You’ll learn how to quickly rack up hundreds of thousands of frequent flyer miles. (These tips helped me earn over 1.4 million points in two years.) You’ll also learn how to:
1) The Fastest Way To Get Free Flights
2) How Your Credit Score Works
3) Step-By-Step Guides For Three Types Of Travelers
4) How To Get Bumped
5) Earning Elite Status In One Roundtrip Flight
6) Complaints = Miles
7) Bring A Companion For Free
8) Spending Points Wisely
9) How To Fly To Additional Cities For Free
10) Using Partner Airlines To Fly Anywhere In The World
11) How To Plan A Trip, Step-By-Step
12) Finding Cheap Flights
I recently took a dream vacation to the Galapagos Islands. A friend of mine was living on the islands and I had some unused vacation days set to expire, so the timing was perfect. The only thing standing in the way of snorkeling with sea lions: a $1600 plane ticket. And yet, with surprising ease, I was able to fly down for a grand total of $45 in processing fees. My tropical deliverer? Frequent flyer miles.
Nearly every time I tell people about my free trip, I’m met with the same two-step reaction: amazement that I was able to fly to the Galapagos for free and disbelief that they could take a similar trip of their own without dipping into their savings. Their doubt soon turns into apathy, and before you know it they’re back to paying out-of-pocket for expensive flights (or complaining that they never go anywhere).
Swallowing the cost of these flights is easy when you’re wealthy. To the rest of us, for whom a Google Image of giant tortoises is as close as we’ll get to the Galapagos when ticket prices total $2000, reward travel remains a hugely underutilized third option.
Plenty of frequent flyer books promise to teach you how to get the cheapest airfare possible. They’ll give you 350 pages worth of tips like “get an airlines credit card” or “try to fly the same carrier each time.” These broad overviews are about as helpful as teaching someone to play soccer by instructing them to “kick the ball towards the goal.”
Most people don’t want to take the time and effort to become an expert. They just want to take an awesome vacation for free!
That’s why I wrote How To Fly For Free: to give you hyper-practical tips on how to travel for free.
I don’t do this for a living. I have a full-time job that requires some travel. I was skeptical of frequent flyer miles initially; it felt like a scam.
Years later, with free trips to Europe, South America, and elsewhere already logged, I can say without reservation that I was wrong. If an amateur like me who is wholly disconnected from the airline industry can use the system to fly for free, anyone can.
Traveling around the world for free isn’t difficult, but it isn’t intuitive either. It’s not a matter of just searching Orbitz or booking your flights on Tuesdays at 1pm. (That Tuesday tip is complete malarkey, by the way.) You need to know step-by-step how to find cheap flights, how to rack up thousands of frequent flyer miles easily, and how to piece it altogether for your dream vacation. I want to help you travel anywhere in the world for free.
Here’s a shorthand guide to getting the most from this book:
The first section of the book details how to easily earn hundreds of thousands of frequent flyer miles.
The second section explains how to use your miles for free flights.
The third section walks you step-by-step through the free-flight planning process.
In the end, the reason I wrote this book is because most of us want to travel more. Two things usually stop us: time and money. I can’t give you more time, but I can help you make traveling a lot less expensive. The world’s too beautiful a place to let expensive flights stop you from seeing it.