All tagged Travel Hacking
Hello, after a long delay between posts, and apologies for the extended radio silence!This summer, I started working to post more frequently and more regularly. It was a nice idea, but you know what they say about "best-laid plans." That ended up applying here, because two big things got in the way.
This fall, I’m getting married and taking a nearly three-week honeymoon to Japan and Hawaii. When my fiancée and I started talking about the trip one of our goals was to use points and miles to fly in business or first class for the longer legs. . .
A quick heads up: there are just a few days left to get the highest-ever signup bonuses on the American Express-Delta cobranded credit cards. Despite Delta Skymiles' poor reputation, I've gotten a lot of value from them over the past twelve months.
The fastest way to earn points and miles (unless you fly international first class twice a week) is to collect credit card signup bonuses. But there are plenty of other ways to get extra points, besides your normal everyday spending. In my latest article for Business Insider, I laid out a few of the best ways to rack up the miles. From dining rewards programs to simple online shopping portals, there are some great, rewarding programs to help you on your way to your next travel goal.
When I went to London this winter, I chose to fly the first leg in business class (booked with miles) and jumped on a super-cheap economy flight back with Norwegian Air Shuttle (you can read about how I booked the flights here). I’ve flown on RyanAir, EasyJet, WizzAir, etc. before, but this was my first time on one of the trans-Atlantic low-cost carriers (LCCs) and I was interested in seeing how it compared to a mainstream airline.
My overarching goal is to travel as much as possible, as often as possible, to as many places as possible, and usually that means saving money and points/miles for the next trip whenever I can. At the same time, I'd like the occasional experience in the premium cabin, getting a full night's sleep on longhaul flights and generally having fun on board with food, drinks, and big TVs
My goal with this blog isn't to push credit cards application links, or sell an aspirational lifestyle that no one really lives, or to fly under the radar violating banks' terms and conditions for extra points. What I want to do is show my readers that the points and miles game is accessible even to casual players, even if you don't fly weekly or plan to open 15 credit cards in a year. . .
When Chase launched their Sapphire Reserve credit card last year, a tremendous number of people applied, tempted by the 100,000 point bonus offer, plus hype in the blogosphere and news media. I’ve spoken with a few friends about Chase points and figure that it might be helpful to write a post. . .
I recently flew my first premium redemption, and let's just say it was hard to go back to coach! The flight was from New York-JFK to London Heathrow on American Airlines, on board a 777-200 with the first version of their new interior retrofit.. . .
The end of 2016 and start of 2017 have been a bit busy for me, so I haven't had a chance to write an end-of-year post until now. Since it's only early January I figure there's still time, but I'm going to keep it short and focus entirely on travel. . .