello, Is it ever advisable to contact the hotel in advance either via email or by phone to request an upgrade or is it best to do it upon arrival and what is the best way to handle it? By... [Read on]

Should I fly?, Answered by The Penny Pincher on October 27, 2005
Mr. Widzer, My wife and I have confirmed first class tickets flying with Continental leaving on January 7 from Cleveland through Houston and on to Acapulco returning same route on January 21st. My concern is with all that is going... [Read on]

Elite Upgrade, Answered by The Penny Pincher on October 23, 2005
Hi Joel, I just started reading your Penny Pincher's book and decided I'd give some of the techniques a try since they sounded so great. I have 17,666 FF miles on NWA (accumulated over the last 2 years). I don't... [Read on]

The Best Luggage, Answered by The Penny Pincher on October 23, 2005
Hello, my name is Deb, and I am moving to Mexico, so that means I have a lot of clothes to take. I am studying abroad for 5 to 7 years, and I was wondering , if you can give... [Read on]

Upgrading Traveling Companions, Answered by The Penny Pincher on October 23, 2005
First of all, I want to say how fascinating I have found your articles. I hopped online today intending to be here for a few minutes, and have been here a few hours, mostly because you reminded me that I... [Read on]

A Seat Next to Husband, Answered by The Penny Pincher on October 23, 2005
I just started reading your column and am quite excited about the tips you have to offer. I also have a question with which you may be able to help me out. I recently decided to tag along with my... [Read on]

AA Lifetime Membership, Answered by The Penny Pincher on October 23, 2005
AA is offering senior lifetime membership in their club for $2500. Would you comment on the airline clubs and their amenities, etc. Thanks. John... [Read on]

From Iraq to Hawaii, Answered by The Penny Pincher on October 20, 2005
Sir, I am a service member who has just returned from a tour in Iraq. I am trying to plan a 7-day vacation with my wife in Oahu, Hawaii (I thought we would go to Oahu because of the social... [Read on]

A Wonderful Book, Answered by The Penny Pincher on October 20, 2005
Good day, Mr. Widzer. I am Dr. Stanislav Moline. First of all thank you for writing wonderful book, "The Penny Pincher's Passport to Luxury Travel." Your advice has helped my family to enjoy travel. I am writing today to express... [Read on]

Finding a Seat, Answered by The Penny Pincher on August 18, 2005
Hello Joel: Can you tell me if LOT has a seat locator on its web site? I have a ticket to fly to Poland on Sept. 7 but I wanted a window seat which wasn't available earlier. I can't seem... [Read on]

Large Person, Answered by The Penny Pincher on August 18, 2005
I am going to Egypt with a group in September. I am a large person and would like to know how to get a spare seat beside me or at the very least the best one for me. Do you... [Read on]

Writing Letters, Answered by The Penny Pincher on August 15, 2005
Hi Joel, I read your article today, “How to Get the Service You Deserve,” and want to thank you for it. My father passed away two weeks ago today and it reminded me that I need to send a thank-you... [Read on]

Denial, Answered by The Penny Pincher on August 15, 2005
Dear Joel, I just read your article and I want you to know that I had a terrible experience at the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna. I had gone there to check out the hotel for my sister's wedding without calling anyone... [Read on]

Mock-Booking, Answered by The Penny Pincher on July 27, 2005
I read your article about mock-booking first to see if you have a chance at getting the upgrade, why not book a full fare, fully refundable seat in first class, then just let it expire? I know this does not... [Read on]

Eye-Opening, Answered by The Penny Pincher on June 18, 2005
Mr. Widzer, I just wanted to take a moment to let you know that your Passport to Luxury Travel book has completely changed my outlook on travel. Thanks to your advice, I will be earning Platinum level status in just... [Read on]

The Right Start, Answered by The Penny Pincher on May 30, 2005
Hi Joel! I just discovered you and your column, "Five Contrarian Travel Tactics" for MSNBC, and I appreciate your travel savvy. I am going to be traveling more and more these days and I realize I need a strategy. I... [Read on]

Pretty Old Coins, Answered by The Penny Pincher on May 28, 2005
Joel, I happened upon your contrarian travel tactics article and enjoyed it very much. This question is off that topic but I couldn't find a place to ask so I'm hoping you can help. I'll be traveling to see my... [Read on]

Any Upgrade Strategies?, Answered by The Penny Pincher on May 28, 2005
I read your book "Penny Pinchers Passport" and need your help on an upcoming trip. I understand that it is important to build up loyalty and a track record before I request favors but I am scheduled to fly Cathay... [Read on]

Making Sense, Answered by The Penny Pincher on May 28, 2005
Hi Mr. Widzer, I am currently reading your new edition of The Penny Pincher’s Passport to Luxury Travel and am enjoying it greatly. My husband and I love to travel, but with four children ages 10 and under we don’t... [Read on]

Helpful Tips, Answered by The Penny Pincher on May 28, 2005
Hello Joel, Thanks for many good tips on this site. Bard... [Read on]

College Credit Card, Answered by The Penny Pincher on May 28, 2005
Hi, I am a recent college graduate looking to acquire a card for air miles. This is almost solely for the miles, so I'd like a card that gives the most miles and perhaps has double/triple point capability. I am... [Read on]

Las Vegas Hotels, Answered by The Penny Pincher on May 28, 2005
My husband and I recently stayed at the Venetian in Las Vegas. I was really excited to be staying there because it looked wonderful. We couldn't check in right away, so we went to the concierge to book dinner reservations... [Read on]

Community Service, Answered by The Penny Pincher on May 28, 2005
My daughter, a college student, will be flying to India for a community service project in May on Virgin Atlantic and then Sri Lanka Airlines. Are these airlines affiliated with the frequent flier program of any American Airline (A/A, Delta,... [Read on]

On the Right Track, Answered by The Penny Pincher on May 28, 2005
Joel, I saw your post on a forum website. I also recently purchased your book as I will be doing quite a bit of travel in my new job. I have been loyal to AA since 1995 and have accumulated... [Read on]

Package Pricing, Answered by The Penny Pincher on May 28, 2005
Joel, I recently finished your book and am looking forward to trying the strategies on an upcoming trip to Portugal, but I had two questions that I was hoping you would be willing to shed some light on. First, I've... [Read on]

Loyal Success, Answered by The Penny Pincher on May 28, 2005
Joel, I appreciate your response and advice. I do understand that normally it would not be desirable to spend the cost of a paid first or upper class ticket, but the overriding lesson that I derive from your book is... [Read on]

Upgrade Coaching, Answered by The Penny Pincher on May 28, 2005
Hi Joel, I just finished reading your article about getting upgrades and I am in awe of you and very skeptical. I fly Delta simply because they are a primary travel partner for AMEX and I have a ton of... [Read on]

Flights to Tel Aviv on Continenta, Answered by The Penny Pincher on May 28, 2005
Any hints on getting upgradeable coach tickets on this nonstop, Newark to Tel Aviv, flight? We use our NWA mileage for upgrades. Plan to travel next in Oct/Nov 2005. Thanks, Carolyn... [Read on]

Special Upgrade, Answered by The Penny Pincher on April 13, 2005
Dear Joel You may possibly recall that we have corresponded in the past when I purchased your book. Unless I missed something, your book was essentially about ways to develop airline loyalty that can be leveraged into paying economy rates... [Read on]

Getting a Good Seat, Answered by The Penny Pincher on April 13, 2005
My husband and I have been loyal credit card holders of the AA Visa for a number of years. Our jobs do not involve much travel (I am a school counselor and he is a project manager for a public... [Read on]

Upgrade Low-Down, Answered by The Penny Pincher on March 05, 2005
Hello, I liked your article on Elite status, but I have a question or two. With elite status with Delta, do you get free upgrades, or do you just get the right to get an upgrade? And if you pay... [Read on]

Contrarian Thinking, Answered by The Penny Pincher on February 20, 2005
Hi Joel, I enjoy the way you present things in travel and have learned a lot from you, even though I myself have been a United 1K for about ten years. The one area worth stressing when you talk about... [Read on]

Bulkhead Blues, Answered by The Penny Pincher on February 20, 2005
Joel, We have faithfully and LOYALLY flown Continental for years, and though my husband usually easily makes platinum elite and I do all I can to see that I make gold elite, they still give the bulkhead seats to parents... [Read on]

Willing Your Miles, Answered by The Penny Pincher on January 17, 2005
I have a friend who is dying. Can she put her unused air miles in her will? How? Carolena... [Read on]

Fun for All, Answered by The Penny Pincher on January 17, 2005
My husband and I would like to take a vacation this summer with our 15-month-old son. Where would you suggest going? We would like for him to enjoy the vacation as well as us.... [Read on]

Strategic Planning, Answered by The Penny Pincher on January 17, 2005
Enjoyed your latest book. Yours truly is an extremely INFREQUENT flyer who enjoys top drawer accommodations, and I intend to visit Florida next spring—I usually make my reservations WELL in advance. For air, will be utilizing my A/A air miles.... [Read on]

Confusing Mileage Rule, Answered by The Penny Pincher on November 29, 2004
I am a member of Aer Lingus gold circle club. Probably the worst frequent flyer program in the world but as I live in Ireland I have little choice. My wife is booked on an Aer Lingus operated flight from... [Read on]

First-Class Planning, Answered by The Penny Pincher on November 19, 2004
Hi, I will be travelling to Sri Lanka next September with Sri Lankan airlines for my honeymoon and wondered what the chances are of an upgrade to business class. What is the best approach to obtain upgrades? Regards, Steve... [Read on]

Overseas Credit, Answered by The Penny Pincher on November 05, 2004
Hi Joel, This question relates to a previously asked question. We plan to go to New Zealand for 30 days in March/April and will be renting a Veh. They accept MASTERCARD as payment but will my MASTERCARD cover the insurance... [Read on]

Who Will Give Me an Upgrade, Answered by The Penny Pincher on October 28, 2004
Joel, Great site. I had a question. I will be traveling to South Africa via Paris with Air France in December over Christmas. I was obviously looking to try to get an upgrade. Would it be worth contacting Air France... [Read on]

Medical Emergencies, Answered by The Penny Pincher on October 28, 2004
Recently in the National Geographic Traveler magazine there was a reference to Medjet Assistance. I have reviewed their web site but would like some feedback as to their reputation, etc. Thank you. Art... [Read on]

Elite Transfer, Answered by The Penny Pincher on October 28, 2004
I enjoyed your article, Deceptively Worthless Miles, and was curious how you were able to get Alaska Airlines MVP-Gold membership? Did you just ask or need to tell them you were another airlines' elite member to get them to match... [Read on]

Credit Card Miles, Answered by The Penny Pincher on October 28, 2004
Dear Joel, I read about your "conquests" of the airline industry with great admiration. I am stuck in a rather uncommon spot, and would truly value your advice. I am a member of Singapore Airlines' Krisflyer FFP, and have around... [Read on]

Deep Discounts, Answered by The Penny Pincher on October 28, 2004
Can you tell me which FF programs credit 100% of miles flown on the deep discount tickets (U, V, etc.) towards elite status? Skymiles, my present program, only credited 50% of my miles flown, so although I flew over 25,000... [Read on]

A Good Deed, Answered by The Penny Pincher on October 05, 2004
My husband and I are traveling from Seattle to Accra, Ghana this week on reduced economy seats from British Airways. We are making this trip to visit African missionaries in an official capacity for our church (obviously, a non-profit institution.)... [Read on]

Seven to South America, Answered by The Penny Pincher on October 05, 2004
Although I have not read your book, I do know many people who have and have given me advice about having a better flying experience. However, I do have a question. In a few weeks I will be traveling with... [Read on]

Consolidating Miles, Answered by The Penny Pincher on September 27, 2004
I have miles in both NW Airlines World Perks programs & Delta's Skymiles program. Can I combine the two miles? Tuhin... [Read on]

Prognostic Good, Answered by The Penny Pincher on September 18, 2004
My wife and I and our two young kids (4 months and 23 months) are traveling to Manila via Dubai on Emirates. We are members of SKYWARDS (frequent fliers programme), as we had about 60,000 air miles we upgraded myself,... [Read on]

50th Upgrade, Answered by The Penny Pincher on September 18, 2004
We are flying to Bali from Scotland on the 26th of this month with a 6 day stopover in Singapore, we are flying BA, Qantas and were wondering if there is any way of getting free or very cheap upgrades.... [Read on]

US Airways Miles, Answered by The Penny Pincher on August 27, 2004
Hi Joel, I have about 55,000 miles in US Airways Dividend Miles Program. Considering that USAir may file bankruptcy again, how can I protect these miles? I understand that USAir is part of the StarAlliance. Does this mean that these... [Read on]

Fall into Florence, Answered by The Penny Pincher on August 27, 2004
My partner and I, in our later 60's, are finding it difficult to locate a reasonably priced hotel room in Florence this next October. We are not "starving students" but we're not wealthy, either, and like 400 euros/night is kinda... [Read on]

Credit Card Choice, Answered by The Penny Pincher on August 27, 2004
Do you know a credit card with no annual fee or any other fees that will reward miles? If there are none that exist, how about a credit card with a really low annual fee? Thanks. Jessica... [Read on]

Getting Your Miles, Answered by The Penny Pincher on August 27, 2004
As we are travelling to Thailand and Australia at Christmas on Thai Airlines/ Business class our Travel rep said we should join Thai's frequent flyer program. We joined online however we were unable to print out the membership cards (you... [Read on]

Upgrading Hong Kong, Answered by The Penny Pincher on August 27, 2004
Hi there, really like your site by the way. I am travelling to Hong Kong from London with British Airways on a reduced economy ticket and I was wondering what was the best way to get an upgrade. I have... [Read on]

Frustrated In Israel, Answered by The Penny Pincher on August 27, 2004
Dear Joel, First of all I would like to praise your second book, which I recently finished reading. Although I have some experience as a flight attendant with an American carrier and as a traveling junky, I was overwhelmed from... [Read on]

Delta and NWA Miles, Answered by The Penny Pincher on August 27, 2004
I am flying a delta flight number to Korea on Kal. I have NWA miles. Is there a way I could use the NWA miles for an upgrade? Jim... [Read on]

Losing Miles, Answered by The Penny Pincher on August 27, 2004
I traveled to China on Northwest in mid-May of this year (started and returned from Cincinnati), but I only got credit for my outbound flight when I registered for my frequent flier miles. I have tried to call Northwest's frequent... [Read on]

A Savvy Traveler, Answered by The Penny Pincher on August 27, 2004
Hi, I'm sure you hear this lots, but I'm going to tell you again—this site is fabulous! The tips and advice you provide are superb! Anyway, I'd like to ask: I'll be traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Vienna on Austrian... [Read on]

Holy Miles, Answered by The Penny Pincher on August 27, 2004
Can several people donate their miles to put together a trip for their minister? Nita... [Read on]

Is My Deal Too Good?, Answered by The Penny Pincher on August 27, 2004
I was wondering if you have heard of the websites VOYAGENOW.COM or ASIAVOYAGE24.COM for Southeast Asia reservations? They seem to have good prepaid prices for hotels but no one knows of them. Thanks for any information that you can provide.... [Read on]

Companion Ticket, Answered by The Penny Pincher on August 27, 2004
My partner will be flying from Singapore to London on a business trip, on BA business class. We will be purchasing an economy class ticket for myself. I do not belong to a frequent flier program, but hold a visa... [Read on]

Charging It, Answered by The Penny Pincher on July 11, 2004
I have several hundred thousand American Express points that I would like to turn into two non-stop first class tickets to France, Italy, Switzerland, or Germany from San Francisco. My Rewards guidebook only lists economy or business class packages. Can... [Read on]

Ticket from Grandma, Answered by The Penny Pincher on July 11, 2004
How can I transfer my Delta Skymiles to my grandson who is in the US Marines? He wants to make a trip home. Anita... [Read on]

Elite Qualifying Miles, Answered by The Penny Pincher on July 11, 2004
Hello Joel, Thank you for replying so quickly to my email. I appreciate the advice. I have one question regarding what you wrote above: What exactly are "elite Qualifying miles"? I assumed that all miles I get are going to... [Read on]

Bi-Coastal Commute, Answered by The Penny Pincher on July 11, 2004
I have been flying Delta's shuttle for the last five months, sometimes four times per week. I have just become a gold level member of their frequent flyer club. Starting in August, my weekly commute will change from the shuttle-based... [Read on]

Ticket to Upgrade, Answered by The Penny Pincher on July 01, 2004
Hiya, I was reading your answers about free upgrading economy tickets. I am not a frequent flyer member of any airline, although I am training to be a pilot. I have never had an upgrade in my life, and I... [Read on]

Infant Surcharge, Answered by The Penny Pincher on July 01, 2004
Please help! My husband and I are gold and platinum members for American Airlines and we are traveling to England this fall. We want to bring our 4-month-old daughter with us and use our miles to upgrade to business class.... [Read on]

Credit Card for Greece, Answered by The Penny Pincher on July 01, 2004
Hi. I was wondering what would be the best credit card to get if I want to earn miles that I can use for international flights. We try to travel to Greece every year so I want a miles card... [Read on]

Buy Now or Wait?, Answered by The Penny Pincher on July 01, 2004
Hi. I am traveling to Albuquerque (from New York) in October. I recently checked ticket prices and coach is about $300 and first class is about $1000. I do not want to fly that far in coach but I think... [Read on]

A Helping Hand, Answered by The Penny Pincher on July 01, 2004
My father, my son, and I are flying from Boston to Cairo on Swiss this August. My son, who is 12, founded a small charity to help a child that we already sponsor through Childreach. This boy and his family... [Read on]

AAdvantage-Qantas Upgrade, Answered by The Penny Pincher on July 01, 2004
I would like to travel business class to Australia in August to visit my family. I have 140,000 miles on American Airlines, transferable to Qantas, but there are no seats available that month. Is it possible to purchase a discount... [Read on]

Trying to Fly Untied Airlines to Mexico, Answered by The Penny Pincher on June 10, 2004
Dear Joel, I read your response to trading miles being against the airlines' wishes. How could I get to Puerto Vallarta? I have enough United miles, but they do not go there. Is there any way to use these miles... [Read on]

Aviator Miles, Answered by The Penny Pincher on June 09, 2004
Dear Joel, I had about 40 thousand aviator miles with TWA which I never used. Have I lost them? Thank you Pete Henriquez... [Read on]

Donating Air Miles, Answered by The Penny Pincher on June 07, 2004
Dear Joel, How can I donate my air miles to a charitable organization? Bradley... [Read on]

Australia Flight, Answered by The Penny Pincher on June 07, 2004
Dear Joel, I am taking my husband and children to Australia—a long flight and I want to travel in comfort, especially for kids! How can I upgrade to business class and what will I get? Thanks. Suzanne... [Read on]

Cheap First Class Flights, Answered by The Penny Pincher on June 07, 2004
How can I get a cheap first class flight one way? Martin... [Read on]

Using Credit Card Points, Answered by The Penny Pincher on May 27, 2004
My fiancé and I are wondering if his mother can use her air miles (from Visa credit card) to buy a ticket for him. If so, how is that done since the airline ticket would not be issued in the... [Read on]

When Can I Use My Miles?, Answered by The Penny Pincher on May 24, 2004
Hi. I've just signed up to AAdvantage having booked a flight 3 weeks ago. I was wondering if it's possible to redeem miles from a reservation that is already made? Also, is it possible to redeem miles from the One... [Read on]

Mastering the Art of Upgrades, Answered by The Penny Pincher on May 24, 2004
Hi there, I'm traveling on Lufthansa next week from Los Angeles to Frankfurt. The ticket I have is some sort of reduced fare ticket, do I have any hope of somehow getting an upgrade? Is it worthwhile to dress up... [Read on]

Trading Aeroplan Miles, Answered by The Penny Pincher on May 24, 2004
Hello. I would like to know if you have any information with regards to trading in Aeroplan air miles (Canada), for other things such as hotels, or other airlines here in Toronto, Canada. Thank you. Ray... [Read on]

Searching For Luxury, Answered by The Penny Pincher on May 19, 2004
Hi Joel, For the past 15 years, my family and I have gone to an ultra luxurious Alaskan fishing lodge. Much to our dismay, we are not sure if the lodge is going to open this summer, and are looking... [Read on]

Upgrading the Non-Upgradeable, Answered by The Penny Pincher on May 19, 2004
Dear Penny Pincher, I have a very cheap discount class ticket on Virgin Atlantic for a late summer flight. I am a silver club member. Any recommendations for possibilities of upgrading this "non-upgradeable" ticket? My flight record has a lot... [Read on]

Upgrading Low-Fares, Answered by The Penny Pincher on May 19, 2004
Hi Joel, A friend and I will be traveling to the UK this summer (July) and are approximately in our early twenties. Thus we could only afford coach when purchasing tickets with American Airlines through StudentUniverse.com, a discount travel site... [Read on]

Bankruptcy & SkyMiles, Answered by The Penny Pincher on May 13, 2004
Dear Joel, What will happen to my Delta sky miles if Delta goes bankrupt? Thank you. Donald... [Read on]

Transferring Miles, Answered by The Penny Pincher on May 10, 2004
Dear Penny Pincher, I'd like to obtain two free domestic round trip tickets on Delta using my Sky Miles, but I've only got 42,457 miles and need 50,000. However, I do have 13,500 United Airlines Mileage Plus miles. How can... [Read on]

Changing Alliances, Answered by The Penny Pincher on May 06, 2004
Dear Joel, I've heard that South African Airways is going to join the Star Alliance, possibly this summer. Since I'm planning a trip to South Africa for October, how soon would a switch in alliances lead to a switch in... [Read on]

Transferring Miles, Answered by The Penny Pincher on May 05, 2004
My friend has a little over 112,000 FF on Delta Sky Miles. How can he transfer those miles to my FF account? He is too ill to travel and has offered to give them to me, but we are not... [Read on]

Mastering Upgrades, Answered by The Penny Pincher on April 30, 2004
Dear Joel, First of all my compliments on an excellent book, just finished reading it and it's great. As a matter of fact there only seemed to be two copies left in the entire Greater London, at least according to... [Read on]

Retro Miles, Answered by The Penny Pincher on April 30, 2004
Hi, My wife just returned from a round-trip to Pakistan—flights originated with American Airlines. Can she get frequent flyer miles if she was not previously signed up? Thanks, Mark... [Read on]

Seeing America, Answered by The Penny Pincher on April 23, 2004
Dear Joel, We are planning a driving trip through out the United States this summer. We plan to be traveling 30 to 50 days and are looking for hotels that will give us the best deals if we use their... [Read on]

Platinum Coverage, Answered by The Penny Pincher on April 23, 2004
Dear Joel, I don't have any car insurance since I am currently living overseas. I have a U.S. Citi Platinum Select Master Card (that provides car rental insurance coverage). I plan to rent a car for my trip in the... [Read on]

Delta vs. Northwest, Answered by The Penny Pincher on April 22, 2004
Dear Joel, I know you are partial to Delta's First Class (read your book), but just thought I'd ask...for a long haul flight on 767 to HNL, who, in your opinion, has the better first class, Delta or NWA? Thanks... [Read on]

Starting a New Job, Answered by The Penny Pincher on April 22, 2004
Dear Joel, I have just started a job which will entail traveling to Hong Kong and the US from London at least 2-3 times a year. Please, could you recommend an air-mile scheme? I am completely confused as there are... [Read on]

Distances between Cities, Answered by The Penny Pincher on April 22, 2004
Dear Joel, How can I know how many miles (flying miles) are between two cities? (In Europe, for example.) Are there are any sites on the www that can you tell me? Thanks Diogo Brazil... [Read on]

Using Your Age for an Upgrade, Answered by The Penny Pincher on April 22, 2004
Hi Joel, I am an exchange student from Austria and I spent the last ten months in Australia. My flight back home goes in June and I was wondering if there is any chance that I could get an upgrade... [Read on]

Closed Account, Answered by The Penny Pincher on April 22, 2004
Hi Joel, I just discovered Alaska Airlines canceled my Mileage Plan account considering it abandoned after three years' inactivity. No warning of this was sent to me. Is there any Alaska Airlines official who might authorize my recovery of the... [Read on]

The Road to Bombay/Mumbai, Answered by The Penny Pincher on April 07, 2004
Hi Penny Pincher, We (my hubby and I) want to go to Mumbai, India in December. Our nearest airport is RDU (North Carolina). Being a peak season I think we might have to book the tickets in advance. Could you... [Read on]

Fours Seasons—Which One?, Answered by The Penny Pincher on April 07, 2004
Dear Penny Pincher, I am planning a vacation to either Four Seasons Dallas or Four Seasons Scottsdale. Have you been in any of those? If so, which one do you recommend? And Why? Thanks, Carl... [Read on]

Flying after 50 Years, Answered by The Penny Pincher on April 06, 2004
Dear Penny Pincher, My husband, sister, and I are all traveling to the US from Britain in July (to JFK and then across to the West Coast). The trip is to celebrate my sister's and husband's 50th birthdays, and it's... [Read on]

Upgrading a Mini World Tour, Answered by The Penny Pincher on April 06, 2004
Dear Penny Pincher, I have been doing a mini world tour using Star Alliance flights, and I am now on the last leg, back home to good old England and was wondering how after four months of constant traveling and... [Read on]

Getting the Upgrade, Answered by The Penny Pincher on April 06, 2004
Dear Joel, Just thought I would let you know that I received a free upgrade from Amsterdam to New York. I just went up to the lady at the gate after I saw someone else receive an upgrade and I... [Read on]

Upgrade Commitment, Answered by The Penny Pincher on April 06, 2004
Dear Joel, Thank you so much for your advice. I just returned from my trip to London and wanted to give you an update. It seemed that all of my calls and emails to American were falling on deaf ears.... [Read on]

A Virgin Atlantic Card, Answered by The Penny Pincher on April 06, 2004
Dear Penny Pincher, I was wondering what the best U.S. credit card for Virgin Atlantic was. Preferably one without a fee. Thanks much, Alexandra... [Read on]

Traveling to Munich, Answered by The Penny Pincher on April 06, 2004
Hello! I hope you can help me! I am traveling to Munich in May and was hoping to find an apartment or nice hotel for the cheapest rate possible. The location I am trying to get closest to is the... [Read on]

Miles for International Adoption, Answered by The Penny Pincher on April 06, 2004
Hi Joel, My wife and I are looking at creative ways people can help us with our upcoming international adoption. Is it possible to donate frequent flyer miles in such cases? Thanks. Steve.... [Read on]

Using Old TWA Miles, Answered by The Penny Pincher on April 06, 2004
Dear Penny, My folks never did anything with their TWA FFB miles...does American still honor the "no expiration date" printed on the vouchers? Thank you.... [Read on]

Head-Banging Choice for Credit Cards, Answered by The Penny Pincher on March 22, 2004
Joel, I am looking to get the best credit card, and of course it's like banging your head against a wall. I have my own business, have outstanding debts on other credit cards, so looking for 0% on transfers, and... [Read on]

Travel for Adoption, Answered by The Penny Pincher on March 18, 2004
Hi Joel, We are going through an international adoption from India. Are there any discounts on Emirates airlines for adoption travelers? Jean... [Read on]

Choosing the Right Credit Card, Answered by The Penny Pincher on March 10, 2004
Hi Joel, I spend $50,000 per year or more via credit cards. I use AmEx for most, but some vendors won't accept it. I'm bewildered by the credit card offerings available because I'm unable to get all the facts and... [Read on]

Credit Denied, Answered by The Penny Pincher on March 10, 2004
Hi Joel, On recent international travel, my credit card company cut off my access to credit due to "suspicious activity". After I called to explain that I was traveling on vacation in Italy, they cut it off again anyway. Their... [Read on]

Flying Non-Stop or Getting Upgraded, Answered by The Penny Pincher on March 10, 2004
Hi Joel, I'm planning to travel solo from JFK to Beijing in late April and am leaning toward taking Air China International's direct flight, whose current fare is very good. Is there anything short of selling my soul that could... [Read on]

Upgrading Whiz Kid, Answered by The Penny Pincher on March 10, 2004
I'm only 20, but because of my dad's job I've traveled all around the world. I only recently (last year) joined BA's executive club and have already been upgraded twice on transatlantic flights. The way I did it was simply... [Read on]

Is 9,000 miles enough?, Answered by The Penny Pincher on March 03, 2004
Late last year I had a trouble-filled flight in business class to Tokyo. American Airlines automatically awarded me 9,000 Advantage Miles as compensation. I'll be traveling overseas again later this month, again on American, but this time with a companion.... [Read on]

Leveraging your way to first class, Answered by The Penny Pincher on March 03, 2004
Hi Penny Pincher, We are a family of four traveling economy class (First Choice Airlines) to Florida this year and wondering what the chances are of getting free upgrades on the plane. I very much doubt we will have much... [Read on]

Can you redeem an expired voucher?, Answered by The Penny Pincher on March 03, 2004
We had tickets with Continental Airlines to fly home from Las Vegas to Newark Sept. 14, 2001. Flights were cancelled on Sept. 11-13 and refunds were given out. We decided to drive home instead. When we got home, we went... [Read on]

Password for United Airlines, Answered by The Penny Pincher on February 25, 2004
http://www.united.com/link/0,1394,51430,00.html www.united.com/page/specialpage/0,1451,2071,00.html www.united.com/page/specialpage/0,1451,2076,00.html [Read on]

Choosing an Airline Alliance Member, Answered by The Penny Pincher on February 19, 2004
Last November I flew return from London to Melbourne on Thai Airways, thus accruing a fair amount of miles. I belong to the Varig air miles programme, although I have no miles accumulated with them at present. My question regards... [Read on]

Does My Credit Card Offer Car Rental Insurance?, Answered by The Penny Pincher on February 19, 2004
Hi! I am a traveler and don't have an auto policy in the US, is there any way I can save some money? I need to rent a car for a week and that could cost me a lot if... [Read on]

Is there a Doctor on-board?, Answered by The Penny Pincher on February 19, 2004
Hi there, If I were to travel from London Heathrow to Singapore on SIA or another airline such as Malaysia Airlines, and inform them that I'm more than willing to act as the doctor on the flight in case one... [Read on]

Buying Now or Waiting—Travel to Costa Rica, Answered by The Penny Pincher on February 17, 2004
My girlfriend and I are planning a trip, flying from Los Angeles to Costa Rica from March 17 to May 17. Thus far, the best (all taxes/fees included) airfare we have found is $477 roundtrip. Should we go for it,... [Read on]

Going for the Gold In Athens, Answered by The Penny Pincher on February 17, 2004
Dear Penny Pincher: My nephew was the 2000 Gold Medalist for the United States in Beach Volleyball at Bondi Beach. I did not get to see him score this amazing feat. I am determined to see him win in Greece... [Read on]

Flying to India on a Budget, Answered by The Penny Pincher on February 09, 2004
My wife and I will be going to Pondicherry, India in January 2005 for one month. We want to fly business class. Our budget is 2,500 USD. Can you help me, or point me in the right direction? Christian... [Read on]

Choosing a European Cruise, Answered by The Penny Pincher on February 09, 2004
We are trying to choose between a cruise that starts in Rome (Sorrento, Sardinia, Corsica, Livorno, Portofino, St. Tropez and Monte Carlo or choice #2 Nice, Portovenere, Livorno, Valencia, Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca, and Barcelona. We have not visited any... [Read on]

Ritz-Carlton Upgrade, Answered by The Penny Pincher on February 07, 2004
I found your answer to the gentleman who expected an upgrade at the Ritz-Carlton interesting. I have not noticed the decline in service that you commented upon. While a guest should always be treated with courtesy and respect, I am... [Read on]

A Maui Valentine's, Answered by The Penny Pincher on February 05, 2004
Dear Joel, My girlfriend and I are going to spend a week at the Ritz-Carlton in Maui on Feb. 14th. We spent 8 days there early last year. I was hoping you might have some tips for getting upgraded to... [Read on]

Overseas Adoption, Answered by The Penny Pincher on February 03, 2004
Dear Joel, We will be adopting a child from China in the early fall 2004. We live in London. We are probably going to get Star Alliance RTW tickets, but my husband flatly refused my request for Business Class for... [Read on]

Award Tickets—Winning the Lottery?, Answered by The Penny Pincher on February 02, 2004
Joel, Currently my girlfriend and I are planning a trip to New Zealand for Christmas to visit her family. She usually goes every year, and for the last five years with business trips tacked on she has accumulated enough points... [Read on]

Virgin Atlantic Credit Card, Answered by The Penny Pincher on February 02, 2004
What is the best [UK] credit card for air miles on Virgin? Thanks, Daye... [Read on]

Going to get married, Answered by The Penny Pincher on February 02, 2004
Dear Penny Pincher, I have a bit of a unique situation. I'm getting married in the Virgin Islands in March. My future mother-in-law bought a ticket for my brother-in-law that is nonrefundable and very expensive. They now want my sister-in-law... [Read on]

Leveraging a Premium Ticket for an Upgrade, Answered by The Penny Pincher on January 29, 2004
Dear Joel, My spouse and I will be traveling to LHR in May 2004. We're both FF members with Hawaiian Air who is a partner with Virgin. We have only one roundtrip from LAX to OGG on our record. We... [Read on]

Award Tickets & Catch 22, Answered by The Penny Pincher on January 29, 2004
Hi, I'm planning to fly to Sydney from San Francisco in November this year. I have enough miles with United to fly business class, but both via their web site and telephone operators, business class is not yet available. Economy... [Read on]

Upgrades to Israel, Answered by The Penny Pincher on January 26, 2004
My family will be traveling to Israel this summer. Two of us will go early and we will be met by the other three. We would like to upgrade two of the seats to business class. We have American Express... [Read on]

Upgrading Techniques, Answered by The Penny Pincher on January 26, 2004
What a great web site!!! Such a lot of great advice!!! I have booked a flight with Continental from Birmingham, England to Newark, New Jersey in Feb 2004. My friend and I were trying to get an upgrade on our... [Read on]

Backpacking in Europe, Answered by The Penny Pincher on January 20, 2004
My boyfirend and I would like to do the backpacking thing in W. Europe (mainly the U.K., France, Spain, and Amsterdam) this summer and we are looking for the best deals on airfare and hostel stays. I would like to... [Read on]

Becoming a First Class Flier, Answered by The Penny Pincher on January 19, 2004
Hiya, I will be traveling from Amsterdam to NYC in February with Delta Airlines. I have become a member of the Sky Miles program but will not receive the membership kit until I have returned from the States, though I... [Read on]

Miles from Dad, Answered by The Penny Pincher on January 19, 2004
Is it possible for my dad to give me his airline miles? I am short on a trip, and he is never going to use his. Thanks, Scott DeKok... [Read on]

Debit Cards & Miles, Answered by The Penny Pincher on January 19, 2004
I was wondering if you know of any secured credit cards that also offer frequent flyer miles? I have only recently resolved my credit issues and know I won't qualify unless it's secured, but I love to travel and really... [Read on]

Business Credit Card, Answered by The Penny Pincher on January 19, 2004
I am looking for a business credit card that will earn me the most miles to apply towards travel with all airlines. Is there such a credit card that works with all the airlines? Thank you. Susan... [Read on]

Honeymoon in Vegas, Montréal, & NYC, Answered by The Penny Pincher on January 19, 2004
Hi! My partner and I are flying American Airlines to Las vegas 21 Feb, staying in the Monte Carlo, Getting married(!) then flying AA to Montreal and then NYC. Given that it's such a special trip for us I was... [Read on]

Miles for the Troops, Answered by The Penny Pincher on January 19, 2004
A friend told me I could transfer my sky miles to a person in the Army. Is this true? If so, how do I do this? My friend has several thousand miles that she would like to give to my... [Read on]

European Travel, Answered by The Penny Pincher on January 09, 2004
How do I travel around Germany/Austria and Czech Republic and pay low rates for a hotel/motel/inn/b&b without having to stay in a hostel? How can I get good accommodation and air packages? Or is it cheaper not to get a... [Read on]

Upgrading at the Ritz, Answered by The Penny Pincher on January 09, 2004
Dear Joel, After reading your book The Penny Pincher’s Passport to Luxury Travel and trying some of your advice for getting room upgrades it seems to me that these days it is very hard to get an upgrade. I have... [Read on]

Upgrading an Award Ticket, Answered by The Penny Pincher on January 05, 2004
I have purchased two tickets to Hawaii using my American Airlines miles. I had hoped to upgrade to first class paying cash or using additional miles, at least for one leg, at check-in, but was told they no longer allow... [Read on]

Business Travel, Answered by The Penny Pincher on December 29, 2003
Your bio states you are quite the business traveler. I would like to know what laptop applications you find indispensable? Do you use your laptop as an alarm clock? Do you use it for currency conversions? Do you have a... [Read on]

Flying to Cozumel, Answered by The Penny Pincher on December 29, 2003
How do you save money on airline tickets? I have gone through FunJet, Orbitz, Hotwire, Apple, travel agencies, directly to the airlines, etc., and it still costs me at least $500 per person to fly to Cozumel and back? Aren't... [Read on]

Star Alliance, Answered by The Penny Pincher on December 16, 2003
Dear Joel. I am an officer in the military and currently stationed in Italy. I am a member of Lufthansa's frequent flyer program, a Star Alliance partner. I will move to Japan in August 2004. I am all about the... [Read on]

Airline Upgrade, Answered by The Penny Pincher on December 15, 2003
I have made several flights on Spirit Air, that I booked through Travelocity. Does Spirit Air have a frequent flyer program that I could sign up for, or is there some way I can sign up through Travelocity? Thanks. Janice... [Read on]

Disney Resort Upgrade, Answered by The Penny Pincher on December 15, 2003
Mr. Widzer, Just finished your book…… Love it! Got some great tips to use but my question is this…I’m taking my family "we are driving" to Disney World in mid February "off peak season." We are staying at the Disney... [Read on]

Poor Credit Card Service, Answered by The Penny Pincher on December 03, 2003
Hi Joel, I have decided to close my BofA checking and credit card accounts due to poor service. However, I have approximately 300,000 unused miles remaining on Alaska's Mileage Plan. My questions are: 1. Will I loose the mileage if... [Read on]

TWA Miles, Answered by The Penny Pincher on December 03, 2003
Dear Penny Pincher, I have a large number of frequent flyer miles with TWA. Is there any way that I can recover these since their bankruptcy? Pat Dickey... [Read on]

Upgrade on SUN-PRG, Answered by The Penny Pincher on November 11, 2003
Hi, I'm traveling from SUN to PRG next week on Delta, although my first leg (SUN-SLC) is operated by Skywest, second leg SLC-JFK by Delta and third leg JFK-PRG is operated by Czech airlines. I travel a lot and I'm... [Read on]

Airline Employees and Upgrades, Answered by The Penny Pincher on November 10, 2003
Dear Joel, I plan to go to Las Vegas in a couple of months on United Airlines and I will hope to get an upgrade. I was wondering would it improve my odds to get an upgrade if along with... [Read on]

Family Travel, Answered by The Penny Pincher on November 06, 2003
My family of 4 adults and 1 child is considering a trip to Bombay India next year. I am looking for ways to cut expenses and have started to look into these credit cards that offer frequent flyer miles. Could... [Read on]

Upgrading, Answered by The Penny Pincher on November 06, 2003
Dear Joel, I just bought your book on Amazon.com and live in the Netherlands, so I’ll have to wait about two weeks before receiving it. I was wondering if you know anything about KLM's upgrade policies? I'm planning to go... [Read on]

Traveling to Santiago, Answered by The Penny Pincher on November 06, 2003
I will be traveling to Santiago in early Nov. What are some of the must see spots? Eugene... [Read on]

Consolidating air miles, Answered by The Penny Pincher on November 06, 2003
I have mileage on United Airlines and US Airways Alaska Airlines, and I don't fly too much anymore now that I am retired. Can I combine these air miles with another carrier to utilize some later? Thank you. Terry... [Read on]

Consolidating miles, Answered by The Penny Pincher on November 06, 2003
I have many miles with Midwest Airlines and some miles with American Airlines. Can I use Midwest Express Airlines miles on flights to Europe? Can I combine miles from both Airlines? Thanks.... [Read on]

How to choose the right credit card for new frequent fliers., Answered by The Penny Pincher on November 06, 2003
I am new to this and need advice to get the right credit card for frequent flyer miles, as I travel all over US and North America.... [Read on]

Hawaiian Airlines Platinum card, Answered by The Penny Pincher on October 10, 2003
Hi I have a Hawaiian Airlines Platinum card. Do you know if this card covers car rental insurance when I use it to rent a car or is it recommended to take the insurance from the rental place (using the... [Read on]

Credit card for travel miles, Answered by The Penny Pincher on October 10, 2003
We are planning on going to Hawaii in DEC. 2004 or Jan 2005. I'm interested in getting a credit card for travel miles. I will be building a new home spring of 2004 so I thought that I could use... [Read on]

Hotel accommodations, Answered by The Penny Pincher on October 10, 2003
Mr. Widzer: Allow me to first offer my compliments on the Penny Pincher’s Passport to Luxury Travel. I bought it recently and went through it in two days. Thank you for sharing your experience and wisdom with the rest of... [Read on]

Frequent flier miles to Hawaii, Answered by The Penny Pincher on October 10, 2003
Do you know what credit cards offer frequent flier miles that can be used to get to Hawaii?... [Read on]

Transferring miles from AAdvantage VISA, Answered by The Penny Pincher on October 10, 2003
I've had AAdvantage VISA for years and collected a lot of FF miles. Unfortunately AA no longer flies to the city I frequent (next closest city serviced by AA is 3 hrs away). Delta is my only choice of carrier.... [Read on]

Credit Card and Miles, Answered by The Penny Pincher on October 10, 2003
Which credit card is the best to earn miles? We want to take our family is Israel next year. 3 adults, one 10 year old. Any advice?... [Read on]

Credit card for international miles, Answered by The Penny Pincher on October 10, 2003
You had a similar answer to a question from "Roger" who inquired about a credit card for international miles and just one airline. I am interested in a credit card whereby accumulated miles could be redeemed across many airlines, mostly... [Read on]

Foreign transaction fees for credit cards, Answered by The Penny Pincher on October 10, 2003
Are there any Credit cards that do not charge extra for foreign charges? Thanks Rod... [Read on]

Travel to Costa Rica, Answered by The Penny Pincher on October 10, 2003
A group of 3-9 of us would like to travel to Costa Rica, probably in January or February 2004. Where can we find good deals on airfare, hotels, and excursions? Are there better days of the week or times of... [Read on]

Luxury Hotels Jamaica, Answered by The Penny Pincher on October 10, 2003
I'm trying to decide on a luxury resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica for December 19-26 for my vacation with my husband and two daughters ages 3 and 6. I am choosing between Half Moon Club and The Ritz-Carlton. Rates are... [Read on]

Coastal Hotels in Ecuador, Answered by The Penny Pincher on October 10, 2003
What is the name and location of some hotels along the coast of Ecuador? Can you give me some idea on cost. Travel is in December '03. Tks... [Read on]

Credit Card insurance coverage, Answered by The Penny Pincher on September 02, 2003
Hi I have a Hawaiian Airlines Platinum card. Do you know if this card covers car rental insurance when I use it to rent a car or is it recommended to take the insurance from the rental place (using the card to... [Read on]

Exchanging unused tickets, Answered by The Penny Pincher on September 02, 2003
On Sept. 10, 2001, my husband purchased three tickets from Continental through Orbitz to travel on Sept.21, 2001. After the 9-11 tragedy, he called Orbitz to cancel the tickets and get a refund and was told the refund had to... [Read on]

Business Class Upgrade, Answered by The Penny Pincher on July 23, 2003
I am flying on Air France to Paris from NYC roundtrip on a discounted economy fare ticket. Any suggestions for being upgraded to business class? I understand that Air France is a frequent flyer partner of Delta and I am... [Read on]

Flying to India, Answered by The Penny Pincher on July 22, 2003
I am just about to order your book. What a deal at 13 bucks! (I hope I get it before I leave.) Anyway, here's my question for you: I am not a very frequent flyer—the last time I flew was... [Read on]

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