Since 2012, I have accumulated more than 2,501,638 points. This is the story of how I did that, without destroying my financial future in the process. In late 2011 I spent a weekend at a Marriott hotel. The room was paid for by someone else for two nights, and I wanted to ensure that I was enrolled in Marriott's loyalty program. But when I...
I’m not an expert, nor a maven. I don’t claim some special knowledge on this issue - I learned it all from travelers much savvier and better-travelled than I. But they taught me well, and this is the story of how I first soaked up their knowledge. I don’t remember how exactly I first came across the points blog-world -...

PREFACE

As many of you may know, for the last five years I have nurtured a hobby of maximizing the use of travel and credit rewards to be able to see the world in exciting and extravagant ways, all, more or less, for free, opening up to me and my willing partner, Danielle, doors that would otherwise be well-beyond our means. Most...
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