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

148 Articles by Richard Kerr

The Coolest-Looking Credit Cards Available Today

Nowadays, credit card issuers try to make having a card in your wallet an experience — concierge services, airport lounge access, hotel status, travel credits and free Wi-Fi make a card much more than piece of plastic with a line of credit attached to it. A big part of this “experience” can also be a sophisticated physical…

The Most Undervalued Hotel Loyalty Programs

Most of us are aware of the fantastic value you can reap from collecting and strategically redeeming points from Hyatt and Starwood. And even with Hilton’s award chart devaluation and Marriott’s high point requirements for award nights, you can still maximize the programs through smart redemptions and elite status benefits. However, it’s also worth exploring…

Don’t Overlook Wells Fargo Credit Cards

If you’ve ever found yourself frustrated at the lack of airline award seats or unable to transfer points to the airline program you need, there are still some loyalty programs that can ease your stress. For example, you can redeem Citi ThankYou points toward the cost of any flight at 1-1.6 cents per point depending on which Citi card you…

American Airlines Handing out Junior Aviator Logbooks to Young Travelers

For many, flying with children is an overwhelming experience. Even though I’ve done it nearly 30 times with my two-year-old and six times with both my two-year-old and 12-week-old, it doesn’t get easier. That’s why it really makes a difference when an airline goes above and beyond to make flying with children a bit more fun. Last…

The Cheapest Award Flights for Intracontinental Travel

When headed on an international award trip, most of us book the over-water segments segments first. This often leaves booking intra-destination flights at the bottom of our to-do list, and can result in making poor choices in using miles for flights within a foreign continent. With the ongoing trend of airlines eliminating stopovers and open jaws from award tickets,…

How to Earn and Redeem Air New Zealand Airpoints

Star Alliance member Air New Zealand runs the Airpoints loyalty program. The airline says more than 2,000 flights are booked everyday utilizing Airpoints — a number which at first glance is surprisingly large given the size of the carrier and program’s reputation for not being very rewarding. Today, I’ll lay out everything you need to know about…

American’s Obscene Award Rates for Thanksgiving Travel

November 27, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, is one of the busiest travel days of the year and one of the most convenient if you’re trying to enjoy your holiday vacation as long as possible. During a search for just such a flight, it became obvious American was charging an exorbitant number of miles for an award ticket on…

How to Book a Holiday-Weekend Getaway on the Cheap

You may find yourself disappointed, defeated and disgruntled if you give flight and hotel award availability for holiday weekend dates (or other peak travel periods) a quick glance. Of course everyone wants to fly out Thursday or Friday and fly back Monday, which means there are no available award seats — at least not at…

United Surprises Members With Another Award-Pricing Change

Update 10/11/16 12:46pm ET: United just provided the following statement about this change: The new MileagePlus redemption award changes have been designed to make multi-city searches easier, give our customers greater flexibility, offer the Excursionist Perk, and provide efficient options that meet their travel needs. Selecting the multi-city option where United offers nonstop service will break…

7 Points & Miles Tasks to Complete By The End of 2016

Before you get too busy with holiday commitments, family obligations and other end-of-year business, you should ensure you’ve crossed your proverbial “t”s and dotted your “i”s when it comes to your points and miles. Today, I’ll give a rundown of the top award travel tasks you need to complete by the end of 2016 to…