Become a Travel Wizard: Learn to Game the System & Fly Free
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Become a Travel Wizard: Learn to Game the System & Fly Free

Learn the expert’s system for earning & redeeming unlimited free flights and hotel rooms. Then, go travel the world!
4.0 (61 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,504 students enrolled
Created by Travis Sherry
Last updated 4/2016
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn how to accumulate hundreds of thousands of miles without flying
  • Learn how to maximize your mileage earnings
  • Learn the best ways to redeem miles and take advantage of the best deals
  • Bonus material on how to stay for free and other advanced topics
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  • The second half of the course will be beneficial for anyone, but please note that the mileage earning portions are specific to Americans and Canadians
  • You should have at least an acceptable credit rating, though if you do not, you can boost your rating easily

Updated with new material on January 7th, 2015!

If you take this course, you are guaranteed to earn at least one free flight valued at $200 or more within 3 months!

"Do yourself a favor and get this course. Spending the money now, will save you many, many times more than that on plane tickets in the future." - Tiffany N.

Do you dream of traveling the world, but can't justify paying for expensive flights?

You don't have to dream. This course may not cost much but it will save you tens of thousands of dollars in travel expenses as you learn how to magically conjure up free flights and hotels with ease!

Did you know that you can accumulate literally millions of Frequent Flyer Miles without leaving the comfort of your home or even damaging your credit score? In fact, there are thousands of people who literally fly and stay for free, enjoying the world's most exciting and exotic destinations while everyone else pays full price.

Now, you can join them, and become a Travel Wizard!

Join renowned travel expert Travis Sherry and lifehacking expert Jonathan Levi as they teach you the ins and outs of accumulating and using frequent flyer miles. As owner and editor of the wildly popular ExtraPackofPeanuts blog, Travis has helped countless travel hackers learn the finer points of the trade. In this course, he assumes no prior knowledge, and will teach you everything you need to do, starting from scratch.

"There is so much great information here. I'm already planning a trip to Asia with miles using the information I learned here. Free stopover? Yes, thank you." -Robb H.

Like most people, you may think that Frequent Flyer Miles are a "gimmick" or "not worth it" - you're wrong!

Using Frequent Flyer Miles, people like Travis have been able to fly to over 20 countries, usually for less than $100 round trip. Sure, if you only earn miles by flying, and don't know how to get the best flights, they're not worth very much. However, if you know how to properly earn and spend miles, they can be wildly valuable.

Don't spend weeks or months digging through websites and forums learning how - Let us show you in about 2 hours!

We'll show you how to:

  • Earn literally hundreds of thousands of miles a year without ever leaving your house
  • Choose the right credit card offers and programs for your unique travel aspirations
  • Protect your credit score so that you can keep earning miles
  • Find hidden partner flights the airlines don't want you to find, so you can get the most travel for your miles
  • Use the right miles for the right trips to avoid surcharges, taxes, and fees
  • Get bonus free one-way flights (without spending any extra miles) through loopholes in the system
  • Make the most of your travel time with cheap (or free) hotel options

"Travis has the unique ability to simplify the complex world of travel rewards making it easy to maximize your frequent flyer miles and more. This course will pay dividends for years to come... Buy the course." - Jason P.

Who is the target audience?
  • This system is ideal for U.S. Citizens or Residents, but will also work for Canadians
  • Anyone who wishes to fly more without spending an arm and a leg
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Curriculum For This Course
23 Lectures
Frequent Flyer Basics
2 Lectures 10:05

This lecture will introduce the principles of this course and get us started.

In the supplementary materials, you'll find a link with a list of resources that we'll be talking about in this course. We recommend bookmarking it.

Preview 04:13

This lecture explains what airline alliances are, how they work, and how to determine how many miles of what sort are required to actually fly somewhere.

Airline alliances & how many miles you need

This quiz will make sure we're on the same page and ready to learn together.

Section 1: Are we on the same page?
7 questions
How Travel Hackers Earn Miles
9 Lectures 49:45

Before you start signing up for credit cards, you need to understand what makes a good credit score - and how to maintain one.

Credit card signups: Understanding your credit score

Which cards give the best benefits for you? How do you know which ones to apply for when? This lecture explains it all!

Credit card signups: Choosing the right card

Sit tight - this lecture is going to guide you through your very first "App-O-Rama." But first, let's learn what that means!

Credit card "App-O-Ramas": Applying for multiple cards at once

What about closing and canceling old credit cards? How and when should you do it? This lecture will explain all that and more.

Closing old credit cards

Category bonuses are a great way to earn extra miles - this lecture will teach you how.

Category bonuses

In this lecture, we're going to learn about shopping portals, a powerful way to earn points.

Shopping portals are websites run by either your credit card company (Chase) or various airlines (American Airlines, United). They give you links to various online shopping sites that you probably already use, and in exchange for using their special links, you earn 2-15X as many points!

This lecture will walk you through how to use one such portal, and also help you choose which portals to use for which purchases.

Also, make sure to check out the supplementary blog post that Trav mentions in the video.

Preview 05:55

This lecture teaches us how to credit your frequent flyer miles to other airlines (when you actually earn miles by flying!)

Crediting miles to other airlines

Wondering about transferring points between programs? This lecture will explain the ins and outs.

Transferring Points Explained

As you know by now, Chase points can be transferred to different airline programs. This video will demonstrate how to transfer them to United.

Demonstration: Transferring Chase points to United

This quiz will make sure you know the basic rules of the game before moving on to the next section.

Section 2: Do you know the rules of earning miles?
10 questions
Redeeming Miles Like a Travel Hacker
10 Lectures 54:52

In this lecture, we'll learn how to use route maps to determine which flight routes to take.

Finding flight routes

In this video, we'll learn how to use Qantas' web portal to determine availability on OneWorld partner flights.

Determining availability: OneWorld

In this lecture, we will learn how to use United's website to determine flight availability across partner networks.

Determining availability: Star Alliance

This lecture will introduce you to a tool called Award Nexus and show you how it helps determine flight availability.

Determining availability: Award Nexus

In this lecture, we will learn about "Stopovers" and "Open Jaws" - two advanced-level topics that help you make the most of your travels.

Stopovers and open jaws explained

Now that we know what stopovers and open jaws are, let's learn how to book them to pack in more adventures per mile!

Booking stopovers and open jaws on United

In this lecture, you will learn how to avoid fuel surcharges, one of the biggest traps that frequent flyers face.

Avoiding airline fuel surcharges

This lecture explains how you can get a FREE one-way flight with American Airlines.

Preview 07:00

In this video we will learn how to take advantage of a loophole for free one-way flights on United Airlines.

Free one-way flights explained: United Airlines

A walkthrough demonstration of creating a free one-way flight on United Airlines.

Demonstration: adding free one-way flights with United

So you know how to earn tons of miles - but do you know how to redeem them effectively. This quiz will make sure.

Section 3: Do you know how to redeem all those miles?
10 questions
1 Lecture 07:19

In this video, Trav reveals some unique accommodation options that help him save money when he travels.

Unique accommodation options to save money

Section 4: Accommodations Tips
2 questions
1 Lecture 00:36

This lecture wraps up the course!

Review, Next Steps, and Thank You
About the Instructor
Travis Sherry
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Frequent Flyer and Cheap Travel Expert

Travis Sherry is one of the world's foremost experts on frequent flyer miles and cheap travel tips. He runs the wildly successful website Extra Pack of Peanuts, which has been featured in USA Today and Kiplingers, as well as many other national media outlets. He is also the host of one of the top-rated travel podcasts on iTunes, the Extra Pack of Peanuts Travel Podcast.

Sure, he could travel the world every day for next to nothing, but what fun is doing it alone? His goal in life is to help others get off the couch and experience the world around them, and so now he is out to help EVERYONE learn how to Travel More while Spending Less.

Come join him, and be off to your dream destination in no time...and for less than $100!