Hello! So let me get introduce myself a little and why I am starting this blog. Travel had never been a priority for me after my college years and some time afterwards. It wasn’t until after I started working my first “real” 9-5 office job in Vancouver, Canada when I began travelling during extended weekends and my vacation, and I realized it was something I truly enjoyed. I had always been fond of United, as my very first flight was a 14-hour flight on a United 747 from HKG (Kai Tak) to SFO, and United generally had good fares out of YVR. So naturally, United was my carrier. That is until their MileagePlus program became revenue-based in March 2015 (For more even information, see Ben Schlappig’s post here. Miles had been an afterthought as I knew I would never fly enough to get a substantial amount of miles or status. United miles were all I had, and accruing them made no longer made sense for someone who flew on economy class. So after the United devaluation, I began frequenting travel blogs and websites looking for a alternatives. It is during that process I gained a whole new perspective of flying and the value of miles.
However, being YVR-based means I got my work cut out for me as majority of airfare deals are for those who live near major hubs like LAX and ORD (moving isn’t really an option). Also, airfare is generally much higher in Canada due to extra taxes and fees. Lastly, Canadian credit cards’ signup bonuses and benefits lag their US counterparts by a mile (pun intended). Nonetheless, I was determined to spend as much time travelling as possible. And I did it, taking about 7 short and extended trips last year, all the while working a 9-5 office job. Best part is I never really spent a lot of money on any particular trip, which is nice because at the end of the day there are still mortgage and bills to pay, after all I’m just an average Joe. I also fly exclusively in economy: I simply cannot justify spending twice or more the amount of my hard-earned dollar (and miles) for good food and extra comfort for a mere few hours or however long the flight is. Luckily I have no problem with leg room on most airliners.
I began telling my friends about my travels and a vast majority of responses are how do you get to travel so much and what my secrets are, and after a while I finally decided to start this blog as a place to share some of the things I know, and things have yet to learn. I will be sharing some airfare deals as I find them, a few credit card deals with decent awards miles as signup bonuses, and the tips and tricks of air travel, hotel stays, car rentals, keeping yourself on budget while on the road, and everything in between. I plan to do as much traveling while I can, and if I can help a few people along the way, that’s even better. One of my favorite movies is Up in the Air (yes, I understood the ending), and while I may not be able to “Clooney It” – in terms of the amount flying his character did – a dream of mine is to one day be able to do what he did at the end:
Just show up at the airport, look up at one of those big destination boards, pick a place and go.
– Up in the Air