My Journey With Points & Miles: Adam

It was June of 2017 when I was first introduced to the concept of churning by now my current business partner, and brother, Kyle. I was skeptical to the say the least and figured there’s no way all these strangers on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter were actually travelling the world for next to nothing. 

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I love meeting the locals whenever I travel.
Secret Beach, Southern Province, Sri Lanka

And this isn’t just simple domestic flights in Economy class and stays at a 3-Star Hotel. No, this is far from it. How does a First Class flight on airlines such as Emirates, a five-star hotel in the middle of the Dubai desert, unlimited food and alcohol at luxurious airport lounges, and a total bill of let’s say a couple hundred dollars sound? Do I have your interest now? Well then let me tell you my story.

In January of 2018, I embarked on a three-month backpacking trip through Southeast Asia and it was on this trip that I experienced the benefits of credit card churning. I visited countries such as the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Japan on an unforgettable trip. I had paid for these flights with cash in Economy because I was flying with my cousin who didn’t have enough points to fly business so I flew in Economy with her.

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Hiking views in Krabi, Thailand

Throughout my three-month journey, I took many flights and had the pleasure of hanging out in high-end airport lounges. It saved me hundreds of dollars on food, drinks, and the pricelessness of comfort within the lounge. Open bar, showers, sleeping rooms, and a buffet are just some of the amenities provided within these lounges. And what did it all cost me? $0. That’s right; absolutely nothing. That’s what credit cards and their benefits can provide for you, and this was my first opportunity to experience what they can truly offer. 

Although it was not until I arrived in Bangkok, Thailand that I took advantage of my first churn of a credit card, the American Express Bonvoy card. I booked a five-night stay at the Le Meridien Bangkok using 80,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. The cash value of the room would have been $1,500! When I arrived I was a bit skeptical that there would be some hidden fees that I was unaware of. There’s no way it was just that easy, right? 

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Le Meridien Bangkok

Well, my skepticism was proven wrong and we were even upgraded to the Avantec Suite overlooking the city of Bangkok. Now that’s a deal! That suite would have cost me over $2,000 for the 5 nights, I paid nothing out of pocket for the entire stay.

On the way home, I took advantage of a Business Class flight on All Nippon Airways from Japan to Vancouver and it turns out everyone in business class was as shocked as I was to see me sitting in the front of the plane. It’s not too often you see a young 24-year old backpacker sitting in an $8,000 Business Class seat. 

Picture being able to transform your seat into a bed with a blanket and pillow. Picture your own personal flat screen TV with movies, games, music, TV shows, and much more. Picture steak, pasta, seafood, and unlimited liquor at your fingertips. I didn’t have to picture it though as that dream became a reality all on points, and yes, you can experience it for yourself too. 

Then just a couple months ago, January 2020, I flew business class round trip to Sri Lanka and Thailand and stayed at another five-star resort in Phuket, Thailand overlooking the ocean. On the way there, I stopped at the Royal Orchid Lounge in the Bangkok airport where I experienced a classic Thai massage. For FREE! 

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Our 5-star accommodations at the Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

This time I brought a friend and was able to mentor him in churning and needless to say he has started his churning journey after learning that the hotel, lounge, and massage were both free, and my round trip Business Class flights cost me just over $100!

My buddy Jared who I travelled with. He’s a converted churner now!

If I choose to do so, I don’t ever have to fly an economy class flight or stay in anything less than a 5 star hotel ever again due to churning. Knowing how easy it is to collect points and miles makes me wonder why everyone isn’t doing it? 

And that’s why we’re here to help you take that next step and start your churning journey! It’s never too late to start and all you need is your first credit card to start so let me teach you how! Stop letting that dream only be a dream and start making those dreams come true.

Hiking Pidurangala Rock to the top for a view of Lion Rock in Sri Lanka

Join us as we embark on our own journey together and transform the way you travel forever. I promise you won’t regret it.

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