In the last three or so years I went from this vacation flier who might go months without boarding a plane to sometimes being on 3-4 planes a week upwards of 10-12 weeks at a time. It quickly went from being this infrequent adventure where the excitement of the trip blurred out the pain of basic economy travel to a desperate desire to survive my own personal version of the hunger games. When you fly that much (and are trying to run a few businesses while doing so) it doesn’t take too long to realize that, there’s more to these loyalty programs than just the occasional complementary upgrade.
And, if you have too much time on your hands like I do, you might also learn how to put the system to work for you, rather than the other way around. The Points Guy, also known as Brian Kelly, is a blogger whose site I find myself reading daily for a really enjoyable mix of travel reviews, education, deals and general news on the airline industry. While there are plenty of other well known travel hackers who either do so for their own ego or simply as a way of life, The Points Guy seems to have found his calling in helping his readers “Maximize Your Travel” as his tag line states.
An up and coming executive in the financial industry, Kelly walked away from a VP job to pursue blogging and in a few short years has turned The Points Guy into a major media platform. With close to 1.5 M likes on Facebook and web traffic to match, his site has become a gold mine of knowledge on how to leverage credit card spending to maximize points and more importantly redemptions through unique partnerships, transfer rates and the occasional technical error.
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