Welcome to the next
installment of our interview series where folks share their thoughts on having Big Travel with Small Money!
Miles & Points Interview: Fly&Dine
Jason’s also giving away a $50 Visa gift card on his blog!
How and when did you start collecting miles and points?
I’m relatively new to the game. I’m a professional food writer, so I often get flown all over the world to eat and, luckily, get to rack up miles and points on somebody else’s dime.
When I was invited to Thailand, I had to cover the airfare myself and that meant I needed to find a way to earn as many miles as possible. I signed up for four separate cards and thanks to Vanilla reloads, hit the minimum spending and got myself to Asia.
Why did you start your blog? What’s special about it?
I started Fly&Dine because nobody else was covering food specifically through the lens of air travel. There were a lot of stories about food in travel coverage and a lot of stories about travel in food coverage, but nobody had decided to focus exclusively on eating up in the air and at the terminal.
That’s where Fly&Dine comes in.
Now anybody traveling can go to FlyandDine.com and hopefully learn a little about the best dining options for their journey. That said, the site is fairly new so I’m just building up as much content as I can right now.
The goal is to eventually make it the most comprehensive source of food travel news on the web.
What’s the one single thing people can do to get more miles?
Rob The Points Guy. If crime isn’t your thing though, I’d suggest going for credit card bonuses. Make sure it fits in with your overall credit habits, but I like to think of those sign-up bonuses like video game power-ups. Find those cherries and watch your avatar grow.
What’s your most memorable travel experience?
That Thailand trip I previously mentioned was really special. I got to visit all 4 of the Four Seasons properties there and loved each one.
Riding elephants at the Tented Camp, sitting in an ocean hammock in Koh Samui, and finding my way to see a cello-based punk band in Bangkok were all beyond memorable.
What do your family and friends think of your miles & points hobby?
Shhh. They have no idea.
Is there any tool or trick which you’ve found especially useful in this hobby?
I think linking your credit cards to the various frequent flyer dining programs is a great tool. You earn miles without thinking about it just for eating and drinking.
There’s a bar near my house that turns drinks into miles and that’s a pretty great reward just for getting tipsy.
What was the least expected way you’ve earned miles or points?
I robbed The Points Guy.
What do you now know about collecting miles and points which you wish you knew when you started out?
I wish I knew how much trouble those shopping portals would be. I thought they’d be such an easy way to earn a ton of miles and points but I’ve had issues almost every time I’ve tried to use them. Now, I have pillows from Kohl’s that I hate.
What would your readers be surprised to know about you?
I’m also a professional comedy writer (NBC’s The Office amongst others) and I don’t like Chinese food.
Any parting words?
Please don’t rob The Points Guy. Also, visit my site as often as possible and let me know what you’d like to see more or less of on FlyandDine.com.
Jason – Thanks for sharing your thoughts on having Big Travel with Small Money!
If you want to be considered for our interview series, please send me a note!