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Can Europeans also fly cheaper using credit cards and gain miles?


by @rxs6yr  | 3 comments

I hear more and more about digital nomads (mainly from the US and Canada) flying cheap (almost for free) by taking advantage of bonuses given by banks / credit card companies. Iโ€™m not exactly sure how the system works.

Is it also possible to do for Europeans ? If so, how ?
If not, do know any other hacks to fly cheaper ?

Many thanks for your help.

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Check BA !

I usually donโ€™t focus on miles. I just buy the cheapest flight that suits me regardless of the airline or miles. I never had enough miles to do anything with them.

But with Brittish Airways it was different.
A one-way cross Atlantic flight got me enough miles that I could use to pay for a flight from London to Spain (I had to pay some fees still but it was much cheaper than any other flight) and I still had a few miles left which saved me another ยฃ20 on a later flight to Hamburg.
That was a few years ago, but I think itโ€™s still the same.

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@richardh6yr

In recent years air miles do not accrue nor buy as much as they used to. The sign-up bonuses were never that great. The reason being is increased competition, thin margins and volatile oil prices. The advice given today (for Europeans) is use air miles to upgrade your flight rather than buying a ticket. Multi-stop tickets can offer savings, flying from cities with less airport tax can help. When using Skyscanner go incognito so your previous searches arenโ€™t known. Try from different geo-locations & currencies using a proxy. If youโ€™re using an Apple device, some websites will show you higher ticket prices because of your propensity to spend more on IT hardware. You can spoof your User Agent with plugins. Good luck!

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I believe youโ€™re better of spending your time working than โ€œcollecting couponsโ€. Value your time and remember there is no free lunch.

/a fellow european

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by @dpt4yr 4 years ago | 3 comments

I heard from an American friend that he has several cards similar to the APEC Business Travel Card (link to Wikipedia ) that allow him to get priority treatment at immigration line in certain countries.
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Hi nomads! Iโ€™m trying to figure out all props and cons of using Charles Schwab vs N26 banks. Is anyone using those banks? If yea - what you like/dont like about it. And if income is mostly in US which one is better to open?

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by @kfk5yr 5 years ago | 6 comments

Ok, I was just writing a PM here on banks and the question popped in my head. I am not a digital nomad, but I am very close to that way of living, in the sense that I donโ€™t want to commit to any specific physical location, long term investment (maybe only private pension), long term in general actually.

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When using a VPN you will almost always share your IP with others (several members connect to the VPN server and all members on that server now share the serverโ€™s IP address).
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Has using a shared IP resulted in problems for you?

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My fiancรฉe(who is British) is on her second 30 days visa exemption in Thailand. Weโ€™re considering getting the visa exemption extension for 30 days and staying longer.

Our only worry is: Does this mean we would hit 90 days in total? We need to return in March to fly home from Bangkok. We are worried weโ€™d be refused entry in March as they might count the visa exemption extension against us.

Any advice is appreciated!

Cheers

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by @kathrynoh6yr 6 years ago | 11 comments

Is there any kind of gadget out there that people use for storing SIM cards when you move around different countries? They seem like something that would be so easy to lose or damage. Plus also having to keep track of them. I can imagine after a bit of travel, rummaging through my bag trying to find the right card for the country Iโ€™m in!

Is it even worth holding onto them or do you just get a new one if you return to the same country?

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by @cs3406yr 6 years ago | 14 comments

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