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I just participated in this week’s Condé Nast Traveler Podcast (@CNTraveler) along with Tiffany from One Mile at a Time as well as Mark Ellwood, Ryan Craggs, and Brad Rickman from Condé Nast.

The topic this week is: Points Part II: What to Do Now That You’ve Got Them and follows last week’s episode on earning the miles.

If you listened to this week’s Podcast, I mentioned a bunch of sites I use when looking for award space.

ExpertFlyer: a paid tool for checking award inventory by airline and setting up alerts to notify me about available seats. Offers a 5 day free trial.

Award Hacker: – enter the origin and destination you’d like and it will show you how many miles the trip will cost with any airline’s frequent flyer program and how you might be able to transfer miles there.

Didn’t mention but had in my head….

Award Ace: similar to Award Hacker above.

Award Nexus: a paid tool for checking actual availability on a variety of sites (for example, all Star Alliance carriers) in one search..

I also referenced this article on How I booked a $29,000 airline ticket for $46.

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