What we discussed in the epsisode:


  • He realized how valuable points were when he got a free $4,000 business class ticket through only points.
  • His accounting and research background helped him figure out how to properly use frequent flyer points.
  • The cost of earning points is less than the price of a ticket, which makes it virtually buying something cheaper.
  • First or business class is a better choice than luxurious residence flights.
  • Choose business class during the nighttime flights when you’re mostly asleep and first-class during the daytime flights when you’re awake.
  • Some destinations do not have first-class, so you have to check your options.
  • 500,000 points garner about 1–2 business flights
  • First-class is on the way out due to most airlines limiting first-class options.
  • It also has a higher staff ratio and better service.
  • First-class has better quality in terms of food and drinks.
  • First-class has about 50% more space than business class.
  • Business-class is similar to first-class and is becoming as good in terms of value.
  • Each airline has their differences when it comes to business and first-class.
  • Spare seats are either the last available seats the airline can’t sell or contingency seats for operational issues.
  • The difference in points for upgrading is about 10%–15%.
  • For upgrade requests, airlines use a ranking system based on loyalty status.
  • American Express has the most airline partners, so it is the ideal primary card.
  • Visa or Mastercard should be used when American Express is not available, or there are extra fees.
  • “Free points are better than points that cost money even if the fees are low.”

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To know more about booking luxury flights using only points, you may connect with Steve through LinkedIn or Instagram or visit iFLYFlat’s website.

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