VIDEO ALERT! You should fly halfway around the world for the weekend.

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Be a Weekend Warrior!

Roughly two months ago I took my girlfriend on a surprise birthday trip to Tokyo. She had no idea where she was going until she got her boarding pass…it was an incredible exhilarating trip – we went for just 2 nights. It was so incredible that it inspired me to write an Inspirational Post here, AND CREATE AN ENTIRE SERIES of posts dedicated to awesome, yet unconventional weekend trips away: THE WEEKEND WARRIOR. This is the first Weekend Warrior Video – you get to see me and Miles in action. Hope you enjoy and get inspired!!!!

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Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. 

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9 Comments

  • […] needed to position myself to Chicago for my #weekendwarrior trip to Shanghai and Hong Kong, and found a great deal on a VX flight the night before. It […]

  • Antonio November 13, 2017

    I tried your weekend warrior recommendation this past weekend when we went to Belgium. I’m a total zombie right now. The problem for me was that we did it in economy, so we weren’t well rested getting there or back home. I’m sure that is key

    • Miles November 13, 2017

      Antonio – in econ…that is SUPER warrior status. Way to swing for the fences 🙂

  • Andre November 12, 2017

    Awesome man

  • Bobman November 9, 2017

    70k AS miles for roundtrip 1st and no $ fees? That’s a pretty insane redeem! Looks like a sweet trip. How was the sushi

    • Miles November 9, 2017

      I wish roundtrip – one way was AA, the other was Japan with AS. 70k one way and maybe $50ish in fees

  • Rusty November 9, 2017

    LOL @ the bidet. TRUTH!

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