Podcast 76. Travel Like a Pro: Stephanie’s Journey from Points Beginner to Award Travel Guru


Ever wonder how a busy mom of two transformed from a points and miles novice to a traveling on points pro, jet-setting in first class and organizing family vacations for practically pennies on the dollar? Well, buckle up, because today’s episode is all about Stephanie’s jaw-dropping journey through our Award Travel Academy.

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Join us, Pam, Jess, and Alex, as we dive into Stephanie’s adventure into the world of points and miles. From her first tentative steps earning slow-burn points on a single credit card to mastering the art of maximizing sign-up bonuses and leveraging different loyalty programs for incredible getaways, Stephanie’s story is nothing short of inspiring.

Learn how she pulled off a luxurious couple’s retreat and a family trip for 12, all while juggling the demands of young kids and a full-time job. It’s a tale of patience, savvy planning, and the thrilling highs of scoring that “almost free” travel.

Stephanie shares her favorite redemption stories, including a dreamy escape to Aruba using a mix of Delta and British Airways points, and a sophisticated system of combining points for a lavish family stay in a ski-in ski-out condo in Colorado.

Whether you’re a points newbie or a seasoned traveler, Stephanie’s insights and our tips will help you see that luxury travel isn’t just for the rich and famous—it’s accessible to anyone who’s ready to learn the ropes of the points game.

So, are you ready to see how you too can travel the world for less? Press play to dive into Stephanie’s story and discover how you can start crafting your own travel tales. And remember, if Stephanie and the three of us can do it, so can you! Join us inside the Award Travel Academy and let us help guide you on your journey. Your next adventure awaits, and it’s closer than you think! (Links below!)


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Episode Minute By Minute:

  • 0:00 Meet Stephanie: Learn how she transformed her family’s travel using points.
  • 1:42 Discovering Points: Stephanie shares her early experiences with earning and using points. 
  • 5:38 Joining the Academy: Find out why Stephanie joined Award Travel Academy and its impact.
  • 13:07 Aruba Trip: Details on Stephanie’s strategic use of points for a trip to Aruba.
  • 22:07 Colorado Family Trip: Stephanie plans a family ski trip to Colorado entirely on points.
  • 31:24 Future Travels: Insights into Stephanie’s future travel plans and dream destinations.
  • 34:37 Q&A: Stephanie answers questions about her travel strategies
  • 42:37 Wrap-Up: Key takeaways from Stephanie’s journey and an invite to join Award Travel Academy.

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