For a long time I did not pay much attention to points and miles because I thought it would take an eternity to earn enough to redeem for something worthwhile. The turning point was a Priority Club (now IHG) online geography trivia contest. Miraculously, I won a nice bunch of points. Sadly, the contest ended prematurely due to some nasty hackers but winning those points was the push I needed. I’ve since learned that collecting points and miles in a serious way requires the right approach and attitude.
Prepare to be annoyed and disappointed occasionally. Try not to get too frustrated. The ups outweigh the downs.
Don’t take “loyalty” too literally. Spread the love. Always be on the lookout for good promotions.
When you first start collecting a points currency, see what kind of value you can get from them. Try to be as flexible as possible with your travel aspirations. Follow the deal.
Earn them and burn them. Don’t hoard them. Devaluations occur regularly.
Anyway, these are just general tips I try to follow. Part of my goal with this blog is to share some ideas and information on how to use points and miles to make travel a bit more affordable, especially for people here in the Maritimes.