Richard Kerr

Senior Points & Miles Contributor

Richard Kerr
A simple internet search for cheap airfare led Richard to chasing the proverbial white rabbit down the hole towards points and miles. Richard’s passion is exploring the inner workings of loyalty programs in order to provide readers the best strategies for maximizing their loyalty account balances. Richard has traveled to over 40 countries and has lived in the UK and Japan. His wife, Emily, and son, Thomas, are his favorite travel companions. Thomas has visited six countries and taken over 20 flights at the ripe old age of one.

Richard graduated The Georgia College in 2007 with a BBA in International Business followed by Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI where he was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps. He served as the Supply Officer of the ballistic missile submarine USS Kentucky (SSBN 737) from 2010-2013 followed by a three year your in Japan as a Material Control Officer responsible for supporting maintenance on Navy and Marine Corps aircraft outside of the US.

Richard is currently a lieutenant working in the Washington D.C. area inside the Navy aviation community.

Contact Richard via email at travelhacking101@gmail.com or keep up with him on Twitter and Instagram (@thepointsjock).

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” – Mark Twain

118 Articles by Richard Kerr

Be Careful When Searching ANA Award Availability

Transferring points to an airline from a program like American Express Membership Rewards is irreversible, so you’ll want to make sure you can actually book your desired award before initiating the transaction. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr explains why you’ll want to be extra careful when searching for awards on Japanese carrier…

The Top Uses of Flying Blue Miles

In light of the news that you can now transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to the Flying Blue program, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr walks you through some of the best redemption options. Flying Blue, the frequent flyer program of Air France, KLM and other carriers, was recently announced as a new…

6 Tips for Booking Your First Cruise

Planning your first cruise can seem really intimidating, especially with so many options to choose from — where to sail, which cruise line to travel on and how to get the biggest bang for your buck. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr offers his best tips, from the best credit cards to use to picking the perfect…

Redeeming Chase Ultimate Rewards for Maximum Value

Chase’s Ultimate Rewards program can offer tremendous value — if you know how to maximize your points. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr takes a look at the most valuable ways to use your UR points, including transferring to the program’s various travel partners. Chase Ultimate Rewards is a bit like a purple…

An Evening with Etihad Airways at the UAE Embassy

It’s not every day that an airline rewards its most loyal customers with an appreciation dinner, but recently Etihad Airways did just that. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr shares his experience attending a carrier-hosted event at the UAE embassy in Washington, DC. Etihad recently invited select elite Etihad Guest members in the…

How to Earn and Maximize 100,000 United Miles

100,000 miles may seem like an unattainable goal, but earning this stash — and spending it on high-value award flights — is easier than you think. Below, TPG Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr shows you how to earn and burn 100k with United’s MileagePlus program. To the veteran frequent flyer, 100,000 miles may seem…

How to Earn and Maximize 100,000 Delta Miles

While Delta SkyMiles are sometimes not-so-lovingly referred to as Sky Pesos, you can still get plenty of value from these rewards with a little savvy and planning. To help show you how, TPG Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr demonstrates various ways to earn and then use 100,000 SkyMiles. There hasn’t been a lot of…

How to Book Etihad Partner Award Flights, and Why It’s Worth the Effort

Etihad is known for offering great premium-cabin service, but its frequent flyer program is also a valuable option for booking award flights with a global network of partners. Below, TPG Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr walks you through the award-booking process and shows you the best options for earning and redeeming Etihad miles. The…