Welcome to the next installment of our interview series where folks share their thoughts about Big Travel with Small Money!
Miles & Points Interview: A Lady in London
Julie writes A Lady in London to share her travel experiences with readers.
How and when did you start collecting miles and points?
I started collecting miles and points in 2007 when I moved to London and started traveling a lot for my blog. I realized that there was a lot of value in it, both from the perspective of free flights and upgrades, and status and benefits.
Why did you start your blog? What’s special about it?
I started writing A Lady in London when I moved from San Francisco to London in 2007. Originally it was a way to keep in touch with people back home and have a creative outlet to write about my travels, but over time it attracted a following and I started writing it for a wider audience. I started working on the blog full-time in 2010, and now it’s one of the UK’s top travel blogs. People come to it for all things lovely London and stylish travel.
What’s the one single thing people can do to get more miles?
What’s your most memorable travel experience?
I’ve always loved to travel, but I discovered my passion for it when I moved to Nice, France, after high school to attend a French language school for three months. I spent my weekends traveling around Europe, and loved how easy it was to discover new countries and cultures in such a short distance. I’ll never forget how life-changing that experience was.
What do your family and friends think of your miles & points hobby?
They understand that it’s an important part of my business, so they’re supportive of it.
Is there any tool or trick which you’ve found especially useful in this hobby?
FlyerTalk is a great forum for learning about all things miles and points.
What was the least expected way you’ve earned miles or points?
I once had a 7-hour flight delay in Jamaica that I managed to turn into a re-booking in Business Class. It earned me a lot more miles than I had originally planned!
What do you now know about collecting miles and points which you wish you knew when you started out?
It pays to research fare classes, and to understand how many miles you’ll earn on an alliance partner if you credit the miles you will earn with one airline to another. Things have gotten much more complicated over the years, so it’s also important to stay updated as they change.
What would your readers be surprised to know about you?
No matter how long the trip, I never check a bag.
Any parting words?
Julie – Thanks for sharing your thoughts on having Big Travel with Small Money!
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