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250 Free Priority Club Points & 12 Lounge Passes For $32.94

250 Priority Club Points

I’m a little late to the party but if you haven’t already taken the Priority Club survey for 250 points, please do so below.

LINK

The survey is only a few questions, however the website was running super slow this afternoon.Hopefully that is fixed now!

Remember that with Priority Club PointBreak list, you can sometimes snag hotels like the Intercontinental O’Hare for a mere 5,000 points. I have actually done that exact PointBreak redemption and let me just tell you it was a steal!

12 Lounge Passes For $32.94

Million Mile Secrets pointed out today that Travel and Credit discovered a way to get 12 lounge passes for $32.94.

Now while I am all for severely discounted or free lounge passes, I would take caution with these types of promotions where they just ask you to pay “processing fees”.

If you ever watch late night infomercials, they also just ask you to pay additional “processing fees” and we all know how good of a deal those products are.

More than likely once you give your credit card, in a few months when you have forgotten all about this deal, they will bill you for a small amount like $15.00 that you might not even notice. I am working on a post for next week that looks at ways to protect yourself from these types of special offers, but to anyone who is thinking about doing this offer or has already done it, I’d be sure to carefully monitor your credit card statement in the future.

 Registration Now Open For Chicago DO Seminars

Rick aka Frugal Travel Guy is once again putting on the Chicago DO seminars on October 12-14, 2012. I’ve never been before but since I want to meet my readers and catch up with folks I met at the StarMegaDO3, I will be there! If you want to learn everything there is to know about earning miles and meet some legends in the process, I’d sign up!

Cost is $85.00 for the weekend, not including hotel. However if you are savvy enough, maybe the PointBreak list will have some Chicago hotels!

AwardWallet Premium Subscription Giveaway Still Open

My giveaway of 10 Premium Subscriptions to AwardWallet is still open until Sunday. If you have not already done so, please leave a comment about where your best vacation has been. I don’t think even 10 people have commented, so I’d say your chances are pretty high to snag one!

 

 

 

 

Lesson 1: Where To Begin

If at any point during The Beginners Guide you have any questions, big or small, feel free to email me at FrequentFlyerUniversity@gmail.com. I typically respond within a couple of minutes.

Lesson 1: Where To Begin

As with starting any new endeavor, it is easy to get over excited and just start blindly applying for a bunch of Credit Card offers.

From answering tons of emails from Beginners, I have found that the number 1 mistake that Beginners make when collecting frequent flyer miles is that they either don’t know their usernames and passwords or even worse, they have let miles expire in the past.

I think most people know that frequent flyer miles are valuable, but at the same time they don’t treat miles as if they were an actual currency.

I can’t imagine anyone who has a bank account would neglect to check their balance for 2 years, so why do they do that with their frequent flyer accounts!?!?

The first thing I always ask when people email me with questions about how they can use frequent flyer miles to fly to a certain destination is, how many frequent flyer miles do you currently have and in what programs are they in?

9/10 times they don’t know!

Therefore even before picking a primary mileage program or Credit Card to earn frequent flyer miles with,

Tip 1 is to sign up for a free online points tracking service!

This advice extends to people who currently have no frequent flyer accounts!

Once you sign up for a points tracking service, enter all your frequent flyer accounts and passwords.

For many people, this will involve either registering their account numbers online, trying to remember their password, or even worse, having to figure out what their account number is. Although this is a huge pain in the butt, you will only have to do it once. After you have entered your information into your points tracking service, then you can use that to remember your account numbers and passwords in the future.

Once you have entered all your information, then you will be able to clearly see what all your balances are across all the different programs.

If you see you have 45,000 United miles and only 5,000 Delta miles, it would probably make more sense to focus on earning some United miles first, since you are technically closer to earning an Award Ticket with United.

This is the exact reason you don’t just want to go blindly applying for credit cards without knowing your current mileage situation!

Picking A Points Tracking Service:

As for picking a points tracking service, for the last few years I have exclusively used AwardWallet. There are other points tracking services out there like UsingMiles, whose CEO I met at StarMegaDO 3 in October.  I manage so many accounts with AwardWallet and really have never had any complaints about their product that I’ve exclusively used them for a couple of years now.

Personally, AwardWallet is my favorite points tracking service because:

  • Free (at least most of the features)
  • You can manage multiple people’s accounts all under one login. This is extremely useful if you have a family. (I mange 7 different family member’s accounts for a total of 60 separate loyalty programs)
  • Reminds you if miles are expiring

AwardWallet has really made my life so much more convenient. Before AwardWallet, I literally had an Excel sheet with all my usernames, password, current balances, and when the miles expired, which I all updated manually.

These days, I just log in, hit update, and within a couple of minutes I have an exact snapshot of all my mileage balances along with any changes in my balances.

Sign-Up:

If you aren’t signed up for AwardWallet, feel free to sign up below.

Link To Award Wallet

Please continue to Lesson 2 below.

Lesson 2