Marianne Rumantir, CEO dan Co-Founder of loyalty program specialist Member.id, only spent USD 30.56 for Jakarta – Tokyo – Los Angeles flight tickets. She did not pay any money to stay in 4 hotels in 4 cities across the United States during her trip. She’s no giveaway winner, but she is a smart traveler with a collection of simple yet effective travel hacks.
At the recent CoLearn: Lifestyle Series – Travel Hack 101 event held on April 23rd, 2019 at JSCHive By CoHive , Marianne shared her top tips on becoming a point hacker to cut down travel costs and receive perks such as free hotel stays or upgrades.
The point hacking principle is simple:, gather information on credit card rewards, loyalty programs and participating websites or outlets, then gather as many points as possible to be exchanged into travel points. Several of the key points Marianne shared was:
- Become members of various loyalty programs, it is free and you can start collecting points early. The programs she recommended include KrisFlyer, Asia Miles, Garuda Miles (Airlines), Starwood Preferred Program, World of Hyatt, Hilton Honors, and IHG (Hotel).
- Apply for co-branded credit cards and use the card for transactions in order to earn miles. Collect even more miles effectively by becoming loyal consumers of the brands and shopping at brands who partner with the program. The higher your membership level, the more points you can earn.
- Do your research and gather information on partnerships, events and promos from loyalty program newsletters.
Traveling is not just a way to reward oneself by taking a break from the monotony of day-to-day work. The experience gained from visiting a new place might also inspire and recharge mental batteries, allowing people to achieve higher goals upon their return to work.
The intimate gathering at JSC Hive was populated by travel addicts coming in after work to learn how they should consider hacking loyalty program benefits in their next travel planning session.
The response had been great, 28-year-old Nadlir who works for UC Browser from Tangerang thinks that events such as CoLearn is like finding an oasis in the middle of the daily grinds of urban workers.
When asked about his reason for coming he said “Everyone needs to have new experiences, new environments to extend their network. Events such as these facilitates my this needs and I get to meet new friends.”
CoLearn is a regular collaborative learning event held by CoHive to allow members and public to learn new knowledge and skills.