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

132 Articles by Richard Kerr

Booking American Airlines Awards with Partner Programs

Especially after American’s recent award chart devaluation, it could be worth looking to other frequent flyer programs when you want to book free flights on AA metal. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr evaluates all your options. You can book stopovers and an open jaw when flying American Airlines on an award…

Get Free Cell Phone Protection From Eligible Wells Fargo Cards

While many travel rewards cards offer barely distinguishable benefits, some stand out for offering unique perks. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr takes a look at one such benefit: cell phone protection through select Wells Fargo cards. Lately, Wells Fargo has been making a bit of noise in the rewards-earning space with new…

Guide to Q4 Ritz Exclusive Events: New York and New Orleans

The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card offers several great benefits, including three Club level upgrades per year and an annual $300 travel credit. One lesser-known perk is access to the Ritz-Carlton Exclusive Events — below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr introduces the program and explores the options available through the end of 2016….

The Updated Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card Review

Chase recently announced changes to the Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card, including a larger sign-up bonus and a few new perks. Today, I’ll review the updated card, in addition to showing you how to maximize some of its top perks. The Updated Card The most noticeable upgrade to the Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card is the new sign-up bonus of three…

Is the Wells Fargo Propel American Express Credit Card the Best Option for Gas Purchases?

There are plenty of solid travel rewards card options when it comes to getting a solid return on your gas purchases. However, the recently introduced Wells Fargo Propel American Express Card might just shake up the competition. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr compares all the top options below. Update: As a TPG…

How to Earn 1.8% Cash Back on Every Purchase with the Wells Fargo Cash Wise Visa Credit Card

The Wells Fargo Cash Wise Card is one of the latest cash-back options to arrive on the market, and it offers users the opportunity to earn 1.8% on select purchases for the first 12 months. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr explains how to maximize this offer, and takes a look at…

How To Get Compensation When Flights Go Wrong

No one likes a complainer, but there are instances when speaking up about a bad travel experience is justified. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr explains how and when to seek recourse for delays, cancellations and service failures. Most of us have witnessed other travelers complaining about delays, cancellations and other issues at…

10 of the Weirdest Ways to Redeem Points and Miles

Most of us collect travel rewards to earn free flights or a luxurious award stay at a hotel, but there are plenty of other options out there. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr outlines several strange ways to cash in your account balances. Flying on an award ticket or staying in a…

Redeeming Starpoints for Maximum Value

Thanks to a wide variety of high-value opportunities to redeem your points, Starpoints top TPG’s monthly valuations list. If you’re looking to redeem your rewards, though, it helps to know how each of the SPG program’s many redemption options stack up. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr ranks them all. More than a…

Cheap and Creative Around-the-World Award Itineraries

For some award travelers, an around-the-world booking holds a special place on their bucket list. You can book these awards through various frequent flyer programs, but as TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr explains below, it’s often a better deal (and more fun) to piece together your own trip segment by segment. A…