Hi everyone, I know I said the previous meet up will be the last one for this year but a rare opportunity just came up! One of Canada’s best travel hacker and good friend of mine, Matt Dylan McLean will be in town (he lives in Victoria). He offered to do a talk on travel hacking topics I haven’t covered yet.
So as an encore presentation and one last time this year (seriously!), we’ll be having one more meet up!
Matt will be teaching us on two of the following topics:
How to travel hack using Avios Miles:
• How to earn Avios Miles
• How to book Avios Miles
• Why you should use Avios frequent flyer program
How to travel hacking using Aeroplan mini-RTW:
• How to book a round the world flight for 100,000 Aeroplan miles or under
• How to approach the Aeroplan mini-RTW booking process
Matt Dylan McLean:
1) A little bit about me
I was born in Australia and lived right next to an airport all my life. Followed a pretty regimented path through school and university until I finished a teaching degree and didn’t want to teach yet. So I booked a one way flight to Canada and spent the next few years trying to find the coolest jobs. I worked on a Cruise Ship, taught waterskiing in New York, taught surfing in England, worked for Coca Cola at 2 Olympic Games, ran a ski chalet in France and then eventually decided to return back to Canada. I now work for the BC Government in social media.
2) How I got into the Points Game, and why?
I signed up to be in the audience for a CreativeLive Travel Hacking course run by and author/entrepreneur named Chris Guillebeau and Stephanie Zito. I was looking for work at the time but also wanted to take advantage of my free time and travel on the cheap. After becoming pretty obsessed, I dove in head first and ended up working for Chris’ company the Travel Hacking Cartel for 6 months, coaching Americans through the process of how it all worked and what the steps were from getting the first card, to getting on the plane. I stopped working for them once I got a full time job and continued to study points and miles on my own. I attended the first PointsU in YVR and although I thought I knew a lot, I learned so much and wanted to be a part of that community again.
3) My favourite points strategy
I’m cheap so I like to stretch my miles and use them for more trips rather than fancier trips. Aeroplan is the easiest for me to earn but I am big on diversifying your points in flexible programs and having a few different options for last minute trips or when availability doesn’t show up. The most appealing strategy to me is the Aeroplan Mini-RTW and I look forward to taking a trip like that in the near future!
4) My topic this year for PointsUYYZ
I am talking about Macguyver-ing your miles. This is all about making something out of nothing and mashing up everything you have into something you can use. I want to focus on why it’s important to diversify, which programs to diversify into for maximum flexibility, and also how to mix and match when it comes to booking.
5) What you can get by attending PointsUYYZ
I wrote an article about this as it was so profound to me just how useful a conference like this is. If you are just starting you can get first hand, unbiased info on all the ways to maximise points and miles to travel the world at a fraction of the price it normally costs. that way you can pick a method that works best for you.
If you think you already know what you are doing then that is great, but there is ALWAYS something you don’t know, or forgot, or didn’t fully understand and these conferences are like crazy crash courses full of secrets, surprises and the best knowledge base in Canada.
6) What’s next on the travel itinerary
I am planning a trip to Australia for Christmas which is always tough with availability but I am hoping to Macguyver my miles and maybe even try to use the Aeroplan Mini-RTW if I can.
Please RSVP if you plan on attending. Matt lives in Victoria so he’s rarely in Vancouver. This is a very rare opportunity to learn from one of the best Travel Hacking expert in Canada. See you all there!