Talk about traveling for free using frequent flyer programs

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  • Kristin Emerson P.

    Sorry everybody! I intended to show as well, but had to go to ER for pneumonia. Also missed baby brother's 50th bday party this eve. :(

    November 15

  • Susan

    Who is speaking at this FF meetup? I've written about FF miles before and would be happy to share some info!

    November 9

    • Stella

      I would like to get info on FF. Would you share your info?

      November 15

  • Anne

    What happened today? I drove a very long distance to be there and, when I found 3010 Clairemont, then discovered through OnStar that "Bay Hill Tavern" no longer exists. Then I searched and searched for parking without success. I asked another woman in a Cadillac in the crowded back lot if she were looking for this group; she said she was, but she was giving up because there was no parking anywhere. We hear all the time about members being flakes, but that is not the case here! We need accurate information and parking for everyone who takes the time and trouble to show up. What a disappointment...

    November 15

  • Sonya

    35 people registered and something like 7 showed up!! I met 2 of them and after 245pm, we decided to leave. I guess another 5 showed up after we left.

    November 15

  • Sonya

    Few people are at the Pub and it seems like no one else is here. I think there is a mix up. 35 were registered??

    November 15

    • Julie H

      I was there and couldn't identify the group.

      November 15

  • Stella

    A few people are here where are you?

    1 · November 15

  • Julie H

    By the way, the name of the pub has changed to blackthorn

    November 15

  • Kristin Emerson P.

    Great idea! Does Bay Hill have separate checks?

    November 12

  • cplato

    Does the suggested time/place sound good to anyone? Feel free to change date, time, or place. Jut trying to get the discussion going.

    1 · November 9

  • cplato­ changed the date and time to Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    November 9

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    November 9

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    November 9

  • cplato

    I've built up a nice chunk of miles on two airlines and have been saving them for first class flights on truly long distance segments. Now I have to decide where to go - Asia, Europe, Africa? The problem is not free tickets, but accommodations. They are expensive and add up. Maybe I'll downscale it to pensions, hostels, and dorms. Any thoughts?

    September 13

    • Susan

      Yup, and airbnb and CouchSurfing! Your money will go much further in SE Asia or many parts of Africa than it will in Europe.

      November 9

    • cplato

      Thanks, Susan!

      November 9

  • Kristin Emerson P.

    Oh haha. Guess I didn't get the memo on reading what "suggest a meetup" means. I am NOT an expert on frequent flyer tricks and hacks, but it is something I'm following almost obsessively now. We opened up two credit cards and now have 5 rt tickets to Maui for our family!

    August 1, 2013

    • lyndee

      Personally ...I LOVE ff miles!...I haven't had that same experience as Gary...but, sights like Kayak don't work for my kind of travelling anyway. I am a spur of the moment traveller and ff miles always give me the most flexibility....just depends on what kind of traveller you are. And yes, there a "fees" attached...especially at the last minute. But if I can get to Jackson Hole after a big snow storm for 25K miles...I'm doing it! sorry there is no meeting set up...especially since there are 30 people who would like to attend! Where does this group usually meet.

      August 13

  • lyndee

    when and where is it? i can't pull it up on my phone and I don't want to miss the ff info meeting!

    August 13

  • Eleanor

    People, this group hasn't had an event since Feb 6. Looking dormant to me.

    July 7

  • Jerry

    let's go place people and have fun.............looking forward for the meeting you all.

    July 7

  • Rus

    any update on this event?

    July 7

  • Jerry

    hello..................i am new in this group looking foreward to meet you all and fun and advantrue travel.

    1 · May 2

  • Ruth

    so.... if we decide to meet up count me in... (Hi Kristin!) I have some knowledge of working FF miles, and eager to learn from others!

    April 17

  • Rus

    I have an idea on how to travel for free. I would love to present the idea in this meeting if this event is a 'go'

    April 16

  • Ron H.

    I am ready to get together and discuss the possibilities, when and where?

    April 15

  • Gary H.

    Don't be surprised when they are not totally free. Usually there are taxes and sur-charges tacked on and watch out for black out dates or periods where more miles are needed rather than another. For instance you can go to Europe for 20k miles May 14th on AA but on the 20th it would be 30k.

    FF miles are best used on complicated routes rather than direct, you get more bang for your buck. Los Angeles to Honolulu has many carriers going that route but say San Diego or LA to Kauai is the same amount of miles.

    Point is, always do your homework and consider both paid and FF. Personally I find Kayak.com invaluable when researching. With FF the longer out you can book the more likely to get a seat. I just missed booking a FF fight from San Juan, Puerto Rico to San Diego because I slept on it one night!

    August 21, 2013

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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