Want To Fly For Free? Here's How I Do Just That!
Want to Fly for Free? Here's How I Do Just That!
"Travelling is so expensive! How on earth can you
afford to travel so many times in a year Glen?"
With a bewildered look on my face I reply, "What
do you mean it's expensive. I fly for free. Don't
I have had this conversation so many times with
friends and colleagues that I decided it was about
time that I share with the rest of the world what
I thought was obvious. ...That pretty much anyone
can fly for free.
Let me explain something you probably already
know, but chances are don't fully capitalize on.
Flying is FREE!
How? With Air Miles of course.
What are Air Miles you ask? Those are the
'points' that most major credit card companies
will GIVE you when you make purchases with your
I can hear you already. "Whoop dee doo Glen, tell
me something I didn't know!"
Well, although you may have known that you can get
free air miles using your credit card to redeem
towards free flights, did you know most people
(maybe even you) don't capitalize on this?
Did you fly for free 6 times last year? I did!
Yes, that's 6 as in 'six' times - free. And I
could have flown even more but I didn't need or
Now if you flew that many times or more last year
you probably need not read any further. But if you
didn't you need to learn how to maximize the
number of air miles you can squeeze out of your
credit card company.
Here's how I did it.
Obtain and use a 'Gold' Credit Card
All major credit card companies offer a 'Gold' or
equivalent credit card to their customers which
includes several benefits including, free
insurances, loss and theft protection of purchased
items, and of course free air miles!
Yes, I know, they charge you a yearly fee to have
a Gold card. Yup, I paid $120 last year for my
Gold card and I flew six times. That means I paid
a whopping $20 for each flight I took. Okay, you
got me, I don't fly for free but rather at a
More Air Mile Points, Equals More Free Travel
Maximize the number of Air Mile Points you receive
by using your credit card for everything! And I do
Here are a few ways I use my card. See if you
can't think of some more.
- dinning out
- school, tuition
- health insurance
- home insurance
- car insurance
- life insurance
- down payment on new car
- car leases
- computer equipment
- phone bill
- Internet bill
- television bill
- water bill
- gas bill
- electrical bill
- property taxes
- and everything and anything else!
- Internet purchases
- paying affiliates
- paying suppliers
- paying contracted employees such as accountants,
programmers, support staff
- paying for advertising campaigns
- office equipment
- rental cars
... and anything and everything else you can think
So you see, the possibilities on how and where you
can make purchases with your credit card are
unlimited. And because they are unlimited, your
free travel should be virtually unlimited to.
Think about it. At the end of the year, how much
of your salary is left in your savings account?
Ten, maybe even 15 or 20%?
Okay, let's say you are an exceptional saver and
are able to save 20% or your yearly income. That
means 80% was spent on everything and anything
else. Spend it on your credit card and get the
free Air Miles!
Let me do the math for you...
Based on the example of spending 80% of your
If you earned $50,000 that means you spent $40,000
If you earn 1 Air Mile for every $1.00 you spend,
that's 40,000 Air Miles every year.
If you run a business and had expenses of say
$50,000 that would mean an additional 50,000 Air
Miles every year.
How many flights could you take with 90,000 Air
Miles every year?
What if you earn and even larger income? What if
your company expenses are larger than $50,000?
Do yourself a favor. Pick up a pen and paper and
start brainstorming all the ways you can start
paying via credit card and of all the places you
can start travelling for free!
Remember though, what you pay for using your
credit card MUST be paid off each and every month
in order to avoid paying absorbent interest
charges. I know, you knew that. But like
maximizing your Air Miles, most people don't do
it. Make sure you are not 'most people' and enjoy
your free flights!
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