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More Flight Sharing in Europe

Wingly, a new peer-to-peer flight sharing company, recently closed their first (angel) round of funding. From their press release on June 6: More than 10,000 users, including around 2,000 pilots, are already convinced by the concept. To this day, Wingly’s pilots have already saved more than 60,000 € of costs. Flight hours are getting more expensive, costing […]

Peer-to-Peer Flight Sharing Grounded by the FAA

In 2014 the FAA demanded a halt to flight sharing for violating FAA regulations, starting a legal battle with Flytenow, one of a handful of flight sharing companies in the U.S. At the end of 2015 the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington DC ruled against Flytenow. While challenging the FAA decision, by late 2015 the flight sharing businesses in […]

Seriously Cheap Flights

Last week I booked a trip to Barcelona for $301 round trip, in business class. The routing is pretty nice – one stop in London. Actually I also booked 2 more tickets for summer travel (in 2016) to Europe on this deal. This may have been a mistake fare, though I think more likely it was […]

Flight Sharing Taking off in Europe, Grounded in the U.S.

Last year I reported on the FAA grounding flight sharing services in the United States. I recently came across a new flight sharing service (or as they call it, traveling by coavionnage) in Europe: Off We Fly. They mostly have flights listed within France, but the website is in both French and English so they clearly […]

Shopping for Miles and Points

I’m finally trying to really maximize my miles and points on purchases. For a long time when I needed to make a purchase I would half heartedly look at cashbackmonitor for the best portal to use to earn miles when shopping online. But after months of reading about people doubling or tripling their points return on […]

Embarrassed into Flying Business Class

I’m new to this whole travel hacking thing, and I admit that I’m less than thorough or diligent in my research and reading about how to maximize my free miles and points. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s a recent post explaining how I earned free miles this year.) I see all […]

Southwest Companion Pass: Two Years of Free Flights

I unlocked the Southwest Companion Pass the last week of January, and although I don’t write much about airline miles (because others do it much better than me), I want to mention this because it’s such a great deal and so many people I know have never heard of it.

Why I’m Still Flying AirAsia

A week before the recent crash of AirAsia’s flight between Indonesia and Singapore I booked four tickets with this airline for my Southeast Asia trip in February. And when I mention this to people they inevitably look at me like I’m a gonner for sure, and ask if I’m going to change my plans. It’s always tragic when […]

Flying for Free: Summing up a Year of Miles Earning

I don’t earn much money these days, but I do travel a lot. I’m doing home exchanges so my lodging is free, but people often ask how I manage the cost of the flights. The answer is airline miles. But not miles that I accrue by paying for flights. Instead it’s miles I earn by signing […]

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