I get asked often how I travel so much, but really there’s no simple answer to that. It’s a combination of many things: keeping an eye on flight deals, searching message boards, taking crazy routings, and last but certainly not least, using points. Points tickets have allowed me to make some spectacular trips, but I do spend a great deal of time trying to optimize them.
For many years I was a loyal Aeroplan customer, part of the Star Alliance network. However, after continued devaluations of the program, and the fact that United was the partner in the US, I made the jump over to Alaska Airline’s Mileage Program. Although the program is not part of an alliance, they have many great partners you can redeem on. I feel that this program is the best for me in terms of point redemption opportunities, but everyone is different. Continue reading