This is me enjoying (perhaps a bit too much) Cathay Pacific’s A350 Business Class earlier this year – and I’m keen to help more people travel better by earning and using points. Today I’m launching a new way to get the knowledge you need to get started.
If you’re new to all this, it’s hard to find a focal point to move you forward – the world of frequent flyer points is made murky by the number of programs, credit cards, their rules, benefits, and promotions. All up, it’s a bit of a nightmare for the average consumer.
Yet there’s heap of value to be had if you spend a little time learning the basics – you’ll end up earning more of the right kind of points that will help you accomplish your travel goals and dreams. If this sounds familiar, this email course is for you.
We’ve also launched a new weekly email – email course subscribers will receive the weekly email once they have gone through the course, and existing ‘instant’ update subscribers will now also receive the weekly emails.
Readers who want to adjust their email subscriptions can do so by heading to http://join.pointhacks.com/nz-emails/
Who’s it for, and what will I understand by the end?
This course is totally free, and focused on Kiwi travellers.
It’s ground zero for understanding and deciding:
- Which rewards programs and points currencies will work for you
- How to earn more points and take advantage of benefits from your credit cards
The course is aimed at people who aren’t sure that they are using loyalty programs, credit cards and points effectively.
If you are already comfortable with your choice of frequent flyer program and credit card, there will still be useful, actionable information, but you are not the target audience for this content.
The syllabus looks like this:
- Why points are worth bothering with, and how people get great value from them
- The basics of earning points – starting with frequent flyer program choice
- The factors to consider when choosing the right rewards credit card for you
- The key things to know about the Air New Zealand Airpoints program, and how than can impact which points you might want to earn
- The different credit card loyalty programs and how they relate to Air New Zealand Airpoints
- The basics of international frequent flyer programs – which are most important and give most value to New Zealand travellers, and why they are worth knowing about
- Basic considerations before choosing a rewards credit card
- Different credit cards that offer specific reasons to use them
- Discussing low, medium and high annual fee cards, and which might be right for you
- The basics of rewards credit ownership and usage once you’re using a card you’re happy with
- Types of rewards credit card ancillary benefits – lounge access, travel discounts, insurances and elite status
- Reward program account management – tips and tricks to keep on top of your balances
How it works?
My motivation is to have more people understand the world of different frequent flyer and rewards programs, in more detail, so they can make more informed decisions when it comes to transactions, purchases and deals that they may be presented with.
You’ll receive an email once very few days with new, bespoke content on the topics above.
Each email will be concise, to the point and tell you the basics of everything you need to know about that topic.
At the end of each piece, you’ll be prompted to take action based on what you’ve learnt, and do some further reading on intermediate and advanced concepts, if you have time.
You can also reply to the email and ask any questions you need.
What’s my time commitment?
The full course of emails will take around 5 weeks to run through, and you’ll need around 15 minutes to read through each topic.
From there, you’ll have the option to read through more advanced topics and tricks that I’ve written about on Point Hacks, for which you could set aside another 15 minutes.
To do this properly, you’ll need to set aside around 30 minutes once every few days.