Miles or points are all around us in the form of loyalty programs. I am sure you have signed up for a dozen loyalty programs,from airlines, to retailers and even your local supermarket. Effectively they are reward currencies from each retailer giving you a little something back and thanking you for your loyalty. Stores want you to be loyal and it is easier to give you something back than acquire a new customer.
Most likely you have signed up for so many programs that you have lost track. Me too! Years ago I use to receive all these emails with offers but I never actually received anything valuable.
One example for me was travelling in business class on airplanes.
Back in my first year of studies in the UK I was upgraded to business on the way back from Greece. I was impressed. It was so cool and they even gave you ice-cream and proper cutlery. Needless to say every time I was praying to get an upgrade again, it never happened. I had a vague idea that I had to sign up for their loyalty program so I did, and then I took a flight with the airline and nothing. I didn’t even have enough miles for economy ticket one way. If this sounds familiar then you know what I am talking about.
However a few years ago I really did spend a few months and a few hours a day learning the ins and outs of the programs that work. I have spent thousands of hours learning all the tricks on how to actually get business class upgrades or economy flights for far less than ever expected. It is all down to the right loyalty programs. There are certain ways you can travel more and pay less with the currency of each airline.
It is a matter of finding the right program and the right way of using it and redeeming the best manner possible.