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

111 Articles by Richard Kerr

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…

ANA Further Reduces Fuel Surcharges on Award Tickets

Earlier this year, ANA pledged to lower fuel surcharges in response to reduced oil prices, and it began implementing these changes back in March. As TPG Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr explains, things are looking even better now. In March we looked at the level of carrier-imposed surcharges on ANA award tickets. It was interesting…

How to Earn and Maximize 100,000 American Miles

Even after the recent devaluation, American’s AAdvantage program offers plenty of value, and several awards are actually more affordable than previously. Below, TPG Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr shows you how to easily earn 100,000 AAdvantage miles and then put them to use with some great redemptions. You don’t need a huge account balance…

What To Do If You’re Declined for a Credit Card

No one likes getting denied for a credit card application, but as TPG Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr explains, not all hope is lost if you find yourself in this situation. Read on for a variety of tips for appealing the decision and improving your likelihood of getting approved. Even with the most detailed…

Reduced Fuel Surcharges on ANA Award Tickets

Japanese carrier ANA’s loyalty program is a great option for redemptions, especially for premium award travel, but its fuel surcharges have long limited Mileage Club’s appeal. Fortunately, as TPG Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr explains, those fees are about to get much more manageable. Thanks to new planes, tremendous Japanese service, great food and fantastic…

Get Airport Lounge Access with These 6 Cards

Don’t spend hundreds of dollars on airport lounge membership; select credit cards offer access — or even membership — to lounges among their benefits. Below, TPG Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr takes a look at some top card options that will have you waiting out your time at the airport in comfort. Traveling today is…

How to Reach Airline Phone Agents Quickly

Few things are more frustrating than trying to reach a live phone agent when dialing the airlines. Luckily, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr is here with some tips for more quickly reaching a human on the other end of line. Because I’m not a top-tier elite, I used to prepare myself for phone calls to the airline with…

Understanding Airlines’ 24-Hour Hold and Cancellation Policies

When it comes to airlines’ cancellation policies, don’t expect the same rules across the board. As TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains, the three US legacy carriers each have their own approaching to allowing fee-free itinerary changes, and knowing the rules can help you avoid unnecessary fees. I recently looked at how to avoid airline change…