The Chase

While endlessly scrolling through my Instagram feed, I stumbled upon Chris Guillebeau’s, The Happiness of Pursuit. The author had traveled to every country (193) in ten years and took it upon himself to write about why people seem to make these life quests.

The book is more of a guide on what a quest may be, how to go about the quest, and encourages you to find your own quest through your own interests, passions, and circumstances. He gives great examples of the many stages that can occur in a quest and tells the stories of many people who’ve gone through their own challenges while chasing their dreams.

The Happiness of Pursuit, p. 97, Chris Guillebeau

The Happiness of Pursuit, p. 97, Chris Guillebeau

I personally think it’s a great read as there were many parts of the book that spoke to me. After finishing the book, I pulled up his website, The Art of Non-Conformity, and spent hours reading up on his blogs about life, work, travel, and more. Of course, what interested me most was his travel section.

Although he’s got the Travel Hacking Cartel going, a great quick guide on his actual website is his Travel Hacking Resources. I was absolutely enlightened however, couldn’t help but feel partially upset while reading over his hacks. I’ve done my share of traveling, so how did I not take advantage of these hacks before? Especially the reward programs. It didn’t take me that long to sign myself up for the following four:

  • Chase Sapphire Preferred Card
    • Earn 2 points per dollar with travel and restaurant purchases
      • If you book through Chase Rewards before 12/31/2015, you get 3 points per dollar
    • Earn 1 point per dollar on all other purchases
    • Earn 40,000 points by spending $4,000 within first 3 months
    • No foreign transaction fees
    • 1:1 point transfer to eligible frequent travel program
    • Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95/year
  • American AAdvantage Dining
    • No add’l credit line needed, just use your regular bank card
    • Eligible restaurants world-wide typically 1 mile per $2 spent
  • Delta SkyMiles Dining
    • No add’l credit line needed, just use your regular bank card
    • Eligible restaurants world-wide typically 1 mile per $2 spent
      • Spend minimum $30 on your first meal within 30 days and earn 500 additional miles
      • Spend minimum $30 on your second meal within 60 days and earn 1,000 additional miles
  • United MileagePlus Dining
    • No add’l credit line needed, just use your regular bank card
    • Eligible restaurants world-wide typically 1 mile per $2 spent
      • Spend minimum $30 on your first meal within 30 days, complete a restaurant review, and earn 1,000 additional miles

My Chase Sapphire came in the mail a few days ago and I can’t wait to rack up some points. Let’s return in a couple of months and see how I do with these reward programs. As Chris posted on his Instagram: Set up a system to turn everything you eat, drink, and buy into points and miles.

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3 thoughts on “The Chase

    • The amount of points will be determined by destination. In the U.S., average domestic flights are about 30,000 miles. It’s probably the same in Australia where it takes a lot to go anywhere far! I’m just starting with the whole using miles thing, so we will see in the future how much it takes! 🙂

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