Anyone ever see that movie “Up in the Air“? That scene when George Clooney is going through all his different travel club and elite status cards with Vera Farmiga is what being a miles and points collector does to you. Anyway, as you get into this, not only will you have the means to book free travel all the time, you will learn many things about the travel and credit card industry, such as airport codes, all the airlines and their hubs, credit card issuers and which programs they issue cards for, and probably many more things that you thought you would never care about.
However…this doesn’t come without some work! From following the various blogs (hopefully including this one!), tracking credit cards you’ve applied for, and the spending you’ve put on them, to just making sure the points and miles promotions are credited to you accounts…there is some work involved. But I think it is all very worth it.
In this game, everyone will have different limits as to what they can spend and which cards they can apply for, as well as different intended purposes for the miles they earn. But the main tenets are to always stay on top of the latest developments (following the blogs in my blogroll is probably one of the fastest and easiest ways to do this), and also to collect points and miles from any promotion and any program that you reasonable can. It’s good to have as many options as possible when it comes to travel awards
For those of you that want a headstart, The Points Guy actually has a Beginner’s Guide section on his site…I’ll write a post in the coming days outlining the steps that he has, but his guide is pretty thorough on how to get started.
I highly encourage you to send any questions you have to firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will try to get back to you as quickly as possible. I may even create posts on the questions that you have. That’s all for now, but keep an eye out for posts discussing the basics of frequent flyer and hotel programs as well as credit cards and other steps you can take to jump start your accounts!