Want to trade seats on the plane? Whatever ticket you’ve got for my comfortable flat bed up front? Yep, one of those seats with the champagne, the delicious food and the semi (to fully) friendly smiles? You’ve got a deal. You’ll just have to find me first. Since the best promotions often involve pain, and Richard Branson (the guru of humorous, amusing promotions) is my hero, for the entire year (2017), I, Gilbert Ott, am putting out a challenge for anyone who can find me.
And after you learn about the contest, there’s also a giveaway for two business class tickets…
You may need a little bit of luck, but if you find me in an airport: check in counter, security lane, terminal, lounge or even boarding gate, I’ll switch seats with you, provided we’re on the same flight. Yep, I’m flying to all these places in business or first class this year, and you can get upgraded- just for following this page. All you have to do is say “Gilbert, GodSaveThePoints. I want your seat”, or something like that…
I’ll be posting and regularly updating a map of my upcoming travels on Twitter, which you can monitor via the GodSaveThePoints.com homepage, at the bottom of the page. In the week and days before any flight I will drop clues about where I am, where I’ll be going, when and which airline on Twitter and Instagram. If you can crack the code or just get purely lucky and happen to see me wandering aimlessly in an airport, you can have my seat. That’s right. I’ll happily trade my bed for whatever seat you have, even on long international flights. We started this site to give the very best free travel information to as many people as possible and this seems like a pretty fun (and funny) way to connect with the people who make it happen, bringing new people in. I’ll probably come to regret this, especially on one of the countless 10+ hour flights I have upcoming. With the volume I travel, there will be plenty of regular opportunity to quite literally “upgrade” yourself at my expense. This may turn into a disaster for me..
Current Upcoming Flights With: American, British Airways, Japan Airlines, Delta, Alaska, Qatar, Swiss, Lufthansa, Thai Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Etihad.
Memorize These Mugshots- Fly Up Front…
Now you’ve seen too much of me: next step, find me.
But Really, Why Do This?
That’s a question I will probably end up asking myself while at the chiropractor, after 14 hour back to back flights in economy, with bags of ice on my knees. But for now, the reason is very simple. I want to deliver the best travel deals and information to as many people as possible. I’m really proud of our new site and if the chance to make me sit in coach while simultaneously making someones day brings me a single new reader, I’m psyched about that. For now… it’s worth it. We’ll see just how bad it gets. Be sure to check our homepage regularly, where you can monitor the Twitter feed (bottom of the page) for clues while catching up on the best travel deals and opportunities using your points and stuff!
And Yes, There Really Is A Contest For Business Class Tickets…
I will buy one lucky winner (and a guest) two business class tickets- anywhere in the US that Alaska Airlines flies, or on a mutually agreeable intra European route that British Airways flies. Dates will need to be agreed upon, but it’s a deal. If you live elsewhere- we can try to find a short haul business class solution too. To enter, leave a comment in the comments section, with a link to your favorite GodSaveThePoints.com post, and why it was helpful, insightful or interesting to you. You can always search the site, if you need some inspiration- by clicking the search icon at the top right corner of the home page. There are no right or wrong answers: a winner will be chosen purely at random using Random.org, and all decisions are final.
Love the creativity. I don’t fly intl longhaul in anything less than J, but I’ll keep an eye out to say hi!
Bryan, please do. Love meeting fellow enthusiasts. Yep, trying to bring some fun into things, and I often find myself in a situation where I say “would Richard Branson do this?” and if it’s yes, I gotta do it. Will see how it goes. Could be a disaster haha!
I REALLY appreciated your “heads up” post in February about American’s Business Extra promotion. Those 650 points were enough to put me over the top for a membership to replace access I gave up by downgrading my Citi Prestige after Admirals Club access was axed.
Most recently? https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/05/22/uk-virgin-atlantic-or-british-airways-credit-card-what-to-know/ has been helpful when I’ve been considering which way to go with points earnings cards.
Overall most helpful though is your AMA sessions on Facebook.
This is brilliant, really brought a smile to my face. I can’t imagine taking you up on the offer , I would feel too guilty! Great promo none the less, welcome to London too!
My fav post: https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/04/40000-points-12-hours-thai-airways-first-class-yes-please/
This was helpful because I’ve been trying to figure out how to get to Aus from NA with points in a prem product for quite a while, and while I can often find saver availability as far as Asia, this was the first hot tip I’ve seen on getting from Asia to Aus.
Been following your blog for quite some time now and I have been collecting Aeroplan miles mostly. Gave me some valuable tips about valuation and not hoarding points!
Never ever flown in anything else than economy so far but this post is my favourite…. the Etihad’s apartment! https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/06/04/360-look-at-etihad-first-class-apartment-on-airbus-a380/
Aspirational redemption! :O
Love it! This seems like a lot of fun. I hope to not be in long haul economy, but I will certainly take your first class seat for my biz seat. I am really enjoying your blog. I’m glad you are on boarding area now so I don’t have to remember to go to your site to see what you are writing about.
This convinced me to buy Business Class Emirates seats for myself my my mum.
Oh this is definitely my favorite, you’re so cute 😉
Do I win? Haha
I love this. It certainly is something Branson would do. Admittedly one of my favourite posts would be the “Starter tips for becoming a points and miles wizard”. As someone whom only ventured into the world of focusing on collecting points/miles when I travel recently; it was great to find tips and tricks so I could hit the ground running. I’m still learning how to be more savvy with earning and spending points, but GSTP has certainly helped. 🙂 https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2015/04/30/getstartedrookies/
I recently got the Platinum Amex card, so I really enjoy allyour posts about maximizing Points transfer with them. Thanks for the fun contests, hope I catch you on a future flight.
My favourite post is probably this: https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/06/07/10-hottest-travel-apps-for-savings-simplicity-fun-trips-2017/ – just demonstrates how you try to cover the end to end of travel, ensuring we get the best from our experiences.
I loved this trip report. As a family we like to visit places that “normal” families do not go to. Having read this, I thought, that’s one to put on the list. http://liveandletsfly.boardingarea.com/2017/07/14/boat-trip-pyramiden/#_ga=2.118097930.2069942943.1500144993-1703351853.1500144993
LOL, great idea. I wonder how long it’ll be until you’re wearing shades and a hat inside a lounge ?
Your letter to Alex Cruz. Loved it. https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/02/15/open-letter-to-british-airways-ceo-alex-cruz/
My fav post was buying AA miles and redeeming straight away for the Etihad First Class Apartment. Unbelievable experience I hope doesn’t end with the withdrawal of the code sharing.
My next one is using this for the EK First Class flights… https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/02/15/how-to-fly-emirates-first-class-around-the-world-for-155000-miles/
Now that’s a creative blogger/journo- well done.
Yours is one of many travel blogs I read but not one of the regular ones; it will be now though!And that’s despite the fact I’ll not be near an airport for at least 4 month so have no chance of winning.
Much kudos for the brilliant idea and the chutzpah!
ps for your sake I hope it’s not the LAX flight, looks like the longest single leg! ?
This sounds like a really fun promo, I look forward to hearing some of the [horror] stories to come.
As for favorite articles, there is no question that my favorites are those that center around maximizing the experience in first for the fewest miles/points. IT would be great to see strategies for around the world first class trips using minimal points. Some examples of my favorites so far include:
Great contest. Like the other poster I’m never in Y anyways so it doesn’t matter to me. But will definitely look to see I spot you someone randomly. Look for a douchey looking Asian dude usually wearing all lulu sportswear and a US flag styled vineyard vine stick on a tumi carryon. (I like to travel comfortably)
I would be hard-pressed to name a more favorite post than this one: https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2015/02/16/travebloggersarentlikeable/
1) This was the sentence when I knew I would keep reading your blog for the foreseeable future: “Personally, I find most travel bloggers unlikeable.”
2) This was the wake-up call travel bloggers needed: “You see those people getting cattle prodded to that narrow seat of doom on this long haul flight? They would kill to sit in that seat you are complaining about.”
3) This was #truth: “The bottom line is if you are flying business or first class it’s all great, it’s all wonderful and if you want to complain about it, someone like me will come along and make you look like an a**hole.”
Wonderful idea! I just started reading your posts few months ago. But know I read you regularly. Took several recommendation for my upcoming England trip from your post. Best and hope to see you around. Thanks.
Probably ain’t going to run into you, but that would be pretty cool. The post about the Google Flight tricks was real interesting, so that would be my favorite at this point.
Always wanted to see the Nothern Lights, and this post just helped clarify where it’s possible. Glad to have seen Yelloknife, since I only thought it was possible in Europe!
I enjoy the lounge reviews and they do help me when I’m thinking about which route and which airline to choose, this one was really helpful when I was planning whether to go with Thai air or not on my route to Sydney recently
Think this is a really cool idea, I always hope to see one one of you travel gurus when I fly but as I’ve been mostly traveling around West Africa lately doubt that will happen. Would love to see you try and review the business class lounge in Monrovia or Bamako to give you a baseline on the worst lounge in the world.
Favorite post I’ve read lately was the one on Google Flights which was really useful, especially being able to enter the multiple cities to search from and to, a real time saver.
Sending you my favorite GSTP link! It was one of early links that got me hooked on miles and points! A light bulb moment! so i made sure to copy the link to my iphone’s note ?
I’m a newbie when it comes to miles and points, and i’m getting a hang of it thanks to your (among others) insights!
I love using Chase UR points and love Hawaii so this article was very helpful! Thank you!
First post I read this morning. That’s really nice of you to be doing this. I’m sure it makes a whole lot of difference between economy and business or even premium economy. I’ve always been a silent reader and I enjoyed reading the flights review. I live in SEA and I haven’t been on a flight more than 7 hours, but I’ve really been wanting to see the northern lights. You pretty much summarize where and I’ve marked Iceland. Just need to gather more information, save some money and miles. =)
I loved the article here, https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/12/google-flights-tricks-to-get-best-flight-deals/. Being able to search multiple flights at one time has made it much easier to search for flight deals. Especially when we have had weak internet connections while abroad. The other upside is being able to use a remote vpn to get better pricing.
One of the first GSTP articles that I read, I come across about 3 months after I discovered the miles and points world. After going through each of the links in the post, I not only was more excited than ever to learn even more about this hobby, but I also learned things that I never thought of. This post really opened by eyes to endless possibilities of miles and points and is why I have been a reader of your blog ever since!! 🙂
Do I have to pick just one? I’ll pick two:
First – https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/02/09/four-amazing-ways-to-spend-your-amex-membership-rewards-points/ – for some reason, I generally have more trouble using MRs than URs or TYs, so that post was a great way to get my juices flowing to try to use my 500k MRs in an amazing way.
Second – https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/12/google-flights-tricks-to-get-best-flight-deals/ – helped me learn how to use Google Flights better to either get better deals, or get more from the money I was already spending.
Thanks for all the awesome info!
I never think about clicking through portals. Great top!
This post from a while back was helpful to keep the “big picture” in mind while traveling: https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2015/02/14/savemoneyaddfun/
Given my plans to get us over to Japan in the next two years for as little cash as possible, the Alaska Air miles tidbit in this post today is perfect for my long term planning: https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/15/best-strategies-for-business-class-deals-north-america-and-asia/
Love the creative thinking, best of luck to your knees 😉
before reading this post, i never realized how valuable referrals could be! awesome.
This is my contest entry for the two business class tickets:
I’m choosing this post because I had never heard of this deal before seeing it here, and I have not seen it mentioned anywhere else. The link to the offer seems to work, but I have not activated it yet, so hopefully it won’t get randomly yanked before I can do it. Also, the post was very well structured, succinct, and answered all of my follow up questions (where can I see a list of the hotels where I can redeem?) before I had to ask them.
I found this post useful, I scored a biz upgrade using the ‘be first to volunteer’ advice. Thanks, and keep up the great work!
Because I loved Japan and felt so bad@ss realizing I’ve gone to every place you photographed there.
https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/03/travel-mistake-tcb-travel-cash-back/ I just booked with avios a trip for my wife and I from PHX to vancouver then to SFO then back to Phoenix on Alaska Air for 75K and $110. Wish I had thought of going throug Top Cah Back to get cash back on the cash. Will remember this trick TY
My favorite post has to be the 5 tricks for Google Flights to find the best deals! I am constantly on the lookout for the best deals to travel anywhere! I especially love the “discover destinations” tip. I am currently getting into the credit card pts game, but try to find amazing deals in the meantime to travel. Looking forward to future posts!
My favorite link: Looking forward to trying to fly emirates in F soon!
My favorite gstp: https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/06/06/an-open-letter-to-your-friends-without-points/
It helped me understand my partner’s hobby a lot more!
New reader her!! Great contest!! I will be following your site from now on!!
This is one definitely my favorite (and ironically, you just posted it): https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/15/best-strategies-for-business-class-deals-north-america-and-asia/
Almost all of my international travel essentially boils down to Asia (be it North or South Asia), so this was really helpful. I only just started traveling in the last two years, and hadn’t been aware of the power of miles or points until last year when I realized that my travel would probably boil down to 2 RTs to Asia every year for the foreseeable future (plus some shorter domestic or European trips); didn’t even make my first award redemption until last month!
This is by far my favorite post. 🙂
Love these aspirational properties.
That’s my favourite, although my new favourite will be the one announcing me as winner 🙂
You legend!!! Looking forward to reading about what comes of this idea!
My favourite post is the one about phoning airlines:
The idea about calling a different time zone to make a booking was genius! We did this when we went to book our companion voucher with BA at xmas to Melbourne, we thought ‘noooo they’ll tell us to call back in the UK’ but unbelievably they took the booking, and we got our seats. Thanks for all the tips, happy flying ?
My friend and I are thinking of doing a quick SIN trip on the next QR Biz sale, flying ex EU. This article has been a great inspiration as not only would we get an amazing trip just by flying QR Biz by default, but also a fantastic city break thrown in as well!
I’ll be looking out for you in every airport I go to. Personally for me I loved the 5 destinations that offer excellent value for money. I read this earlier in the year and hit up Bulgaria with friends, then booked 10 days in Vietnam with my gf which turned out to be our best (and best value) trip we have ever been on. We have Blacked out time to head over to Sri Lanka later this year and Argentina will be on the list for next year. I think that just leaves Cambodia and South Africa then…
This is such a brilliant idea. I wonder if anyone will find you? Very unique way of interacting with your followers, so well done on that.
This is my favourite post because I’ve wanted to go to Cape Town for so long but never wanted to face such a long flight in Y class. https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/12/super-deals-1260-1600-business-class-europe-los-angeles-cape-town/
I saved 25% on points required for United Economy to Europe thanks to this tip…
What an awesome contest! Unlikely our paths will cross, but I salute you for doing this. Very fun!
I’ve just come across your site, but the following post really interested me because my family travels to Japan at least once a year.
I really liked this post: https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/06/06/an-open-letter-to-your-friends-without-points/
I convinced one of my friends to start collecting miles based on this. Please give me free business class seats!
I really want to go to Japan, so I love this post https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/14/photo-guide-four-perfect-days-exploring-tokyo-japan/
It was useful as it covers everything I would have to cram in 4 days before moving onto Kyoto
Great post Gilbert, have been following your blog for last 3 years ever since I signed up for a BA AMex card and started to collect points. My husband has another card too, we’ve ended up with 3 companion vouchers but not enough points to use it so it seems so wasteful, still not effectively collecting enough AVIOS points. Yet to fly business, we tried to book LON-NYC business this year but it would have wiped out our whole AVIOS bank and we have another companion voucher running out soon so I chickened out! I found the https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/11/things-you-can-do-when-an-airline-changes-flights-schedule/ post extremely useful as normally I wouldn’t even question the airline for moving my flight/reascheduling, I would have just frustratedly accepted, which I think most people do as they’re not aware of what they’re entitled to. It’s a great post and I’ll certainly remember this next time, I’ll also try and spot you in future! Thanks again for the blog, it’s well written, easy to read and most importantly, full of variety
Loved the post about buying Alaska miles to fly first class to Australia on Qantas!
A great insight into some interesting products.
All your posts are very informative! However, this post prompted me to inform my parents to buy the senior pass now before the price hike.
This recent post on finding business class space to asia is super helpful. great friends of ours are living in shanghai for the next several years. we’d love to see them and get there comfortably and in some semblance of style. thank you!
My recent fav is https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/11/things-you-can-do-when-an-airline-changes-flights-schedule/. Good to remember that you have some recourse. Thanks for all you do!
Hey Gilbert. My favourite posts of yours are the ones that nobody else is doing. It’s the ones where you do the hard work in figuring out the redemption sweet spots across different FFPs like this one:
There are a few of them from over the last couple of years, and they’re really useful, and like I said, you’re the only blogger I’ve seen doing it. So, thanks!
Hey Gilbert. Thanks for starting this contest. I’m new to the mileage runs, collecting miles, and managing 5+ credit cards. When I read your article about how to colllect points without actually travelling, I knew I still had a chance to upgrade my economy tickets for the business class/first class experience. I definitely had the inspiration to get credit cards that are reward focused. I’m now close to my goal of travelling in upper class. Here,s the link to the article: https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2016/07/20/earnmilesfromhome/
Best post, introduced me to your blog, plus currently I have a 1/2 chance of winning!
Woops, hadn’t updated page, quote a few more have entered…. Good luck all!!
This post was a great heads up on maximising the value of my redemption. https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/04/06/lufthansafirstclasstrick/
hilarious. i think i saw you yesterday in the Platinus lounge at Budapest airport dressed up like Cee Lo Green. (Yes, I saw him there. It wasn’t you, right?)
honestly, i love reading all your posts. i’ve been in the points game for a few years (used them to go LAX to Sapporo for example on Korean in biz class on their spectacular a380) and love all the hints.
thanks. keep up the great writing!
My husband and I love traveling internationally. We have never been able to travel Business Class (except a good 20 years ago when British Airline upgraded us free along with our daughters!) We have really enjoyed your blog and FB posts to help us get lots of deals and tips. My favorite is about the best credit cards for frequent travelers/flyers. https://www.godsavethepoints.com/?s=travel+credit+cards
Thanks so much for caring to help people with a passion to travel (and need to travel a need now that our daughter’s and their families live across the country).
I really love the idea and originality of this post. Hope to see you during one of my long haul India to North America long haul flights. And even more hopefully, get the aspirational forward cabin seats.
Keep up the great ideas!
Loved your “When buying points and miles makes sense” article back in 2015. Helped me set up an Alaska miles account which I’m now saving (buying) points through every time they have a sale in order to get my dream trip from the UK to Oz for out 25th wedding anniversary!
Love following your posts and all the best with the move to the UK…maybe see you at LHR as I’m flying through a fair few times in the coming 12 months.
I did not realize that Alaska Airlines sometimes had a 40% off mileage sale but I will be keeping an eye out open for personal travel and work related travel as well.
As an top-level elite of Virgin America — don’t get two excited; after all, there are only two levels — I am confronted with the need to get quickly up-to-speed with a new program, new rules, and new opportunities as VX gets absorbed by Alaska. Thus, this post (https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/06/07/alaska-is-offering-2x-miles-for-flights-10-partners/) gave me a great opportunity to add to my Alaska miles “stash,” which is already rather considerable (for me) due to the Virgin:Alaska transfer ratio of 1:1.3.
Gilbert – If I run into you I’ll buy you a drink, but not in the lounge. Since I don’t do coach I will never win this, ….but, …. I think the two tips I liked the most (deleted the links because they are no longer available) were the 35K SPG – Virgin Atlantic, and the Etihad – Brussels 36,600. So are you flying out of LHR or Gatwick now?
I found your article regarding the my flights app useful as it has instantly informed me of any changes to my flights. Cheers!
My favorite post was the post about the northern lights. https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/06/where-to-actually-see-northern-lights-incredible-views/
This article really interest me because it’s on my bucket list to do and wanted to know the best places and time to view them. Article was very helpful! 🙂
This article on google flights were really helpful. I’m now tracking 10+ flights!
https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/05/25/great-hack-to-marriott-spg-platinum-elite-status/ is my favourite post so far. It made me apply for a Platinum challenge with Marriott and as of 2 weeks ago I qualified as Platinum with Marriott and SPG and now also Silver with United. I’m off to Moscow soon for the first time. Super excited! Not bad for a bloke from the bottom of Africa! 🙂
Been using google flights after your recommendation on many of your articles. You even tagged me in a business class deal to NYC which I used for my summer vacation. Thanks.
New to the site and appreciate your writing style (and sense of humor! Thank you for sharing with all of us. I’ll be on the lookout for you at JFK and DCA but only to say, “Hello.” One of your excellent posts was https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/12/google-flights-tricks-to-get-best-flight-deals/, Best regards.
I enjoyed this post of stunning airport approaches:
Although I think you missed Gibraltar off the list!
This is when I finally understood the real value of SPG points which I never collected before. Thank you!
Very nice website, much information needed for a traveler, My favorite post. https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/16/disney-launching-immersive-star-wars-hotel/
Hope someone from Indonesia can meet you very soon.
My favourite post so far is https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/02/infinity-pools-cocktails-gardens-magic-heres-spend-48-hours-singapore/ which has given me inspiration and several reasons to add the city to my bucket list.
An old post similar to this one revolutionised how I searched for and booked my flights:
Thanks to God Save the Points I’ve now managed to fly first a few times without paying much over £1k! What a bargain, and so simple to do when you know how. The deal alerts are a life saver too! Thanks for everything 🙂
My favourite article was:
– https://www.godsavethepoints.com/?s=google+flights – Because i can optimize my searches
and one more:
– https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/06/12/one-thing-people-forget-starwood-or-marriott-points/ – Because i never flew in business or first class, and the reservation in JAL to get the Emirates 1st was great
Keep the good work and the sense of humour ( highly apreciated ) 😉
That is a nice contest. Perhaps you can be like the movie Catch Me If You Can and no one will every find you….
I liked the Wingly article. I’ve tried jetSmarter and look forward to this launching in the US.
Jeezzzz never seen so many comments on an article before. Nice work.
I always like the inspiration posts like this – makes me want to visit new places.
PS. I always prefer your content over your competition…you know who im talking about…
I love your approach to the seats trading, and a reader like myself is thankful enough for the posts you put up on deals, airlines/hotels news, etc. Keep it up and keep up the enthusiasm, the travel space definitely needs more bloggers like yourself.
My favorite blog post was actually from yesterday:
That’s because after that post, I bought a flight from NYC to Zurich for the fall with my wife! Thank you!
My favorite post has got to be: https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/16/deals-alert-399-many-us-cities-geneva-zurich-switzerland-works-directions/
Given that I recently moved to Switzerland and have struggled to find any good deals out of Europe, this was a fantastic heads up to get myself a quick getaway to San Francisco. (Would love to add an intro European getaway along with this promotion as well :P)
Thanks a lot!
Really stoked about the Star Wars hotel from this post:
This is how I discovered it was being built. Can’t wait to visit. Thanks for the content!
Firstly — this is awesome. Second, I seriously want to win this contest! I am one of those tall people scrunched into economy seats over and over, and have always stared longingly at the cushioned seats and ample leg room of the section as I walk through to my doom.
Okay, so that was a little dramatic, but I loved your post on the AirHelp app! With so many airlines messing up these days, it’s really useful to know what you’re entitled to. I personally had no idea, and can’t wait to download this app and have it search through my flight history (and use it in future situations) to earn a bit of cash. Hey, maybe I can put that towards a business class seat for myself.
Thanks for the opportunity, and have fun with your challenge!
qatar is one of the airlines i haven’t gotten around to flying yet, so this post: https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/05/09/360-look-at-qatar-airways-business-class-airbus-a350/
Amazing website! Still going through some of the articles but this one about the secret public Marriott promotion definitely caught my attention.
I take a lot of weekend staycations with my son up to Los Angeles to hit up the theme parks, and usually book a night if I can get a really great deal. I will be doing this for sure this summer to score this deal, SWEET! Thanks so much 😀
New follower here- hey!!! The article about Google flight tips (https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/12/google-flights-tricks-to-get-best-flight-deals/) is AMAZINGLY helpful! I’m going to be finding a random weekend getaway for sure using the any destination option. Also knowing all the info about flights with more legroom and power vs not was definitely something i didn’t know before. Can’t wait to read more articles from you!
Good effort and clever marketing Gilbert. Well done. My daughter is currently visiting USA, France and other European countries. I would love that opportunity too. This post excited me.https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/16/deals-alert-399-many-us-cities-geneva-zurich-switzerland-works-directions/
Excellent website. One of the post that I love is ….https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2016/09/29/save-big-on-hotels-get-a-free-675-private-hotel-club-membership-with-club1hotels/, which was about Club 1 Hotels. This post is a little old, but very useful for booking hotels at a great price. Thank you so much 🙂
Love this idea!!! My favorite blog post that you’ve done recently would have to be all your good suggestions for Tokyo (https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/14/photo-guide-four-perfect-days-exploring-tokyo-japan/) as my fiance and I will be heading there in the fall!
This is amazing! I spent almost a day reading through the website blogs about the deals & everything you do! my favorite so far is https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/04/08/the-hilarious-hack-to-fly-business-class-between-europe-asia-or-the-us-for-400ish/ I am definitely going to try this and let my friends know too!
My boyfriend & I do world trips every summer and we love reading hacks and tips for travel and points!! This is my new favorite website?
Wow. I want your job! You probably get that a lot. Am enjoying browsing your archives. I am sharing some things with my daughter who will be traveling to London next month. One I have shared today is London Tip: Ride the Bus! Do you ever fly Virgin Atlantic between Orlando, FL and London Gatwick? If so I will tell her to keep an eye out for you. http://economyclassandbeyond.boardingarea.com/2017/07/15/london-tip-ride-by-bus/#_ga=2.254196936.1798732267.1500375578-1188095.1500375578
Hi Gilbert, this is an excelent site to learn about secret promotions, upgrades and other how-to-things a traveller could need.
I was very interested in the post about Tokyo: https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/14/photo-guide-four-perfect-days-exploring-tokyo-japan/ as I returned from Japan after a 2-week rundtrip kust in May this year. Its always interesting to see a city you know with the eyes of an another people 🙂
greetings from Slovakia!!
Hi! Its very hard to find only one favorite post, every article are so helpful!
I guess If I had to pick one, I would say https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2015/05/26/crucialawardtips/ as it was the first article that make me start my initiation to the points 🙂
Thanks so much for your good work!
Just came across your site. Wow – jammed backed with info. Hope to spot, Gibert, on my next flight. That would really be fun & top everything!
This is so amazing! Wish I was traveling soon so I could find you. My favorite recent article is https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/18/five-travel-myths-flight-hotel-upgrades/. I’ve always heard that checking in late can get you an upgrade although it has never happened to me. I’ve learned that being nice always helps!
https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/12/wingly-travel-app-flight-sharing/ – Very informative info – I look forward to giving it a shot!
My fave post: https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2016/06/16/emiratesausnzdeal/
Why? Because it helped me to find an amazing price for my flight Paris / Sydney with EK! I was searching for a Singapore Airlines business ticket much more expensive… (3x)
Whenever I travel, I always try to find rooftop bars wherever I go. This post makes me want to travel to all these bars!
Love this promotion and hope that many see you out and about and get to upgrade. Flying first class is a treat and can be a once in a life time for most. Thank you for making dreams come true.
Love the below article because my daughter has longed to go to Japan and this gives us some incites for that dream trip.
First time reading your blog.
So far… this is my fave post !!
Just discovered this site! I am looking forward to learning all you share. Thanks!
This is a great promotion! I wish I had discovered your blog sooner! I love to travel and love to learn about other people’s adventures, experiences and tips through their writings and pictures!
I love using google flights, however, didn’t know of many of the features described in this post! https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/12/google-flights-tricks-to-get-best-flight-deals/
I really look forward to following your blogs and posts!
I just found your blog today and I’m an admitted newbie when it comes to being an extreme point collector and awards user. I research flight deals all the time to feed my wanderlust, and found the Google Flight tricks and the “Discover Destinations” tool fascinating and very helpful! I hope I can cross paths with you during this contest since you look amazingly like my cousin who is currently living in Brussels and I’ve been wanting to go see him and his family while they’re there for a work assignment – Cheers and safe travels!
I really appreciated your article “Ten ways to earn frequent flyer miles without flying” https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2016/03/04/earnmileswithoutflying/ because there were some new tips in there that I hadn’t considered before.
I just recently stumbled upon your website and had a look around, you have great articles and I love how you give us the information in simple terms so anyone can get these great deals. I enjoyed a small write-up you did called “Stop Searching for Upgrades or Flights Using Miles. Get an Email When They Become Available Instead…”
I never knew how people could find such great upgrades and have a happier flights no crammed into coach seating. Thanks to you and all your staff for the great website you have put together here. I hope I get a chance to use these business class tickets.
This article was perfect for my fiancé and I as we are trying to figure out our honeymoon destination. This is the one part of the wedding planning process that has been somewhat enjoyable. This article summarized some all inclusive resorts that could be an option for us.
My favorite post of yours has got to be this one! In fact, I loved the idea so much that I shared it on our website (see here: http://vivalifestyleandtravel.com/general/travel-and-lifestyle/news/first-class-ticket-giveaway). Surely that’s worth a couple of business class tickets…haha
If I’m not the lucky winner, I am flying back home to the UK for Christmas so I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for you at YVR or London Heathrow airports!
I also use Google Flights for booking, so I found this post the most interesting and helpful: https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/12/google-flights-tricks-to-get-best-flight-deals/
My family has had the good fortune of traveling to Europe twice in the past year and I find most of your tips relating to how to save money on airline tickets the best (Thank You!!!). However, I CANNOT lie: your announcement of the new Star Wars Hotel in FL DEFINITELY sent shivers through our bodies!!! We’re totally stoked to plan THAT trip!!! 🙂 Be well!
I liked your post about Star Wars hotel that’s coming to a disneyworld. We’re going back there in sept for the fifth time so this gives another reason to go back. Luckily I was able to book my flight plus one son using SWA points, then get my other son a flight with our Companion pass. So 3 free flight to Disneyworld!
This post about Cape Town was interesting in reminding me about how nice it would be to visit that city.
Mention of this post is to let others know but also (ha ha) to see if I can win the Alaska Airlines or intra-Europe British Airways prize that is offered. Actually, my sights are set low, just medium length AS flight is fine with me. I’ll even take photos on such flight for you, if you can use them.
Love this guy. Some people might say he is trying to take advantage of the system but in all reality he helps us frequent travelers be more comfortable on the road while away from our families. My favorite is https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/06/30/five-ways-fast-track-hotel-perks-elite-status/
I really liked https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/15/best-strategies-for-business-class-deals-north-america-and-asia/ because I’m planning to teach English in China. Thanks for the tips!!
I am in love with your destination inspiration section (and the site in general)! It’s given me some amazing places to fantasize over: https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/04/11/mostbeautifuldesignhotels/. Maybe someday i’ll check some of those hotels off of the list!
I’d love to meet you to exchange stories of favorites places visited, etc. What a wonderful website and blog. Oh, and of course, it would be cool to switch seats!.
Love the promotion. Hope you’re able to keep it going.
This post (https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/15/gilbert-ott-catch-me-if-you-can-upgrade-challenge/) because it’s a genius publicity stunt! Congratulations in advance. It might be painful from time to time but you’re going to have some great stories!
Got me interested in reading more…now I will be following and learning. While I doubt I will ever get a chance to play “I spy” you, I’ll keep a lookout anyway:-) Fun travels! “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” ― Ernest Hemingway
I travel a lot and would never in a million years have tried to get a hotel upgrade by slipping the check-in clerk a $20…I thought that had gone the way of the dodo! I do a lot of last-minute travel and can tell there are lots of upgraded rooms available when I book the cheapest available, so I’ll have to give it a go! https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/18/five-travel-myths-flight-hotel-upgrades/
Love this idea (and Richard Branson, too)! The Destination Inspiration articles are the best, like this one: https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/06/where-to-actually-see-northern-lights-incredible-views/
I find myself always reading and thinking, “Some day…”
Love the blog. I like the starter tips post. Great info!
I love https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/06/06/worlds-ten-most-luxurious-captivating-train-journeys/ I’ve always wanted to travel by train so this read was right up my alley!
Just stumbled on your site, so I’m immersing myself in the newbie section. Currently downloading about 5 new apps from your 10 Hottest Apps of 2017 post. New fan!
Let us know if you’re heading to Orlando. Travelling with toddlers is so fun!
I liked your post on savings to Tokyo and other destinations. Would love to visit!
Deal Alert: $399+ to Geneva + Zurich, Switzerland ??… I adore the land of cheese and it’s about time I went back for a lakeside frolic amongst the Alps.
https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/16/deals-alert-399-many-us-cities-geneva-zurich-switzerland-works-directions/ … forgot my link. ?
Thanks for the update on the Cuba ban, damn guess I better get some plans together asap! https://www.godsavethepoints.com/tag/trump-new-cuba-travel-restriction/
Ps I’d love a pair of first class tickets ??.
Enjoyed reading this article that states the truth. I think I’m always looking for deals, and we always hope these “stories/myths” are true. But it’s helpful to know what works and what doesn’t. And I enjoy your site for ideas and other ways to save 🙂
I will be looking for you SO hard during my upcoming travels!
I enjoyed this post while planning my upcoming trip to athens:
As an Alaska MVP Gold member, I am always looking for ways to maximize my Alaska benefits! Your article – though mostly focused on Alaska MVP 75K – was super insightful! Long way to go to reach that status, but I do hope I can someday! I’ll keep checking in for more tips and trips specific to Alaska! “Alaska Airlines Loyalty Program is even more lucrative than I realized. Here’s why”: https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/02/23/alaska-airlines-lucrative-mileage-plan-program/
Even if I did see Gil Ott, I don’t think I would be able to take his chair in first class.. but that’s just me. However, I’ll gladly take the chance of winning the two business class tickets from home. B)
I enjoyed your article “All Inclusive Anyone?”
I’m a mom to two little ones and the thought of someone pampering my family and I on vacation is a dream for me at this point in time.
This article is helpful to me to determine our all inclusive vacation. Thank you!
https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/04/11/tricks-to-fly-premium-economy-for-less-than-economy/ is great for this newbie here! I rarely fly – would rather drive – but there are places I just can’t drive to! Would love to catch you in an airport 😀 Happy travels fro a new follower.
Love your blog! Wanderlust is one of my favorite words! One of my favorite posts was https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/06/06/worlds-ten-most-luxurious-captivating-train-journeys/
I’m so looking forward to a napa trip with my hubby!!
What a find, love all of your tips. I’ll be looking for you in the airport on my next trip.
First of all – what a fun contest!
Second, I really enjoyed this post about Google flight search. I wasn’t really aware of this search option, so it was eye opening!
My favorite post is this top 5 travel myth. http://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/18/five-travel-myths-flight-hotel-upgrades/
I do agree that free upgrade does not only from the outfit. But i think it also from the membership tier the passenger have and pure luck due to overbooking! Never knew that if you put $20 you can get a upgrade. Lol
Loving this contest! I’ll be traveling to Europe soon and paid way too much for my flights! Had I stumbled across this little nugget o’ info months ago it might have saved me some money! Next time I’ll be using these tips for sure! Thanks ? https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/04/11/tricks-to-fly-premium-economy-for-less-than-economy/
I genuinely think this link below is useful as flight delay happens all the time and I’ve always live with it without knowing there’s so much more we can ‘ask’ for. Thanks for the tip and hope to bump into you in the next trip soon! https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/11/things-you-can-do-when-an-airline-changes-flights-schedule/
My husband and I are hoping to do more traveling in the upcoming year so your blog for 6 tips and tricks on getting great deals on hotel rooms was a great place for us to start! Hopefully we can use this for our first international trip together https://www.godsavethepoints.com/category/info/page/3/2dfcv b.
Collecting points is pretty easy for me, since I have no self control around the things I want. But spending the points can be tough since I’m always thinking there must be something great I can cash them in for. So your post with tips about the best first and business buys was a definite bookmark for me. Thanks! https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/06/13/amex-citi-chase-transfer-partners-all-three/
OK, I admit, I’ve never seen or heard of this site, the blogger or his work! But I’m glad I did. I was pulling in by the “offer” hehe, but stayed because of the content. My favorite post is: 5 Tips to Save Move on Your Next Ticket. I am always looking for how to lower those fares and while I guessed a few of them myself, from experience, I got some insight from this post that I’ve never considered before! Thanks!!
On another matter, Your favicon (browser tab icon) is highly reminiscent of the Delta Airlines logo. Colors, angles, shapes, industry: it all looks too familiar. If one wasn’t careful, they would mistake your site for a Delta company blog! Some free advice from a branding specialist. Update your blog logo to incorporate more of the “points” concept with a “heavenly” feel. Thanks for your brilliant posts…
Hoping to run into you at the airport this summer as I’m in Europe!
Thank you for this post : https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/18/five-travel-myths-flight-hotel-upgrades/
It is good to be able to tell right from wrong. We can hear or read so much nonsense sometimes. Please keep up with the good work!
I enjoyed reading your article on Japan. It’s on my bucket list. I will keep your recommendations in mind!
I enjoyed reading you article on finding deals on business class travel between North America and Asia. I hope to find some deals soon! Thanks https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/15/best-strategies-for-business-class-deals-north-america-and-asia/
Hi Gil ??
What a fabulous idea and promotion! You have a fantastic site, and this link is my favorite https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/15/gilbert-ott-catch-me-if-you-can-upgrade-challenge/ because it’s what brought me to it! Cheers and hope to bump into you on future travels!
Wow. Wonderful contest but how to pick a favorite post. I always go back and review award tips before booking so that https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2015/05/26/crucialawardtips/ is a valuable resource. Of course, the current post may just be the best.
I love this post: https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/06/04/360-look-at-etihad-first-class-apartment-on-airbus-a380/
because it shows what is possible up in the air and how amazing travel can be… helps me dream about where I want to go
I liked the one about how to make economy feel like first class… fun to read w/ good tips
My favorite post is : https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/02/19/incredible-beach-hotels-you-can-book-with-points-how-to-get-them/
I’m always. Looking for the best beach wherever I travel, and the best beach destinations worldwide!
Great website, just came across this from a link in yahoo. I have already read through a ton of posts with the American Airline Miles post being the most interesting since I am looking for a new card due to Citi Prestige dumping all the good benefits. I was leaning towards an American card since I fly out of Philly mostly and this is the way to go.
Interesting competition. I hope someone gets your seat.
Can always use an apartment in the air… lol!
Just found out about your blog so I don’t have a favorite post yet, but will definitely be following now!!
This is my favorite post – what a fun and interesting way to engage people and give them a nice bonus!: https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/15/gilbert-ott-catch-me-if-you-can-upgrade-challenge/
Thanks for a cool contest! 😀
I doubt I’ll see you on a flight anytime soon, but we love your site!! Thanks for all the info and this fun giveaway!
I had only 24 hours in Singapore just a few days after the 48 Hours post and you helped me find the ultimate cocktail spot! 28HK served decadent cocktails and it was a great way to make a short trip memorable
This has been helpful because it helped me guide to what credit cards to make and what not to do.
I enjoy reading most all of your blog posts but really got a chuckle out of your experience with using a credit card for a cab ride in Frankfurt. https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/11/unique-problem-ive-faced-using-credit-card-abroad/
I am traveling to Munich on the 30th of July (hoping to catch you in the Newark NJ airport). Will make sure to take some cash for those pesky cab drivers. I can’t believe they still use those old machines!!
Awesome contest – my fingers are crossed. This Avios article was valuable to me, as those fees drive me mad, but it’s a hard call with so much useful info on here… https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/06/15/how-to-save-on-taxes-redeeming-british-airways-avios/
Thank you for all the helpful information. I am new to earning and using miles but I am trying to plan a surprise trip for my husband and this is a great contest!! I am a Newbie but so far my favorite post is https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2016/02/18/akfirstclasstrick/. I just got an Alaska Airlines credit card and the information was helpful on earning and using points, buying points and upgrades. Thank you again for the blogs!
My favorite post:https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/18/five-travel-myths-flight-hotel-upgrades/
I’ve never been clear on any of that, so very helpful!
Hello From Anchorage, Alaska!
What a great Blog. My husband and I don’t get to travel much, so I really liked the link about how to get points without flying. Who knew test driving a car could get you points?! I love it!! Thanks again 🙂 https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2016/03/04/earnmileswithoutflying/
https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2015/04/30/getstartedrookies/ This is my favorite and useful place to get started. We love traveling and these tips can maybe help make it more frequent and more comfortable!
Seriously thank you for all your brilliant and simple tips. I worked in the airline industry for a few years and still find all the rewards programs confusing.
https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/05/30/reader-question-is-earning-elite-status-worth-it/ this article was a great reminder that loyalty programs are not what they used to be, but that they still have perks so why not enroll. I’ll take any free perk, no matter how small. Thanks!
Love this! Most recently, this post about the Sprint promo was super helpful – we were already considering a switch to Spring! https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/06/16/awesome-deal-switch-to-sprint-get-25000-american-miles/
Thanks for the advice, wisdom, and travel inspiration!
Sprint* that is, not Spring.
I heard about this via email, and was curious and checked out the page. I like your writing style, but do not know anything about you except for what I read here. Hence my favourite post is this one:
I guess I am booking my plane ticket from DCA-SFO…. I will see you
I forgot my link https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/15/gilbert-ott-catch-me-if-you-can-upgrade-challenge/
I just think this is a great deal. I am sure you’ll help people be happy. Also, sometimes people just do not pay attention. This is a great way to help them.
ps. you are cute.
I love the travel tips and inspiration…this article was great: https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/18/five-travel-myths-flight-hotel-upgrades/
Has to be the above. Where every little bit counts, its important to know where the deals are. This is a fantastic contest, great blog…fingers crossed! 🙂 Keep up the great work!
It has been a dream of mine and my husband’s to see the Northern Lights, so I LOVE this post. https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/06/where-to-actually-see-northern-lights-incredible-views/
Hopefully one day (soon!) we will get the chance to experience and see them!
who doesn’t like a good cocktail?
Very cool idea!
My favorite recent article was about Delta and how difficult they make it to use points. I live in a major Delta hub so have accumulated a lot of points in my lifetime but find them so difficult to redeem. UGH! https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/04/07/delta-officially-the-enemy-of-frequent-flyer-miles/
Sadly our paths will likely not cross through exotic Ohio. I really liked the link below because I never considered #3. I do it at eateries but never considered a hotel.
For everyone reading…DO NOT get the United Presidential Plus card. I pay the 495 a year and I can’t get any good flights using points. Im looking to go anywhere in Central America and can’t find anything under 20 hours or 2 layovers or an overnight. I tried off season, the first and second weekends in November and 7 airports across Central America. NO flights without 37.5k miles on the way back. The first time i used it about 6 years ago, I got a ticket to Nicaragua for 35k roundtrip and the 530am leaving NJ and the 130pm return.
DO NOT USE UNITED!!!!!!!!!!
This post introduced me to your site and definitely piqued my interest. I really like the idea of a real life “Where’s Waldo” game.
This post: https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/14/photo-guide-four-perfect-days-exploring-tokyo-japan/ has made me thisclose to booking a trip to Japan. Beautiful pics and a super informative post. I know what my intinerary will look like when I go to Japan!
Awesome contest, btw. Like others, I can’t wait to hear the stories that come from this!
Living in Switzerland and UK I find your site to be the most relevant for me! Many of the deals you posted have helped me to gain quite a few miles even if it’s just a simple sign up deal like the e rewards post!
After the Time article you’ll likely start to feel like a wanted fugitive!
Wish you flew United since that is my weekly commute. Anyway God Bless You for the offer this post has to be my favorite since it is inspirational
Keep up the good work. Any post that helps me get to the beach on points sounds like
a winner. https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/02/19/incredible-beach-hotels-you-can-book-with-points-how-to-get-them
I love your post on getting started with miles/points. I am not a huge traveler, but would love to do more and of course, find ways to make it more affordable and comfortable.
Thanks for such great insights!
I love the getting started post. I am a novice when it comes to travel but am excited to learn how to do it cheaper and more comfortable.
Thank you for your help.
I love flying to the beautiful places in this world for cheaper. This post helped me to find great deals. Thanks.
Thanks for all your advice! Loving the tip about paying in different currencies and how that may save on plane ticket costs! Definitely worth the read!
Thanks for the opportunity to win tickets!
What a nice promotion! My favorite post is https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/04/11/tricks-to-fly-premium-economy-for-less-than-economy/. It was great learning tips on how to fly more comfortably by getting upgraded.
Hope to run into you at the airport!
Awesome! Love the idea!
This is cool! Sounds like loads of fun for you. You’re cute enough to remember! I will be looking in Europe!
I ran into your site after flying my FIRST international flight and suffering through the economy seats. I TRIED so hard to get an upgrade, but had no idea how to do it. I started to research and ran across you. I have a lot to learn but I can tell you are the master at the craft so I am eager to be taught.
I love traveling with points. This year I’m was able to get tickets for my husband, friend, and twin girls to go to Japan in August. It was about 7K in tickets and I celebrated when the agent said you have enough points to cover this entire trip!
I am looking forward to staying at the Star Wars hotel after reading this article! https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/16/disney-launching-immersive-star-wars-hotel/
great contest!! i am crossing my fingers. Recently i loved the blog about the cheap tickets to Paris https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/19/super-deal-367-many-us-cities-paris-france-round-trip-full-service-airlines/. I would love to visit Paris, Barcelona and other amazing European cities. Great blog postings!!
I loved this article because it’s so relatable.
Fun contest. I doubt I will see you in an airport but now I know your face.
The article i found the most helpful was https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2015/10/17/questionanswer/. Reading it 3 years ago as a broke college student with big dreams of travel, it inspired me to set my travel goals and make them happen. Thanks to much of your advice, i was able to book a 9 day European trip with hotels and air travel to 3 different cities for $1,000 total.
Since graduating and joining the corporate workforce, i have now made it my personal goal to pick a new country each year and explore it.
Thank you for not only sowing it can be done, but sharing every step you’ve taken to get there! Anyone can get good deals, but its the phenomenal people who share it with others 🙂
Bless your heart! As my husband and i reach retirement we are looking forward to traveling more. I am disabled with hypoglycemic unawareness and now have to travel with a medic-alert dog, with me 24/7. Since he weighs 75 lbs our logistics have become more variable. Since we can only fly coach ($), we need bulkhead seats. The extra room in business class would be a godsend. Safe travels to you and yours!
This is my favorite
Sounds fun. I’ll keep my eye out. And, I would love to win the free tickets to Europe!!
Love that you’re doing this contest!
I personally found the article on how to redeem AMEX points (linked below) the most insightful. My fiance and I have been building up points but have no idea how to utilize them to get the best bang for our buck and we’re hoping to be able to use them to get some nice US to Asia tickets soon.
This is my favourite post, have been fortunate enough to travel the world with work , Japan being my favourite country. 10 year wedding anniversary coming up so would love to win some free flights…
Because I’m new to this, though I travel several times a year. Thank you!
love this post! interesting to see that some people are still willing to draw a smile on other peoples faces by just asking so little in return.
🙂 keep going!!
Your top post today was an eye opener.
Last time I travelled to Chicago it cost me £600 from my local airport in the UK. For the same price, I can fly to Paris, spend a night there, fly to Chicago the next day, come back, spend another night in Paris and then fly back to the UK again. Fantastic!
Well that’s easy! This is my favorite post because it’s the only one I’ve read as of yet 🙂
It inspires me to want to read more though!
now, That’s the way to make oneself known.
It has already been Written that “the more one gives the more one receives” so
without being a prophet nor the son of a prophet, i predict this site will be getting more than what it gives:-)
https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/16/deals-alert-399-many-us-cities-geneva-zurich-switzerland-works-directions/ This is my favorite article, and I appreciate your travel tips! My husband and I only discovered traveling later in life, after our kids were grown and we had the money and time to actually travel. So I have some catching up to do, and any advice or good prices really helps. We mostly try to fly for Avios or American Airline points, mainly because I can pretty much figure out their point systems, but I’m hoping to figure more out soon. 🙂
I love your site, my favourite section is the loyalty & points section – your article “Your travel rewards credit card answers” article FINALLY helped me to understand the ins and out of travel rewards and how to best use my ammex. Thank you!
This is an insanely awesome contest! My husband and I would love to go back to Europe. This website seems really helpful, I wil be following to plan my next trip.
I stumbled upon your article about how to upgrade to first class (http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/when-to-upgrade) when I was planning my trip to Italy last month! I’m not good with flying, and since my flight to Europe from DC was a bit long, I seriously thought about getting a business class ticket instead. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it happen financially, but I got the idea of asking at the check-in counter just in case, from your article! Because you’re right, it costs nothing to ask! I didn’t get the chance to get upgraded, but ever since, even for domestic flights, I’ve always made sure to ask just in case. Which I never thought to do before! Thanks for the tip!
Your favorite post of mine is the “A GREAT STRATEGY TO MAXIMIZE AIRLINE CREDIT CARD SIGN UP BONUSES…” It inspired me to apply for a better credit card where I could benefit more from my traveling. I don’t take one SINGLE airline the most as I tend to see what’s best, but I have been reading your blog to learn how to better traveling for free! I was able to pay off an entire trip thanks to my credit card points and it got me hooked! I’ve never flown business class, but I’d love to!
I am 59yo. and still finding my way around the internet, lol. I will be doing my first Amazon order later today and am so excited ! I’ve been surfing the net today for an hour or so and really can not remember how I came into your site. I think it was on my AOL homepage and I followed the link. I think the give up your seat contest is amazing, and although I will not travel internationally this yr maybe I’ll bump into you on one of my planned trips to NYC. Although I am still reading info from your website I came across the Top Cash Back website and have signed up and am looking forward to using it, and telling others about it. Word of mouth is one of the best ways I know to share any information. https://www.topcashback.co.uk/account/new-member. Safe happy travels.
The last time I flew to Europe – was Easter, 1972! I went to the southern coast of Spain! I was the youngest (13) of 30 teenagers – and 6 adult chaperones. The best thing about the whole trip – was that there were only 5 guys and 25 – GOOD LOOKING GIRLS! The best part about that was – if the girls wanted to do anything – they ALWAYS grabbed 1, or 2 guys to go with them! (And they seemed to ALWAYS WANT ME, to go with them! I didn’t mind. They took REAL GOOD CARE OF ME! If we went out for a meal – it was on them. If we went to a club, ditto. There were even a pair of sisters that paid for a boat trip – along with water skiing!
Gilbert – I forgot to tell you, according to the above map – you don’t use any of the airports I now use! They are Cleveland (most relatives), Baltimore – to see 2 brothers, Orlando/Daytona Beach/Jacksonville (closest to me is Daytona Beach and Orlando is – usually – the cheapest).
Without a doubt this article provoked much conversation and discussion with my wife:
and this one:
were extremely handy, and I bookmarked the 2nd one for future reference. 🙂
Hi, thank you for this awesome website! My favorite article was this one:
and it gave me so much useful advice because it included the seat width. In fact, I wish that you had a chart or some kind of graphic that gave the seat width and pitch for every airline. I can’t find that anywhere. 🙂
I emailed this article to my friend and she loved it and got a laugh out of it….admitted she needed to up her game….and it convinced her to mend her ways and start working on miles!
An OPEN LETTER To Your Friend Who Doesn’t Play The Points & Miles Game (But Should)
I am glad because I have a secret motive, I want her to travel with me more and if she works on getting points and miles for her business travel, then she will be more motivated to fly with me for fun stuff!
Your city guides are extremely interesting and give very specific but realistic advice on what to do and see. I like that you mention the less expensive, but still incredibly beautiful spots, like Sri Lanka. Also, the photos are amazing and I have just about convinced my wife to go to Bulgaria with me. 🙂
I think I just missed my chance because we just got back from an extended European vacation (that we saved for 2 years to do!), but I was in several airports and gosh, I didn’t know to look for you!
You did an article, “Here’s How To Earn FREE HOTEL NIGHTS Without Using COMPLICATED Points Programs…” that was very helpful to my little travel group and we passed it around. We have had several discussions about the hotel.com one which is truly amazing. Funny thing is I’ve used that website many times and never knew that free room was an option. Thank you!
I appreciate the sheer honestly and total integrity that you bring to this website. Instead of trying to sell stuff and do a lot of product placement, you are very honest. An example might be the article you did “https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/03/hyatt-just-made-troubling-change-loyalty-program/” which basically explained the rather unpleasant changes that Hyatt had implemented. I really appreciate the honesty!
This is a fun contest – will be interesting to see who can find you.
This post is my favorite nomination as it is the first ever I have read on you blog…now will go check others!!!
Great site. I especially found your article on strategies for snagging business class seats from North America to Asia useful. https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/15/best-strategies-for-business-class-deals-north-america-and-asia/
I’ve only been lucky enough to fly business class to Japan once and it was by pure luck that I was upgraded. With your tips, I can try it make it happen again.
Great post! Fun contest!
I’ve never flown first or business class. It would be so awesome to be able to one day!!!
I love this article about myths https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/18/five-travel-myths-flight-hotel-upgrades/
But I’m wondering why Myth #3 is on there if you are saying it actually works? ?
As a mom to two young babies I like to day dream of places to visit. This article on Bali was fun to read!
Melissa, Thanks for the comment which makes me really love what I do. Very Best to you and your two babies!
I really really appreciated the article https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/06/07/alaska-is-offering-2x-miles-for-flights-10-partners/ because I was flying Icelandair out of Seattle and had no idea. Enjoy the blog very much!
My favourite post is the one about phoning airlines:
The idea about calling a different time zone to make a booking was really inspiring and helpful.
What a kind & generous soul you are! And what a fun contest! There’s nothing as fun as travel, and international travel at that. Thank you for all the joy you’ve bestowed & wishing you many more happy travels.
What an amazing opportunity you are providing! I loved that post about the new Star Wars hotel! If I ever go to Orlando, I will definitely stay there.
Very cool.. I need more travel in my life.. there is so much crazy and sadness these days. Looking forward to meeting you someday, hopefully! Are you friends with The Points Guy?
This is my first visit to your site, so obviously the Catch Me If You Can Upgrade Challenge is my favorite post. I was linked here from an email from InsideHook, which linked me to one of their pages (http://www.insidehook.com/nation/gilbert-ott-first-class-swap), and followed a few links to get to this post. What a brilliant idea! I’m travelling to Hong Kong via Tokyo on JAL, and then on to Qingdao next month. Maybe I’ll see you 🙂
I am amazed at the wealth of your knowledge in the travel world! I like to say that I can spot great deals but you’ve got me beat in every which way! Lol! Can’t wait to see if I spotvyou somewhere!
will say hello if i see you 😉
I needed destination inspiration and this post didn’t leave wanting for more. Looking at Mannur, India flights and hotels now! Thanks! https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2016/11/16/tenmostbeautifulplaces/
My favourite recent post was about flying business class with Czech Airlines for 52000 points. I always thought it was at least 100000 to fly business on an international flight. Thank you! https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/17/52000-points-22-hours-business-class-europe-asia-round-trip-sold/
This is my favorite page because I didn’t know about you until The article that directed me to this page.
Would love to win a couple of flights! But, in the least will be following you for points-related news and advice.
Found your page because I am searching travel adventures for a business trip to India. Absolutely brilliant posts, I’ve enjoyed reading your tips & all the pictures. Cheers to the next great adventure!
My fav post:
This is my bucket list and you gave very insightful details. Thank you!
Just saw this site, how interesting!
This is my favorite post. Love a good contest especially when everyone has a chance to win!
I loved this post: https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/06/30/destination-inspiration-villa-nusa-airbnb-bali/
I’ve been dying to go to Bali, and I absolutely LOVE the idea of staying in a private villa like this one, especially if it’s more affordable than a resort. I’m definitely saving this Airbnb listing for (hopeful) future use!
It is very unlikely that I’d spot you in an airport but winning those business class tickets to Europe would make my year. I’m dreaming about sailing off the coast of Santorini and spending some time with my good friend in Manchester.
I fly to Germany somewhat often for work, so I’m always on the lookout for a good LH deal! Thanks for this one:
I wanted to get your tips on Cartagena, Colombia as I’m planning a trip there but all I found is mentioned of my favorite Netflix series. Narcos (outside of the drugs) gives me a nostalgic feeling about Colombia. The scenery is exactly as featured. I miss it so much as it feels like I belong there.
I love this post https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/19/super-deal-367-many-us-cities-paris-france-round-trip-full-service-airlines/ because I love a great deal! I’d love to fly to Germany to see my dad who is living there for two more years or so. I’m always in the lookout for great deals!
Hello!! My favorite post of yours is the one about the luxury trains https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/06/06/worlds-ten-most-luxurious-captivating-train-journeys/ I never considered making a trip based off of staying in a train, and I’m so excited to look into this option!! Especially the one you mentioned in Russia. It seems like an exciting, and reasonably safe, way to travel a lot of Russia!
Keep on writing. I love your stuff.
Because who doesn’t love a good show on a plane or off.
When I read this article, I had just finished meeting my minimum spending requirement on the AAdvantage card…but I had no idea the barclay card even existed. What an easy addition to my miles with AA! Thank you so much for the tips and guidance. Totally scored with that one! And looking forward to adoring again. Your solutions are simple and, yet, so rewarding.
My favorite post of yours would be:
This may seem like an obvious one, but this was incredibly helpful for me with planning trips and really getting some great prices! A lot of my travel has flexible dates, and the ability to search a wide variety of departure dates was a lifesaver. I’m currently reading up on your posts about utilizing miles/points most efficiently. Keep up the great work!
A lot of travel blogs mention places I’ve heard of before that will ‘blow your mind’ and are often disappointing and mainstream to someone who travels often but this blog: TEN GORGEOUS, INSTAGRAM WORTHY BUCKET LIST DESTINATIONS YOU’VE GOTTA SEE TO BELIEVE…
( https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/04/13/10crazyplacesonearth/ ) – added 10 completely new dream destinations to my bucket list. They’re all new to me and make me even more excited to continue my travels in the future! ?
Not gonna lie. I’m new to this site but I’m glad I came across it because I’ve been looking into credit cards lately that’ll give me points. I have two credit cards now and only one gives me points and that’s only towards a certain store and their points system sucks. So I’m going to transfer my balances to new cards so I can start earning real points that don’t expire at the end of each month. This post is helping me make my decision (along with many others on this site). But I liked this the best because it’s not something you would know right off the bat while researching cards. So thank you. ?
I can’t get enough of these cheap flight deals. Especially when they’re good from different cities. It makes meeting friends in Europe way easy!
God save the points… Let’s hope…???
Really love this site! The contest brought me here and even if I don’t win, I am thrilled.
That said, Alaska airlines is one of my favorites to fly with and I would love to fly away with them!
I read quite a few articles, and will be back to read more. I can’t hide my excitement for the addition of anything Star Wars at the Disney parks, so I loved reading about the new Star Wars hotel coming to Florida.
Thanks so much! Love the website!
THE ONE MISTAKE MOST PEOPLE MAKE WITH THEIR CREDIT CARD REWARDS POINTS post was my most recent favorite. It helped me a lot because I did not realize that airlines and hotels often have a fixed point rate for their flights/rooms, I assumed that they flucuated with the market cash price. So it is almost always a better deal to transfer rewards points to partners if you can!
this was an awesome article with great info. LOVE what you’re doing and all the tips and will be following you for sure
First off, thank you for the awesome posts that fuel my desire to continue traveling for the rest of my life. Your posts regarding credit cards (such as this one: https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/03/travel-mistake-tcb-travel-cash-back/ ) have been so helpful for one very important reason. My boyfriend is German and I am American so our relationship relies on travel, credit card/airline points and countless flights over the Atlantic. While I own a credit card that offers cash back and points, I never knew how to properly use it and your posts help me with that.
This contest is one that is clearly special to me, as it would allow me to see my German family again. Thanks for all you do and the insight you provide on a subject that is a huge part of my life. I will continue reading your posts forever!
Hi! My favourite articule was the Google flights one. I usually buy tickets online and someone told me that Google had a online tool to buy them. I found interesting offers but tu was only after reading the article that i really learned how to use it, so thanks !
Love the concept. Looking forward to seeing how many people are actually able to take advantage of the contest.
I lived abroad and backpacked all your articles were helpful, but this one helped me decide what to do about money in foreign countries. https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/02/21/reader-question-signing-up-for-foreign-credit-card-better-bonus/
I’ll be honest I’ve not seen this site until today and it’s a shame because there’s a lot of useful info on it! We live in the UK and travel back and forth between here and New York a few times a year and any tricks and tips for flights and airports that I didn’t have already are always helpful.
This article about the myths was good because I was under the impression that dressing well would help your chances for an upgrade.
My favorite post is: https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/04/11/tricks-to-fly-premium-economy-for-less-than-economy/ As a newbie to traveling your tips and tricks are helpful in stepping my travel game up! Economy is getting worse, knowing the tricks of the trade in traveling allow me to have better experiences even before I step out of the plane to my destination. I’m still trying to read up on your past posts. Thank you, I enjoy your writing style!
So far this has been my favorite post- I was unaware of possibly gaining compensation for delayed flights and just thought we had to deal so your like to AirHelp was hyper informative. Also, looking to travel cheaper, with more perks more often so finding your blog is a godsend (the points)! https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/06/07/10-hottest-travel-apps-for-savings-simplicity-fun-trips-2017/
One of my favorite posts is probably the recent one about THE BEST TRICK TO SAVE MONEY BOOKING LAST MINUTE FLIGHTS IN THE U.S… Since my daughter is starting college this fall, we will be flying a lot more within the 1152 miles max for this trick to work. More visits to see her, and hopefully cheaper visits home for her!
Nice thing for you to do!
Having spent the last four+ months being treated (very successfully, thank you) for breast cancer, I have the worst cabin fever EVER! I escape by pouring over posts like yours, dreaming of the day I can shuck it all and take off myself!
Thanks…it’s been a vicarious blast!
https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/06/07/10-hottest-travel-apps-for-savings-simplicity-fun-trips-2017/ this! we are just getting back into travel and don’t know any apps that are relevant. thanks!
Amazing! I’ll be looking out for you!
Definitely think this is a solid list for great spots to see the lights. I haven’t seen Yellowknife on anyone’s list before, thanks for the suggestion!
Just discovered this site as I only use FB….wish I’d found it ages ago. Absolutely excellent advise??????
HOW TO GET A FREE FANCY FIVE STAR HOTEL NIGHT AFTER STAYING JUST TWO NIGHTS ANYWHERE…
This post let people in on a secret tip that exists and most people don’t know about. It helps people save money
God save the points! I am a working mother of two who really needs a trip to recharge and find myself again. Really hope you pick me!
This is a great blog .. thanks for all the tips. Will keep a lookout for you 🙂
https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/04/08/the-hilarious-hack-to-fly-business-class-between-europe-asia-or-the-us-for-400is/ more hilarious hacks please 🙂
Apart from this cool giveaway post,
this is my favourite post (https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/06/where-to-actually-see-northern-lights-incredible-views/)
Beautiful northern lights and that cool igloo hotel. I have seen many pictures of the hotel, but now I know it’s in Lapland, Finland. Would love to visit there someday, and hopefully pretty soon 🙂
I came across your blog via a Travel & Leasure write-up. This is a masterful way to gain broad recognition. I plan to subscribe to your blog and hope to have n ah ha moment with each one.
I am so glad I just discovered your blog! My husband and I are trying to go to Thailand but just bought a house so we’re tight on funds. Your post about deals to Bangkok is exactly what we need! https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/11/great-deal-540-many-us-cities-bangkok-thailand-round-trip/
Thanks so much we are keeping our fingers crossed to win!
Fave post from what I’ve seen so far!
Did not know I can earn from Amazon! I buy from Amazon every chance I get.
Thank you for all your great tips on this blog!
I loved this post about finding international flights — this “trick” never occurred to me but I am eager to test it out on my next venture overseas (hopefully be sooner rather than later)!!
Best challenge ever! It will give me something to look forward at every airport! Hope I’ll find you!
Hey Gilbert, I learn something from each of your posts. This one was an eye opener though. Why haven’t I been doing this? https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/24/heres-earn-free-flights-hotels-referring-friends-seriously/
Thanks for your work! As you know I’m an avid reader and whilst I’ve benefited from several of the deals you’ve identified… favourite post has to be this:
Not just because you called out cr*p service but because I have not a doubt that the article contributed to BA’s policy reversal on doing nothing vs. the minimum they could get away with (or at least saying they would… 2months later I am still regularly reading of customers who haven’t yet received compensation).
Thank you!! I appreciate how easily you’re able to explain “points systems” and the differences between airlines to newbies like me and that’s also why I like the section https://www.godsavethepoints.com/category/info/basics-cheap-flights/ for these reasons and find it very helpful!!
That is interesting because it’s a cool idea and great way to meet people. I’m in for playing Where’s Waldo, or Where’s Gilbert? 😉
I’ve started following this website religiously in the lead up to my move from Australia to the UK. I’ve become quite savvy in the ways I go about accumulating points, and am always up to hearing new methods. But, I found the following article on legroom particularly helpful when booking my flight from Brisbane to London …some thought is required when embarking on 24+ hours in the sky!
I’d say this was my favourite:
I’d always thought ‘How am I ever supposed to collect miles if I’m only picking them up through buying flights in the first place!?’ It seemed like it would take me years and years to accrue a meaningful amount of miles. This showed me how I can be earning miles just from doing something I already do regularly anyway! MIND BLOWN. I really enjoy the articles like these which show you how to be more savvy with the purchases and lifestyle you already have.
This is great!
Fav post: https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/06/07/10-hottest-travel-apps-for-savings-simplicity-fun-trips-2017/
I like it because it’s very practical and achievable. I may not have the status yet, but I can have the apps now!
My favorite post is https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/12/abu-dhabi-new-art-museums-louvre-guggenheim-zayed/ The photos are amazing, and I would love to go!
Smart idea…. love to see the stories of those who get upgraded. In the meantime, to enter the contests and hopfully win tickets for our anniversary… Enjoyed this post. https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/22/maximize-free-hotel-night-using-points-or-a-voucher/
https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/15/gilbert-ott-catch-me-if-you-can-upgrade-challenge/ Can’t wait to see you in the airport.
I’m always looking for a great deal on travel and beautiful places to explore that isn’t always on the Top 10 best places to travel….I like to avoid the tourist crowd. Although I’ve only been to a couple of places so far, this place is now on my bucket list!
I had a hard time picking my favorite post because all are helpful in one way or another. I had to narrow it down to two. I was torn between the Star Wars hotel post mainly because my son and I love Star Wars and between this one. The reason I chose this one was because I am a single mom. I want to show my son the world but I don’t have the luxury of spending a bunch of money on it at the moment. It’s nice to see that some airlines are following suit in this lowering the price deal. I am a full-time college student back at 32 and have a 14-year-old and work part-time so as you can imagine I can’t afford much. However, showing my son the world is important to me. Seeing him get excited about anything is the most amazing feeling in the world. I’m back in school first and foremost for myself but mostly for him. So I can show him the world! I am confident that if these airlines keep up these lower prices, like in this article, I will be able to based upon my anticipated salary in the future. Thank you for this article. It was helpful.
As I continue to read, this is by far the best deal I have seen on travel! I have been wanting to go to Ireland forever and now with these travel deals, it’s a good possibility! Thank you so much for posting this!
Great contest! I liked this post, since I hadn’t heard of this brand before: https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/06/03/greatest-affordable-carry-on-luggage-away-travel/. The USB charger is brilliant. I’ll have to keep it in mind for my next carry-on purchase.
My first time reading your site and am super psyched to run into you in the airport so that I can try and get your seat upgrade 🙂 My husband and I are hoping to fly out to California and would love to win the two tickets!
I enjoyed this post about sharing your favorite city spots, https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2017/07/26/share-your-favorite-city-spots-google-maps-gem/. My husband and I love to travel and he loves to plan the trip out and google places to eat (our favs are hole in the wall places) and things to do in the area we are visiting. We just returned from a road trip from Georgia to Waco, TX and stopped along the way in Bilouxi, MS (beach and great food), New Orleans, LA (gondola ride in City Park where we got caught in a huge thunder and lightning storm and stuck under a bridge in the gondola for 2 hours and great food), Layfette, LA (cajun swap tour), and finally, Waco (the Magnolia Market, great food, antique shopping). The favorite spots in google maps would have been very helpful to use during this trip.