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How to Save Money on Flights with Spencer Howard

How to start travel hacking. KLM Business Class ORD to AMS with Scarlett

Scarlett and Lee on a KLM Business Class flight from Chicago to Amsterdam in August 2019.

I’m really excited to interview Spencer Howard of Straight To The Points about how to save money on flights. We talk about so many incredible destinations around the world on this podcast, but we realize that getting there can be a challenge for listener budgets. That’s why we created this episode to share some of our favorite methods to reduce the cost of flying, so you can travel more, spend less, and live better.

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How to start travel hacking. Business Class flight home from Denmark Lee and Timothy October 2019

Lee and Timothy on a Business Class flight home from Denmark in October 2019.

How to save money on flights

I wrote a complete article on how to save money on flights at We’re in the process of merging these sites, so we’ll just include a quick summary and a link to the original article.

  • Use airline miles to book flights
  • Transfer credit card points
  • Sign up for flight deal newsletters
  • Book mistake fares
  • Look for mile-saver tickets
  • Avoid peak travel season
  • Be flexible with your travel dates
  • Consider alternative airports
  • Get a companion ticket
  • Splitting your ticket
  • Hidden city ticketing

If you’d like to learn how to travel for free using airline miles and hotel points, check out my free 7-day email course.

Anna and Lee in Rome Italy December 2016

Anna and Lee took a $12,000 romantic honeymoon to Italy for $1,200 in December 2016 by using our miles and points.

Who is Spencer Howard?

Spencer Howard is one of the foremost authorities at leveraging credit card points and airline miles for luxury travel and the founder of Straight To The Points. While working in politics, he started leveraging points and miles to book business and First Class flights – where his 6’3” frame would fit! He soon realized that many people were struggling to find opportunities to use their points on luxury travel and set out to fix that.

Since 2018, STTP’s email newsletter has been a go-to resource for finding award availability (and fare deals) for business and First Class flights to destinations across the globe. Along with flight alerts, STTP offers a points and miles quickstart guide, points strategy consulting, luxury hotel bookings, and an abundance of resources on their Instagram account.

Spencer Howard in Etihad First Class

Spencer in Etihad First Class

Here are a few articles that he’s written:

You can connect with Spencer Howard on his website, and on social media on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.

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Hyatt Zilara Cancun Dec 2022 Lee and Anna

Anna and I flew to Cancun using the Southwest Companion Pass to stay at the Hyatt Zilara Cancun in December 2022.

Stay tuned for our next episode

Best things to do in Vieques Puerto Rico - Kelly Cronin headshotListen to the next episode when Kelly Cronin of Cronin’s Castles shares the best things to do in Vieques, Puerto, Rico. In this episode, Kelly and I talk about visiting the world’s brightest bio bay, taking a horseback ride on the beach, and learning about the Taino culture. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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