I get about a dozen emails a week that sound just like this:
I respond to every single one of them with the same answer.
So I thought about making a BuzzFeed-Style title for today’s post. Here were a few ideas:
The 5 Worst Ways to Redeem Your Points and Miles (You’ll Never Believe #4)
He Tried to Redeem His Miles for What??
Man Tries to Buy a TV with Miles. What Happens Next Will Amaze You!
Don’t those titles make you want to click and find out what happens? I mean how could you continue along with your day without knowing what #4 is??
But then I remembered that you, my readers, are sophisticated individuals who don’t fall for those tricks. Which is why you would never think of redeeming frequent flyer miles/points for any of these 5 common traps:
You read that right. A $10,659 airline itinerary for $320 out of pocket.
Six months ago Josh had never heard of travel hacking. Yesterday he booked a first class flight to take his soon-to-be wife Cassie to Bora Bora for their honeymoon.
No tricks. No BS. Just a TON of savings with very minimal work.
And while I wish I could take credit for helping him, Josh was able to pull this off just with the knowledge that he learned by reading my book.
Here’s how he did it.
After reading my book and learning the basics, Josh applied for the Citi Executive AAdvantage World MasterCard. At the time the card was offering 100,000 American Airlines miles after $10,000 spend (this offer is no longer available as of last week). The card had a $450 fee but came with a $200 statement credit, meaning that he had to pay a net $250 out of pocket.