Shortly after going on our first date, we booked a free trip (on US Airways!) to Minneapolis for the Fourth of July. Shortly thereafter, we became obsessed with collecting Southwest points to fly for free and using “the card without any blackout dates” as much as possible. Little did we know the vast world of points and miles that we were ignoring. Fast forward 4 years, to the fall of 2015, when we became serious about this hobby. By 2016, we collected almost 1 Million Points & Miles, stacked our portfolio with many keeper cards, and set ourselves up to earn the best perk in travel: the Southwest Companion Pass. In 2017, we refined our skills and booked multiple international business class trips all around the world, booked $31,000 in free travel, and earned 1.1 Million Points & Miles. Since then, we’ve refined our earning & burning strategies and consistently earn 3+ Million miles per year. To date, we’ve booked over $500,000 in free travel!!!
Rick is based in the Seattle area (home airport SEA). His love for travel started in the military and he began blogging about travel as The Saving Traveler in 2011. Rick jumped fully into points and miles in 2014.
When it comes to points and miles, Rick focuses on maximizing spending and creativity, utilizing challenges and status matches, and new card sign-up bonuses.
His favorite travel destinations include the Czech Republic and any trip that involves sporting events. Rick also loves to share travel with his kids when possible, so they can experience things he was not able to as a kid. When Rick isn’t traveling or writing about it, he is working hard in City Government.
Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro and now based in Washington, DC and Tampa, FL, Brian uses his points and miles to fly in first or business class all over the world. His first redemption was flying to Thailand in business class. Brian enjoys collecting points and miles meetups and helping others plan incredible trips with their points. When not traveling on points, Brian enjoys watching baseball, going to heavy metal shows, and trying new bourbons.
Shira began traveling as a child when her parents would load the family into the car and drive around the US. Although her family has always used points and miles to travel (even her grandparents!!), she entered the points and miles world herself after friends moved to England and she wanted to gure out an aordable way to visit.
Some of her favorite places she has visited include Porto, Sienna, and Ireland. When Shira is not traveling, she works as a pediatric occupational therapist in the school system and in her private feeding practice. You can also nd her dancing, cooking, and exploring wineries locally as well as around the world.
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