Whether it was to take that dream vacation, visit friends or family or savor a once-in-a-lifetime experience, you could make it happen without a second thought about the cost.
How? By using points and miles to travel for free—and doing it with confidence. Terms like "transferrable points" and "saver award" didn't sound like a foreign language anymore, and you KNEW you were getting good value for your points every time you booked a redemption.
And what if, on top of all of that, you could master a strategy that would keep the free trips coming? A strategy that capitalized on the way you already travel and spend so that you wouldn't have to change your habits—and one that would keep the points rolling in a financially responsible way.
Guess what? You can.
A points newbie who feels overwhelmed by all the different programs and options?
A young professional who doesn’t have thousands of dollars to spare on your dream trip?
Someone with more travel demands than you can keep up with? (Those professional development conferences, family obligations and bachelor or bachelorette parties really add up!!)
A bride- or groom-to-be dreaming of the perfect honeymoon?
A parent with multiple tickets to buy for every vacation?
An intermediate points user wondering how to get the most value for your earnings?
A frequent flier looking for tips and strategies to take your game to the next level?
If any of those sound like you, then keep reading!! You're in the right place.
Let's be real—
Most of our bucket lists are getting longer, not shorter. Maybe you're waiting to get some big expenses out of the way—moving, getting married, buying a home—before you take that dream trip. Maybe you're waiting for that big promotion or for your side hustle to start earning you extra cash.
But the truth is, big expenses don't stop coming as time goes on, and in the meantime, plane ticket prices are going up, not down. Waiting around for tomorrow isn't going to get you where you want to go.
(If you really thought it was, would you be here reading this right now?!)
Imagine for just a minute that you could...
Take your dream trips without paying a dime for airfare or lodging. (Honeymoon in the Maldives? Family safari in Africa? Eurotrip with friends? Yes, please.)
Be there for your loved ones any time, any place. (No more missing family Thanksgivings, choosing between the bachelorette and the wedding, or saying, “I wish I could be there with you right now.”)
Go anywhere at the drop of a hat for once-in-a-lifetime events. (Your team just make the finals? Favorite band getting back together for one last show? Did you decide you just couldn’t miss the solar eclipse? No problem.)
In other words, you could go wherever you wanted, whenever you wanted without ever worrying about whether you could afford it.
I can help with that!!
In this 8-module, step-by-step video course, I'll show you the strategies I personally use to travel the world for free.
Part 1: We'll go through six different methods of points-earning (hint: it's not all credit cards!!) and walk you through how to select the strategies that are right for you—a.k.a., the ones that'll help you keep this whole free-travel-thing going for years to come
Part 2: We'll dive into redeeming and show you how to maximize the points you have for the most possible value. You'll learn tips and tricks that'll help you stretch your points stash as far as possible so you'll never have to worry about running out!
Think of this as a ticket to a new travel future—one where you can do what you want, when you want. In just eight weeks, you'll have the skills it took me years to master!
So what exactly is involved in the course? Scroll down for allllll the details!!
Here's what we'll explore together:
Introduction: The Basics Are all points created equal? What's the difference between the different types? How much are they worth? Which should I be focused on? We're going to demystify it all in this section, drilling down the most basic basics so you can hit the ground running.
Flying and Loyalty With each flight you take and hotel stay you complete, you'll earn at an elevated rate if you're an elite member. And the great news is, there are shortcuts to elite status! We'll go over your options for securing status the sneaky way so you can put your earnings on overdrive.
Spending and Credit Cards Here it is, ladies and gentlemen: Your all-out guide to points-earning credit cards and to picking the one that's best for YOU. We'll separate the wheat from the chaff, making sure you're focusing on cards with the most valuable points, earning and redemption opportunities that suit your lifestyle and travel goals, and perks you'll actually use.
Promotions and Partnerships In this section, we'll go over how to earn extra points on things you're probably already doing—riding with Lyft, staying at Airbnbs, ordering flowers, reading the news—you name it! We'll go through how to leverage partnerships to maximize your points-earning and stay on top of promotions that can make for great earnings opportunities.
Shopping Onto the shopping module! We'll talk about quick tweaks you can make to the way you make everyday purchases that'll skyrocket your points-earning. We're talking 30-second hacks that'll earn you points in addition to what you already earn on your credit card when you shop! This one's a game-changer.
Dining Did you know you could earn extra points just by eating out?! I'll show you how and we'll dig into the details to help you earn bonus points every time you get the check—and once again, that's on top of what you'd ordinarily earn on your credit card!
Customer Service As much as we wish it weren't the case, things often go wrong when we're traveling. We'll break down when you're eligible for compensation, how much is reasonable to expect, and the right way to go about asking for it to ensure you're properly rewarded in points.
Redeeming Now, for the fun part—spending those hard-earned points and miles! We'll go through how to make sure you're getting the most bang for your point and how to maximize airline and hotel partnerships for the lowest mileage rates.
So basically, you'll get ALL of the above...
That's some pretty serious value!
"I had a great experience with Carly's course on how to effectively earn and utilize points. The sessions were concise yet packed with useful tricks and tips. She seems to have mastered the art and had so many useful tools and recommendations to share.
Carly explained each concept really clearly and was incredibly approachable—she was always happy to answer questions and offered tailored advice based on my situation and travel goals.
I've racked up a lot of credit card points, but have always been confused about the best way to apply them. I now understand the best way to use my miles and how I can continue to maximize my earnings as I shop and travel.
I'm really excited to apply what I've learned (hopefully for a free trip to Italy!)."
—Rachel L., Zanzibar, Tanzania
"Before taking Carly's course, I knew the basics of earning credit card points but never knew the most effective way to accumulate points using the cards I already had in my wallet or the best strategies for spending those points.
Carly's course, combined with her individualized advice, was helpful for me in figuring out the best way to make the most out of my points.
Carly is an expert in this area—as her busy travel schedule would suggest—and proof that anybody can travel the world without breaking the bank if they have a targeted point strategy."
—Betsy H., Las Vegas, NV
Who is Points to Paradise for?
Points users of all stages. Whether you're a complete newbie or a frequent flier, if you're looking to grow your points balance and get the most out of your redemptions, this course is for you.
People with LIVES. I'm going to be honest here: I don't spend hours per day on points message boards or airline websites eating, sleeping and breathing all things points, and I'm not going to teach you to do that, either. Instead, I'll show you what you need to learn—and what you don't—to create a strategy that works for you and helps you save time and money for the other things in life that you enjoy, like TRAVEL.
But hey, if you'd prefer to spend your time deep in the bowels of Reddit or poring over threads on FlyerTalk, please, don't let me stop you.
Who is Points to Paradise NOT for?
The impatient. Building a sustainable strategy takes time. Think of your points balance as a savings account: If you spend all your savings and don't have a salary coming in, when the time comes to make a big purchase, you won't have anything left! And that's not what we want. If you can hold out till you get your strategy in place and working for you, you'll eventually have enough points to go where you want, when you want without fear of running out. All the more reason to start working on that strategy ASAP!
The financially reckless. I'm going to tell you right now: The fastest way to earn tons of points without spending money is to take out a travel credit card, hit the sign-up bonus, close the card and repeat. That's also the fastest way to kill your credit, ruin your relationship with banks and put your points at risk of account closure. But if this is the road you're set on, don't waste your time or money on this course.
If you ARE looking for another way, join us! We'll explore how to leverage points-earning credit cards in a safe, responsible manner that helps, not hurts, your credit.
When does the course start and finish? The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course—you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course? How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you'd like—across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course? That's the last thing I would want! Points to Paradise comes with a money-back guarantee: If you complete the course and document the action steps, you WILL have enough points and miles for a free trip by the time you finish. And if you don't, I'll refund you!
I'm not able to travel at the moment. Should I still take the course now? YES. Think of it this way: If you wanted to buy something expensive, would you wait til you were ready to make the purchase to start saving, or would you start saving as early as possible? Points work the same way! If you get your earnings framework in place and working for you now, by the time you're ready to take that trip, you'll have enough points to do it for free and then some!
Can I find this information online? Sure! There are lots of useful points blogs and websites out there with TONS of information. What they WON'T tell you is how to filter through all that information to find what best applies to you and your travel goals. They also won't help you build your own targeted strategy using an easy-to-follow, step-by-step process. THAT's something you'll only get here!
Is this course worth the price? Let's put it this way: You can spend $347 on your next plane ticket, or you can spend it learning how to stop paying for plane tickets for the rest of your life. I'll leave that one up to you ;)
Who are you, anyway?! Who's teaching this course?
Nice to meet you!!
I'm Carly of 52 Cities, and I'm a blogger and consultant who's been using points and miles to travel to at least 52 cities in each calendar year since 2011.
I created the 52 Cities community for people whose travel dreams are bigger than their budgets and who want to learn to use points and miles the right way, without spending extra money or endangering their credit. Sure—anyone can take out a credit card, burn through a sign-up bonus and repeat. But it takes more than that to craft a strategy that will keep working for you for years to come!
I remember how confused I was in the beginning and how much trial and error I went through, and I realized how easily others could replicate my success if they didn't have to first replicate my mistakes!
But do I really know what I'm talking about?
Do I know everything there is to know about points and miles? Definitely not. Does anyone?! But I HAVE built a responsible, sustainable points-earning strategy from scratch that's enabled me to spend years traveling the world whenever I want. And everything I've learned, I've taught myself (well, with some early assistance from my Dad ;)).
In the last 18 months, I've seen the Northern Lights in Alaska, trekked to Machu Picchu, taken organic cooking classes in the Italian countryside, marveled at the cherry blossoms in Tokyo, watched the sunset from an overwater bungalow in the Maldives and more—all without spending a dime on airfare.
Learning to use points and miles has given me the ability to go wherever I want, whenever I want without thinking twice about whether I can afford it.
I'm grateful every day that it's put the world at my fingertips and given me a life full of more travel than I ever dreamed of.
I want to share my know-how with you so you can live your travel dreams, too—and if you stick around, I can guarantee you will!
The choice is yours.
You can continue wishing you had the funds to live your travel dreams... whether it's to take that pricey vacation, be there for your family and friends, or stop making tough choices between all the things you want to do.
You can keep watching your peers on Instagram travel the world—meanwhile knowing you could be doing the same thing if you could only make sense of the points game—and continue socking money into plane tickets, agonizing for days over whether you're getting the best fare, and squandering valuable vacation time on unnecessary layovers just to save a few bucks.
You can learn to make points work for you and build a personalized, sustainable strategy that will keep you traveling for free for years to come.
You can work with someone who's helped clients use points and miles to travel for free to Thailand, Mexico, Prague, Peru, Alaska and more, even if they started from zero.
And if you follow my roadmap and implement it, you could be living the same life as someone with unlimited travel funds in a matter of months.
Let's take your dreams off the back burner today.
If you want to see the world for free in a financially responsible, sustainable way—without changing up your current spending or travel habits—this is the way to do it!
Ready? Let's do this—together!!