PointsAway: Big Savings • Better Travel
At PointsAway, I help readers learn how to use frequent flyer miles and hotel loyalty programs to turn their travel dreams into reality.
Readers are encouraged to submit trips that are used as the basis for articles explaining step by step what frequent flyer, hotel or bank reward programs can be used most effectively to drive the price for travel down to $0.
PointsAway was started in July 2013 and is aggressively attracting new readership by offering personally-tailored content based on user submissions for free.
Some of our top features thus far include:
- A week-long series detailing the plan I made allowing my whole family to travel to London and Paris, stay at 5-star hotels in these world capitals and save more than $7,200.
- A plan allowing a reader and her husband to travel from Jacksonville, Fla. to Sydney, Australia for only $125 per person.
- A feature showing a reader how to travel from Chicago to Istanbul, Antalya and Luxembourg, all while flying in Business Class, for a total of just $66.40.
- A case study laying out how the founders of a charity helping children in Namibia can travel to Africa to ensure the charity’s mission is being accomplished on the ground while saving more than $8,800 that can go right back to helping kids.
- Helping a Jaguars fan to travel to St. Louis to see his team battle the Rams. We found a way to procure roundtrip airfare, 2 nights in the Hyatt Regency near the Gateway Arch and a lower-bowl ticket to the game for a grand total of free.
PointsAway: The Book
In April 2014, I launched PointsAway: The Definitive Guide To Free Flights & Nights Worldwide, appearing first exclusively on iBooks for iPad and Mac.
This guidebook, weighing in at 25 chapters and more than 330 pages, covers key concepts and secrets for free travel before diving into comprehensive reviews of each major frequent flyer and hotel program.
The PointsAway book not only shows the best ways to earn and use miles and points, but also how to gain elite status, entry to airport lounges, upgrades in the air and at hotels and much more.
PointsAway quickly became the #2 Travel Book on iTunes at launch.
The PointsAway Book quickly vaulted to the position of #2 Travel Book on iTunes and was quickly followed by the launch of a PDF version compatible with PC, Android tablets and Kindle Fire devices. A third version, tailored specifically for Kindle eReaders, is presently in development. The book’s digital nature will allow for free updates moving forward as programs change.
PointsAway quickly captured the imagination of not only readers but also members of the press. To prove just how powerful miles and points programs can be, I traveled back and forth to Miami from Jacksonville with Lew Turner from ABC and NBC affiliate First Coast News, booking the trip less than 24 hours in advance for a total of $10.