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Articles about reward points and other hacks.

Reward Points: Learn How to Fly for Free

I've been a travel hacker for quite a few years now.  My family and I have traveled for free, or, for very little usi

Fly first class for $200: Travel hacking tips
I am a travel hacker (check out why I travel hack). My moto is "Always be earning". This refers to earning travel miles with everyday spending. And I love to travel. It is like art when these two things come together to create a sublime moment in my personal travel history. I have traveled often and to a lot of places (not as much as those who have traveled to 100 countries, but I digress), but, I have never traveled first class. Last month I finally got to experience first class and it was worth every penny I spent. The difference here is I didn’t spend a lot of money to fly first class because of the travel hacking habits I have. It only cost $200 for me and my wife.
Travel hacking and points: Return of the Hat trick
Back in May of 2020, I wrote about an event that I was very proud of. I performed the rare occurrence of scoring a travel hacking hat trick. I got awarded points 3 times, from 3 different points programs for one transaction. (Hat Trick: In field hockey and ice hockey, a hat trick occurs when a player scores three goals in a single game.)
Travel Hacking Hat Trick: More points
Yesterday I did something I have not been able to do in the past.  I've had transactions where I have scored double the reward points on a single purchase.  But, this time, I scored a travel hacker's dream transaction:  a travel hack hat trick.  I got awarded points 3 times for one transaction.  (Hat Trick:  In field hockey and ice hockey, a hat trick occurs when a player scores three goals in a single game.)
You can still have cheap flights in the age of the Coronavirus
Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of articles saying that the price of flights is going to go up during and after this time of the Covid-19 pandemic. It makes sense if you know anything about how business works (and believe me, I am not the most business-minded person but I get it). The demand is down. Way down. So, there are fewer people on the planes and the airlines are running fewer flights. Scarcity creates high demand. This drives up the price. There is good news: you can still pay for cheap flights in the age of the coronavirus.