Point Hacks Community Case Studies
As lovers of rewards points and miles, members of the Point Hacks Community often share their amazing knowledge and experiences of how they have earned and used points.
Settle back and have a read through to learn how other readers have taken advantage of points to travel better.
Using Alaska miles instead of cash got me a 72% discount on the price of a Cathay Pacific Business Class ticket to Hong Kong and Dubai.
There are a number of options available to West Coast flyers looking to get to New Zealand offering different levels of value.
This year, I took my job with Point Hacks on the road (and into the sky). Here is how I maximised my Qantas, Velocity and other points to do it.
We saved many thousands of dollars by using all of the ideas in this article and now you can too!
Read why I did not rate Qantas’ food, loved the service on Japan Airlines, and believe Cathay Pacific should be your go-to oneworld airline.
Read how I flew a $40,000 itinerary for 280,000 Qantas Points + less than $850 in taxes!
Points + Cash redemptions came in very handy for me to maximise the value of my points. Plus, which hotel I liked the most.
Like many things in life, redeeming points for premium class travel requires planning and research but it is by no means an impossible task.
Here is how Ricardo accumulated enough points to book a premium cabin flight on Singapore Airlines and stay at five different hotels in Tokyo.
In this final instalment, Warren rates the products he flew on and shares the lessons he learnt.
Warren offers tools and suggestions for making the award booking process easier.
Warren details how he started getting his hands on points and the challenges he faced.
Which one of these airlines wins on seat comfort, food and service?
Why you should aim to fly off-peak, research the aircraft carefully and evaluate your points options.
Andrew explains how he got into this hobby and which cards he holds in his wallet.
Phantom award seats are real! I wanted to share my lesson with our readers to ensure no one makes the same mistake.
I explain why spending just under 50,000 Qantas Points to fly at the pointy end from to LA was worth it. However, do know what to expect from the aircraft you are flying on.
Case study: how I used the Amex Explorer sign-up bonus to gift my parents their first Business Class experience
My parents will be flying at the pointy end to celebrate my mum’s birthday. Here is how I used my points to book their flights.
Learn from my (almost) mistake: remember to confirm you have met the minimum spend requirement on a new card
A big factor in people applying for credit cards is to earn large sign-up bonuses. In order to earn the bonus points, you usually have to meet a minimum spend requirement but how do you know if you have met that threshold?
I wanted to share my discovery that one of the best uses of Velocity Points is for Virgin Atlantic Upper Class redemptions. Here is how I used only 40,000 points + $13.70 AUD in taxes to book a $7,000 USD flight from New York to London.
This series wraps up with a look at Bevan’s experiences of some of the flights and lounges on his trip to Europe and Asia. Plus, why you should try to avoid flying British Airways Business Class.
In the second installment of this three-part series, Bevan teaches us that it takes a lot of planning, patience and practice to book your dream trip.
Learn how Bevan used only 280,000 Qantas Points + under $1,100 AUD in taxes and fees to fly Business Class the whole way.
Next month, I’ll be embarking on a four-week trip from the US to Australia via Southeast Asia and back again, taking seven flights across all four cabins. Here is how you can learn from my experience to help you book your next international trip.
By focusing on earning flybuys through credit card spend and with bonus points offers, this is how I quickly built up my flybuys balance to fly from Perth to Melbourne return in Business Class – which usually costs over $3000 in cash.
In Part II of our Backpacker Series, we take a look at a real-life case study of how points saved Martina big dollars on her trip to Latin America.
A look at Peter’s tactics for collecting enough frequent flyer points for a return trip to Europe in a year.
Case study: double dipping for more points - using different payment methods and gift cards to maximise points earned from Netflix
Using a multiple points-earning sources and different credit cards is a key part of increasing your points earning strategy. The hard part is knowing where to start. I thought I’d use Netflix as a fairly […]
Sam's case study - how we earned enough points for a trip to Europe in Business and First Class, and were lazy about it
I’m about to head off on a European journey with my wife and son that’s been quite a few years in the making. Our original intent was to save enough points to get to Europe […]
Being an adult is a costly exercise! Money seems to evaporate from my wallet no matter how careful I am. Adding kids to the mix can double or even triple your household bills, so I […]
We’re in the first week of our 7 week long around the world trip, and things are going well! We started off by flying Sydney to San Francisco in Business Class on QF73, Qantas’ newest […]
I love hearing how people want to use their points, and how they find their ideal flights using the points they’ve earned. Nelson Yap, a long-time Point Hacks user, shares how he booked two First […]
The Sheraton Villas in Fiji are in the Starwood complex on Denarau, between the main Sheraton Hotel and The Westin. In this review I’ll cover off why we chose the Sheraton Villas, how I booked […]
The last leg on our European trip was to head from Paris Charles de Gaulle, to Kuala Lumpur, and onto Sydney in Malaysia Airlines Business Class – once again with the two kids in tow, […]
Business Class flights to Europe for a family of 3 for $4000… Here's how I planned my next trip using frequent flyer points
Around 3 or 4 months ago I started planning and booking my next large trip to Europe – I have a second child on the way (very soon, hence the less frequent posts recently!) and […]