Trip reports and introductions:
The Trip of AA Lifetime (Asia, Australia, Middle East) (2016)
Two Days in Zurich (2016)
Brussels and Barcelona (2016)
Visiting a Friend in Chicago (2016)
Three Days in Rio de Janeiro (2016)
Breakfast and a Massage in Dallas (2016)
Completing the Lufthansa First Class Collection (2016)
Last Aeroplan 62.5k in Lufthansa First Class to Europe (2015)
A Visit (to the) HOM (House of Miles) (2015)
24+ Hours in Los Angeles (2015)
Flying the A380 in Lufthansa First Class (2015)
Glamorous Dubai (2015)
10 Days – England, Scotland, and Iceland (2015)
Two Days in Warsaw (2015)
Flying Lufthansa First Class to Europe (2015)
A Weekend in la Ciudad de México (2015)
Last Golden Mileage Run in United First Class (2015)
A Weekend in New York City (2015)
Another Floridian Mileage Run in United First Class (2015)
Mileage Run to Florida in United First Class (2015)
There’s no such thing as travelling too much, in fact, the more you are out there and explore the world and the more you step away from your day-to-day activities that completely focus your mind on the same things, the better you will live. Trust me. I’ve been travelling the world since I was just two months old and am fortunate enough to have a family who do the same. Maybe they are slightly less obsessed about miles and points, but they still travel quite a bit. I remember that before I found out how frequent flyer programmes work, I almost never looked forward to the ‘getting there’ part (not just on an airplane) of the journey. Now I’ve realised, the journey is as important as the destination. Your journey starts the second you leave your house (or wherever you live) and ends the second you come back to the same place you always do.
I know most people hate the actual ‘travel’ part of going somewhere: long queues at the airport, delays, lost baggage, I get it. But… it doesn’t have to be this way! Almost all of the things you hate about airports and airplanes can be avoided (not just with miles). For example, I’ve never been the type of person who will get angry at some airport agent because of a delay, I simply know it isn’t their fault. I’m not going to yell, blame them, and of course say the usual ‘I’m never flying this airline again’, because most of these actions are unnecessary and won’t help you or anyone around you. You will significantly increase your love for travelling and flying if you stay away from the negatives.
Miles help. Miles help you fly First or Business class for close to nothing. Yes, people living in the United States have an amazing advantage because of credit cards, but the reality is that wherever you are in the world, you can use miles to fly. Accumulating miles doesn’t have to be in the form of credit cards, there are several other options including actual flying (shocking, right? 🙂 ), buying miles through promotions, buying practically anything online through shopping portals, renting cars, staying at hotels, etc. The list goes on and on. Yes, Americans have an advantage, but that shouldn’t limit you to not play the ‘mileage game’ simply because wherever you live there isn’t a mileage-earning credit card (chances are there are plenty, just with low bonuses). The point I am trying to make is that you can use miles for your flights wherever you live, even if you have a disadvantage earning miles.
Once you get started, it is very easy to keep going. Don’t buy anything without thinking: ‘can I earn miles on this purchase?’ Chances are that you can. Look for mileage promotions online, sometimes there are offers for huge amounts of miles to selected members, stay in the loop, read blogs on BoardingArea, Prior2Boarding and of course, FlyerTalk. After learning how frequent flyer programmes work, you will be trying to maximise your miles in every way possible and I can guarantee you that you will look forward to your flights in the future.
If you have any questions or are in need of advice, please contact me.