About / Why the Blog:
I have been enjoying the benefits of travel loyalty rewards programs since before 2003 but that just meant having a single airline credit card, which I used for all purchases, and earning loyalty points/miles for flights and hotel stays. I was saving all my points/miles for a mega around-the-world trip but then in spring 2014 American Airlines eliminated their incredible around-the-world redemption “Explorer Award” overnight (without advance notice) and that same year I had to pay cash (ok charge a rewards credit card) for round trip flights from DFW to PER (Perth) to visit friends because I couldn’t find award availability despite starting the search 6-11 months in advance and having hundreds of thousands of AAdvantage miles. This double-whammy let-down somehow opened my eyes to the value of both transferrable credit card rewards points and diversifying my loyalty program memberships. In addition I began learning the myriad of redemption possibilities that can maximize rewards points’ value to achieve desired travel while also opening my eyes to the plethora of ways I could be earning more points/miles and gain additional flexibility in the process.
I only began supercharging my use of loyalty programs and rewards benefits in 2014. Since then I have managed to get multiple hundreds of thousands of rewards points/miles and been lucky to use them to take several “trips of a lifetime” each of the subsequent years. Now I want to help everyone, especially my friends and family, maximize rewards programs to get more bang for the buck they’re already spending. This desire has become manifest in this blog/website as I routinely found a desire to be able to share deals and insights with my friends in as unobtrusive way as possible while also being able to outline and detail the pros and cons of each deal. I decided that perhaps that could best be accomplished by sending them a link to a page where I explained the deal so that they can then choose to ignore the link/page or read it for further details. So here I am and somehow, for some reason, here you are. I presume it’s the allure of a deal combined with the allure of travel and adventure.