Readers come to WheelchairTravel.org for critical how-to information on accessible travel and the detailed accessibility guides to more than 40 cities around the world. I’d like to add another element.
Travel is expensive, but it doesn’t have to be.
And so, I’m going to start writing about two additional topics…
Airfare and hotel deals
The bulk of a vacation budget is spent on plane tickets and hotel rooms, but there are countless opportunities to score great deals on both.
What are some of the deals I’ve scored? Check these out:
- $375 for Economy Class between the USA & Asia
- $600 for Premium Economy between the USA & South America
- $800 for Business Class between the USA & Africa.
- $1,000 for Business Class between the USA & Europe.
If I was paying full price for every trip I take, I wouldn’t be able to travel nearly as much or as often as I do. Deals like these are an important part of my travel planning and I look forward to sharing them with you when our coronavirus quarantine is lifted.
Earning points & miles
For more than a decade, airline miles, hotel points (and at one time, rental car rewards) have been one of my biggest hobbies. I check my points balances ten times a day and am always looking for new ways to earn rewards currencies at the lowest cost and — this is the important part — to redeem them for maximum value.
Some of my most memorable redemptions:
- 12,500 miles to save $700 for a flight on Christmas Eve
- Business Class airfare from South Africa to Florida
- 7 nights at a luxury hotel in Paris, France
- Concert tickets to see Itzhak Perlman + meet-and-greet, using hotel points
- Tickets to the Argentina Open final + toss the match coin, using hotel points.
I also can’t wait to fly later this year in Business Class from Florida to Fiji (where I’ll stop for a few days), then on to Australia. That ticket was 50,000 airline miles. In other words, FREE.
Better yet, you never have to take a flight or stay in a hotel to earn these rewards points. I’m excited to show you how.
Here’s how we’ll tackle this
If you’ve never used travel points & miles before, there is a lot to learn. Which means I have a lot to write.
Since no two loyalty programs are the same, I’ll start by introducing you to the major players — airlines like Alaska, America, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest and United — and hotels like Hilton, InterContinental, Marriott and Wyndham. This will take time, but so did writing the mounds of other content on this website. It will be a labor of love.
The upside, I’m a pro at this stuff. If I wasn’t disabled, my travel website would likely be 100% points & miles focused. Now, I’ll have a 2-in-1 website. The goal will be not only to inform, educate and advocate for disabled travelers, but to help you maximize your accessible travel.