Thanks for coming, great to be with my tribe, first I ’ ll give you some cool techniques, then I have a special offer for you to earn up to 30K miles, then interview Sean Meehan who ’ s doing real world stuff that I covered
Who belongs to FF programs? Who ’ s flown free? Who ’ s ready to put their mileage accounts on steroids?
30 min/week on a blog read about a guy who traveled to Asia free & stayed in nice hotels for free
The Programs want you to think that the only way to earn is to fly - it ’ s not! mileage runs - 15K to Orlando? need the 15K to maintain elite status, so some go to MCO for the weekend because it ’ s worth it OR just to get over the hump for a first class seat to Europe
Bitch or ask - tell Pam story
Learn - Elite status members know their program inside & out, when they call they know better than the agent on the line Hang out online & learn the tricks Partners - flew to Tahiti free Air Tahiti Nui with AA miles
Goals - Vacation in Hawaii, go RTW, earn elite status, think Geographically AA good for South America Value - Hawaiian - redeem pts on Virgin Atlantic with those fuel surcharges that Heathrow requires Alaska vs AA for points to Portland Some just want premium seats when they fly or elite status for the VIP treatment
Don ’ t be afraid of credit cards - sign up, chg on everyday stuff till you reach the req balance, then hold, DON ” T CLOSE How to handle the annual fee (waived at first) eShopping I earned 5K miles by ordering FTD flowers the other day, which I was going to do anyway got out to dinner, earn points, charge on your affinity card - boom! Dine with credit card - double! THC - membership site ($15/$25/$39) great tutorials, knowledge base, awesome real time alerts (still testing - might move to $39 level for more upgrades & premium travel)
I pay for gas, groceries with credit card instead of debit card & PAY OFF BALANCE
TripIt - how many use this? Tracks 120 programs, builds yr itin automatically, sends flt alerts, emails whoever ’ s picking you up if delayed BUT with all sites/app now AA/UA/DL/SW are out.
I flew to India, stop in HKG., Go to Australia, stop in Fiji, same with domestic - spend wkend with relatives in Chicago, for exam. Online booking is very screwy - always call, hang up & try again if not getting what you want Partner deals - a First class tkt can be less miles on a partner than on yr airline Own a business? make purchases thru eShopping on a biz affinity card - HUGE
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Earn More Frequent Flyer Points to Fly Free
Demystifying Frequent Flyer Programs
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How to Cheaply Grow Your Points/MilesEasier than you thinkInvest the time to fly freeBe strategic
Airfare - Your Biggest Travel CostSlash it by finessing your FF mileageFly free, get free lodgingEnjoy VIP perks with elite statusLounge access, pre-boarding, exclusivedeals and more
Skyrocket Your Free Travel OpportunitiesOptimizing your earnings requires work : Manage several airline FF programs Learn about the partner airlines Manage credit card award programs Learn about partner car & hotel programs
Worst Way to Earn?Flying on a paidticket(Except when strategic)
Earn Points the Smart Way#1 Educate yourself#2 Plan your strategy#3 Use the right tools#4 Doing daily stuff#5 Bitch
#1 Educate YourselfLearn your airline’s FF programHang out with the Big Boys on FF forums &blogsLearn your airlines’ partnersLearn how to earn without flying
#2 Plan Your StrategyWhere are you traveling?Which program has the highest value?Premium travel? (First & Business class)Earn elite status for the VIP treatment
Use The Right ToolsCredit card sign up bonuses- biggest source of FF milesFF eShopping sites/DiningprogramsTravel Hacking CartelBuy miles promos/bonusmile alerts
Earn with Everyday StuffBuy house/carGet an insurance quote - up to 2,000 milesNetflix - up to 3,000 milesSubscriptions, surveys & cable TV signupsTax preparation Always check the fine print!
Track the DetailsTripIt Pro app - bestSpreadsheet/Google DocsMileageManager.comGoMiles.com AwardWallet.com
6 Quick TricksTack on another stopover/destinationAlways talk to an agent when bookingAlways check out your airfareKnow your airline’s partner dealsShop until you drop for milesBuy miles strategically during promotions
Let’s Do This!Open FF accountsLearn from the masters inforums/blogsApply for credit cardsJoin Travel Hacking CartelUse the TripIt appGo catch your plane See You at 35,000 Feet!
30,000 Free Points OfferSPG Amex 25K point signup bonusGet 10K after your 1st purchaseGet 15K after spending $5,000 in 6 monthsTransfer points to 30 airline partnersReceive a 5K point bonus!