Hello and welcome to Travel Miles 101! We’re Alexi Zemsky and Brad Barrett and among our many shared interests, travel is at the very top of the list.
Brad’s love of travel and different cultures started with a summer study abroad program in Japan and has continued on through more than a dozen countries with many more on the way!
Alexi also has a great love for Japan (his wife’s native country) and his travels take him and his family all over the globe.
With our growing families we each realized that travel was about to get quite expensive, so we each started investigating ways to save money.
That’s when we happened upon the incredible world of travel rewards credit cards or ‘The Miles Game’ as Alexi affectionately calls it, and thus began an obsession with learning everything we could about this concept.
Seriously, what’s not to like about using credit card rewards points to travel the world?
The answer: It is really complicated at first.
So we each set to work studying the concept and figuring out everything we could about rewards credit cards, redeeming miles & points and the technical terminology that seems impenetrable at first (raise your hand if you’ve heard of a “free stopover” or “open-jaw” before!).
After each spending years learning the concept, we believe we’ve figured out the best ways to make this work for regular families like ours.
We have each earned well over 1,000,000 rewards points from these credit card signup bonuses; we’ve taken luxury trips to destinations including Bermuda, Japan, New York City and Disney World, so we know this works.
This site exists because we wanted to pool our knowledge to provide you a simple yet comprehensive step-by-step way to cut through the complexity, focus on travel programs that are both easy to earn and redeem and help plan a strategy that works for your family.