As a New Year dawns, and we rise with foggy heads, thoughts quickly turn to how this year we will diet, get fit, sort out our finances etc. Or in my case, what travel hacking New Years resolutions I can embed to earn more miles and points. Based on my experiences of accumulating air miles in 2017, here are three New Years Resolutions you must make if you wish to become a stellar travel hacker in the U.K.
Three New Years Resolutions to earn more miles and points
1. Use shopping portals
I’m gutted that I missed out on over 80,000 air miles simply by failing to follow this rule. With just a few more clicks, your online shopping can bag you tons more AVIOS. Sign up for Top Cashback and AVIOS accounts, shop at thousands of stores, and earn cashback which can convert to airmiles or deposit AVIOS direct into your AVIOS account.
2. Recycle your credit cards
It is easy to get lazy with credit cards but do so at your peril. Yes, recycling takes a bit of effort, but if it means you earn over 100,000 extra AVIOS (or more), surely it is worth it?
If you apply for a British Airways Premium Plus AMEX (use this link to get an extra 1,000 points on sign up), satisfy the minimum spend then refer your partner who does the same, you will earn a whopping 61,000 in additional AVIOS. If you decide to target the companion voucher, you will need to hold onto this card until you have used the voucher.
You can do the same with the AMEX Gold card (use this link to get an extra 2,000 points on sign up) and earn 53,000 points. It is best to cancel this card as soon as possible after satisfying the minimum spend, as six months later you can reapply and repeat the process. Note also this card allows you to convert points to miles in a number of loyalty programmes rather than AVIOS alone.
3. Spread the word
in 2017 I earned 90,000 extra AVIOS from referrals for the above two credit cards and it even works when you recommend your partner or spouse.
This is without a doubt one of the easiest ways to earn miles. Email your link, share it on your social media profiles, explain to your work colleagues how you fly business for less than economy using these hacks and you will pick up referrals.
What travel hacking resolutions do you have for 2018?
Maybe you have found some strategies which you think will ;pay dividends in 2018. Feel free to show us just how clever you are by sharing away.