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Special Reader Giveaway: TPG Meet & Greet in New York City This Weekend!

by on February 26, 2014 · 120 comments

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Following up on my New Year’s resolution to have more face-to-face with my readers, I have planned a very special event in Manhattan this Saturday, March 1, following the first night of the New York Times Travel Show to do just that!

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I am living my dream – I have the opportunity to travel the world and share my experiences and tips and I would love to meet some of my most loyal readers to discuss how points and travel have helped them live their dreams. I feel that you know a lot about me and my life, and after reading all of the amazing blog comments, tweets, Instagram posts and Facebook comments, I would like to learn more about you.

I want to get to know more of my readers, enter below for an invite to

I want to get to know more of my readers, so enter below for an invite to our reader event!

So in that spirit – and to celebrate after my appearance at the NY Times Travel Show – we are giving 30 lucky New York City-area TPG readers invitations to a party this coming Saturday, March 1, from 7-9pm where you’ll get to meet me and the rest of the TPG Team, talk about your travel plans and discuss the site and what you’d like to see. We will have food, drinks and special giveaways for everyone!

If you want to enter this contest, leave me a comment on this post telling me the most valuable thing you’ve learned from ThePointsGuy.com and how my site has helped you maximize your life! Enter by 10am ET on Friday, February 28th, and you must be in the NYC area and available to join us since we won’t be providing transportation, accommodation, etc. One entry per person. Don’t worry, if you aren’t able to make it to this event I plan on having more of these meet ups in different locations across the country.

Good luck and I hope to see you there!

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  • Danielle

    Using British Airways Executive Club points prior to Avios for CX F from Haneda to JFK via HKG. Best award value ever.

  • Matt Apter

    Cool offer! The most valuable part of TPG for me is your reviews/opinions of credit cards and their sign up offers, spend bonuses, etc. Great way to help asses value for each of the travel CCs!

  • Mike

    Hi Brian, I have been a follower since February 2013. Your blog has changed my life for the better! Anytime I go to a bar or restaurant and meet new people, I always pick up the tab and start the points conversation. It always turns into why I do it and they are intrigued by the notion that anyone can travel the world just by spending money on everyday things! It has occasionally made me the most interesting man at the bar, and I discuss the places I’ve been with my new friends, thanks to your blog. Not only have I seen great places, but it has helped me pass your advice along to others as well as start new friendships! Thank you!!

  • Candace P

    The most valuable thing I learned from The Points Guy. com was the analysis of when to buy travel insurance and who to buy it from in the post, “Independent Travel Insurance vs. Airline Or Cruise Carriers, When Is It Best To Buy More?”

    We like to travel but have had a few medical issues while travelling, so we refer back to this article to find the best source of coverage for our needs. That way we get the best coverage without paying too much!

    Hopefully we get to meet you on Sautrday! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • brian9778

    Hi Brian, I have read your blog for over a year now and can honestly say that have more than half of my current balance of 1.3 million US Airways/American Airlines miles because of your tips and advice. My husband and I were able to travel first class to the Philippines in December/January 2012/13 via Star Alliance redemption “sweet spots” through US Airways: Lufthansa/Asiana (JFK-FRA-ICN-MNL) and Singapore/Air China (MNL-SIN-PEK-JFK), which was truly an unforgettable experience. From the US Airways Grand Slam to Vanilla Reload mania to the recent 100K AA card from Citi, this blog has been my points and miles Bible! Thank you!

  • WorldTraveler1f

    I’ve followed your blog for several years now and it’s really been the last year that I’ve been bulking up my balances. The most valuable thing that I’ve learned is which credit card to use for what purchase and how to maximize the points on every purchase. From using Vanilla Reloads to the CSP offer of 55K and the Citi AA 100K bonus this site has helped me out great. Another great thing that I’ve learned is using Avios for short-haul trips!

  • Shwetabh Gautam

    The combination of advice regarding Southwest and IHG points have been invaluable. I have made more weekend trips in the past year than I ever have before – all because of your advice. Houston, Austin, Columbus, Boston, DC, San Francisco, Chicago and many more to visit friends and family. Hoping to expand and use my points to visit friends and family more often in and around Europe and Asia.

    Looking forward to hopping in a taxi and heading over to meet you and the team!

  • James Alex Larounis

    Hi Brian! I’ll be in NYC this weekend the NY Travel Show, too, and as cheesy as it sounds, wanted to go just to hear you speak both days. I have to say, I think the best thing I’ve learned from your site is all of the new and great credit card offers, like the Citi AA 100K offer. Your website is the first place I hear about new offers, and if available, I always use your affiliate links. Thanks for all of the insightful tips, and for helping all of us to stay on top of the mileage and points game! Hope to see you this weekend at your reader get-together!

  • Jackie

    I’ve been a regular reader of your blog for a few years now – used to enjoy your sister-on-law’s recaps of the short-lived Pan Am show – and I did hear you speak at last years NYT travel show in NYC, but I couldn’t even get near afterward to express my thanks for your great travel blog. I guess I’ve learned from & gotten the most out of your thoughtful analyses of various hotel promotions – and I’ve really been able to get maximum benefit from them because of your blog! Thanks- and would love to attend a small scale gathering of TPG followers!

  • whereismonica

    Started reading your blog a few month ago while planning my sabbatical and round the world trip. Will be traveling to nearly 20 countries spanning every continent except Antarctica in a 6 month time frame.

    Your article on Oneworld RTW ticket basics was especially useful when purchasing my RTW ticket. I ended up booking an awards ticket with 12 legs in business class + 2 upgrade-able legs in economy for just 220K AA miles + ~$1,500 in taxes and fees.

  • Geoff

    Hey TPG!

    Without a doubt, you have helped me maximize my United/USAirway
    points as well as picking the best credit card for travel. Before I started reading your blog, I had all
    kinds of USAirways points that I had a hard time making use of due to the fact
    that I live nearest to IAD and United flies out of IAD much more than USAirways,
    but also that I could use those points to book one ways on United that I could
    never do on USAirways, so I currently have a one way back from Europe in June that
    I never would have thought of (going over via Iceland Air through Iceland,
    which I also doubt I would have done if you hadn’t said it was one of the
    greatest places that you have visited)!

    Also, I now own the Chase Sapphire card which has been
    absolutely awesome for earning points but also for cashing in on my
    points. I recently transferred, at a 1:1
    ratio, some of my points to Southwest Airlines and my wife and I flew round trip
    to Florida, which was a great escape from this unbelievable winter that we have
    been having!

    I hope to get the chance to meet you and the team!

  • Dave

    Thanks to your site I’ve been able to take a free first class trip every few months – in the last year including 2x SQ, 2x LH, 2x OZ, NH, TG – all in F long haul. Turns out the world is a fun place to play in! Nowadays the city reports summarizing hotel options are what helps me the most, as I’m pretty set on the earning miles side.

    Would love to come to your get together!

  • Jose C.

    How to diversify my points throughout programs and how to combine itineraries to use them. Also, how to deal with day-to-day travel situations (delays, equipment change, etc..).

  • The Dutch guy

    The most valuable thing I learned from Thepointsguy is how to balance the “material” side of each medaillon program with the “immaterial”, humane aspects that each program has or excludes. Based on those, I could choose the program which thus far fitted me best! Thank you! (and bye-bye to Delta next year!)

  • nick

    Most valuable lesson derived from TPG? That aspirational travel doesn’t just have to be aspired to. I got to give my wife the destination wedding of her dreams this year, using hotel and airline points, without borrowing a dime. I’ll always be grateful for this site, for helping me with the greatest gift ever, wedding my wife!

  • arthur hsu

    I’ve been reading your blog the past couple years since I started caring about frequent flyer miles. The best I’ve gained from your post is that I now have a great understanding of the miles game, some I follow and others that I don’t think are right for my travel plans.

    And I love your travel reviews and trip reports. Helps me with picking my next destination.

  • Carter

    My friends and family are always in awe of my ability to leverage points and status to snag great last minute deals to places I want to or need to be on short notice… you’ve helped me realize that travel plans aren’t shackles. FEAR NOT THE SAME DAY PLANE TICKET! It’s a freeing, liberating feeling knowing I can be on my way anywhere, at a great price, in less than two hours. When my travel plans go awry, I’ve got the toolset to make the best of it and still get to my destination on time. And I especially enjoy sharing that knowledge (and your blog) with other travelers. Thanks as always for the great ideas and information!

  • http://thehustleblog.com/ The #hustle Blog

    Most important thing I’ve learned from TPG is that when there is a deal/fare alert, you ACT NOW AND ASK QUESTIONS LATER!

  • Jacob K

    Just returned from a trip with my best friend last week to London, Paris, & Lisbon. Used Amex points transferred to ANA to fly United/TAP metal RT, as well as an amalgam of points from IHG, Chase, and Club Carlson to cover all the hotel nights. Definitely learned the importance of having flexible points like Amex MR and diversifying your points portfolio as well.

    Also, not sure if this would ring a bell–I was returning from Europe last August, flying business on AirBerlin and was on the same flight as TPG! Chatted for a little bit about how I used Amex MR to Avios for the flight. Would definitely be cool to chat again, this time on home turf in NYC.

  • Abbas

    The most valuable thing I learned was to apply for the Global Entry pass via Amex Platinum

  • John Hawkins

    Love this blog and read multiple times daily! Best advice overall is about vanilla reloads and bluebird! However, using the last minute deal to Hawaii from EWR through Delta in November was amazing and inspired me to surprise my parents with a trip there last year! Please pick me since I’m travel starved and need some inspiration for 2014 post the devastating Delta news over the past few years!

  • Paul

    As a travel junkie, I like to travel all of the world on a whim and following TPG this has allowed me to maximize system wide upgrades, miles upgrades, affordable business class tickets and ultimately decide to do a status match from Delta Diamond Medallion to American Airlines Executive Platinum to capitalize on the 8 system wide upgrades. In conjunction with this, I have coupled my credit card strategy to support this in getting the Citi AAdvantage World Elite Mastercard ( Took advantage of the 100,000 mile offer), Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa, Starwood Amex to go along with my Platinum Amex.

  • Kenneth

    I’m still relatively new to this game, but your blog has already helped me in so many ways. The 100K AAdvantage offer has been the best deal I’ve managed to get in on, but I can’t wait to be around for the next deals as everything continues to evolve. Any chance of a free companion ticket if I win?

  • Karl P

    I learned to take my time and give good thought to what cards I am applying for, as minimum spends are sometimes difficult to achieve in short time frames.
    When I can’t make up my mind as to what card to apply for, I refer back to your Beginner’s Guide where you rate the different cards. Always good to have a second (expert!) opinion!
    By acquiring substantial pints, you have helped us travel and see places we never could have afforded to fly to, if we had to pay cash for the flights and hotels.
    Thanks for changing my life for the good!

  • Alex Altshuler

    Hi Brian – TPG is my favorite blog! I love how all miles info is easily searchable and you post frequent updates. The most valuable thing I learned from your website is how to use awards on different airlines which has allowed me to travel all around the world to visit friends and family, which I could not do otherwise.

  • Matthew Quering

    Just recently came across your site, but l’ve learned a lot in a short amount of time. The most important takeaway is that each person needs to define her or her travel goals, and then act accordingly; i.e. what works for one person may not necessarily work for me. Thus, I am in the process of clearly defining my objectives in order to realize them in the future. Thanks, Matt

  • tawana

    First your, in depth insight on all of the freq flier clubs has been invaluable. Based my decision to become a Oneworld girl because of it. Second, your reviews of the airports lounges around the globe help me ensure our airport stopovers are done in comfort. Third, the strategies for earning points and getting the best value when redeeming points. And finally, your photos of hotels rooms and facilities, first class cabins, etc. give me context and provide a sneak peek for my trips. Looking forward to the chance to you meet you and your team. Thanks!

  • http://outandout.net/ Harlan Vaughn

    Your views about AA convinced me to drop Delta. And after today, I’m so glad I did. Thank you!

  • Nick

    I’ve been reading you blog for about a year and I’ve been inspired (and jealous!) to travel all over the world. It would be great to meet you and hear what you have to say about travel!

  • Jeff

    It started with getting introduced into the points/travel enthusiast world by one of our mutual friends, Ben (who’s made many appearance in your social media feeds!) back in the Continental days, and then expanding into hotels and CC spend by following TPG site!

  • Julian

    Like many others, when I started exploring the points and miles world, your blog was the very first one I read regularly. It’s literally where I first learned how to apply for multiple mileage credit cards and how to make the system work for me. To this day, years later, your blog still has a regular place in my personal daily blogroll, and I’d very much enjoy meeting you in person.

  • Miguel

    How to CC churn most effectively. Would love to come this weekend!

  • http://www.conversocial.com/ Anthony Thomas

    The most valuable thing I’ve learned is options around non-airline specific points that are transferrable into other schemes to boost miles.

    I’ve used this so far to reduce the cost of seeing family (I’m a British expat living full time in NYC) and so paid little to nothing this holiday and the same for the upcoming holidays – a great saving when even economy is around $1000 these days for NY – London around the holidays.

  • joseph m

    the most valuable thing ive learned is to never say never and believe you can go anywhere as long as you follow TPG. I thing the 1 thing ive learned is to use avios for short haul trips i never bother taking because they end up being too expensive.

  • Garrett

    I LOVE the credit card info (credit rating, methods for reconsideration, strategic transfers, etc…). LOVE IT, but my favorite part is when the blog gets a human interest-ey. Your post from December 9th last year about using points in an emergency really smacked me across the face. The concluding paragraph was where you had written this line:

    “…the single most valuable use of points and miles istheir ([sic]…lol) ability to get you where you need to be, when you need to be there. In that respect, being able to use miles for last-minute emergencies and to be able to get to my family this weekend in a difficult time was the most valuable redemption of all.”

    As a Delta PM, I find it hard to come up with any real “value” to my miles–especially because I have to pay a portion or all of my travel to maintain various statuses. That line defined it for me right there.

    I feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of this community where we spend money and get rewards for doing so. It’s easy to get carried away with leveraging this for that, or being sad about not getting upgrades, but at the end of the day these are INCREDIBLE problems to have.

    So, this is the most valuable thing I’ve learned: miles and points are fun to play with, but if you have them when you reeeally need them, that’s when they’ll be worth far more than the price of a plane ticket or hotel room.

  • jenjenq

    TPG, thank your for your posts regarding the American Express Delta card, I have signed up and got the bonus points, along with rewards from my spending, so my husband and I went to Italy with these Delta miles, all we paid were the tax and hotel! It was great! And we were also awarded with a Silver Medallion status just by spending on AMEX card… how lovely is that!! Keep up the great work, we look forward to meeting you and your team!

  • sruly

    the most valuable thing i learned from TPG is that honesty is the most important thing above anything. my favorite post was when you described how AA was going to allow you to try out there new business class seat but instead you paid for it as to not have anyone say the free seat affected your judgement. It was such an important life lesson that as much we value the things that come to us if it affects our honesty one bit its not worth it.
    Thanks TPG
    Sruly

  • Dina

    Your blog was my portal into the world of miles and points, and has allowed me to do some really inexpensive travel for my family (New Orleans 2014 free flights and greatly discounted hyatt stay!) Many of the bloggers I read regularly were attached to your site. I always log into your site first every morning – usually you have the most articles – and then use it to access the other bloggers sites.

  • Mike H

    This website has taught me the value of using shopping portals to boost my milage when I am not able to fly. Simply buying things I need through these portals instead of shopping in person has added greatly to my mile bank.

  • McLean

    I’ve learned how to maximize stopover and layover portions of long award tickets in any class. I, like you, am disenfranchised with the SkyMiles program of late (though I am a very frequent corporate traveler and may actually benefit from the most recent devaluation). I still fly delta because since I much prefer to fly out of LGA and it has been an easy commute to client sites for me throughout my consulting career (especially the delta shuttle out of the Marine Terminal for my weekly trips to O’Hare). Hoping to get to meet up with you and the team.

  • James

    I’ve learned a incredible amount. Just from reading your blog i hold 10 credit cards in my wallet!! I never imagined that would ever happen. I’ve learned how to search for business class tickets without it costing me a insane amount of money. Also the way you taught us how to hit spending thresh hold on credit card. Those 2 points are probably the biggest things I’ve learned but in reality I’ve learned so much from TPG its hard to begin to write it all out.

    looking forward to (hopefully) having the opportunity to meet you.

  • Matt Berg

    Hey, brother. Writing this now from the Presidential Suite of the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Santiago and, honestly, I wouldn’t even know Club Carlson from Carl’s Jr. if I didn’t read your blog. Flew down to Buenos Aires about a month ago in American Airlines’ Flagship First (AA miles), stayed at the Sheraton in Iguazu (on SPG points), Park Hyatt Mendoza (Hyatt Points), and I’m headed home to NYC tomorrow in Avianca Business (United Miles) and wouldn’t be able to do any of that without the help of guys like you and Daraius and Ben. In fact, I have amassed so many miles and points reading blogs like yours that I convinced my wife we’d be better off traveling than working, so we quit our jobs and started our own blog. Pretty basic (bad) on the earnings side but will have lots of trip reports because we’re traveling nonstop for the next 2 years on miles and points. Thanks again. Oh, and I’ll be back in NY on Saturday and would love to pick your brain.

  • Kevlar L

    The most important thing I have learned from ThePointsguy.com is that utilizing avios miles in fly short haul destinations across the USA and Canada. Reading thepointsguy site daily has given me an whole new perspective of the world ( the option to travel anywhere without taking out a second mortgage). After accumulating obsessively UR points over the last few miles, I finally redeemed them for a RTW ticket – in business class!

  • Emmanuel

    Your blog introduced me to credit card point programs such as Chase Ultimate Rewards that provide great flexibility thanks to their roster of airline and hotel partners. These programs are great and provides so much flexibility to redeem for the flight or room you need.

    I look forward to meeting you in person soon.

  • Jonathan Magill

    My wife and I are flying around the world in June for (almost) free in business class. We would absolutely have never had this chance without stumbling upon this site. You have provided us with so many great tips and literally have created opportunities for us to LIVE life to the fullest! The most valuable thing we have learned, hands down, is which credit card to apply for and how to maximize credit card spending to meet our goals. Would love to meet you in NYC and talk travel.

  • Mr. Cool

    ive learned that the words “leverage” & “maximize” never get old

  • http://graduallygreener.wordpress.com/ GraduallyGreener

    Neat! Just so happens I’m in NYC this weekend. As for points, this blog has been a huge help, especially in pointing me to particular credit cards and programs. Just got approved for the Chase Sapphire card a few days ago, which I learned about here.

  • joddy

    I learned about how to add free (extended) stopovers on award flights and about the two-browser trick for opening cards

  • Carberrie

    I’ll be home here in NYC this weekend!!! The most important thing I’ve learned was about different cities and what hotels are good there.

  • Marc-André Kinny

    When I started reading your blog, the Amex PR Gold was my only credit card. 2 years of TPG posts readings have passed and I now have 10 credit cards and tons of miles & points, thanks to your sharp advices ! Read a lot about the Chase Sapphire Preferred before making my decision and I have to say, wow this card is amazing ! You convinced me that United was the best airlines to travel to Europe (I’m French) and I’m only using the miles to fly back, and can do this whenever I want ! Looking forward to finally meet you & your team on Saturday (I hope!)

  • tiffany l

    the most valuable thing i’ve learned from your website is how to leverage different currencies for the same redemption–weighing fuel surcharges vs. mileage costs against each other to figure out which program offers the best value

  • dhammer

    Brian,

    Your How To Guide on BA Avios was most helpful when we planned out trip to Lima and EZE 18+ months ago. My wife and I just got the BA 100,000 mile cc bonus, and I really didn’t know anything about BA Avios. Your primer was a God-send.

    I can’t make the event, but wanted to share with other new readers.

  • Eric K

    You don’t have to be rich to travel… to travel in style

  • Carl Cheng

    I’ve really become somewhat of a miles fiend. I refuse to pay cash or buy anything in person. I always maximize through the miles mall online to the extent of window shopping for clothes in person and then going to buy them online when I get home. I’ve benefited from what I’ve learned here and shared that information with my parents and friends to travel more, and to travel easier and more comfortably. Thank you so much TPG team. I’m based in NYC and somewhat funnily enough will be in town this weekend coming back from a trip home to the Bay Area soon to be followed by a JFK – MIA – LAX – HNL – SJC – SFO – LHR – JFK trip a week after! All to take advantage of free stopovers and off-peak award redemptions!

  • Affin

    Your blog has introduced me on airline and hotels updates. I learned a lot through you airline reviews, point rewards comparison, etc. Based on the knowledge given, I always try to maximise the points to travel with C or F class. Thank you TPG team for the great effort.

  • AMM

    The Points Guy has taught me that it’s really important to diversify my miles/points. Since following you I’ve signed up with Avios, Barclay Arrival, etc. I’m not more diversified and in a better to position to use the best miles/points for whatever will be best for my situation.

  • islandhome

    kept me up to date on all the upcoming devaluations

  • Shawn

    Th combination of how valuable signup bonus can be but not to jump on one just for the sake it. Choose your cards carefully. And how to get the most value for your points. I just cashed 80,000 marriott points in for 2 $600 per night rooms. Great value for marriott points!

  • tridentnyc

    The most important thing I’ve learned from your site is to follow your
    dreams. Collecting points and maximizing deals that are out there are of
    course an awesome pursuit to follow. But watching you over the past few
    years do something you obviously love and believe in is truly an
    inspiration to watch and to be a part of. You’ve inspired me to do the
    same, so I’m flying to Qatar in 3 weeks in Ethiad Diamond First Class on
    AA miles to see the opening race of the MotoGP and then to enjoy 10
    days in Oman and the UAE!! See, following one of my dreams now, thanks
    so much Brian! I’ll be there Saturday if I’m one of the lucky ones!

  • Jack Krupey

    I just started researching points and frequent flyer programs in December. From your site I found basic information on google flights and the ITA Matrix. Because of this I was on google flights and found the Delta Mistake fare. Now I’m totally hooked and have been reading up on everything on your site.

  • Sean

    I believe the most valuable information I have learned is how to strategize goals for travel. As an example: sharing your CC strategy, or rationale for picking a specific seat, or what to look for when making a trip in terms of the airplane. This is only the surface, I read daily and reference back for my own travel goals. Thank you so much!

  • http://www.laviajeramorena.com/ Chanel @ La Viajera Morena

    There are numerous amounts of valuable things that I have learned from this site, but one of my favorites was you helping me to recognize that I am a P&M junkie (http://thepointsguy.com/2013/10/10-obsessive-behaviors-of-miles-and-point-junkies/)

  • Ethan

    I am a traveling consultant and have been in this line of work for about 7 months. I began reading TPG on a regular basis and not only has it been enjoyable, it has helped me develop and implement a points/miles earning strategy. The post regarding the bonus mileage that AA currently offers for LAX-JFK has resulted in me earning roughly 15k in miles every weekend (and I’ve flown it almost every weekend since the promotion began and plan to until it ends). Those miles will certainly come in handy when I take some time off to travel for pleasure. Thanks!

  • Brian

    Dear TPG,

    I began reading your blog last year while completing my final year of graduate school. As my career pertains to the NGO and non-profit sectors, which inherently equates to a lower salary and less perks than work in the for-profit sector, your blog has proved invaluable to me through detailed overviews of frequent flier programs (particularly which to focus on) and the utilization of credit card sign-up bonuses to finance affordable travel options. For young travelers such as myself who are keen on travel near and far, your blog is a great tool for guiding the way to becoming expert travelers. The research that you and your colleagues put into this blog is greatly appreciated!

  • B Miris

    Just returned from Japan and China via Skybonus points that the Points Guy blogged about. I stayed at Park Hyatt Tokyo andI even ate in the same Tokyo restaurant as you! I have travelled to Russia and Europe also this year and used the valuable info on Hyatt to obtain Park Hyatt stays. I am now Hyatt Diamond thanks to this site. I read it faithfully daily and use the advice to assist the elderly with their travel. It’s been a great ride, thank you.

  • Mark

    I’ve been reading the blog for about 3 years now and it has helped me to realize how miles and points can be earned and maximized for best value. I am now a Delta Diamond and have Gold or Platinum status in a few hotel programs. I got there mostly thanks to this blog.

  • Kendall Drake

    As a recent college graduate, I would not have been able to fly to London several times a year to visit my best riend using AA EXP SWUs, spend valentines day in the Park Hyatt Venedome, or fly from NYC to SIN to eventually meet her parents in CX 1st.

  • wis

    I’m a student and I travelled from time to time, never really understood the miles game. Until I stumbled upon your blog. Then everything changed, I managed to get elite status, and rack up 300k miles in 2 years !

    I always had a dream that I would do a round the world trip, but always thought it would never happen because cost, and thanks to your advice, I be making dream come true soon !

    Thanks a lot !

  • michalis dlk

    I’ve booked multiple summer trips to Greece for me and my family with Skymiles using your advises!! By using less miles, we have the opportunity to do more trips, thus exploring more places!!! Thank you!!

  • slash31

    Insight on miles for a rookie like me was really helpful. Now I get to know the latest developments on miles and status through pointsguy web portal. I’m really thankful for mainintang this website.

  • FlyingJoey

    You have turned me into a savvy consumer. Now a utilize my credit cards with a purpose. I went from having 9k AA miles to 75k, from zero DL to 50k, USair 0 to 50k all in 5 months while keeping my credit balances at zero. I’m not even including cash back on discover, membership rewards on AmExPlat or CitiTY points again while carrying a zero balance.

  • Tanya

    I’ve been reading your blog for about a year now. Thanks to you
    I was able to take a 10 day trip to Paris and London in August (flying Delta and staying at Hyatt Vendome); fly to Phoenix AZ for Christmas (with my family of 4 using Southwest companion passes) to visit my in-laws; go to Beaver Creek CO (again using Southwest companion passes) and stay at Westin and Hyatt Beaver Creek (I booked Hyatt before their devaluation) and ski for a whole week. We plan to go to Seattle in the spring and to Tokyo in the summer.

    Without this new points/miles hobby my family wouldn’t be able to travel that much. Now the only problem is – I only get 3 weeks of vacation time from work. I live in NJ and would love to meet you in person. I hope you choose me.

  • charles lampach

    I learned about the the Pointspros http://thepointsguy.com/2012/02/sunday-reader-question-what-award-booking-sites-do-you-recommend/ in a post you made in 2012. Not all of us have the time, patience or inclination to use our miles so we become frustrated and stops trying. By using a service like the Pointspros I have been able to get any transatlantic flight I wanted at the the right price. Thanks Brian.

  • http://www.willrunformiles.com/ Kathy K

    I learned that you have to recognize and jump in quickly when there’s a good deal or offer; I learned that you can’t do it all – there will be another deal; I learned how we can enjoy it even more when we find friends who share our crazy passions; and I also learned that, just when you thought you could go any crazier in this enthusiasm (obsession) you go even further! There is no cure. Also, I learned not to take ourselves too seriously and that its ok to take a breather once in a while.

  • Chris

    The most valuable thing I’ve learned reading thepointsguy? That’s simple… The old rule of HUCA (Hang Up, Call Again). Often, we’re more informed than some of the representatives (*cough* Delta) and politely hanging up and calling back again is the best plan.

  • dee seiffer

    Where do I start? This year alone, on points & miles: Hubby and I have already traveled to New Orleans and South Carolina. Coming up: We + 2 of our 5 adult kids travel through Asia for two weeks in April. Taking all 5 of our millennial offspring (+ 1 significant other) on an 8-day LA beach vaca for Christmas. Plus, with the Southwest Companion pass, Hubby and I fly to Colorado in July for our son’s birthday (and to LA for Christmas). Thinking about the Avios burning a hole in our miles pockets set aside for Spain…. September/October, maybe?

    We live in Connecticut and plan to attend the show at least one day anyway. Would love to party with the TPG gang on Saturday night!

    Does it help if I tell you I have two degrees from Pitt and two of my kids went to Pitt, too?

  • AnthonyOrner

    The most valuable? tough to pin it to one thing. But I suppose I will attribute it to my upcoming Around the world trip in December. So, the points I used were Dividend miles attained from 3 separate Barclay US cards. Thankfully, at that time as you pointed out they were more easily churnable. By becoming a daily reader I have been able to take trips at a frequency some people dream of. My big ATW trip, all in business class, using only 110K dividend miles is to Tapei-Phuket-Bangkok-Johannesburg-JFK. I still have to plan my intra-Africa trips to Kruger, Cape Town, and Victoria Falls. Travel is the best education, and that is how you helped maximize my life.

  • Eich

    I found your web site about a year and a half ago , and that stated me on this miles and points hobby that has led to the accumulation of over a million miles and points across many programs .
    I have flown first class to Europe , as well as many us destinations .
    I wish I had found your site earlier as I got only one good year before all the massive devaluations happened !
    Hope to see you and other readers this weekend .

  • rich

    name correction

  • Haley

    Host an event in DC…please! :)

  • Bulldog

    Though I’ve learned many awesome things from TPG, the most helpful one was probably status matching to different airlines. I was about to lose my status on US Airways but had some biz travel coming up that was just enough to qualify me for a status match to Delta. Now I have elite status for another year! I am in NYC – hope to get a chance to meet TPG team!

  • Steve R.

    Already have tickets to the NY Times Travel Show and getting to meet you afterwards would be a great bonus!

    Reading your blog has helped me plan a long-term strategy towards maximizing my points and miles. I’ve signed up for both the Chase Sapphire Preferred (amazing!) and the AmEx Starwood (awesome!) cards – and have aligned my airline miles with Star Alliance, more specifically United Airlines.

    I’ve been able to redeem points for First Class flights across the country on United from EWR to SFO twice now and hit Starwood Gold status during a two week trip through California.

    Finally, I’ve been planning my upcoming wedding and using my rewards cards to earn significant points while paying necessary expenses that I would have ordinarily written a check for. With any luck, by the time the honeymoon comes, we’ll be able to fly and stay for free! Our eyes are set on New Zealand in 2015!

  • Mike

    This guy is so full of himself. Lol

  • Cool Breeze

    Looking forward to your NY TImes appearance. I’ve become a ninja on points and miles but still learning lots about best award redemptions. What I like most about TPG is your broad coverage of so many different programs and a “real” opionion on their pros and cons.

  • Neal

    Its really is just too many tips to mention. REALLY. I read the blog every day in my office in Manhattan. but your tips have allowed me to travel to great place and stay in nice resorts with my family. Every one I know is jealous of my travel and how I do it. I tell them to start reading Flyer Talk and a few blogs, yours of course. And this will give them a great foundation to build on. Thanks again and keep on posting

  • Ryan

    This site helped me learn that I can afford to go on vacation with my wife every year and it won’t cost me that much money, if any at all. It’s taught me that there is a game out there that I can play and win. I already love saving money and now just taking a few extra steps each month to manage points, spending, and credit card offers allows me to more travel flexibility than I ever imagined. Thanks! (new to the points game as of January 2014)

  • Joanna

    Your blog was my entryway into the world of miles and points and has really changed the way I approach both my life and career path. The most valuable thing I’ve learned would be difficult to pin down, but probably would have to be your summary posts on airline and hotel status matches – without those easy to follow guides, I wouldnt have been able to earn the amount of miles and points that I have – in style! I would be thrilled to meet you and the rest of the TPG team – fingers crossed I’m on of the chosen 30! Thanks again for all your hard work.

  • Neil

    Absoutely how to maximize credit card bonuses to take amazing trips around the world. My life will never be the same!

  • Jeremy K.

    Been reading your blog for more than 3 years, get the daily email, follow you on social media. Have met you a few times at various FTU and other events..Just a pleasure to have met you and have had the opportunity to learn from you

  • Martin

    Would love to attend. I am a NYC resident and EXP on AA, SPG Gold. Through your website I was able to rack up a tremendous amount of points, including the BA 100k bonus, the AA CitiExec 100k bonus, the 25k SPG bonus and a few others. As a result we are doing a round the world honeymoon this spring on Cathay Pacific and partners, 21 days, all on miles and SPG points. Hope to see you Sat.

  • Greg

    Before signing up for The Points Guy, I only thought of flying to earn points, but now, through countless tips on the best credit card offers, ways to increase spending, and strategies on which airlines offer the best rewards, I have been able to decrease my spending on travel traveling more frequently. I still have yet to break into hotel programs or international travel and don’t have one favored airline, but I’m sure I’ll get there with my daily reading of TPG.

    As luck would have it, I’m going to be in NYC this weekend and would be thrilled to meet you Saturday night.

  • Zach

    Reading your blog has gotten me away from wasting valuable miles on low cost domestic flights to redeeming for first class and business flights around the world. I now run all (if not, most) of my expenses through some type of points earning account and am able to travel in style. This is especially valuable to me being a 22 year old recent college graduate in the big apple. All of my friends and even managers at work turn to me for points and travel advice and i’m utterly happy to share with them.

  • Sertan

    I learned a lot about the Delta program and switched a couple of years back to flying Delta and it’s partners from NYC to Istanbul instead of Turkish airlines. Now I have made it to Diamond status and racked up a lot of miles thanks to your blog. Unfortunately, the recent announcement of changes has me re-thinking my loyalty.

  • nymark2

    I read the blogs from the Boarding area, but found this one first a few years ago. Although I enjoy reading a lot of them, I always continue come back to this one because it usually has the best/most useful information.

    Hope to see you at and after the travel show.

  • Vinay Anantharaman

    The best advice I got from you was not to liquidate Amex points on gift cards if you are closing an account. I’ve made this mistake once. I should have transferred it into another airline based on the wonderful charts you always put out.

  • Moe Klompus

    I have been traveling using points for many years, however TPG has taught me how to use fewer points within alliances and as a result I saved miles. TPG also has great travel reports & tips and everything is so easy to find on his website. When my friends tell me to start blogging and opening a website of my own, I simply refer them to TPG. TPG website has maximized my life, most recently with the 100,000 application link for the Citi Executive card.

  • Amanda

    Thank you for this incredible opportunity! It’s amazing to see how many others have been inspired by your blog. Reading the blog and following you on various social media sites has been motivation for me to live in the now. I recently decided to quit my toxic, hostile job and pursue things that are truly important to me.

    I’ve been a proud FF since the age of 3, and I always thought I knew a lot about points. Your site has helped me to maximize my fascination, most especially concerning the BA Chase Visa 100K promotion. I enrolled in this and I also shared your link with my family members and had them enroll as well. As luck would have it, a later post of yours helped us to discover the benefit of using Avios for short-haul flights and recently my family was reunited for the small price of 9K Avios RT. Thank you, TPG!

    Would love to be immersed in a community of TPG team members and readers this Saturday night! I’ve spent some time in Australia and I’m itching to go back, so I’m looking forward to hearing even more about your recent trip!

    With appreciation,
    A loyal NYC based follower

  • Chelsea

    Most recently, I learned about the JFK – MXP Emirates $430 r/t promotion from your daily newsletter. The trip was perfect timing for the long Presidents Day weekend, and I had an incredible time in Italy. Thanks TPG!

  • Ricky

    I’ve really enjoyed your recommendations on how to maximize both AA systemwide upgrades and SPG suite night awards and regular room redemptions based on value of SPG categories.

  • Jorge

    Its really tough to say just one thing that this blog has influenced me in a positive manner, but the main highlight would be that during these years I learned to match my love in aviation with my passion totravel with the use of my credit card companies in my favor. I have enjoyed somuch being able to squeeze out the very last drop of the CC and elite air benefits,making me fly in class, and especially being able to sustain a great 1 million plus points strategy to maximize our travel experience, while building my credit. Every
    day, every cent I spend is part of this payback strategy, that is priceless… I
    am so glad I found this blog, it has been an extension of me, thanks so much ! I’d love to meet you Saturday, so we can talk about my upcoming trip to Asia !

  • anita

    aww darn I wish I Could go but I won’t be in town at that time. Have fun!

    **Anyhoo, my husband and I wanna go to Australia like you just did
    I’d like to go to Sydney could you tell me what’s the best value pointwise? what’s the best way? Is there anyway I can layover in Hawaii too? Prefer biz or 1st class but I can do economy if I have to.(got the taste of the good life once I started to read travel blogs like yours)
    Btw, I don’t have Delta points like you. I have AMEX MR and Chase UR points. Can you help a girl out. Thanks!
    LOYAL follower of your blog, keep on rockin’

  • Brian

    I’ve absolutely loved learning about miles from your site over the past few months. By far, the most valuable thing has been learning about Vanilla Reloads. Ironically, that knowledge has only proved useful when I’m NOT in NYC. I’ve been into all the Midtown/Downtown CVS in Manhattan and haven’t found a single one!

  • Aaron

    Your site helps me maximize my life by organizing all of the airline frequent flyer points, elite status and promotion information all in one place. I save a lot of time and energy by just seeing your updates on the blog or even on Facebook. I have tons of miles and have been flying all over the world upgraded and often for free. I enjoyed your trip report about Park Hyatt Maldives and I am now planning a trip there with my partner. The single most valuable thing I learned was about mileage running to get exec plat status with aa which has paid off big time!

  • andyonthego

    The most valuable thing I’ve learned is how to use Avios for domestic travel. I’m actually flying to NYC this weekend for a weekend trip to see a friend using avios – and I learned how to do it from this blog!

  • Larry R.

    More than maximize, your site has transformed my life! I am an independent animation filmmaker with many opportunities to collaborate on projects in Europe, at my own expense. So… your credit card mileage and transferable points info, your Bluebird/Vanilla Reload info, your travel, hotel, and airline tips, etc., have all been invaluable.

    I now travel constantly from NYC to England, Belgium, France and Italy on film projects or for animation festivals, and really you have made it all possible. Thanks a million, and hoping to meet you!

  • Brian

    A regular follower of your site, your musings have showed me that the journey can be just as memorable and rewarding as the destination itself. I now look forward to flights to explore the planes and compare the service. I enjoy the transportation as much as the sight-seeing!

  • Christina

    I’ve been an FTer for 4 years and accumulated almost 2 millions miles & points. But TPG, your site is where I found the most comprehensive strategies about booking different awards on each specific programme, love the breakdown details and comparisons of taxes and fees, that’s a lot of work and a wealth of information for newbie like me. Just in the past 12 months, I’ve made two round-the-world trip and had great experience on some aspirational flight products, thank you!

  • Shreyas

    Hi Brian – am a BIG Africa nut and a wildlife lover/photographer. And I started following your blog when I was looking for options to do my first churn oriented just towards travel to Africa – and your TR on South Africa was God-sent! From there on, have followed tips to build up my miles/points portfolio and looks like I’ll be in good shape for my upcoming trip to one of the wildest locations on the planet!! Since you loved your experience in SA, I think you’ll be enchanted to know where am headed!!

    I haven’t been to Sabi Sands but have explored southern Kruger in depth….incredible place! Am surprised that not many people look to travel to Africa Vs elsewhere in the world. I’ve been to the continent multiple times and can’t get enough of it.

    I’ll be at the Travel Expo myself, and would be great to share a story or two from South Africa. ….you’ve helped me change the way I travel, I may be able to help you with suggestions for your next Safari!

    This is a killer blog and thanks for all your efforts!

  • Shreyas

    Hi Brian – am a BIG Africa nut and a wildlife lover/photographer. And I started following your blog when I was looking for options to do my first churn oriented just towards travel to Africa – and your TR on South Africa was God-sent! From there on, have followed tips to build up my miles/points portfolio and looks like I’ll be in good shape for my upcoming trip to one of the wildest locations on the planet!! Since you loved your experience in SA, I think you’ll be enchanted to know where am headed!!

    I haven’t been to Sabi Sands but have explored southern Kruger in depth….incredible place! Am surprised that not many people look to travel to Africa Vs elsewhere in the world. I’ve been to the continent multiple times and can’t get enough of it.

    I’ll be at the Travel Expo myself, and would be great to share a story or two from South Africa. ….you’ve helped me change the way I travel, I may be able to help you with suggestions for your next Safari!

    This is a killer blog and thanks for all your efforts!!

  • Andy

    You helped introduce me to a broader world of points redemptions. As a heavy business traveler (100+ nights a year on the road), I had plenty of experience redeeming points, but taking them to the next level and really thinking about my spend holistically was really beneficial. It allowed me to take my redemptions to the next level (amazing hotels around the world + business class flights) on a lot of great trips. Would love to meet you in person!

  • Viviane Lampach

    I have learned that now my husband can add uber travel consultant to his resume! He has a breadth of knowledge about many subjects but coming to your seminars at the NY Travel Show and educating himself on TPG as added tremendous value to our travel. We have enjoyed trips of a lifetime (plural). He generously shares his knowledge with family and friends. I am merely the happy camper that says “yes” whenever he suggests an itinerary. I benefit mightily from his expertise. I know he would love to attend the “meet & greet.” So as a present for a man who is impossible to shop for, I want to surprise him with this for his special birthday coming up next week.After almost 44 years of marriage it would be the first gift I know for sure he would be happy with. Instead of having a full time job keeping up with the changes in the Points world all he does is check your site TPG weekly and can still keep up with his other interests. Hoping to grab a cab and swiping my sapphire card to join you for a great evening! Thanks.

  • Cindy

    I attended the NYT tavel show last year after taking a trip to Egypt. All I wanted to do was travel after that trip. I ended up at your seminar because I was in the room for the previous speaker and didn’t get out before you started. Lol. I did not even know what a frequent flyer mile was. After hearing you could travel for free I was hooked. I have since amounted 100s of thousands of FF miles over 12 different credit cards. Have a zero balance on each and a credit rating of 800. I have since been to every continent except Australia. Have seen the northern lights, Great Wall of china, Moai statues, Russia, Ireland and Africa. You have made travel my passion and my passion possible. I am the happiest when I am planning a trip or experiencing one. Thanks so much for teaching me all about free travel and living your dreams.
    Cindy
    [email protected]

  • Tatyana M.

    I learned here how to make award reservation over the phone: HUCA, hold tickets, etc. See you at the NY Travel Show. Thank you.

  • AG

    As a NYC-based recent college grad in a transatlantic relationship, I need to be smart and strategic about my spending. TPG’s tips and tricks have helped me sustain my relationship and use my spending to my advantage –TPG introduced me to online shopping portals and the Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card, both of which have changed my shopping habits and have helped me afford trips to see my significant other. Most recently, thanks to points, we were able to spend Valentine’s Day together in Paris – certainly beats video chatting! Thank you for all of your advice!

  • Mike B.

    I am learning here how to maximize miles/points value. March 1 is my birthday, but I will be there!

  • Susana

    Hi The Points Guy! My boyfriend and I love to travel the world, we currently live in New York City. We were abroad for two years and traveled around Asia for several months. But now that we are back in the US, we realize how hard it is to get back out there! Reading your blog has made us realize how easy it is to fly back to Asia, or fly to South America or Africa, on points! We have been following your blog since last summer, and have applied for six credit cards between the two of us and are loving it! We’ve learned a lot tips and tricks from your site, and we are hoping to use them soon! I have always wanted to go to the Middle East because I grew up religious, and we are trying to use points to go visit!

    Also- flying to see my little brothers in the South from New York on Avios using UR= a god send! Thank you!

    We really appreciate all the information you post online, and would absolutely love to meet you! I’m excited for your seminar on Saturday =)

  • Paul Johnson

    Your specific, easy-to-follow information, and encouragement enabled me to earn enough Delta Skymiles to qualify for their around-the-world travel for 180,000 miles. I was able to visit 14 countries in the course of two months last year. I especially appreciated your advice to exploit stop-over and open-jaw possibilities. Thanks for your assistance in accomplishing a lifetime dream.

    Cordially,

    Paul Johnson

  • Laura

    I have learned how to maximize my points (and my status even more so) through taking advantage of targeted credit cards like the Amex Platinum and Amex Delta Platinum. After the recent devaluation, it might be time to look into another loyalty credit card…

  • Wellington

    Any update? I really want to go!!

  • Maggie

    It’s late, but what the heck! It seemed like serendipity that I happened upon this “contest” after not visiting in quite awhile. The best thing I’ve learned is the value of a good credit rating and the impact on ones life. That became a real-life lesson when an unpaid parking ticket caused me to be turned down for credit for the first time ever! It took almost a year to bring my score back up and I’m glad to be back here.

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