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TFB #7 – Getting out of Economy with Gilbert Ott

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In this episode, I talk with Gilbert Ott of God Save the Points about getting out of economy and into first class on a budget. Gilbert is a points and miles expert and leaves us with salient tips for elevating your travel experiences inexpensively.

Here are a few of the key points we address:

Don’t Avoid the First Class Column – You may be surprised, they may be completely affordable, especially on shorter trips.

Rate Shop For Flights – Different partners may offer different award pricing even for the same flight, so it’s important to know all of your options.

Consider a Cheap Ticket First – You can earn some loyalty points for the booking. You may be able to book your points to upgrade by calling the airline directly. This is especially helpful if you don’t have enough points to purchase the ticket outright.

Consolidate Your Point Play – Try to earn a specific type of point. Limited, scattered points won’t do you much good. Knowing transfer partners and alliances are important here.

Be sure to listen to the full episode for the granular details and other important points. I hope you enjoy. Safe travels!

Travel Fanboy

Adam is the editor of and Beyond being the world's most famous travel influencer, he's passionate about reckless points and miles pursuits. Formerly of Vegas Fanboy fame.

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