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Getting Started With 
Miles and Points 
Summer Hull – Mommy Points 
Ed Pizzarello – Pizza in Motion
Who Are We?
Summer Hull 
www.mommypoints.com 
Twitter: @mommy_points 
Email: mommypoints@mommypoints.com 
Facebook: facebook.com/Mommy...
PizzaInMotion.com 
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Ed Pizzarello 
www.pizzainmotion.com 
Twitter: @pizzainmotion 
Email:...
What We’re Going to Talk About 
•Why Collect Miles and Points 
• Things to Think about Up-front 
• How to Earn 
• How to B...
Connect With Relatives
Show Your Kids the World
Connect With Each Other
Spread Out
Arrive Rested
Arrive Rested
Eat Awesome Food
Stay Places We Could Never Afford
Just Have Fun
Things to Think About Upfront 
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What Are Your Goals? 
• Domestic tickets for multiple people 
• International first class for one 
• Business Class for tw...
Your goals should dictate your actions. 
It’s much easier to know where to start 
when you can see the end game. 
© Lypht,...
Reach your first miles and points goal 
and then set a new one. The goal is to 
use them, not to collect them! 
© Lypht, L...
Tips for Getting Started 
• Start small 
• Don’t worry about what others 
are doing 
• Do what is right for you 
• Don’t s...
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Award Wallet
Tips for Staying Organized 
• Set due dates on the same day 
• Pay bills online 
• Use a spread sheet 
• Use service like ...
Miles and points collecting 
can take as much or as little 
time as you want. 
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Reading blogs can save you time. 
www.viewfromthewing.com 
www.thepointsguy.com 
www.millionmilesecrets.com 
www.boardinga...
Be aware that “free” isn’t 
always free…but sometimes 
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it can be close.
Burning well is harder than 
earning, so pay attention to 
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both.
Earning Miles and 
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Points
Ways to Earn Miles and Points 
© Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved 
• Credit cards 
• Debit cards 
• Online shopping 
• Trave...
Credit cards are the 
fastest and easiest 
way to earn miles 
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and points.
I have earned close to 
half a million points in 
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one year.
Remember Your Goals 
1. Flexible and transferrable 
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points cards 
2. Hotel and airline s...
Transferrable Points 
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• Ink Plus – 50k 
• Chase Sapphire 
Preferred – 40k
Transferrable Points 
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• Premier Rewards Gold– 25k 
• EveryDay Preferred – 15k 
• Mercede...
Airline and Hotel Cards 
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• United MileagePlus Explorer Card 
• US Airways MasterCard** 
...
Fixed Value Points 
Barclay ArrivalCard, Capital One 
Venture Card & US Banks FlexPerks 
• Bad for premium cabins 
• Good ...
Category Bonuses 
• Ink Bold/Ink Plus 5x: Office Supply stores, 
cell phone, home phone, internet, cable 
• Chase Freedom ...
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Chase Trifecta 
Chase Checking 
for extra 10%
Dangers of Rewards Cards 
• Never miss a payment. 
• Don’t spend more just to get the 
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b...
What Goes Into Credit Score 
Inquiries and age of account can hurt, but 
total debt to credit ratio can be helped.
My Credit Score Estimates 
• Citi Identity 
Monitor 
• Credit Karma 
• Credit Sesame
Online Shopping
Occasional Bonus Promos
Double Dipping in Portals 
• Buy a gift card to earn bonus 
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points 
• United MileagePlus...
Compare Shopping Portal Rates 
• Compare manually for large 
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purchases for accuracy 
• w...
Dining Rewards Network 
• 3x – 5x miles per dollar + sign-up and other 
occasional bonuses 
• Currently 2,000 mile United ...
Look Our For Promotions 
• Contests, giveaways, sign-up 
bonuses, free point bonuses 
• Occasionally very lucrative 
promo...
Other ways of earning miles 
• Investments 
• Mortgages 
• LASIK 
• Partners (car rental, flower 
orders, electricity, win...
Earn Miles From Actual Travel 
• Always earn miles on trips 
• Credit to a partner if needed 
• Look out for promos and re...
Burning Miles and 
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Points
Burning Miles and Points 
Learning to use miles and points to 
their max is the hard part, but don’t 
let “analysis paraly...
Easy When You Look at Goals 
If you started earning with your end 
goal in mind, then burning is easy. 
© Lypht, LLC All R...
Things to Consider with Burn 
• Look back at your goals 
• Look at your value per point, but 
© Lypht, LLC All Rights Rese...
Award Charts 
Different award charts have 
different costs and countries located 
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in dif...
Award Charts Zone Example 
US Airways – Australia biz 110k 
US Airways – North Asia F 120k 
Aeroplan US – Europe 1 90k biz...
Availability Issues 
• Start looking at 11 months out, 
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but don’t stop there 
• Last min...
Questions? 
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  1. 1. Getting Started With Miles and Points Summer Hull – Mommy Points Ed Pizzarello – Pizza in Motion
  2. 2. Who Are We?
  3. 3. Summer Hull www.mommypoints.com Twitter: @mommy_points Email: mommypoints@mommypoints.com Facebook: facebook.com/MommyPoints © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  4. 4. PizzaInMotion.com © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Ed Pizzarello www.pizzainmotion.com Twitter: @pizzainmotion Email: ed@milepoint.com
  5. 5. What We’re Going to Talk About •Why Collect Miles and Points • Things to Think about Up-front • How to Earn • How to Burn • Questions © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  6. 6. Connect With Relatives
  7. 7. Show Your Kids the World
  8. 8. Connect With Each Other
  9. 9. Spread Out
  10. 10. Arrive Rested
  11. 11. Arrive Rested
  12. 12. Eat Awesome Food
  13. 13. Stay Places We Could Never Afford
  14. 14. Just Have Fun
  15. 15. Things to Think About Upfront © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  16. 16. What Are Your Goals? • Domestic tickets for multiple people • International first class for one • Business Class for two • Top end hotels around the world • Family resorts • Flexibility to book any date • Tickets to Europe during off-peak times © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  17. 17. Your goals should dictate your actions. It’s much easier to know where to start when you can see the end game. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  18. 18. Reach your first miles and points goal and then set a new one. The goal is to use them, not to collect them! © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  19. 19. Tips for Getting Started • Start small • Don’t worry about what others are doing • Do what is right for you • Don’t sweat the small stuff • Stay focused on your goals • Get organized © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  20. 20. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  21. 21. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Award Wallet
  22. 22. Tips for Staying Organized • Set due dates on the same day • Pay bills online • Use a spread sheet • Use service like mint.com if you need extra help • Only use certain cards in a given month © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  23. 23. Miles and points collecting can take as much or as little time as you want. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  24. 24. Reading blogs can save you time. www.viewfromthewing.com www.thepointsguy.com www.millionmilesecrets.com www.boardingarea.com © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Many, many more.
  25. 25. Be aware that “free” isn’t always free…but sometimes © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved it can be close.
  26. 26. Burning well is harder than earning, so pay attention to © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved both.
  27. 27. Earning Miles and © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Points
  28. 28. Ways to Earn Miles and Points © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved • Credit cards • Debit cards • Online shopping • Traveling • Promotions • Dining Programs • Investments • Asking/complaining
  29. 29. Credit cards are the fastest and easiest way to earn miles © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved and points.
  30. 30. I have earned close to half a million points in © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved one year.
  31. 31. Remember Your Goals 1. Flexible and transferrable © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved points cards 2. Hotel and airline specific cards 3. Fixed value points 4. Cash back cards
  32. 32. Transferrable Points © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved • Ink Plus – 50k • Chase Sapphire Preferred – 40k
  33. 33. Transferrable Points © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved • Premier Rewards Gold– 25k • EveryDay Preferred – 15k • Mercedes Benz Plat – 50k
  34. 34. Airline and Hotel Cards © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved • United MileagePlus Explorer Card • US Airways MasterCard** • Hilton HHonors Reserve Card • Club Carlson Visa - BOGO Less flexibility, but often give “elite like” perks.
  35. 35. Fixed Value Points Barclay ArrivalCard, Capital One Venture Card & US Banks FlexPerks • Bad for premium cabins • Good for inexpensive domestic travel. • Good for those without flexibility • Good to leverage for sales © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  36. 36. Category Bonuses • Ink Bold/Ink Plus 5x: Office Supply stores, cell phone, home phone, internet, cable • Chase Freedom 5x: rotating quarterly categories with $1,500 cap (no annual fee) • Citi ThankYou: 3x on dining and entertainment, 2x on airfare and hotel charges • Amex EveryDay Preferred: 3x grocery (6k cap), 2x gas, 50% bonus for 30 uses • US Bank FlexPerks: 3x charitable donations (Kiva), 2x on grocery or other © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  37. 37. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Chase Trifecta Chase Checking for extra 10%
  38. 38. Dangers of Rewards Cards • Never miss a payment. • Don’t spend more just to get the © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved bonus or more points. • Be a good customer. • Annual fees can add up, so do the math. • Credit score may go down in the short run.
  39. 39. What Goes Into Credit Score Inquiries and age of account can hurt, but total debt to credit ratio can be helped.
  40. 40. My Credit Score Estimates • Citi Identity Monitor • Credit Karma • Credit Sesame
  41. 41. Online Shopping
  42. 42. Occasional Bonus Promos
  43. 43. Double Dipping in Portals • Buy a gift card to earn bonus © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved points • United MileagePlus X App • Then use that gift card via the portal to make your purchase • Check Frequent Miler’s lab for current success stories
  44. 44. Compare Shopping Portal Rates • Compare manually for large © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved purchases for accuracy • www.evreward.com • Pick2Pay
  45. 45. Dining Rewards Network • 3x – 5x miles per dollar + sign-up and other occasional bonuses • Currently 2,000 mile United promo but has been 3,000
  46. 46. Look Our For Promotions • Contests, giveaways, sign-up bonuses, free point bonuses • Occasionally very lucrative promos come along – hit them big if you can • Worth doing for one, worth doing © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved for the whole family • Small Business Saturday
  47. 47. Other ways of earning miles • Investments • Mortgages • LASIK • Partners (car rental, flower orders, electricity, wine clubs, etc) • Daily Getaways (cheap purchase) • BarclayCard Travel Community • Buying them © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  48. 48. Earn Miles From Actual Travel • Always earn miles on trips • Credit to a partner if needed • Look out for promos and register • Mileage running can be lucrative…but only for a few Mainly done for elite status © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  49. 49. Burning Miles and © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Points
  50. 50. Burning Miles and Points Learning to use miles and points to their max is the hard part, but don’t let “analysis paralysis” stop you from starting the process. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  51. 51. Easy When You Look at Goals If you started earning with your end goal in mind, then burning is easy. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  52. 52. Things to Consider with Burn • Look back at your goals • Look at your value per point, but © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved don’t get stuck there • Hotel points usually easier than miles (no blackout) • Consider stopovers, open-jaws, and free one-ways
  53. 53. Award Charts Different award charts have different costs and countries located © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved in different zones.
  54. 54. Award Charts Zone Example US Airways – Australia biz 110k US Airways – North Asia F 120k Aeroplan US – Europe 1 90k biz ANA East Coast – Europe 68k biz BA BOS-DUB – 50k RT in biz Learn the sweet spots for your desired destination. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  55. 55. Availability Issues • Start looking at 11 months out, © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved but don’t stop there • Last minute can be great • Expert flyer alerts • Remember to check partners • Look segment by segment • Not all options online for all airlines
  56. 56. Questions? © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved

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