This is the first post in a monthlong series. Each post will take about two minutes to read and may include an action item that takes the reader another two minutes to complete. I am writing this for an audience of people who know nothing about frequent flyer miles, and my goal is that by the end, you know enough to fly for free anywhere you want to go.
Frequent flyer miles are your ticket to travel more, better, and cheaper.
Mastering frequent flyer miles, hotel points, and credit card programs truly is life changing. (I’m literally typing this from a free $500-a-night ocean view room on Maui.) To help you master travel rewards, I am revising and updating my Free First Class Next Month series for beginners, which I first ran in March 2012.
Frequent flyer miles from travel credit cards have allowed me to visit 55 countries at the age of 27, with enough miles left over to go anywhere in the world tomorrow if I wanted to. I pay less for these trips than you probably did for your last vacation, and I’m usually flying in Business or First Class.
When I say “First Class,” I’m not talking about those slightly wider seats at the front of the plane you see as you board a flight to Cleveland. International First Class means your own fully flat bed in your own enclosed suite while being waited on and served fine foods and wine.
Luxury is attainable with frequent flyer miles, and it usually costs far less than a paid ticket. I flew in Cathay Pacific First Class for the miles I had gotten for opening one credit card plus $43 out of pocket. Do you have $43?
I know for many people luxury travel is not the goal. They just want to get their family on vacation or to visit grandparents, and they don’t have the money in the budget for these trips. Using frequent flyer miles can also help a family travel for peanuts. I recently described how a family of four could fly to Europe for only $274 total!
What’s the catch? You’ll have to learn a few things and open the right credit cards.
In this series, I’m going to be showing you the tricks that experts use to fly in First Class anywhere in the world for pennies. By next month, you’ll be a pro at earning frequent flier miles for doing things you already do and redeeming them for dream First Class vacations you thought you could never afford.
In addition to frequent flyer miles, I’ll be teaching you about how to find incredibly cheap cash fares and hotels, so that you’ve got a full arsenal of ways to travel cheap or free.
If you have two minutes a day, you can enjoy Free First Class Next Month! Bookmark this page, and check back tomorrow when we take the first step to Free First Class Next Month. Or better yet, sign up to receive one free daily email every morning with all of the day’s posts
Forward those emails to your friends, so they can also learn and become your travel companions.
For those who can’t wait until tomorrow, here is a link to every post in the last series. This series will follow roughly the same topics.
Free First Class Next Month 2014: Table of Contents
- The Beginners Guide to Frequent Flyer Miles and Points (Introduction)
- Signing Up For Travel Loyalty Programs and Award Wallet
- Introduction to Travel Credit Cards
- Best Current Credit Card Offers
- Transferable Points Program Basics
- Earning Miles from Flying
- Shopping Portals
- Manufactured Spending
- You Can Earn Miles Doing Anything
- Don’t Let Your Miles Expire
- Airline Mile and Hotel Point Redemption Basics
- Airline Hubs, Alliances, and Award Search Engines
- Basics of Redeeming American Airlines Miles
- Basics of Redeeming United Miles
- Basics of Redeeming Delta Miles
Basics of Redeeming US Airways Miles(this program no longer exists)
- Basics of Redeeming British Airways Avios
- Basics of Redeeming Alaska Airlines Miles
- Basics of Redeeming Southwest, JetBlue, Virgin America, and Frontier Miles
- Basics of Redeeming Singapore, Aeroplan, Flying Blue, ANA, Lufthansa, and Korean Miles
- How to Book Complicated Awards with Segment-by-Segment Searching and Wikipedia
- How to Pick the Best Seat with Seat Guru
- Setting Kayak Price Alerts to Always Pay the Lowest Price for Flights
- Basics of ITA Matrix to Find Cheap Flights and Fuel Surcharge Info
- Should You Chase Status?
- Cheapskate Lodging with Hotel Promos, Hostels, airbnb, and CouchSurfing
- Name Your Own Price on Priceline to Save Hundreds on Hotels
- Cancelling Cards
- The End