Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Frequent Flyer Master

Chris Guillebeau is an extremely talented writer and all around "World Dominator." I have been following Chris on his site, The Art of Non-Conformity (AONC), for the last two years and have also read his book by the same name multiple times. This is exerpt from his site:

"The Art of Non-Conformity (AONC) project chronicles my writing on how to change the world by achieving significant, personal goals while helping others at the same time. In the battle against conventional beliefs, we focus on three areas: Life, Work, and Travel."

Chris' stated goal is to visit every country in the world by the age of thirty. He has already knocked 140 countries off the list.

In 2009, I purchased a copy of Chris' e-book Frequent Flyer Master. I am a big fan of travel, specifically, cheap travel, and I wanted to hear what this guy had to say. Anyone who has traveled to 140 countries should know much more than me about travel. I have managed to travel to exactly seven countries and that includes the one where I live.

After reading the forty page e-book, I was very impressed with the "travel hacks" he has been able to find as well as his overall approach to travel. Airlines and hotels change promotions and offers regularly, but if you have a solid approach, you can adapt to an ever changing environment. The first half of the e-book discusses overall the "strategies" Chris uses, while the second half discusses tactics for earning miles and points and then redeeming miles for award travel.

Chris is a huge fan of goal-setting, and as you begin to supersize your travel life, it is helpful to set goals related to the miles you will earn and what you will ultimately use them for. If you are following this site, your travel goal is likely related to golf travel. your goal does not have to be as ambitious as visiting every country or even playing a round of golf in every state, but is has to be something worth working towards. A less ambitious goal could be to get one free flight a year to a new golf venue and a free weekend hotel stay. Having a specific goal is crucial because it puts the tactics within context. Miles and points have value since you are working toward an adventure you can put a price on, rather than just collecting miles and points.

If you are a regular traveler, many of the ideas in this book will not be new information, especially if you have done a lot of travel analysis yourself. However, if you are a travel rookie or wondering if there are tricks you are not aware of, you should give the book a try. The e-book is $49 and comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. "Using the information in the guide, you'll earn at least 25,000 Frequent Flyer Miles, enough for one free plane ticket ($300+), within 90 days. If not, I am obligated to give you your money back - even if you love the guides."

Using this guide, I have been able to accumulate over 150,000 airline miles and over 150,000 hotel points in the last six months. Not a bad return on my investment of $49. What are you waiting for? Give Frequent Flyer Master a try today!

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