Today I am starting The Points Guide, a new travel blog that will show you how you can travel for free. Airlines and hotels give out free rewards points all of the time. You will see their offers everywhere, online, TV, newspapers, but the average person doesn’t know that they can take those free awards points and leverage them to go further. I have turned 300,000 awards points into 420,000 airline miles. The average ticket price on Delta is 25,000 Delta SkyMiles, during off peak travel times. If you have a flexible travel schedule you can really shop around for the best priced tickets. I’ve even flown from Seattle to Anchorage in First Class for 32,500 SkyMiles. First Class tickets from SEA to ANC are usually priced around $1,200 and I flew for free, minus a $10 Security Fee.
You might think that getting 300,000 rewards points would take you a really long time, but credit card companies are constantly offering ‘deals’. These deals are always to get you to use ‘their’ credit card. Not all deals are worth your time and some deals may be out of your reach. What do I mean by this? Well for example, American Express offered a one day deal in February for 75,000 AMEX points for signing up for their American Express Business Gold card. But here is the catch, you had to spend $10,000 within 4 months or an average of $2,500 per month. These are basically free rewards points earned by spending money.
Do you use your debit card or still write checks? STOP! Stop using your debit card and STOP writing checks! Every single time you make a purchase you should be using a credit card that is offering some type of rewards points or a ‘One’ time bonus, such as the card mentioned above. Go through your last 3 months of bills and calculate everything you have charged, written checks for or used your debit card for.
Think of these:
- All Food Purchases
- Home Expenses
- -Electric Bill
- -Gas Bill
- -Home Phone
- -Water Bill
- Possibly Home Mortgage (Some Mortgage companies allow ‘Money Orders’ which can be purchased for a fee. If you are able to do this, use caution as I normally don’t promote ways of gaining points when you have to pay for those points)
- Car Insurance
- Car Maintenance
- Cell Phone
- Doctor Bills
Probably 95% of your purchases could have been charged to a credit card. If your monthly charges come out to over $2,500, then you could have earned 75,000 AMEX points, which never expire!
This is just one example of how you can earn free rewards points which can be turned into Free Airline Miles and used to travel the world for free! Over the next few months I plan on sharing my experience of how I turned 300,000 rewards points into 420,000 Airline Miles. I currently have 450,000 rewards points sitting in one of my accounts that will be turned into over 600,000 airline miles over the next few months. This does not include the 75,000 more rewards points that I will be given to me within 4 months, from the offer above.
Where would you go if you had 600,000 free airline miles? With 600,000 free airline miles your destination is unlimited.