The folly and fallacy of using miles for economy tickets

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I don’t consider myself a super fancy guy in general.  Yes, I have flown first class around the world (on JAL and Emirates first class), and we just got back from flying LAN Business class to Peru.  On really long or overnight flights, having a lie flat bed is super awesome (though I have tips to survive a red eye in economy), but for most flights, I’m really quite fine flying in the back of the plane.  Here I am on my last red eye – getting ready to try and catch some shuteye

Recently, a few examples have really underscored how bad most miles and points redemptions are for economy travel, and I thought I’d share some of my findings.

Example 1: US to Sweden

My son and I are planning a trip to Sweden for later this summer.  I scoured fare deals for…

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