“No Matter How Long the Trip, I Never Check a Bag”

“No Matter How Long the Trip, I Never Check a Bag”

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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.

You can also follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, YouTube, Pinterest, Google Plus, and her other website, JulieFalconer.com.

A Lady In London - Interview With Julie
Beautiful Afternoon in Baku, Azerbaijan

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.

A Lady In London - Interview With Julie
The Workload Doesn’t Stop – Even in the Maldives

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?


A Lady In London - Interview With Julie
Lemur Love in Madagascar!

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.

A Lady In London - Interview With Julie
Desert Dunes in Dubai

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!

A Lady In London - Interview With Julie
Stopping to Smell the Tulips In Holland

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?

Keep traveling!

Julie – Thanks for sharing your thoughts on having Big Travel with Small Money!

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I would like her to tell us more about "never check a bag"! That would certainly be "news I can use"!

Agreed. I have an underseat bag for everything. Tightly rolling my travel-friendly clothes and washing stuff in the sink helps.

I just came back from Montreal for 10 days of trip this summer. I finally learned to pack light and simple. I made it without check my bag to save 50.00 from United Airline. Cheers!

Never check a bag???