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TravelByPoints Will Help You Make Your Travel Dreams Come True TODAY!

If you love to travel, you’re in the right place.

If you’d love to travel more but wish you had more time and/or money to make it happen, pull up a chair.

Via this blog, we hope to show you easy-to-learn tips and tricks for almost FREE travel by sharing how we collect miles & points and utilize our weekends and limited two weeks of vacation days to see the world. Over the course of one year, Mrs. TravelByPoints and I each collected over one million miles & points, and traveled to over 25 cities – we’ll show you HOW!

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A Few Facts about TravelByPoints:

  • Earned and redeemed millions of miles & points for ourselves and family
  • Former investment banker currently managing investments full-time in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Born & raised in Shanghai, China (fun fact: Torchbearer representing China in the 1996 Atlanta Games Torch Relay in Buffalo, NY, near Niagara Falls!)
  • Passionate about travel with miles and points, and grateful for the opportunity to share the “How-to’s” with family, friends, and anyone interested in free travel around the world

Feel free to check out my interview on Million Mile Secrets [published on 4/27/2012].

Let me know what you think! I respond to all comments.

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  • Art

    Hi Jimmy,
    It looks clean and neat!! I like it. 🙂
    Will follow your post and learn more from here.

    Keep going man!!! xoxoxo

    • Thanks so much, Art! I appreciate your support and encouragement.

  • travel_abstract

    Welcome to the Mile/Point Blogger Community!

    Glad to have you hear and glad to talk shop anytime.

    Good Luck.

    • Thank you! All the best to you, too!

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  • Gohogs34

     I have searched and also hope asking in the right place, but I have a
    Question I have not been able to find an answer for the best solution.

    Question, I have 16 credits for Airtran & so does the wife (they fly
    from my home airport) and I have 51,010 miles from Southwest. (they
    only fly from a airport 3 1/2 hrs away, but not an issue) Our Airtran
    credit cards annual fees are due this August and my Southwest is due
    next year. What is the best combining/ solution for these credits &
    miles for max return to do away with an annual fee? Thanks

    • Gohogs34, here is a link to the official Southwest/AirTran conversion rules – 
      http://www.rewardsfarther.com/program-updates/. Essentially, 1,200 Southwest points = 1 AirTran credit, which means 19,200 SW points will get you 16 AirTran credits. Since each SW point is worth about 1.67 cents, the break-even price (SW points vs. SW or AirTran credits) for a round-trip ticket is around $321, assuming we can find award seats by using 16 credits. Credits can also be transferred freely between SW and AirTran. Beware of the restrictive nature of SW credits, though.

      AirTran credit cards are no longer offered, but existing cardholders will not be affected. If you plan to use the AirTran and/or SW credit cards for everyday spending, you might want to keep the AirTran card since only AirTran serves your home airport. To get a free flight, you need to put $16,000 on your AirTran card, which roughly translates into a 2% return (value of a free ticket ~$320). In contrast, you need to put $19,200 on your SW card to get the same flight on AirTran. Of course, the caveat here is that SW points are flexible currency, as you can book any flights without restrictions.

      All that said, if you have a card that gives you more than 2% return on your daily spending (read my posts on Chase Ink + American Express Prepaid via Office Depot) or if you don’t find yourself flying AirTran/SW much, then you might want to consider not renewing any of your AirTran or SW cards. Feel free to write back if you have any more questions. Good luck!

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