Welcome New York Times Readers


I know there are some people who have wandered over since reading about the site in the New York Times.

From my experience, some of you will mistakenly conclude that traveling with miles is too difficult for you and will miss out on the way all of us fly for pennies around the world in First Class.

I spent $90 for a First Class Suite, bed, gourmet food, top-shelf alcohol, and access to an onboard shower. Thanks miles!

Don’t be one of these people. The article was published online Wednesday, so in the last few days I put up a few resources for beginners that I want to share again.

The first was a post about why we collect miles with some recent personal success stories of my own, Travel for Pennies with Miles.

The next day I shared step-by-step the exact technique you can use RIGHT NOW to Earn 105,000 American Airlines Miles in the Next Few Weeks, enough for four roundtrip flights within the continental US, three to South America or Hawaii, two to Asia or Europe, or one flat-bed business class trip to Europe.

Then two days ago, I restarted my comprehensive beginners’ series. These are two minute, small step posts designed to get you to be able to fly anywhere in the world in first class for pennies. You can catch up in just a few minutes by reading the first three posts. To catch the rest, check back daily or subscribe for one daily email at 6:15 AM ET with my posts from the last 24 hours on the top left of this screen.

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Before the New York Times article, you probably didn’t know that there was a world of people out there traveling at the front of the plane in suites and taking showers on board for less than the price you were paying for a middle seat on the back. Don’t worry; we were all in that position.

Now that you’ve found us, join us. Whether your goal is lavish travel for yourself, a luxury honeymoon for the price of a Southwest flight, traveling with your family of four on school breaks, getting home for free, or anything else, miles are the answer. If you ever have any questions, comment on this blog or email me.

-Scott, founder of MileValue.com

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  1. Thanks for the great info!
    Please forgive my ignorance, i read most of your posts about getting the max benifit of miles/free one way trips, but I just could not apply your concepts to the trip I’m trying to book:
    From Huoston,TX to Tripoli, Libya it costs 80k on United coach, but every time I try to add a free one way to Europe or within the USA the system charges me the regular amount of miles/points it costs!! 
    Am I missing something?

      • For example:
        Houston to tripoli
        Tripoli to Houston
        Houston to Los angeles, California (also tried Orlando Florida)


        Houston to tripoli
        Tripoli to Houston
        Houston to Paris, France

        • The first one should work as a free oneway. The second will definitely price as three separate oneways. There is no way United will let you route Tripoli to Paris via Houston as one valid return.

    • Whenever I try the Houston – Tripoli (Aug2013), Tripoli- Houston (Oct2013), Houston-Orlando (Dec2013) I get an error message stating:
      !We were not able to find any available flights for award travel meeting your requirements. Bla bla bla..

      I checked individually and there ate plenty of saver award seats for all the dates, yet still I get this error message..
      Am I doing something wrong?


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