Like to travel? How about traveling for free? Sure, who wouldn’t want to do that.
I’m leaving today for a trip to Myanmar and the one-way ticket on United Airlines would have cost over $800. Instead I bought the ticket with 40,000 miles and only had to pay $30 for taxes.
I’m not always able to use airline miles for travel but I do whenever I can. Earlier this year I flew one way from San Diego to Haiti for only 17,500 miles on American Airlines.
Information is everywhere
So you’re wondering how to use miles for free travel? Information is everywhere. Here’s a few sources.
For example, a couple of weeks ago I was a guest of Chris Guillebeau and Stephanie Zito during their six week, online course called “Make Your Dream Trip A Reality.”
That course is structured around the idea of taking a dream trip at little or not cost by using airline miles. During the interview we talked about some of the ways I’ve used miles to travel.
My interview segment was during the second day of the course when they gave introductory information about how to use airline miles to travel. Later in the course the information becomes much more detailed about exactly what steps to follow to travel for (almost!) free.
Chris has some excellent information on travel hacking, both free on his website and through paid courses he offers. He is a “practice what you preach” kind of person since he has visited every country in the world. Stephanie also has tons of travel experience and has been to over 100 countries.
More sources of information
A few searches on the Internet will lead to you to plenty of other websites with free information on how to earn and use miles most effectively. I’ll list some below and you can probably find others too.
Brian Kelly is the “Points Guy” and his website has more than 1.5 million visits each month as he explains the latest travel deals involving points/miles. The website also includes an excellent “beginners guide” in home page menu.
This website is run by Daraius Dubash and Emily Jablon. Daraius is a former Certified Public Accountant and Emily was a project manager for General Dynamics. They both use their ability organize complicated facts and figures to write about the best deals in travel in a way that anyone can understand.
Is this for me?
If you like to travel and don’t mind a little work, then you should learn how to cut travel expenses using miles/points. Of course it takes some effort, you won’t learn everything all at once, and the rules can change. But if you start with the basics and not make it too complicated it will definitely be worthwhile.
Flying to the other side of the side of the world for only $30 seems like a good deal to me.