Yesterday, I spent most of the night reading up on travel hacking via points/miles which you can acquire in the slow, respectable way (just when you buy something or take a flight) or through the slightly sneaky way of credit card churning. Well, since I’ve been trying to keep my spending to a minimum, credit card churning it is.
- First, credit is a valuable asset…don’t squander it! This is an important rule, that all of the above travel hackers live by. You never NEVER want to put your credit in serious jeopardy for a few measly points.
- Be creative…go beyond flying to earn miles, or staying at a hotel to earn points. There are ways you can earn points/miles out there for free (just require a little time)
- Make sure you are earning miles/points that you will actually be able to use. For instance, if you aren’t planning on going to Europe, getting points you could use on RyanAir (though I don’t think RyanAir even has a points system, so this is completely hypothetical) would be a waste of your time. Acquiring a bunch of American Airlines points, however, would be useful even if you usually fly British Airways, because they are affiliates.
- This will take time to get the hang of so don’t get impatient.
Yes, those are very general and no, they don’t tell you how you can go earn a million points right off the bat, but hey, I’m new to this too! My advice if this is something you want to pursue, read through the websites of the guys I listed above and find your own gurus (and then tell me the website address so i can learn too 🙂 )
Before I go, another (i think) great resource to get you in the travel hacking game is the Travel Hacking Cartel. Yes, it costs money, but you can do a 14 day trial for a dollar, something I definitely plan on taking advantage of once work calms down and I have the time.
’til next time!