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$600 Worth of First Class Scenic Train Rides Through Germany, Switzerland & Italy for Under $150


The Bernina Express, which transits the Alps from Chur, Switzerland to Tirano, Italy, is one of the most scenic train rides in the world. It also comes with a hefty price tag but there’s a savvy way to cut the price by over 75%. The Read More

How to Book First Class European Train Tickets For Less Than Economy


If you’ve traveled by train in Europe and purchased either a RailPass or point to point tickets on a site like RailEurope then you paid too much–probably way too much. The first time I was planning an extended trip in Europe I read a number Read More

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu – Surviving the Earthquake


Fortunately for us the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu is not just the nicest hotel in Nepal, it’s also probably the sturdiest structure in the entire country. The day the earthquake hit, April 25, was our 11th day staying at the Hyatt so I had already taken Read More

Best Hotel Credit Cards (other than Club Carlson)


In an earlier post I’ve said that I focus my miles and points earning on only four loyalty programs: United Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, and Club Carlson.  While it is true that I focus primarily on those four programs, I have already burned through Read More

Free Christmas Giveaway: United Club Lounge Passes

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Have a flight coming up on United Airlines?  Want to spend your layover in the United Club Lounge with free drinks, snacks and wi-fi instead of out in the crowded terminal? Well, I have a number of extra United Club Lounge Passes that I have Read More

Substantial Devaluation of United MileagePlus Miles Coming in February

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I don’t usually post news on this blog, choosing to focus more on reviews and basic how-to’s, but this change is far too important not to warn people about.  Starting February 1st, 2014 United will change the structure of its Award Chart.  Some awards such Read More

Our Bags are Packed and We’re Ready to Go

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Tomorrow we leave for the first flight of what we consider to be our extended honeymoon.  We’re breaking pretty much all the rules of a traditional honeymoon, but it’s pretty much impossible not to when there’s so little time and so many miles to burn. Read More

How to Have a Friend or Relative Earn Miles for You as a Gift

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We will be burning way more than Two Million miles and points over the course of our trip, but truth be told, we didn’t earn them all ourselves.  My father and brothers have each earned about 250,000 miles that they are giving to us as Read More

Club Carlson: The only truly rewarding hotel rewards program

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Club Carlson is the rewards program for the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group which operates hotels across several brands including Radisson, Radisson Blu, Park Plaza, Park Inn, and Country Inn & Suites.  Most of their upscale hotels bear the Radisson Blu name, and although there is Read More

Deals Good Enough to Get Me to Fly Economy


Since we’ve been collecting miles and points we have had the good fortune and privilege to be seated in either First or Business Class for the majority of our flights.  We haven’t become snobs about it and we still fly Economy sometimes, but like I’ve Read More

Fifth Freedom Flights: What they are, and why they’re awesome for award travelers


What is a Fifth Freedom Flight: “Fifth Freedom Flights” are any international flights that transport passengers between two countries, neither of which are the home country of the airline.  For example, United Airlines operates flights from Hong Kong to Singapore, while the airline is obviously Read More

How to Book American AAdvantage Awards with One World Partners That Don’t Show Up on


You can redeem your American AAdvantage Miles with any one of American’s One World Partners, but only a few of them are actually searchable on  A year ago American only displayed their own flights on their website.  Since then they have steadily been adding Read More

Not All Business Classes Are Created Equal

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You might think that a Business Class ticket will guarantee you a great flight experience, and although the worst Business Class product is still better than coach, not all Business Classes are created equal.  Some offer lie-flat beds with large screen In-Flight Entertainment and Dom Read More

How to Maximize Your Vacation with the 23 Hour Layover Trick


The 23 hour layover trick refers to the fact that as far as most airlines are concerned, any stop of less than 24 hours on the way to your final destination is considered a simple layover, so you can build them into your trip whether Read More

How to Tack a “Free One-Way” onto an International American Airlines Award Flight

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UPDATE: As of April 2014 AA no longer allows Free One-Ways on International Awards, but it was a great value while it lasted   Next spring we are going to be traveling around the Mediterranean, starting in Greece then working our way through Portugal and Read More

What’s in Your Wallet? A Credit Card Strategy for Beginners


Since I put out this blog the question I have been getting the most deals with what card or cards beginners should start with.  On this post I explained that instead of getting a credit card from a lot of different airlines and ending up Read More

How We Added Two Side Vacations to a Trip to ‘Meet the Parents’ Utilizing United’s Stopover and Open-Jaw Rules


My wife, Dhara moved to New York from India when she was ten years old, but she still has dozens of relatives back in her hometown of Navsari in the State of Gujarat.  After almost a year of planning we are finally going to be Read More

American, United and BA: Why they have the most valuable miles and how you can get them

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American, United and British Airways Out of all the airlines in the world I only focus on earning miles with these three airlines for good reason.  I will start by telling you why I DO NOT focus on other airlines. I don’t pay attention to Read More

Welcome to The 2 Million Mile Honeymoon


Welcome to The Two Million Mile Honeymoon.  Over the next 18 months we will be traveling the world in luxury for pennies, and we created this website to share our story.  We will regularly update the site with information and reviews about the First Class Read More

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