A lot of people don’t realize it but racking up miles and points is actually the easiest part of traveling hacking. I’ve probably earned 2-3 million points over the past five years through credit card sign-up bonuses but spending all those points is a completely different story. This is pretty counter-intuitive to real life since it’s always easier to spend cash than it is to accumulate it.
But if you’re in this hobby for the love of traveling, you will discover that there is no shortage of great destinations you can travel to for next to nothing. Problems arise though when you try to use miles/points to get to a specific destination during a specific time of the year.
It helps if you can travel off-peak but flexibility really is the name of the game. And if you’re open to the experience, that is when you can really start to benefit from traveling with miles and points. (more…)